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LaTanya Richardson Jackson, C'74, is Creating a Lasting Legacy on Stage and Off

April 2016

LaTanya_Richardson_JacksonAlumna LaTanya Richardson Jackson, C'74, is an accomplished actress of the stage and screen who recently received critical praise, as well as a Tony Award Best Actress Nomination, for her performance as “Lena Younger” in the 2014 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s "A Raisin in the Sun." She also received the “Distinguished Performance” Drama League Award nomination.

Last fall, she starred in the HBO six-hour miniseries,“Show Me a Hero,” from “The Wire” co-creator David Simon and directed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis. She also received the NAACP Image Award Nomination for Best Actress for her performance.

Richardson Jackson's extensive theater credits include "Joe Turner’s Come and Gone" (Broadway); "for colored girls…," "Spell #7," "Casanova," and "Unfinished Women" (Public Theatre); "Stop Reset" (Signature Theatre) and August Wilson’s "20th Century" cycle (Kennedy Center), among others. Her film and television credits include "The Fighting Temptations," "U.S. Marshals," "Freedomland," "Losing Isaiah," "Mother and Child," “Damages” and Sidney Lumet’s critically acclaimed "100 Centre Street.”

Richardson Jackson is occupied with an overwhelming number of civic duties. She and her husband Samuel L. Jackson established the Samuel L. & LaTanya R. Jackson Foundation to carry out their commitment to a range of philanthropic issues in the United States and Africa.

A graduate of Spelman College, she has served on their board of trustees, and presently serves on the advisory board of the College's Women Research and Resource Center. Richardson Jackson is currently a board member of the American Theatre Wing and Artists for a New South Africa. She serves on the advisory council of several organizations including Atlanta’s True Colors Theatre and the Ebony Repertory Theatre of Los Angeles.

Richardson Jackson has received a number of awards for her philanthropic work including The United Negro College Fund, and the N.Y. Keeper of the Dream Award.  LaTanya and Sam have one gifted daughter, the beautifully talented Zoe Dove.


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