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Also Known As: Cynthia Ellen Nixon Died:
Born: April 9, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actress

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A veteran actress while still not quite out of her teens, Cynthia Nixon's adult career was built on star turns in critically lauded stage productions like "Hurly Burly" and "The Heidi Chronicles," which she alternated with memorable supporting turns in film and television productions like "Amadeus" (1984) and Robert Altman's "Tanner" (HBO, 1988). In 1998, she finally achieved widespread fame as the romantically cautious lawyer Miranda Hobbes in "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2005) and its 2008 theatrical feature. Her private life briefly eclipsed her newfound pop culture icon status when she ended her 15-year relationship with the father of her two children in 2004 to be with education activist Christine Marinoni. Nixon's fame and talent outweighed tabloid interest in her personal life, however, and she triumphed again with the successful "Sex and the City 2" (2010). An Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner, Nixon remained a highly skilled and respected actress who remained happy to tackle challenging roles on the stage or on screen.

A veteran actress while still not quite out of her teens, Cynthia Nixon's adult career was built on star turns in critically lauded stage productions like "Hurly Burly" and "The Heidi Chronicles," which she alternated with memorable supporting turns in film and television productions like "Amadeus" (1984) and Robert Altman's "Tanner" (HBO, 1988). In 1998, she finally achieved widespread fame as the romantically cautious lawyer Miranda Hobbes in "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2005) and its 2008 theatrical feature. Her private life briefly eclipsed her newfound pop culture icon status when she ended her 15-year relationship with the father of her two children in 2004 to be with education activist Christine Marinoni. Nixon's fame and talent outweighed tabloid interest in her personal life, however, and she triumphed again with the successful "Sex and the City 2" (2010). An Emmy, Tony and Grammy winner, Nixon remained a highly skilled and respected actress who remained happy to tackle challenging roles on the stage or on screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Too Big to Fail (2011)
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 Lymelife (2008)
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 Sex and the City (2008)
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 Babysitters, The (2007)
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 One Last Thing (2005)
9.
 Warm Springs (2005)
10.
 Little Manhattan (2005)
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Milestones close milestones

1979:
Made TV debut at the age of 12 on the ABC Afterschool Special "The Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid"
1980:
Feature debut in "Little Darlings" playing Sunshine Walker, the daughter of hippie parents
1980:
Broadway debut as the bratty Dinah Lord in the revival of "The Philadelphia Story"
1981:
Appeared in Sidney Lumet's "Prince of the City"
1982:
TV-movie debut, "My Body, My Child" (ABC) playing Vanessa Redgrave's daughter
1984:
Played the daughter of Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"; also simultaneously appeared in David Rabe's "Hurlyburly"; both directed by Mike Nichols
1984:
Portrayed Mozart's maid in Milos Forman's "Amadeus"
1988:
Played the daughter of a presidential candidate in Robert Altman's episodic political satire "Tanner '88" (HBO)
1988:
Acted in the workshop production of "The Heidi Chronicles"; played several characters when it came to Broadway in 1989
1993:
Had featured role as Heather in "Addams Family Values"
1994:
Replaced Marcia Gay Harden as Harper Pitt, the pill-popping Mormon wife whose husband reveals his homosexuality in Tony Kushner's two-part theatrical epic "Angels in America: Millennium Approaches" and "Angels in America: Perestroika"
1996:
Received a Tony nomination for her role as the headstrong young woman who falls for a mama's boy in "Indiscretions"
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Founding member of the theatrical troupe The Drama Dept. with Sarah Jessica Parker, Dylan Baker, John Cameron Mitchell and Billy Crudup; acted in the group's productions of Tennessee Wiliams' "Kingdom on Earth" (1996), a revival of "June Moon" (1997) and "The Country Club" (1999)
1997:
Returned to Broadway, succeeding Jessica Hecht in the Tony Award-winning "The Last Night of Ballyhoo"
1998:
Landed breakthrough TV role as Miranda Hobbes, the no-nonsense lawyer on the HBO series "Sex and the City"; received Emmy (2002, 2003, 2005), Golden Globe (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006) and SAG (2006) nominations
1999:
Made cameo appearance as a participant in a Sexaholics Anonymous meeting in the remake of "The Out-of-Towners"
2000:
First leading role in a feature, as a video artist romanced by a bisexual actor in "Advice from a Caterpillar"
2001:
Appeared in the Broadway revival of "The Women"
2002:
Had a small part in the indie comedy "Igby Goes Down"
2005:
Reprised role in "Tanner on Tanner," the sequel to the HBO political satire "Tanner '88"
2005:
Portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt for HBO's "Warm Springs" opposite Kenneth Branagh as Franklin Roosevelt; received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for the role
2006:
Won a Tony Award for her portrayal of a grieving mother in Broadway's "Rabbit Hole"
2006:
Performed the title role in the off-Broadway play "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie"
2007:
Guest starred on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
2008:
Reprised the character of Miranda Hobbes in the big screen adaptation "Sex and the City: The Movie"
2010:
Guest starred on Showtime's "The Big C" as the college roommate of Laura Linney's character
2010:
Returned as Miranda Hobbes for "Sex and the City 2"
2011:
Featured in the HBO movie "Too Big to Fail"
2012:
Cast in the crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson
2012:
Starred in the Broadway play "Wit"
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Education

Hunter College High School,: New York , New York -
Barnard College: New York , New York - 1988

Notes

"Because I started working as a kid, I had no ego at all. I just did what people told me to do, and it worked. I've been very lucky with the directors I've had. The director is your audience until you have one, and you have to learn to trust him. As a child actor, you're trained to do line readings--from the very beginning of rehearsals you learn to say each line like you mean it. It was a revelation working with adults who start out just saying the lines and don't feel forced to immediately give a performance." --Cynthia Nixon

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Danny Mozes. Teacher. Teaches English at Lehman College; met in junior high school; together since 1988; have two children together; no longer together as of October 2003.
companion:
Christine Marinoni. Education activist. New York City director of the Alliance for Quality Education; met while working together at Alliance events; rumored to be dating as of January 2004.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Walter Nixon. Radio journalist. Divorced from Nixon's mother; deceased.
mother:
Anne Nixon. Former actor. Studied acting with Stella Adler and Uta Hagen; divorced from Nixon's father.
daughter:
Samantha Mozes. Born c. November 1996; father, Danny Mozes.
son:
Charles Ezekiel Mozes. Born December 16, 2001; father, Danny Mozes.
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