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Cherry Jones (born November 21, 1956) is an American actress. A five-time Tony Award nominee for her work on Broadway, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the 1995 revival of The Heiress and for the 2005 original production of Doubt. She won the 2009 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Allison Taylor on the FOX television series 24. She has also won three Drama Desk Awards.

Cherry Jones
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Jones at 24's season 7 finale screening in 2009
Born (1956-11-21) November 21, 1956 (age 62)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA)
Years active1980–present
Sophie Huber (m. 2015)
Partner(s)Mary O'Connor
Sarah Paulson (2004–2009)

Jones made her Broadway debut in the 1987 original Broadway production of Stepping Out. Other stage credits include Pride's Crossing (1997–98) and The Glass Menagerie (2013–14). Her film appearances include The Horse Whisperer (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Village (2004), Amelia (2009) and The Beaver (2011). In 2012, she played Dr. Judith Evans on the NBC drama Awake.

Early life and educationEdit

Jones was born in Paris, Tennessee. Her mother was a high school teacher and her father owned a flower shop.[1] Her parents were very supportive of her theatrical ambitions, encouraging her interest by sending her to classes with local drama teacher, Ruby Krider.[2] Jones takes great pains to credit her high school speech teacher, Linda Wilson, with her first real preparatory work.[3] 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.[4]


Most of her career has been in theater, beginning in 1980 as a founding member of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[5]

Her Broadway performances include Lincoln Center's 1995 production of The Heiress, and also a 2005 production of John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt at the Walter Kerr Theatre. For both roles she earned a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play.

Other Broadway credits include Nora Ephron's play Imaginary Friends (with Swoosie Kurtz), 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.[6] She is considered to be one of the foremost theater actresses in the United States.[7] In 1994, she also appeared in the Broadway run of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika as the Angel, replacing Ellen McLaughlin who had originated the role.

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.[8]

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.[9] She played the role in the seventh season, from January to May 2009, as well as eighth season, which aired from January to May 2010.[10]

In 2012, Jones starred in the NBC drama series Awake as psychiatrist Dr. Judith Evans.

Also in 2012, she portrayed Amanda Wingfield in the Loeb Drama Center's revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie alongside Zachary Quinto, Brian J. Smith and Celia Keenan-Bolger.[11]

In 2014, Cherry Jones was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.[12]

In 2015 and 2016 Jones had a recurring role on the Primetime Emmy Award-winning Amazon comedy-drama series Transparent in its second and third seasons. She was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series for her work in the 2015 season.

In 2016, she appeared in "Nosedive", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror.[13]

In 2018, Jones played Holly, the feminist mother to June/Offred in The Handmaid's Tale. She won an Emmy for her performance.[14]

In 2019, Jones played the role of a grouchy psychic and tarot card reader in the comedy Wine Country,[15] directed by Amy Poehler.

Personal lifeEdit

Jones is openly lesbian.[16] In 1995, when Jones accepted her first Tony Award, she thanked her then-partner, architect Mary O'Connor,[17] with whom she had an 18-year relationship.[16][18]

She started dating actress Sarah Paulson in 2004. 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 Paulson.[19] 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.[20] Paulson and Jones ended their relationship amicably in 2009.[21]

In mid-2015, Jones married her girlfriend, filmmaker Sophie Huber.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Light of Day Cindy Montgomery
The Big Town Ginger McDonald
1992 Housesitter Patty
1995 Polio Water Virginia Short film
1997 Julian Po Lucy
1998 The Horse Whisperer Liz Hammond
1999 Cradle Will Rock Hallie Flanagan
The Lady in Question Mimi Barnes
2000 Erin Brockovich Pamela Duncan
The Perfect Storm Edie Bailey
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Buggy Abbott
Signs Officer Paski
2004 The Village Mrs. Clack
Ocean's Twelve Molly Star/Mrs. Caldwell
2005 Swimmers Julia Tyler
2009 Amelia Eleanor Roosevelt
Mother and Child Sister Joanne
2011 The Beaver Vice President
New Year's Eve Mrs. Rose Ahern
2013 Days and Nights Mary
2015 Knight of Cups Ruth
I Saw the Light[23] Lillie Williams
2016 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Geri Taub
2017 The Party Martha
2018 Boy Erased Dr. Muldoon
2019 Wine Country Lady Sunshine
A Rainy Day in New York Mrs. Welles
Motherless Brooklyn Gabby Horowitz
The Friend Faith Pruett


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Alex: The Life of a Child Tina Crawford Television movie
1987 Spenser: For Hire Tracy Kincaid Episode: "Sleepless Dream"
1992 Loving Frankie Unknown episodes
1993 Tribeca Tough Woman Episode: "The Loft"
1999 Murder in a Small Town Mimi Television movie
2000 Cora Unashamed Lizbeth Studevant Television movie
2001 What Makes a Family Sandy Cataldi Television movie
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 24: Redemption President-Elect Allison Taylor Television movie
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
2015–19 Transparent Leslie Mackinaw 12 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2016 Mercy Street Dorothea Dix 2 episodes
2016 11.22.63 Marguerite Oswald 5 episodes
2016 Black Mirror Susan Episode: "Nosedive"
2017 American Crime Laurie Ann Hesby 4 episodes
2018 Portlandia Ms. Mayor Episode: "Rose Route"
2018–19 The Handmaid's Tale Holly Maddox 3 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2019)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (2018)
2019 Chimerica Mel Kincaid 4 episodes
2019 Succession Nan Pierce 2 episodes
TBA Defending Jacob Joanna Klein Upcoming miniseries


Year Title Role Notes
1983 The Philanthropist Liz
1984 The Ballad of Soapy Smith Kitty Chase
1985–96 The Importance of Being Earnest Cecily Cardew
1987 Claptrap Sarah Littlefield
1987 Stepping Out Lynne
1987 Tartuffe Dorine Portland Stage Company (Maine)
1988 Macbeth Lady Macduff
1991 Our Country's Good Reverend Johnson/Liz Morden Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
1991 Light Shining in Buckinghamshire N/A
1992 The Baltimore Waltz Anna
1992 Good Night Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) Constance Ledbelly
1993–94 Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Various replacements
1993–94 Angels in America: Perestroika Various replacements
1993 And Baby Makes Seven Anna
1993 Desdemona Bianca
1995 The Heiress Catherine Sloper Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
1996 The Night of the Iguana Hannah Jelkes
1997–98 Pride's Crossing Mabel Tidings/Bigelow Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Play
1999 Tongue of a Bird Maxine
2000 A Moon for the Misbegotten Josie Hogan Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
2001 Major Barbara Barbara Undershaft
2002–03 Imaginary Friends Mary McCarthy
2003 Flesh and Blood Mary Stassos
2005–06 Doubt Sister Aloysius Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
2006 Faith Healer Grace Nominated—Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
2010 Mrs. Warren's Profession Mrs. Kitty Warren
2013–14 The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Play
Nominated—Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play
2014 When We Were Young and Unafraid Agnes
2017 The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield Nominated—Olivier Award for Best Actress
2018 The Lifespan of a Fact Emily

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ "Cherry Jones Biography (1956–)". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Chinoy, Helen Krich; Jenkins, Linda Walsh (26 May 2018). "Women in American Theatre". Theatre Communications Grou – via Google Books.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Hartigan, Patti (11 May 2017). "Cherry Jones returns to the city where she launched her career". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  6. ^ Internet Broadway Database Cherry Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
  7. ^ Brantley, Ben (14 February 2013). "'The Glass Menagerie,' at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA". New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  8. ^ Cherry Jones on IMDb
  9. ^ Joyce Eng (20 September 2009). "Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer Win First Emmys". Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  10. ^ "Jones moves into 24 Oval Office". Reuters. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
  11. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Zachary Quinto, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith Join Cherry Jones for A.R.T.'s Glass Menagerie" Archived October 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, October 18, 2012
  12. ^ "Cherry Jones, Ellen Burstyn, Cameron Mackintosh and More Inducted Into Broadway's Theater Hall of Fame". Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  13. ^ "'Black Mirror' Season 3 Trailer: "No One Is This Happy'". Deadline. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  14. ^ Dowling, Amber. "'The Handmaid's Tale' Enlists Cherry Jones for Pivotal Season 2 Role (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 January 2018.
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  16. ^ a b Witchel, Alex. "Cherry Jones, at the Peak of Her Powers". New York Times.
  17. ^ Crews, Chip. "A Benefit of 'Doubt'". Washington Post.
  18. ^ "Cherry Jones: Prop 8 Supporters 'Will Be Ashamed of Themselves'".
  19. ^ Sarah Paulson Archived June 9, 2005, at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ "Velvetpark – Art Thought Culture". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  21. ^ AOL. "Jones, Paulson Have 'Happiest Break Up'". Popeater. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  22. ^ Bendix, Trish. "Cherry Jones on getting married and playing a lesbian feminist in Season 2 of "Transparent"". Afterellen.
  23. ^ Stephen L. Betts (7 November 2014). "Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones Cast in Upcoming Hank Williams Movie". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 December 2014.

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