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Cherry Jones



Well known as a premiere theater actress and an advocate for gay rights, Cherry Jones has also appeared in a number of high-profile films. Born and raised in Tennessee, Jones headed north to study drama at Carnegie Mellon University. A founding member of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, Jones spent the early years of her professional career performing in a wide range of plays. After she relocated to New York, Jones acted in numerous Broadway productions, including Angels in America, The Night of the Iguana, Our Country's Good, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. Her performance as the lonely heroine in the 1995 production of The Heiress earned Jones several awards, including the Tony.



Even as she became a theater star, Jones added TV and films to her repertoire in the 1980s, with supporting roles in the TV docudrama Alex: The Life of a Child (1986) and Paul Schrader's Light of Day (1987). Though drama was her primary forte, Jones also appeared in the hit comedies Housesitter (1992) and A League of Their Own (1992). After several years of stage work, Jones returned to films in the independent black comedy Julian Po (1997), and Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer (1998). Jones brought an air of forceful integrity to her roles as the embattled head of the Federal Theater Project in Tim Robbins' 1930s tapestry Cradle Will Rock (1999) and as one of the chemical contamination victims in Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brockovich (2000).



Unabashedly out since her professional debut at age 21, Jones made theater history of sorts when she thanked her same-sex domestic partner from the podium when she won her Tony for The Heiress. Jones added her voice to Out of the Past (1998), a documentary about the struggles of the gay rights movement throughout U.S. history, and co-starred in the TV movie about lesbian parents, What Makes a Family (2001).



Continuing to take smaller roles in big movies between her stage work, Jones followed Erin Brockovich with a turn as one of the residents on land forced to come to grips with the tragic effects of The Perfect Storm (2000). Back on summer movie screens two years later in two heavily hyped releases, Jones was one of the many oddly monikered women populating the eccentric female universe in Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002). In M. Night Shyamalan's spiritual science fiction hit Signs (2002), Jones quietly shined with her gentle yet no-nonsense performance as the local cop who gets involved in teasing out the meaning of the crop circles in anguished father Mel Gibson's corn field. Both Soderbergh and Shyamalan would continue to feature her such films as Ocean's Twelve and The Village, as Jones continued to rack up acclaim for her stage work, including a Best Actress Tony in 2005 for John Patrick Shanley's Doubt. In 2007 Fox announced that Jones would be portraying the first female president on the seventh season of 24.



In 2009 she would play a first lady embodying Eleanor Roosevelt in the biopic Amelia, and had a busy 2011 appearing in Jodie Foster's The Beaver as well as Garry Marshall's ensemble romantic comedy New Year's Eve. She returned to TV in 2012 with a role in the series Awake.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
20% I Saw the Light
  • Lillie Williams
2016
68% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
  • Geri Taub
2016
46% Knight of Cups
  • Ruth
2016
0% Days and Nights
  • Mary
2014
98% Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
  • Actor
2014
7% New Year's Eve
  • Mrs. Rose Ahern
2011
61% The Beaver
  • Vice President
2011
No Score Yet Awake
  • Actor
2011
79% Mother and Child
  • Sister Joanne
2010
20% Amelia
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
2009
100% 24: Redemption
  • Actor
2008
83% Swimmers
  • Julia
2005
56% Ocean's Twelve
  • "Molly Star"/Mrs. Caldwell
2004
43% The Village
  • Mrs. Clack
2004
83% Broadway: The Golden Age
  • Actor
2004
74% Signs
  • Officer Caroline Paski
2002
44% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  • Grandma Buggy
2002
No Score Yet What Makes a Family
  • Sandy Cataldi
2001
No Score Yet Cora Unashamed
  • Actor
2000
47% The Perfect Storm
  • Edie Bailey
2000
84% Erin Brockovich
  • Pamela Duncan
2000
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Hallie Flanagan
1999
No Score Yet The Lady in Question
  • Mimi Barnes
1999
No Score Yet Out of the Past
  • Voice of Annie Fields
1998
74% The Horse Whisperer
  • Liz Hammond
1998
No Score Yet Murder in a Small Town
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Julian Po
  • Lucy
1997
77% A League of Their Own
  • Additional Player
1992
37% Housesitter
  • Patty
1992
57% The Big Town
  • Ginger McDonald
1987
58% Light of Day
  • Cindy Montgomery
1987
No Score Yet Alex: The Life of a Child
  • Tina Crawford
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
81% Awake
2012
  • Dr. Judith Evans Judith Evans
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Lizabeth Studevant
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
79% 11.22.63
2016
  • Marguerite Oswald
75% Mercy Street
2016
  • Dorthea Dix
87% 24
2014
  • President Allison Taylor Allison Taylor
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Rep. Barbara Layton
98% Transparent
2014
  • Leslie Leslie
96% Black Mirror
2011-2014
  • Actor

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