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.
Jones at 24's season 7 finale screening in 2009
November 21, 1956 |
Paris, Tennessee, U.S.
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Spouse(s)||Sophie Huber (m. 2015)|
|Partner(s)||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. Her parents were very supportive of her theatrical ambitions, encouraging her interest by sending her to classes with local drama teacher, Ruby Crider.  Jones takes great pains to credit her high school speech teacher, Linda Wilson, with her first real preparatory work. 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.
Most of her career has been in the theatre. 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); Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Perestroika, 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. She is considered to be one of the foremost theater actresses in the United States.
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.
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. 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.
In 2012, Jones starred in the NBC drama series Awake as psychiatrist Dr. Judith Evans.
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.
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. 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. Paulson and Jones ended their relationship amicably in 2009.
In mid-2015, Jones married her girlfriend, filmmaker Sophie Huber.
|1987||Light of Day||Cindy Montgomery|
|1987||The Big Town||Ginger McDonald|
|1995||Polio Water||Virginia||Short film|
|1998||The Horse Whisperer||Liz Hammond|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Hallie Flanagan|
|1999||The Lady in Question||Mimi Barnes|
|2000||Erin Brockovich||Pamela Duncan|
|2000||The Perfect Storm||Edie Bailey|
|2002||Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood||Buggy Abbott|
|2004||The Village||Mrs. Clack|
|2004||Ocean's Twelve||Molly Star/Mrs. Caldwell|
|2009||Mother and Child||Sister Joanne|
|2011||The Beaver||Vice President|
|2011||New Year's Eve||Mrs. Rose Ahern|
|2013||Days and Nights||Mary|
|2015||Knight of Cups||Ruth|
|2015||I Saw the Light||Lillie Williams|
|2016||Whiskey Tango Foxtrot||Geri Taub|
|2018||A Rainy Day in New York||Post-production|
|1986||Alex: The Life of a Child||Tina Crawford||Television movie|
|1987||Spenser: For Hire||Tracy Kincaid||Episode: "Sleepless Dream"|
|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|
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|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- "Cherry Jones Biography (1956–)". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- 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.
- Internet Broadway Database Cherry Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
- Brantley, Ben (14 February 2013). "'The Glass Menagerie,' at Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge, MA". New York Times. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Cherry Jones on IMDb
- Joyce Eng (20 September 2009). "Kristin Chenoweth, Jon Cryer Win First Emmys". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
- "Jones moves into 24 Oval Office". Reuters. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2008-07-26.
- 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. playbill.com, October 18, 2012
- "Cherry Jones, Ellen Burstyn, Cameron Mackintosh and More Inducted Into Broadway's Theater Hall of Fame". Retrieved April 10, 2013.
- "'Black Mirror' Season 3 Trailer: "No One Is This Happy'". Deadline. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
- Witchel, Alex. "Cherry Jones, at the Peak of Her Powers". New York Times.
- Crews, Chip. "A Benefit of 'Doubt'". Washington Post.
- "Cherry Jones: Prop 8 Supporters 'Will Be Ashamed of Themselves'".
- AfterEllen.com Sarah Paulson Archived June 9, 2005, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Velvetpark – Art Thought Culture". Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- AOL. "Jones, Paulson Have 'Happiest Break Up'". Popeater. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
- Bendix, Trish. "Cherry Jones on getting married and playing a lesbian feminist in Season 2 of "Transparent"". Afterellen.
- Stephen L. Betts (7 November 2014). "Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones Cast in Upcoming Hank Williams Movie". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cherry Jones.|
- Cherry Jones at the Internet Broadway Database
- Cherry Jones on IMDb
- Cherry Jones at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Cast Out: Queer Lives in Theater (U. Michigan Press, edited by Robin Bernstein) republishes the interview in which Cherry Jones first publicly discussed her sexuality.
- Cherry Jones – Downstage Center interview at American Theatre Wing.org
- TonyAwards.com Interview with Cherry Jones