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Born: April 4, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Trinidad & Tobago Profession: actress

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A commanding character actress with a powerful screen presence, Lorraine Toussaint graduated from Juilliard and built a theatrical career as a Shakespearean actress before she tackled screen acting, landing supporting roles in such films as "Hudson Hawk" (1991), "Point of No Return" (1993) and "Dangerous Minds" (1995) and a series regular role opposite Annie Potts on the then-and-now best friends drama "Any Day Now" (Lifetime, 1998-2002), for which she earned five Outstanding Lead Actress Image Award nominations. She recurred on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010) and "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 2006-08; The 101 Network, 2008-2011), earned a series regular role opposite Holly Hunter on "Saving Grace" (TNT, 2007-2010) and notched a supporting turn in the Jamie Fox/Robert Downey, Jr. drama "The Soloist" (2009). An immensely gifted actress who had long flown under the radar, Toussaint earned a massive critical boost with her powerful supporting turn in the indie "Middle of Nowhere" (2012), as a hardworking mother who struggles to support her daughter's (Emayatzy Corinealdi) decision to put her life on hold to support her incarcerated husband (Omari Hardwick). One of the...

A commanding character actress with a powerful screen presence, Lorraine Toussaint graduated from Juilliard and built a theatrical career as a Shakespearean actress before she tackled screen acting, landing supporting roles in such films as "Hudson Hawk" (1991), "Point of No Return" (1993) and "Dangerous Minds" (1995) and a series regular role opposite Annie Potts on the then-and-now best friends drama "Any Day Now" (Lifetime, 1998-2002), for which she earned five Outstanding Lead Actress Image Award nominations. She recurred on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010) and "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 2006-08; The 101 Network, 2008-2011), earned a series regular role opposite Holly Hunter on "Saving Grace" (TNT, 2007-2010) and notched a supporting turn in the Jamie Fox/Robert Downey, Jr. drama "The Soloist" (2009). An immensely gifted actress who had long flown under the radar, Toussaint earned a massive critical boost with her powerful supporting turn in the indie "Middle of Nowhere" (2012), as a hardworking mother who struggles to support her daughter's (Emayatzy Corinealdi) decision to put her life on hold to support her incarcerated husband (Omari Hardwick). One of the best and most striking character actresses in the business, Lorraine Toussaint left many critics and fans hoping her considerable talents would be even more widely recognized.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Soloist, The (2009)
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 Sky Is Falling, The (1999) Janie
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 Black Dog (1998) Avery
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 Blackout Effect (1998) Kim Garfield
8.
 Jaded (1997) Carol
9.
 Cherokee Kid (1996) Mama Turner
10.
 Good Doctor: The Paul Fleiss Story, The (1996) Judge Marshall
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1970:
Emigrated to New York from the West Indies with her mother
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Landed first paying job as Lady MacBeth with Shakespeare & Company
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Moved to Los Angeles, CA after acting on the New York stage for 12 years
1983:
Debut TV appearance, "The Face of Rage" (ABC)
1989:
Made film debut as Delphine in "Breaking In" with Burt Reynolds
1989:
Appeared in Mark Lamos' production of "Measure for Measure" at the Lincoln Center in New York
1990:
Cast in recurring role as defense lawyer Shambala Green on NBC drama "Law & Order"
1991:
Played role of Almond Joy opposite Bruce Willis in "Hudson Hawk"
1993:
Played a West Indian character for the first time in "Playboy of the West Indies" at the Lincoln Center in New York
1993:
Appeared opposite Bridget Fonda in "Point of No Return," a remake of Luc Besson's "Nikita" (1990)
1996:
Co-starred with Cher and Anne Heche in "1996" segment of award-winning HBO movie "If These Walls Could Talk"
1998:
Co-starred with Annie Potts on Lifetime drama series "Any Day Now"
2002:
Played assistant medical examiner Elaine Duchamps on NBC crime drama "Crossing Jordan"
2003:
Appeared regularly on short-lived ABC drama "Threat Matrix"
2005:
Co-starred in ABC TV movie adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel of the same name "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
2007:
Cast in recurring role as prison inmate Yoga, who befriends Claire Meade (Judith Light) on ABC comedy series "Ugly Betty"
2007:
Cast as Captain Kate Perry opposite Holly Hunter on TNT drama series "Saving Grace"
2009:
Cast in "The Soloist," directed by Joe Wright
2012:
Co-starred in indie drama "Middle of Nowhere"
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Education

The Juilliard School: New York , New York -
The School of Performing Arts: New York , New York - 1978

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companion:
Curtis Peek. Actor. Engaged; met when they acted together in "Any Day Now".

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mother:
Janet Beane. Domestic. Raised Toussaint as a single mother; diagnosed with multiple sclerosis;.

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