Cherry Jones

Actor, Waitress
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/21/1956 in Paris, Tennessee, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

Knight of Cups 2016 (Movie)

(Actor)

Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey 2015 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

I Saw the Light 2015 (Movie)

Lillie Williams (Actor)

Days and Nights 2014 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

Awake 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beaver 2011 (Movie)

Vice President (Actor)

24 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mother and Child 2010 (Movie)

Sister Joanne (Actor)

Amelia 2009 (Movie)

Eleanor Roosevelt (Actor)

Swimmers 2006 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Clubhouse 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ocean's Twelve 2004 (Movie)

"Molly Star"/Mrs. Caldwell (Actor)

The Village 2004 (Movie)

Mrs. Clark (Actor)

The West Wing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

Buggy (Actor)

Miss America 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Signs 2002 (Movie)

Officer Paski (Actor)

Cora Unashamed 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Erin Brockovich 2000 (Movie)

Pamela Duncan (Actor)

Lady in Question 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Miss America 2000 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Edie Bailey (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Hallie Flanagan (Actor)

Murder in a Small Town 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of the Past 1998 (Movie)

of Annie Adams Fields (Voice)

The Horse Whisperer 1998 (Movie)

Liz Hammond (Actor)

Julian Po 1997 (Movie)

Lucy--The Maid (Actor)

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Polio Water 1995 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Housesitter 1992 (Movie)

Patty (Actor)

Light of Day 1987 (Movie)

Cindy Montgomery (Actor)

The Big Town 1987 (Movie)

Ginger McDonald (Actor)

Adams Apple 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

O'Malley 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

24: Redemption (TV Show)

Actor

Alex: The Life of a Child (TV Show)

Actor

Margaret Sanger (TV Show)

Voice

The Lady in Question (Movie)

Mimi Barnes (Actor)

What Makes a Family (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Thelma Cherry

Grandmother
Maternal grandmother encouraged her to pursue an acting career

Mary O'Connor

Companion
Designed Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY was thanked in 1995, when Jones accepted her first Tony Award no longer together

Sarah Paulson Actor

Companion
Became public with their relationship during the 2005 Tony Awards Jones confirmed their split in October 2009

EDUCATION

Carnegie-Mellon University

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania 1978
Graduated

Milestones

2009

Portrayed Eleanor Roosevelt in Mira Nair's biopic, "Amelia," based on the life of Amelia Earhart

2007

Joined the cast of "24" (FOX) in its seventh season, playing President Allison Taylor

2006

Appeared opposite Ralph Fiennes, in the Broadway production of the "Faith Healer"

2005

Starred as Sister Aloysius in the Boradway production of "Doubt"

2004

Re-teamed with director M. Night Shyamalan for "The Village"

2002

Co-starred with Swoosie Kurtz in the Nora Ephron play "Imaginary Friends" on Broadway

2002

Had featured role in "The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"

2002

Appeared with Mel Gibson in the M. Night Shyamalan thriller "Signs"

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"

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"

1999

Played Hallie Flanagan in "Cradle Will Rock"; directed by Tim Robbins

1998

Had pivotal role as a veterinarian in Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer"

1997

Played deaf maid Lucy in Wade Allen's "Julian Po"

1997

Appeared on stage in Tina Howe's "Pride's Crossing"

1996

Lent her voice to the PBS documentary "The West"

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

1992

Won acclaim for her performance in Paula Vogel's Off-Broadway play "The Baltimore Waltz"

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

1988

Played Lady Macduff in the Christopher Plummer-Glenda Jackson production of "Macbeth"

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

1986

First TV-movie, played Tina Crawford in "Alex: The Life of a Child" (ABC)

1983

Made television debut in the failed detective pilot "O'Malley"

1980

Found a berth in the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge) for its inaugural season; did 25 plays in 6 seasons

Following graduation from college, spent a year with the BAM Theater Company at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

Bonus Trivia

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"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." - Jones to USA Today, June 5, 1995

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"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 The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 8, 1996

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