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Tanya Patrice Wright
May 3, 1971
Tanya Patrice Wright (born May 3, 1971) is an American actress and author, known for her starring on Buddies as Phyllis Brooks, as well as her recurring roles on 24 as Patty Brooks, NYPD Blue as Officer Maya Anderson, on True Blood as Deputy Kenya Jones, and as Crystal on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black. Wright's first audition landed her first job as Theo's girlfriend on The Cosby Show when she was a teenager.
Over the course of her career, Tanya made the decision to start wearing her hair naturally. Tanya wrote a book entitled Butterfly Rising, which was released on August 5, 2012. Tanya is also a screenwriter, having written the screenplay for her book, for which she will also be directing and producing.
Tanya Wright was born in The Bronx. Tanya is an alumna of the Oliver Scholars Program and graduated high school from George School, a private Quaker school. She majored in English at Vassar College.
|1998||Mama Flora's Family||Ernestine|
|2005||Ralph & Stanley||Dr. Reynolds||Short|
|2012||Why Stop Now||Lisa|
|Beyond Control||Tina||Currently in post-production|
|1986||The Cosby Show||Tanya Simpson||Two Episodes: The Card Game and Man Talk|
|1991||Parker Lewis Can't Lose||Girlfriend||One Episode: Boy Meets Girl|
|1994||Beverly Hills, 90210||Assistant||One Episode: Intervention|
|1995||Living Single||Tanya||One Episode: If the Crew Fits|
|Family Matters||India||One Episode: We're Going to Disney World: Part 2|
|1996||The Wayans Bros.||Toya||One Episode: The Odd Couples|
|Buddies||Phyllis Brooks||Thirteen Episodes:|
|The Jamie Foxx Show||Casey Coles||Five Episodes:|
|1999||Moesha||Andrea||Good Vibrations? and Fired Up|
|2000–2001||The District||Laura Clayson and Annette Haywood||One Episode: Imperfect Victims and Running Towards Fire|
|2001–2002||24||Patty Brooks||Eight Episodes:|
|2002||NYPD Blue||Officer Maya Anderson||Six Episodes: Better Laid than Never: Part I, Better Laid than Never: Part II, Ho Down, You've Got Mail, One in the Nuts and Maya Con Dios|
|2003–2004||The Handler||Marcy||Sixteen Episodes:|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Lily's Mother||One Episode: Touched by an Idol|
|2006||The War at Home||Adrienne||One Episode: It's a Living (Part 2)|
|Windfall||Dr. Bailey||One Episode: Urgent Care|
|2007||ER||Megan Strand||One Episode: Sea Change|
|Standoff||Diana Marsh||One Episode: Lie to Me|
|2008–2012,2014||True Blood||Deputy Kenya Jones
|2013–present||Orange Is the New Black||Crystal||recurring|
|2014||The Good Wife||Liana Depaul||One Episode: Message Discipline|
- "True Blood Actress Tanya Wright Discusses Her Natural Hair". Transitioning Movement. June 10, 2012. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- "Archive for the 'Tanya Wright' Category". Sookie Stackhouse. August 6, 2010. Retrieved December 13, 2011.
- Butterfly Rising – Tanya Wright. Amazon. ISBN 1453650369.
- Sanders, Janean (August 9, 2012). "True Blood's Tanya Wright Discusses Her Many Talents and Passions". True Blood Net. Retrieved December 13, 2012.
- Wilkov, Jennifer (February 22, 2011). ""Your Book Is Your Hook!" – Actress Tanya Wright's Debut Novel & Operation Virtual Agent". Women's Radio. Retrieved December 13, 2012.