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Cherry Jones
An award-winning actor who's equally at home on the Broadway stage or in a TV series, Cherry Jones recently starred as Dr. Judith Evans on NBC's critically acclaimed police procedural/psychological drama Awake. With an Emmy (for her role as President Allison Taylor on the Fox series 24) and two Tonys (for The Heiress and Doubt) on her mantle, in addition to the admiration of casting directors everywhere, Jones is the go-to actor for strong, complex female authority figures. But that’s not to say she’s imperious in her dayto-day life. The Tennessee native resists Hollywood style notoriety in favor of dedication to her craft. Catch Jones in the upcoming documentary Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age, currently in production and featuring fellow Great White Way veterans Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Elaine Stritch and Liza Minnelli. An out lesbian since the beginning of her professional career in 1980, Jones has been an outspoken advocate for LGBT rights ever since. She made theatre history in 1995 on the Tony Awards broadcast when she thanked her then-partner in her acceptance speech.
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