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Cynthia Nixon (1966)

Cynthia Ellen Nixon

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Cynthia Ellen Nixon is an American actress, known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998–2004). She has received two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and a Grammy Award.

  Biography  

 personal life
Nixon was born in New York City, the daughter of Anne Knoll, an actress from Chicago, and Walter E. Nixon, a Texas-born radio journalist. She graduated from Hunter College High School, and attended Barnard College.

From 1988 to 2003, Nixon was in a relationship with English professor Danny Mozes. They have two children together, daughter Samantha Mozes and son Charles Ezekiel Mozes . Since 2004, Nixon has been in a relationship with education activist Christine Marinoni. She remarked in 2007: "In terms of sexual orientation 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." On May 17, 2009, at a rally in support of same-sex marriage, Nixon announced that she and Marinoni had become engaged the month before. Marinoni gave birth to their son, Max Ellington Nixon-Marinoni, on February 7, 2011.

In October 2006, Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammogram. 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.

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 Early career
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. In 1984 she played the role of Salieri's maid/spy, Lorl, in Amadeus, standing out well amidst a powerhouse cast at just 17 years of age.

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 schoolmate'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 . 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 and I Am the Cheese and the 1982 Off-Broadway productions of John Guare's Lydie Breeze. In 1985 she appeared alongside Jeff Daniels in Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky at Second Stage Theatre.

She landed her first major supporting part in a movie as an intelligent teenager who aids her boyfriend in building a nuclear bomb in Marshall Brickman's The Manhattan Project . Nixon was part of the cast of the NBC miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan starring Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey and portrayed the daughter of a presidential candidate in Tanner '88 , 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 replaced Marcia Gay Harden as Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America , received a Tony nomination for her performance in Indiscretions and, though 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 .

Nixon was a founding member of the theatrical troupe The 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 , June Moon and As Bees in Honey Drown , Hope is the Thing with Feathers , and The Country Club .

Nixon has contributed supporting performances to Addams Family Values , Baby's Day Out , Marvin's Room and The Out-of-Towners .

 Stardom
She raised her profile significantly as one of the four regulars of HBO's successful comedy Sex and the City (1998–2004), as the lawyer Miranda Hobbes. After Emmy nominations as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2002 and 2003, Nixon took home the trophy in 2004 for the series' 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 in Advice From a Caterpillar , as well as starring opposite Scott Bakula in the holiday telepic Papa's Angels . In 2002 she also landed a role in the indie comedy Igby Goes Down, and her turn in the theatrical production of Clare Booth Luce's play The Women was captured for PBS' Stage On Screen series.

Post-Sex in the City, Nixon did a guest stint 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 , 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, Nixon won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole. 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 2009, Nixon won the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album along with Beau Bridges and Blair Underwood for the album An Inconvenient Truth , making her the 14th person to win an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy.

 2010s
It was announced in June 2010 that Nixon will appear in four episodes of Showtime's series The Big C.

Nixon is set to appear in an upcoming Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode based on the problems surrounding the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Her character will be "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 will star 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 will open January 26, 2012 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

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