Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon

Birth name: Cynthia Ellen Nixon
Born: April 9, 1966
Age: 52
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
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Biography

Cynthia Ellen Nixon (born April 9, 1966) is an American actress, activist, and gubernatorial candidate in the State of New York. She is known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998-2004), for which she won the 2004 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She reprised the role in the films Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). Other film credits include Amadeus (1984), James White (2015), and playing Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion (2016).

Nixon made her Broadway debut in the 1980 revival of The Philadelphia Story. Other Broadway credits include The Real Thing (1983), Hurlyburly (1983), Indiscretions (1995), The Women (2001), and Wit (2012). She won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Rabbit Hole, the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for An Inconvenient Truth, and the 2017 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Little Foxes. Her other television roles include playing political figures Eleanor Roosevelt in Warm Springs (2005), Michele Davis in Too Big to Fail (2011), and playing Nancy Reagan in the 2016 television film Killing Reagan.

Nixon initially became an actress in order to save money to support herself through college at Barnard College. On March 19, 2018, she announced her campaign for Governor of New York.

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Early life and education

Nixon was born in Manhattan, the only child of Anne Elizabeth (née Knoll; died 2013), originally from Chicago, and Walter E. Nixon Jr. (died 1998), a radio journalist from Texas. She is of English and German descent. Nixon's parents divorced when she was six years old. She graduated from Hunter College High School and attended Barnard College of Columbia University. Nixon was an actress all through her years at Hunter middle and high school, often taking time away from school to perform in film and on the stage. Nixon also acted in order to pay her way through college. In the spring of 1986, she studied abroad with Semester at Sea. She has no family ties or relations with the late 37th US President Richard M. Nixon.

Career

Early career

Nixon's first onscreen appearance was as an imposter on To Tell the Truth, where her mother worked. She began acting at age 12 as the object of a wealthy school mate's crush in The Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid, a 1979 ABC Afterschool Special. She made her feature debut co-starring with Kristy McNichol and Tatum O'Neal in Little Darlings (1980). She made her Broadway debut as Dinah Lord in a 1980 revival of The Philadelphia Story. Alternating between film, TV and stage, she did projects like the 1982 ABC movie My Body, My Child, the features Prince of the City (1981) and I Am the Cheese (1983), and the 1982 Off-Broadway productions of John Guare's Lydie Breeze.

In 1984, while a freshman at Barnard College, Nixon made theatrical history by simultaneously appearing in two hit Broadway plays directed by Mike Nichols. These were The Real Thing, where Nixon played the daughter of Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski; and Hurlyburly, where she played a young woman who encounters sleazy Hollywood executives. The two theaters were just two blocks apart and Nixon's roles were both short, so she could run from one to the other. Onscreen, she played the role of Salieri's maid/spy, Lorl, in Amadeus (1984). In 1985, she appeared alongside Jeff Daniels in Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky at Second Stage Theatre.

She landed her first major supporting role in a movie as an intelligent teenager who aids her boyfriend (Christopher Collet) in building a nuclear bomb in Marshall Brickman's The Manhattan Project (1986). Nixon was part of the cast of the NBC miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan (NBC, 1988) starring Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey, and portrayed the daughter of a presidential candidate (Michael Murphy) in Tanner '88 (1988), Robert Altman's political satire for HBO. She reprised the role for the 2004 sequel, Tanner on Tanner.

1990s

On stage, Nixon portrayed Juliet in a 1988 New York Shakespeare Festival production of Romeo and Juliet, and acted in the workshop production of Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles, playing several characters after it came to Broadway in 1989. She was the guest star in the second episode of the long running NBC television series Law & Order. She played the role of an agoraphobic woman in a February 1993 episode of Murder, She Wrote titled, "Threshold of Fear".

Nixon succeeded Marcia Gay Harden as Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America (1994), received a Tony nomination for her performance in Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles) (1996), her sixth Broadway show, and, although she originally lost the part to another actress, eventually took over the role of Lala Levy in the Tony-winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1997).

Nixon was a founding member of the Off-Broadway theatrical troupe Drama Dept., which included Sarah Jessica Parker, Dylan Baker, John Cameron Mitchell and Billy Crudup among its actors, appearing in the group's productions of Kingdom on Earth (1996), June Moon and As Bees in Honey Drown (both 1997), Hope is the Thing with Feathers (1998), and The Country Club (1999).

She had supporting roles in Addams Family Values (1993), Baby's Day Out (1994), Marvin's Room (1996) and The Out-of-Towners (1999).

Stardom

She raised her profile significantly as one of the four regulars on HBO's successful comedy Sex and the City (1998-2004), as the lawyer Miranda Hobbes. Nixon received three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2002, 2003, 2004), winning the award in 2004, for the show's final season.

The immense popularity of the series led Nixon to enjoy her first leading role in a feature, playing a video artist who falls in love, despite her best efforts to avoid commitment, with a bisexual actor who just happens to be dating a gay man (her best friend) in Advice from a Caterpillar (2000), as well as starring opposite Scott Bakula in the holiday television movie Papa's Angels (2000). In 2002, she also landed a role in the indie comedy Igby Goes Down, and her turn in the theatrical production of Clare Boothe Luce's play The Women was captured for PBS' Stage on Screen series.

Post-Sex and the City, Nixon made a guest appearance on ER in 2005, as a mother who undergoes a tricky procedure to lessen the effects of a debilitating stroke. She followed up with a turn as Eleanor Roosevelt for HBO's Warm Springs (2005), which chronicled Franklin Delano Roosevelt's quest for a miracle cure for his polio. Nixon earned an Emmy nomination as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance. In December 2005, she appeared in the Fox TV series House in the episode "Deception", as a patient who suffers a seizure.

In 2006, she appeared in David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole in a Manhattan Theatre Club production, and won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Play). (This part was later played by Nicole Kidman in the movie adaptation of the play.) In 2008, she revived her role as Miranda Hobbes in the Sex and the City feature film, directed by HBO executive producer Michael Patrick King and co-starring the cast of the original series.

Also in 2008, she won an Emmy for her guest appearance in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, portraying a woman pretending to have dissociative identity disorder. In 2008, Nixon made a brief uncredited cameo in the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She appears in the background when Jason Segel's character mimics characters from Sex and the City at a bar.

In 2009, Nixon won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album along with Beau Bridges and Blair Underwood for the album An Inconvenient Truth (Al Gore).

2010s

In March 2010, Nixon received the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. The award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional "who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community". It was announced in June 2010 that Nixon would appear in four episodes of the Showtime series The Big C.

Nixon appeared in a Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode based on the problems surrounding the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Her character is "Amanda Reese, the high-strung and larger-than-life director behind a problem-plagued Broadway version of Icarus", loosely modeled after Spider-Man director, Julie Taymor.

In 2012, Nixon starred as Professor Vivian Bearing in the Broadway debut of Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit. Produced by the Manhattan Theatre Club, the play opened January 26, 2012 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Nixon received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for this performance.

In 2012, Nixon also starred as Petranilla in the TV miniseries of Ken Follett's World Without End broadcast on the ReelzChannel, alongside Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley and Miranda Richardson.

In 2015, Nixon appeared in two films, which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival; Stockholm, Pennsylvania, and James White. She received critical acclaim for both performances, especially for the latter, which many considered as "Oscar-worthy".

Nixon played the leading role of reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson in the biographical film A Quiet Passion directed and written by Terence Davies. The film premiered in February 2016 at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. In May 2016, it was announced that Nixon would play Nancy Reagan in the upcoming television film adaptation of Killing Reagan. Filming began in late May and the film aired in October 2016.

Nixon appeared on Broadway in the revival of The Little Foxes, officially opening on April 19, 2017 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. She alternated the roles of Regina and Birdie with Laura Linney, winning her second Tony Award for her performance as Birdie.

Political activism

Nixon is a prominent advocate for LGBT rights in the United States, particularly same-sex marriage. She met her future wife at a 2002 gay rights rally, and announced her engagement at a rally for New York marriage equality in 2009. In 2013, Nixon was honored with the Artist for Equality award by Yale University, and in 2018 Nixon was honored with the Visibility Award by the Human Rights Campaign.

Nixon is a long-time advocate for public education. She is a spokesperson for New York's Alliance for Quality Education, a public education fairness advocacy organization.

Nixon also has a history of advocacy in support of women's health.

New York gubernatorial election

Main article: New York gubernatorial election, 2018

In 2018, it was reported that Nixon was preparing a liberal challenge to the incumbent governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.

On March 19, 2018, she announced via Twitter that she was running for Governor of New York.

On March 26, 2018, she went to the State Capitol for a rally with Alliance for Quality Education in Albany, New York State's capital city.

Personal life

From 1988 to 2003, Nixon was in a relationship with schoolteacher Danny Mozes. They have two children together, daughter Samantha (born November 1996) and son Charles Ezekiel (born December 16, 2002).

In 2004, Nixon began dating education activist Christine Marinoni. Nixon and Marinoni became engaged in April 2009, and married in New York City on May 27, 2012, with Nixon wearing a custom-made, pale green dress by Carolina Herrera. Marinoni gave birth to a son, Max Ellington, in 2011.

Regarding her sexual orientation, Nixon remarked in 2007: "I don't really feel I've changed. I'd been with men all my life, and I'd never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn't seem so strange. I'm just a woman in love with another woman." She identified herself as bisexual in 2012. Nixon has taken a public stand supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington state, Marinoni's home state, hosting a fundraising event in support of Washington Referendum 74 for that purpose.

Nixon and her family attend Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, an LGBT synagogue.

In October 2006, Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer during routine mammography. She initially decided not to go public with her illness because of the stigma involved, but in April 2008, she announced her battle with the disease in an interview with Good Morning America. Since then, Nixon has become a breast cancer activist. She convinced the head of NBC to air her breast cancer special in a prime time program, and became an Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Little Darlings Sunshine Walker
1981 Prince of the City Jeannie
1983 I Am the Cheese Amy Hertz
1984 Amadeus Lorl
1986 Manhattan Project, TheThe Manhattan Project Jenny Anderman
1987 O.C. and Stiggs Michelle
1988 Murder of Mary Phagan, TheThe Murder of Mary Phagan Doreen
1989 Let It Ride Evangeline
1993 Pelican Brief, TheThe Pelican Brief Alice Stark
1993 Addams Family Values Heather
1993 Through an Open Window Nancy Cooper Short film
1994 Baby's Day Out Gilbertine
1996 Marvin's Room Retirement Home Director
2000 Papa's Angels Sharon Jenkins
2001 Advice From a Caterpillar Missy
2002 Igby Goes Down Mrs. Piggee
2005 Little Manhattan Leslie Burton
2006 One Last Thing... Carol
2007 Babysitters, TheThe Babysitters Gail Beltran
2008 Sex and the City: The Movie Miranda Hobbes
2009 Lymelife Melissa Bragg
2009 Englishman in New York, AnAn Englishman in New York Penny Arcade
2010 Sex and the City 2 Miranda Hobbes
2011 Rampart Barbara
2014 5 Flights Up Niece
2015 Stockholm, Pennsylvania Marcy Dargon
2015 James White Gail White
2015 The Adderall Diaries Jen Davis
2016 A Quiet Passion Emily Dickinson
2017 The Only Living Boy in New York Judith Webb

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1982 My Body, My Child Nancy TV film
1988 Tanner '88 Alex Tanner 10 episodes
1989 Gideon Oliver Allison Parrish Slocum Episode: "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver"
1989 The Equalizer Jackie Episode: "Silent Fury"
1990 The Young Riders Annie 2 episodes
1990 Law & Order Laura di Biasi Episode: "Subterranean Homeboy Blues"
1990 A Green Journey Janet TV film
1991 Love, Lies and Murder Donna Miniseries
1993 Murder, She Wrote Alice Morgan Episode: "Threshold of Fear"
1996 Early Edition Sheila Episode: "Baby"
1998-2004 Sex and the City Miranda Hobbes 94 episodes
1999 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Trudy Episode: "Alien Radio"
1999 Touched by an Angel Melina Richardson/Sister Sarah Episode: "Into the Fire"
2004 Tanner on Tanner Alex Tanner 4 episodes
2005 ER Ellie Episode: "Alone in a Crowd"
2005 Warm Springs Eleanor Roosevelt TV film
2005 House Anica Jovanovich Episode: "Deception"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Janis Episode: "Alternate"
2010-2011 Big C, TheThe Big C Rebecca 10 episodes
2011 Too Big to Fail Michele Davis TV film
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Amanda Rollins Episode: "Icarus"
2012 World Without End Petronilla 7 episodes
2012 30 Rock Herself Episode: "Kidnapped by Danger"
2013-2014 Alpha House Senator Carly Armiston 6 episodes
2014 Hannibal Kade Prurnell 4 episodes
2015 The Affair Marilyn Episode: "210"
2016 Broad City Barb Episode: "2016"
2016 Killing Reagan Nancy Reagan TV film

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1981 Theatre World Award The Philadelphia Story Won
1987 Young Artist Awards Exceptional Performance by a Younger Actress in a Supporting Role The Manhattan Project Nominated
1995 Tony Awards Best Featured Actress in a Play Indiscretions Nominated
2000 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sex and the City Nominated
2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2002 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2003 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2004 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Won
2005 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Warm Springs Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Sex and the City Nominated
2006 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film Warm Springs Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play Rabbit Hole Won
2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Won
2009 People's Choice Awards Favorite Cast Sex and the City: The Movie Nominated
Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album An Inconvenient Truth Won
2011 Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Actress Sex and the City 2 Won
2012 Tony Awards Best Actress in a Play Wit Nominated
2015 Critics Choice Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Limited Series Stockholm, Pennsylvania Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress James White Nominated
Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Nominated
Satellite Awards Best Actress - Miniseries or Television Film Stockholm, Pennsylvania Nominated
2017 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actress in a Movie/Limited Series Killing Reagan Nominated
Tony Awards Best Featured Actress in a Play The Little Foxes Won
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Won
Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress A Quiet Passion Nominated
International Online Film Critics' Poll Best Actress Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award Best Actress Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Nominated
2018 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Runner-up
Charities

Cynthia Nixon supports the following charitable causes: Children, Education, Cancer, Breast Cancer.

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