Renee Lawless

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Renee Lawless
Born November 30, 1960 (1960-11-30) (age 56) [1]
Knoxville, Tennessee, US
Occupation Actress
Website Official website

Renee Lawless-Orsini (born November 30, [2]1960) is an American actress and singer. She is currently starring as the bitter and distant matriarch, Katheryn Cryer, in the OWN drama series The Haves and the Have Nots.[3][4][5][6]

Lawless was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and moved with her family to Jacksonville in at age 9 and graduated from Sandalwood High School, Stetson University, and University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music.[3] As of mid 1990's she appeared primary on stage productions, like national touring of Beauty and the Beast, and Wicked.[5]


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  3. ^ a b David Crumpler (May 28, 2013). "Two actresses with Jacksonville ties star in new Oprah Winfrey Network show". Jacksonville News. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  4. ^ Susan Alexander (May 24, 2013). "Knox native Renee Lawless takes on lead role in Tyler Perry drama 'The Haves and the Have Nots'". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  5. ^ a b "Renée Lawless as Katheryn Cryer". OWN. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  6. ^ Philiana Ng (April 4, 2013). "OWN Sets Premieres for Tyler Perry's Scripted Series, Greenlights Two Shows". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 

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