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Lynne Thigpen

Highest Rated:   100% Bob Roberts (1992)
Lowest Rated:   11% Hello Again (1987)
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Birthplace:   Joliet, Illinois, USA
American actress Lynne Thigpen was part of the original cast of the stage musical Godspell in 1971. She reprised her role for the 1973 film and went on to work for three decades on both the stage and screen. Theatrical audiences may remember her for her Tony-nominated lead role in Tintypes, but she is probably best known as the Chief, the host of the PBS educational game shows Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? On the big screen, Thigpen appeared in the mainstream features Tootsie, Lean on Me, and Bob Roberts. However, she fared much better in powerful roles on television. She was Aunt Grace Keefer on All My Children, DA Ruby Thomas on L.A. Law, and Judge Ida Boucher on Law & Order. Other TV appearances include thirtysomething, Homicide: Life on the Street, and several Hallmark Hall of Fame features. Possessing rich, powerful speech, Thigpen lent her voice to several different projects. Already known on PBS as the Chief, she narrated stories on Reading Rainbow and provided voices for Bear in the Big Blue House. She also read best-selling novels audiobooks, including titles by Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston. After a lengthy career on-stage, two Obie awards, and an L.A. Drama Critics award, Thigpen finally received her first Tony award in 1997 for her portrayal of Dr. Judith Kaufman in Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter. She reprised her role for the 2000 made-for-TV adaptation, released on home video with the title Trial by Media. That same year, she was cast as statistics clerk Ella Mae Farmer in the CBS dramatic series The District. On the big screen, she played authority figures like President Marjorie Bota in Bicentennial Man and Judge Brenda Daniels in Anger Management. A shock to her fellow cast members on The District, Thigpen died of a heart attack in her Los Angeles home in 2003. She was 54.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
43% Anger Management
  • Judge Daniels
$133.8M 2003
No Score Yet Bear in the Big Blue House - Practice Makes Perfect
  • Actor
2003
38% Novocaine
  • Pat
$1.6M 2001
No Score Yet Dinner and a Movie
  • Eleanor
2001
68% Shaft
  • Carla Howard
$70.4M 2000
No Score Yet An American Daughter
  • Dr. Judith Kaufman
2000
37% Bicentennial Man
  • Tribunal Leader
1999
96% The Insider
  • Mrs. Williams
1999
15% Random Hearts
  • Phyllis Bonaparte
1999
No Score Yet Night Ride Home
  • Fran
1999
No Score Yet The Boys Next Door
  • Mrs. Tracy
1996
No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling
  • Capt. Gigi Cardenas
1995
25% Just Cause
  • Ida Conklin
1995
13% Blankman
  • Grandma
1994
88% The Paper
  • Janet
1994
42% Naked in New York
  • Helen
1994
100% Bob Roberts
  • Kelly Noble
1992
46% Article 99
  • Nurse White
1992
83% Separate But Equal
  • Alice
1991
25% Impulse
  • Dr. Gardner
1990
69% Lean on Me
  • Leona Barrett
1989
85% Running on Empty
  • Eldridge St. Contact
1988
11% Hello Again
  • Reporter
1987
75% Sweet Liberty
  • Claire
1986
No Score Yet Rockabye
  • Rica Towne
1986
64% Streets of Fire
  • Motorwoman
1984
89% Tootsie
  • Jo
1982
No Score Yet Tintypes
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet When Hell Freezes Over, I'll Skate
  • Actor
1979
89% The Warriors
  • D.J.
1979
62% Godspell
  • Lynne
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Trial Judge Ida Boucher Judge Ida Boucher Judge Boucher
  • 1999
  • 1995
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Dr. Bryce
  • 1996
  • 1989

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