Jackie Richardson

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Jackie Richardson
Jackie Richardson, February 2012
Jackie Richardson, February 2012
Background information
BornJanuary 4, 1947 (age 74)
Donora, Pennsylvania, U.S.
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresVocal jazz
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Years active1963–present
Associated actsThe Tiaras

Jackie Richardson CM (born January 4, 1947) is a Canadian singer and actress.[1][2]

Richardson is known for her screen roles in Turning to Stone, The Gospel According to the Blues, The Doodlebops, and Sins of the Father.[3] She is also known for her appearance on the YTV show Catwalk where she played the grandmother to Atlas (Christopher Lee Clements).

Music career[edit]

Richardson was born in Donora, Pennsylvania in 1947, and is of African-American descent. In 1954, Richardson moved with her family to Toronto.[4]

Richardson was a member of 1960s Toronto-based girl group The Tiaras along with Brenda Russell, Arlene Trotman, and Colina Phillips.[5]

Richardson is a three-time nominee for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Gemini Award, and won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Gospel According to the Blues.[1][6] In 2003 she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Television Movie for Sins of the Father. Richardson is also a noted stage performer, winning a Dora Award in 2004 for the musical Cookin' at the Cookery.[7] Other high-profile projects include Milk and Honey, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, Hey Lady! and 3 Men and a Baby.[8]

The musical Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story was conceived of and written by Audrei-Kairen Kotaska for Richardson, who starred in the production first in 1999 and then again in 2012.

In 2017, Richardson won the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award for her theater and music achievements.

Her daughter Kim Richardson is also a singer.[9]


  1. ^ a b Stanley, Laura. "Jackie Richardson". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  2. ^ Patti (2010-05-05). "Jackie Richardson". TD Toronto Jazz Festival. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  3. ^ Stanley, Laura. "Jackie Ricardson". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  4. ^ Stanley, Laura. "Jackie Richardson". Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  5. ^ "Jackie Richardson". Canadian Jazz Archive. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Gemini Awards Official Site". Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Retrieved 9 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Veteran performer Jackie Richardson awestruck with 'Saint Carmen of The Main'". Archived from the original on 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2011-09-29.
  8. ^ Lucas, Ralph (2017-02-02). "Jackie Richardson - Biography - Northernstars.ca". Northernstars.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  9. ^ "My Montreal: Soul Singer Kim Richardson". Montreal Gazette, February 26, 2014.

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