Jones at 24's season 7 finale screening, 2009
November 21, 1956
Paris, Tennessee, U.S.
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Partner(s)||Sarah Paulson (2004–2009)|
Jones made her Broadway debut in the 1987 original Broadway Production of Stepping Out. A five-time Tony Award nominee, she has twice won Best Actress in a Play, for the 1995 revival of The Heiress and the 2005 original production of Doubt. On television, she starred as Allison Taylor on the FOX series 24 (2008-10), for which she won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama series. Her films include The Horse Whisperer (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Village (2004) and Amelia (2009).
Jones may be best known for her role as President Allison Taylor on the Fox series 24, for which she won an Emmy. However, most of her career has been in the theatre on Broadway, including her Tony-winning lead performances in Lincoln Center's 1995 production of The Heiress and John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt, a role which earned her the 2005 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play. The play opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in March 2005.
Other Broadway credits include Nora Ephron's play Imaginary Friends (with Swoosie Kurtz); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, the 2000 revival of A Moon for the Misbegotten, and Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, for which she earned her first Tony nomination. She is considered to be one of the foremost theater actresses in the United States.
She has narrated the audiobook adaptations of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House series including, Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter and Little Town on the Prairie. In recent years, Jones has ventured into feature films. Her screen credits include Cradle Will Rock, The Perfect Storm, Signs, Ocean's Twelve and The Village.
Jones played President Taylor on the Fox series 24, a role for which she won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She played the role in the seventh season as well as eighth season, which began airing in January 2010 and concluded in May 2010.
In 2012, Jones starred in the NBC drama series Awake as psychiatrist Dr. Judith Evans.
Jones was born in Paris, Tennessee, to a high school teacher mother and a flower shop owner father. She is a 1978 graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. While at CMU, she was one of the earliest actors to work at City Theatre, a prominent fixture of Pittsburgh theatre.
In 1995, when Jones accepted her first Tony Award, she thanked her then girlfriend, architect Mary O'Connor. When she accepted her Best Actress Tony in 2005 for her work in Doubt, she thanked "Laura Wingfield", the Glass Menagerie character being played in the Broadway revival by Jones's girlfriend, actress Sarah Paulson. The pair had attended the awards together and kissed right after Jones won. In 2007, Paulson and Jones declared their love for each other in an interview with VelvetPark at Women's Event 10 for the LGBT Center of New York.
Paulson and Jones ended their relationship amicably in 2009.
|1986||Alex: The Life of a Child||Tina Crawford||Television movie|
|1987||Light of Day||Cindy Montgomery|
|1987||The Big Town||Ginger McDonald|
|1995||Polio Water||Virginia||Short film|
|1998||The Horse Whisperer||Liz Hammond|
|1999||Murder in a Small Town||Mimi||Television movie|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Hallie Flanagan|
|1999||The Lady in Question||Mimi Barnes|
|2000||Erin Brockovich||Pamela Duncan|
|2000||The Perfect Storm||Edie Bailey|
|2000||Cora Unashamed||Lizbeth Studevant||Television movie|
|2001||What Makes a Family||Sandy Cataldi||Television movie|
|2002||Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood||Buggy Abbott|
|2004||The Village||Mrs. Clack|
|2004||Ocean's Twelve||Molly Star/Mrs. Caldwell|
|2008||24: Redemption||President-Elect Allison Taylor||Television movie|
|2009||Mother and Child||Sister Joanne|
|2011||The Beaver||Vice President|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Mrs. Rose Ahern|
|2013||Days and Nights||Mary|
|2015||I Saw the Light||Lillie Williams||Filming|
|1987||Spenser: For Hire||Tracy Kincaid||Episode: "Sleepless Dream"|
|1993||Tribeca||Tough Woman||Episode: "The Loft"|
|2001||Frasier||Janet||Episode: "Junior Agent"|
|2002||The American Experience||Narrator||Episode: "Miss America"|
|2004||The West Wing||Barbara Layton||Episode: "Eppur Si Muove"|
|2004–05||Clubhouse||Sister Marie||3 episodes|
|2008–10||24||President Allison Taylor||43 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2012||Awake||Dr. Judith Evans||11 episodes|
Awards and nominations
|1991||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Our Country's Good||Nominated|
|1995||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||The Heiress||Won|
|1995||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||The Heiress||Won|
|1998||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Pride's Crossing||Won|
|2000||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||A Moon for the Misbegotten||Nominated|
|2004||GLAAD Media Awards||Vito Russo Award||Herself||Won|
|2005||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Doubt||Won|
|2005||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||Doubt||Won|
|2006||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Faith Healer||Nominated|
|2009||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||24||Won|
|2009||Satellite Awards||Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||24||Nominated|
|2014||Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||The Glass Menagerie||Won|
|2014||Tony Awards||Best Actress in a Play||The Glass Menagerie||Nominated|
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- AfterEllen.com Sarah Paulson
- Warn, Sarah (June 7, 2005). "Sarah Paulson in the Spotlight". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
- Internet Broadway Database Cherry Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
- Brantley, Ben (14 February 2013). "'The Glass Menagerie,' at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA". New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Cherry Jones at the Internet Movie Database
- Joyce Eng (20 September 2009). "Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer Win First Emmys". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
- "Jones moves into 24 Oval Office". Reuters. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- Hetrick, Adam. "Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith Join Cherry Jones for A.R.T.'s Glass Menagerie" playbill.com, October 18, 2012
- "Cherry Jones, Ellen Burstyn, Cameron Mackintosh and More Inducted Into Broadway's Theater Hall of Fame". Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- "Cherry Jones Biography (1956-)". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- Conner, Lynne (2007). Pittsburgh In Stages: Two Hundred Years of Theater. University of Pittsburgh Press. pg. 247. ISBN 978-0-8229-4330-3. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
- "Velvetpark - Art Thought Culture". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- Stephen L. Betts (7 November 2014). "Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones Cast in Upcoming Hank Williams Movie". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cherry Jones.|
- Cherry Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
- Cherry Jones at the Internet Movie Database
- Cherry Jones at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theater (U. Michigan Press, edited by Robin Bernstein) republishes the interview in which Cherry Jones first publicly discussed her sexuality.
- Cherry Jones - Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org
- TonyAwards.com Interview with Cherry Jones