Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox was a female transgender actress known as much for her powerful acting ability as for her role as a movement spokeswoman. Her breakthrough role came on Netflix's female prison drama series "Orange is the New ... Read more »
Born: in Mobile, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (31)

Doubt 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Trans List 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Herself

Hollywood Game Night 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Megyn Kelly Presents 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Teen Choice 2016 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Performer

The Daily Show 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Late Late Show With James Corden 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Trailblazer Honors 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Herself

Grandma 2015 (Movie)

Deathy (Actor)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2015 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Presenter

Trans Teen: the Documentary 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Conan 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Faking It 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Project Runway All Stars 2014 (Tv Show)

Judge

Orange Is the New Black 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Musical Chairs 2012 (Movie)

Chantelle (Actor)

Transform Me 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Undateable 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bored to Death 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

2015 Billboard Music Awards (TV Show)

Presenter

The Mindy Project (Tv Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Trans Teen: the Documentary 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Laverne Cox was a female transgender actress known as much for her powerful acting ability as for her role as a movement spokeswoman. Her breakthrough role came on Netflix's female prison drama series "Orange is the New Black" (2013-), in which she played transgender prison inmate Sophia Burset, although she also appeared in the series "Law & Order" (NBC 1990-2010) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC 1999- ). She got her break as the first transgender constant on Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' reality television show "I Want to Work For Diddy" (VH1 2008-2010), leading to a series of her own reality production "TRANSform Me" (VH1 2010). Cox grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and was the subject of bullying and discrimination because of her sexuality. At this time her twin brother, the singer known as M. Lamar, was a constant companion to her. He went on to play the flashback, pre-gender swap version of Sophia as a firefighter who steals credit cards to fund his swap in "Orange is the New Black," in an episode directed by Jodie Foster. Having lived openly as a woman since the late 1990s while a student at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, Cox took the decision to step away from reality television and work exclusively as an actress following "TRANSform Me." She also wrote for the Huffington Post on transgender issues. Her film work included supporting roles in Susan Seidelman's dance drama "Musical Chairs" (2012) and Paul Weitz's comedy-drama "Grandma" opposite Lily Tomlin.

Relationships

M. Lamar Actor

Brother

EDUCATION

Marymount Manhattan College

Milestones

2015

Co-starred with Lily Tomlin in Paul Weitz's "Grandma"

2013

Co-starred as Sophia Burset in Netflix series "Orange is the New Black"

2012

Co-starred in Susan Seidelman's dance drama "Musical Chairs"

2010

Starred in and produced VH1 reality series "TRANSform Me"

2008

Debuted on television in NBC's "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"

2004

Made film debut in "The Kings of Brooklyn"

Bonus Trivia

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Began working as a drag performer in New York's Lower East Side while studying at Marymount Manhattan College.

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As a struggling actor in New York, was a contestant on the VH1 reality series "I Want To Work For Diddy" in 2008, eliminated in the 6th of 10 episodes.

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On genital augmentation as a part of gender reassignment surgery: "I do feel there is a preoccupation with that. The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people. And then we don't get to really deal with the real lived experiences. The reality of trans people's lives is that so often we are targets of violence. We experience discrimination disproportionately to the rest of the community. Our unemployment rate is twice the national average; if you are a trans person of color, that rate is four times the national average. The homicide rate is highest among trans women. If we focus on transition, we don't actually get to talk about those things." -- Katie, January 6, 2014

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Has worked with the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, the Anti-Violence Project and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

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On Caitlyn Jenner: "This is why I’m so grateful that I had the luxury of transitioning in private. Because when you transition in the public eye, the transition becomes the story. I’m always disturbed when I see conversations about trans people that focus on surgery. But I believe Caitlyn will transcend this moment." -- Entertainment Weekly, June 19, 2015

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