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Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones
Jones at 24's season 7 finale screening, 2009
Born Cherry Jones[1][2]
(1956-11-21) November 21, 1956
Paris, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1980–present
Partner(s) Sarah Paulson (2004–2009)[3]

Cherry Jones[4][5] (born November 21, 1956) is an American actress who is most noted for her work on Broadway. She has won two Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and an Emmy Award.

Jones made her Broadway debut in the 1987 original Broadway Production of Stepping Out. A five-time Tony Award nominee, she has twice won Best Actress in a Play, for the 1995 revival of The Heiress and the 2005 original production of Doubt. On television, she starred as Allison Taylor on the FOX series 24 (2008-10), for which she won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama series. Her films include The Horse Whisperer (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000), The Village (2004) and Amelia (2009).


  • Career 1
  • Personal life 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Film 3.1
    • Television 3.2
  • Awards and nominations 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Jones may be best known for her role as President Allison Taylor on the Fox series 24, for which she won an Emmy. However, most of her career has been in the theatre on Broadway, including her Tony-winning lead performances in Lincoln Center's 1995 production of The Heiress and John Patrick Shanley's play Doubt, a role which earned her the 2005 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Play. The play opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in March 2005.

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.[6] She is considered to be one of the foremost theater actresses in the United States.[7]

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 as well as eighth season, which began airing in January 2010 and concluded in 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]

Personal life

Jones was born in Paris, Tennessee, to a high school teacher mother and a flower shop owner father.[13] 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.[14]

In 1995, when Jones accepted her first Tony Award, she thanked her then girlfriend, architect Mary O'Connor. 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 Jones's girlfriend, actress Sarah Paulson.[15] The pair had attended the awards together and kissed right after Jones won. 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.[16]

Paulson and Jones ended their relationship amicably in 2009.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Alex: The Life of a Child Tina Crawford Television movie
1987 Light of Day Cindy Montgomery
1987 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 Murder in a Small Town Mimi Television movie
1999 Cradle Will Rock Hallie Flanagan
1999 The Lady in Question Mimi Barnes
2000 Erin Brockovich Pamela Duncan
2000 The Perfect Storm Edie Bailey
2000 Cora Unashamed Lizbeth Studevant Television movie
2001 What Makes a Family Sandy Cataldi Television movie
2000 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Buggy Abbott
2002 Signs Officer Paski
2004 The Village Mrs. Clack
2004 Ocean's Twelve Molly Star/Mrs. Caldwell
2005 Swimmers Julia Tyler
2008 24: Redemption President-Elect Allison Taylor Television movie
2009 Amelia Eleanor Roosevelt
2010 Mother and Child Sister Joanne
2011 The Beaver Vice President
2011 New Year's Eve Mrs. Rose Ahern
2013 Days and Nights Mary Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Spenser: For Hire Tracy Kincaid Episode: "Sleepless Dream"
2004 The West Wing Barbara Layton Episode: "Eppur Si Muove"
2004–05 Clubhouse Sister Marie 3 episodes
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 13 episodes

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1991 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play Our Country's Good Nominated
1995 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play The Heiress Won
1995 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play The Heiress Won
1998 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Pride's Crossing Won
2000 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play A Moon for the Misbegotten Nominated
2004 GLAAD Media Awards Vito Russo Award Herself Won
2005 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Doubt Won
2005 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play Doubt Won
2006 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play Faith Healer Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 24 Won
2009 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film 24 Nominated
2014 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actress in a Play The Glass Menagerie Won
2014 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play The Glass Menagerie Nominated


  1. ^ Jones, Paulson Have 'Happiest Break Up'
  2. ^ Sarah Paulson
  3. ^ Warn, Sarah (June 7, 2005). "Sarah Paulson in the Spotlight". Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  4. ^ Jones, Paulson Have 'Happiest Break Up'
  5. ^ Sarah Paulson
  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 at the Internet Movie Database
  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", 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. ^ Cherry Jones Biography (1956-)
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Sarah Paulson
  16. ^
  17. ^ Jones, Paulson Have 'Happiest Break Up'

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