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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 21, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Paris, Tennessee, USA Profession: actor, waitress

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During her more than two decades on the stage, heavily honored Broadway actress and occasional screen player Cherry Jones earned Tony Awards for "The Heiress" and John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt." Jones' affinity for independent, heroic females carried over into her screen appearances, which increased in the new millennium to include supporting roles as a fellow opponent of environmental poisoning in "Erin Brockovich" (2000) and the matriarch Grandma Buggy in "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (2002). When she was approached to take on the role of the courageous and idealistic first female President of the United States on the espionage drama "24" (Fox, 2001- ), primetime audiences were finally granted the opportunity to enjoy one of Broadway's finest actors from the comfort of their own living rooms.

During her more than two decades on the stage, heavily honored Broadway actress and occasional screen player Cherry Jones earned Tony Awards for "The Heiress" and John Patrick Shanley's "Doubt." Jones' affinity for independent, heroic females carried over into her screen appearances, which increased in the new millennium to include supporting roles as a fellow opponent of environmental poisoning in "Erin Brockovich" (2000) and the matriarch Grandma Buggy in "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (2002). When she was approached to take on the role of the courageous and idealistic first female President of the United States on the espionage drama "24" (Fox, 2001- ), primetime audiences were finally granted the opportunity to enjoy one of Broadway's finest actors from the comfort of their own living rooms.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I Saw the Light (2015)
3.
 Knight of Cups (2014)
4.
 Beaver, The (2011)
5.
 New Year's Eve (2011)
6.
 Mother and Child (2009)
7.
 Amelia (2009)
8.
 Swimmers (2005)
9.
 Ocean's Twelve (2004) Cast
10.
 Village, The (2004) Mrs. Clark
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Following graduation from college, spent a year with the BAM Theater Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music
1980:
Found a berth in the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge) for its inaugural season; did 25 plays in 6 seasons
1983:
Made television debut in the failed detective pilot "O'Malley"
1986:
First TV-movie, played Tina Crawford in "Alex: The Life of a Child" (ABC)
1987:
Made Broadway debut in "Stepping Out"; directed by Tommy Tune
1987:
Feature film debut in Paul Schrader's "Light of Day"; co-starred with Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett
1988:
Played Lady Macduff in the Christopher Plummer-Glenda Jackson production of "Macbeth"
1991:
Breakthrough stage role, playing the toughened and much abused ex-convict Liz Morden in Timberlake Wertenbaker's "Our Country's Good" on Broadway; earned her first Tony nomination
1992:
Won acclaim for her performance in Paula Vogel's Off-Broadway play "The Baltimore Waltz"
1995:
Delivered a Tony Award-winning performance as the meek yet defiant Catherine Sloper in the hit Lincoln Center revival of Ruth and Augustus Goetz's 1947 drama "The Heiress"
1995:
Starred in 18-minute short, "Polio Water"; written and directed by Caroline Kava
1996:
Lent her voice to the PBS documentary "The West"
1997:
Played deaf maid Lucy in Wade Allen's "Julian Po"
1997:
Appeared on stage in Tina Howe's "Pride's Crossing"
1998:
Had pivotal role as a veterinarian in Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer"
1999:
Played Hallie Flanagan in "Cradle Will Rock"; directed by Tim Robbins
2000:
Returned to the stage as Josie Hogan in O'Neill's "A Moon for the Misbegotten"; earned a Best Actress Tony nomination
2000:
Had featured role in Wolfgang Petersen's "The Perfect Storm"
2001:
Co-starred with Brooke Shields in the Lifetime movie "What Makes a Family"
2001:
Played the title role in the Broadway revival of "Major Barbara"
2002:
Had featured role in "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"
2002:
Co-starred with Swoosie Kurtz in the Nora Ephron play "Imaginary Friends" on Broadway
2002:
Appeared with Mel Gibson in the M. Night Shyamalan thriller "Signs"
2004:
Re-teamed with director M. Night Shyamalan for "The Village"
2005:
Starred as Sister Aloysius in the Boradway production of "Doubt"
2006:
Appeared opposite Ralph Fiennes, in the Broadway production of the "Faith Healer"
2007:
Joined the cast of "24" (FOX) in its seventh season, playing President Allison Taylor
2009:
Portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in Mira Nair's biopic, "Amelia," based on the life of Amelia Earhart
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Education

Carnegie-Mellon University: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania - 1978

Notes

Jones won Joseph Jefferson Awards in Chicago for her Goodman Theater performances as Hannah Jelkes in "The Night of the Iquana" and in the title role in "The Good Person of Setzuan"

"The parts sent my way are usually in films I wouldn't be caught dead in because they're either horribly violent or lack any kind of hope and optimism. I just can't bear that. So many people in my business whom I love and respect . . . get filthy rich cramming this violent message down America's throat every night." --Cherry Jones in USA TODAY, June 5, 1995

"I suppose my bitterness about Hollywood comes from having lost so many of my friends to Los Angeles. Still, I've rarely known an actor who's moved there to achieve a higher level of artistry. It's about fame and fortune and with fame and fortune comes a tremendous amount of compromise. I hope I can enter through the back door, just nice, small manageable character parts. Nothing is worth the loss of personal anonymity. I'm fascinated by film but there are many brilliant women honing their craft in movies. They don't need me." --Jones to LOS ANGELES TIMES, September 8, 1996

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Mary O'Connor. Architect. Designed Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, Long Island, New York.

Family close complete family listing

grandmother:
Thelma Cherry. Maternal grandmother; encouraged her to pursue an acting career with local drama teacher Ruby Crider who saw to it that Jones got into Carnegie-Mellon.

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