Lynne Thigpen

Highest Rated: 97% Bob Roberts (1992)
Lowest Rated: 11% Hello Again (1987)
Birthday: Dec 22, 1948
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

CREDIT
42% 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
67% Shaft Carla Howard $70.4M 2000
No Score Yet An American Daughter Dr. Judith Kaufman 2000
36% 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
24% Just Cause Ida Conklin 1995
13% Blankman Grandma 1994
88% The Paper Janet 1994
42% Naked in New York Helen 1994
97% Bob Roberts Kelly Noble 1992
43% 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
67% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Trial Judge Ida Boucher Judge Ida Boucher Judge Boucher
  • 1999
  • 1995
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 1998
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Regina Wilson
  • 1997
No Score Yet Promised Land
1996-1999
Dr. Bea Goldman
  • 1997
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Dr. Bryce
  • 1996
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Mrs. Hudson
  • 1991
No Score Yet Bear in the Big Blue House
2006
Performer
No Score Yet Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
1996
Chief

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