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Tonya Pinkins

Biography

Though maybe most recognizable as Livia Frye around the ABC soap opera All My Children, this actress devoted the majority of her career towards the theatre. She received a Tony Honor for her overall performance in Jelly’s Last Jam and was nominated for the same honor on her behalf functions in the Broadway productions of Play On! and Caroline, or Switch. During her senior high school years, she qualified at Chicago’s renowned Goodman Theater. She continued to wait Columbia University (Chicago), accompanied by Carnegie Mellon University or college (Pittsburgh). Through the 1980s, she performed Heather Dalton on CBS’s As the Globe Becomes. After her six-year relationship to Hubert Kelley finished in 1987, she was wedded to Ron Brawer from 1987 until 1993. She made an appearance with Woody Allen in the 2013 film Fading Gigolo.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tonya Pinkins
Date Of Birth May 30, 1962
Place Of Birth Chicago, IL
Height 1.7 m
Profession Stage Actress
Education Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Carnegie Mellon University
Nationality American
Spouse Eric Winters, Ron Brawer, Hubert Kelley
Children Miles Kelley, Miaja Brawer, Max Kelley
Siblings Thomas Swoope, Eric Swoope, Tamera Swoope
Awards Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Obie Award for Performance
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
Movies Above the Rim, Fading Gigolo, Enchanted, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Newlyweeds, Romance & Cigarettes, ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway, Beat Street, The Book of Henry, Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom, Collective: Unconscious, Strapped, Premium, Home, Against Their Will: Women in Prison, Ori Inu: In Search of Self
TV Shows All My Children, University Hospital, Black in the 80s
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1She was awarded the 1993 New York Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for "Jelly's Last Jam" on Broadway in New York City.
2She was awarded the 1992 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actress in a Musical for "Jelly's Last Jam" on Broadway in New York City.
3She was awarded the 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance for "Caroline, or Change," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
4She was awarded the 2004 Back Stage Garland Award for Outstanding Performance for "Caroline, or Change," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
5Starring in 'Caroline, or Change' at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, following her Tony-nominated Broadway run. [December 2004]
6She was nominated for a 1998 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actress in a Principal Role in a Musical for "Play On!", at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
7Won the 2005 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for her performance in "Caroline, or Change" in 2004.
8Won Broadway's 1992 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for "Jelly's Last Jam." Subsequently, she was twice Tony-nominated as Best Actress (Musical): in 1997 for "Play On!" and in 2004 for "Caroline, or Change."


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Book of Henry2017completedPrincipal Wilder
Mercy2017/Ipost-productionAgatha
Aardvark2016completedAbigail
The Elephant in the Room2016TV Movie post-productionMama
Fearless Love2015Short completedDetective Cambridge
Scandal2017TV SeriesSandra
Madam Secretary2016-2017TV SeriesSusan Thompson
Gotham2015-2016TV SeriesEthel Peabody
11.22.632016TV Mini-SeriesMia Mimi Corcoran
Collective: Unconscious2016Ripa the Reaper
For Justice2015TV MovieMarian Horn
Ori Inu: In Search of Self2015ShortMama Lola
Nurse Jackie2015TV SeriesCharlane
Home2013/IEsmin
Hostages2013TV SeriesBeth Nix
Fading Gigolo2013Othella
Newlyweeds2013Patrice
Army Wives2009TV SeriesViola Crawford
All My Children1991-2009TV SeriesLivia Frye Cudahy / Livia Frye / Livvia Frye / ...
242009TV SeriesAlama Matobo
Noah's Arc: Jumping the Broom2008Mrs. Robinson
The Closer2008TV SeriesDonna Taft
Enchanted2007Phoebe Banks
Unfabulous2007TV SeriesMs. Best
True Grits2006ShortWoman #1
Law & Order1990-2006TV SeriesAngela Young / Woman
Cold Case2006TV SeriesDina Miller
Criminal Minds2006TV SeriesDet. Nora Bennett
Premium2006Marva
Sleeper Cell2005TV SeriesAnita Al-Sayeed
Romance & Cigarettes2005Female Medic
Love, Mom2004ShortMom
The Guardian2002TV SeriesMelinda Tralins
Love Hurts2002Auntie V
Redemption2000ShortDr. Jones
University Hospital1995TV SeriesNurse Mary Jenkins
Against Their Will: Women in Prison1994TV MovieSondra
Above the Rim1994Mailika
Strapped1993TV MovieA.T.F. Officer
The Cosby Show1990TV SeriesIris
See No Evil, Hear No Evil1989Leslie
Hotshot1987
Crime Story1986TV SeriesJunkie Prostitute
Rage of Angels: The Story Continues1986TV MovieSharon
As the World Turns1984-1986TV SeriesHeather Dalton
Beat Street1984Angela
American Dream1981TV Series
Growing Up Young1980ShortCarol

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway2007Documentary performer: "Dotty and Caroline", "Gonna Pass Me a Law", "Noah Go to Sleep", "Lot's Wife", "Moon Trio", "Roosevelt Petrucius Coleslaw"
Romance & Cigarettes2005performer: "Red Headed Woman"
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV Special performer: "Lot's Wife"
All My Children1992TV Series performer - 1 episode

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Search for Tomorrow1951TV Series

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened...2016DocumentaryHerself
The Broadway.com Show2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
Curb: The Discussion2010TV SeriesHerself
Working in the Theatre1992-2007TV Series documentaryHerself
ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway2007DocumentaryHerself
SoapTalk2004-2006TV SeriesHerself
Bid Whist Party Throwdown2005TV SeriesHerself
Black in the 80s2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Black Theater Today: 20052005Documentary
Happy Birthday Oscar Wilde2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Dennis Miller2004TV SeriesHerself
The 58th Annual Tony Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
The 31st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself
The 51st Annual Tony Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Good Day New York1993TV SeriesHerself
Great Performances1992TV SeriesHerself
The 46th Annual Tony Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography2003TV Series documentaryOlivia "Livia" Frye Cudahy

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993Soap Opera Digest AwardSoap Opera Digest AwardsOutstanding Supporting ActressAll My Children (1970)


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