Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Cherry Jones will visit Sewanee Wednesday, Oct. 22, for a discussion of acting in general, and of Tennessee Williams characters specifically. Jones has played Williams characters to great acclaim (most recently Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway, for which she was nominated for a Tony and both she and the production received rave reviews).
Jones is a native of Paris, Tennessee, and a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. She was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame earlier this year. She has won two Tony Awards (with five nominations), three Drama Desk Awards and an Emmy Award.
Considered one of the foremost theater actresses in the U.S., Jones made her Broadway debut in the 1987 production of Stepping Out. She won Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Play for the 1995 revival of The Heiress and the 2005 original production of Doubt.
Jones’s films include The Horse Whisperer (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000), the Perfect Storm (2000), The Village (2004) and Amelia (2009). On the small screen, she won a 2009 Emmy Award for her portrayal of President Allison Taylor on “24.”