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Cherry Jones

Born in the small town of Paris, Tennessee, Cherry Jones was encouraged by her grandmother to pursue acting when Jones showed interest in it as a child. She attended the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh and used her training to pursue a much honored career in theatre as well as television and film. In 1980 Jones became one of the founding members of The American Repertory Theatre. Her Broadway credits include Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Our Country’s Good, for which she received her first Tony nomination, and Night of the Iguana. Jones received her first Tony Award in 1995 for best actress for her performance in The Heiress. During her acceptance speech she thanked her then-partner, outing herself and thus becoming the first openly lesbian woman to receive a Tony. She won her second Tony award in 2005 for her role as a Catholic nun in the much-honored play, Doubt. Jones has also taken many supporting roles in television and film, most notably as President Taylor on FOX’s 24, for which she won a prime time Emmy Award.