Lorraine Toussaint




Born: 04/04/1960 (57 yo)
Birth place: Trinidad (West Indies Federation)

Citizenship : USA, Trinidad and Tobago

Occupation : Actress
Active Years: 1983 to present


Summary


Lorraine Toussaint is a Trinidadian-American actress and producer, known for playing powerful characters on television and film.

Toussaint began her career in theatre before supporting performances in films such as Breaking In (1989), Hudson Hawk (1991), and Dangerous Minds (1995). As lead actress, she is best known for her role as Rene Jackson in the Lifetime critically acclaimed television drama series Any Day Now from 1998 to 2002. Toussaint later was regular cast member in the NBC police procedural Crossing Jordan (2002-2003), and TNT crime drama Saving Grace (2007-2010). Toussaint also has made over 30 guest appearances on television, starred in the number of made for television movies, and had the recurring roles in Law & Order, Ugly Betty, Friday Night Lights, Body of Proof, and The Fosters.

Toussaint received critical acclaim and Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in the 2012 drama film Middle of Nowhere written and directed by Ava DuVernay. In 2014 she played the role of Yvonne "Vee" Parker, the main antagonist, in the second season of Netflix comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black, for which she received critical acclaim. She played the role of Amelia Boynton Robinson in the upcoming biographical drama film Selma, and in same year is starring as Lt. Joanna Reece in the ABC fantasy-drama series, Forever.



Biography


Toussaint was born in Trinidad, but moved to Brooklyn with her mother at the age of 10. She graduated from Manhattan's High School of Performing Arts in 1978. She then attended the Juilliard School's drama division as a member of Group 11 (1978–1982), where her classmates in 1982 included Megan Gallagher, Penny Johnson Jerald, Jack Kenny, and Jack Stehlin. Toussaint graduated from Juilliard with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and later began her career as Shakespearean actress before she tackled screen acting of television and film.

Career

Toussaint made her screen debut in 1983. In 1986 she played the role of widow of a man shot and killed by Boston cops in the television film A Case of Deadly Force based on the book by Lawrence O'Donnell. She later had a recurring role of Vera Williams in the ABC daytime soap opera, One Life to Live, and alongside stage career appeared in guest starring roles in series like 227 and Law & Order (as recurring defense lawyer Shambala Green), and acted in the number of television films in 1990s.

Toussaint has made her film debut in the female lead role opposite Burt Reynolds in the crime comedy Breaking In (1989). The film received positive reviews from critics, but flopped in box office. In 1991 she appeared opposite Bruce Willis in Hudson Hawk, and later co-starred alongside Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds (1995). She also appeared in films Point of No Return (1993), Mother's Boys (1994), and Black Dog (1998). On television, Toussaint had regular roles in short-lived series Bodies of Evidence (CBS, 1992), Where I Live (ABC, 1993), Amazing Grace (NBC, 1995), and Leaving L.A. (ABC, 1997).

1998—2011

Toussaint had her biggest and leading role alongside Annie Potts in the Lifetime first original television drama series, Any Day Now. She starred in show as Rene Jackson, a successful African-American lawyer. The series has received critical acclaim for Toussaint's and Potts' acting performances and writing, but never had big ratings. In 2001, Toussaint was a promising contender for an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category, though she did not receive a nomination. She also was nominated five times for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her role.[5] Any Day Now ended after four-season and 88 episodes.

From 2002 to 2004, Toussaint had regular role of Dr. Elaine Duchamps in the NBC police procedural, Crossing Jordan. In later years she guest-starred on Frasier, Judging Amy, The Closer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, ER, and NCIS. She also was regular opposite Holly Hunter in the TNT crime drama Saving Grace as Capt. Kate Perry from 2007 to 2010. She also had a recurring roles of Amelia 'Yoga' Bluman in the ABC comedy series Ugly Betty in 2006, and as Bird Merriweather in the NBC drama Friday Night Lights (2009–11). In film, Toussaint appeared as Jamie Foxx' character mother in the 2009 drama The Soloist.

2012–present

In 2012, Toussaint received critical acclaim and was nominated for a Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female for her performance as a hardworking mother who struggles to support her daughter's (Emayatzy Corinealdi) decision to put her life on hold to support her incarcerated husband (Omari Hardwick), of Middle of Nowhere, a drama film written and directed by Ava DuVernay. Toussaint was a promising contender for a Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress category in 2013, but she did not receive a nomination. In 2012, she also guest-starred in Shonda Rhimes' dramas Grey's Anatomy as doctor, and on Scandal, as a bereaved and betrayed pastor’s wife. In 2013 she had a recurring role in season 3 of Dana Delany's series Body of Proof as Angela Martin, the new police chief and main villain. Later in 2013, she joined the cast of ABC Family drama series, The Fosters, as Sherri Saum's character mother. In show she reunited on-screen with Annie Potts in first time as of Any Day Now finale in 2002.

Toussaint starred in the second season of Netflix's original comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black in 2014. Toussaint played the role of Yvonne “Vee” Parker, the main antagonist of season, the described as a street-tough inmate who used to run a drug business, using kids as runners, she returns to jail after a long stint outside. Her powerful performance earned a massive critical acclaim. In show, Toussaint, in Her 50s, also in first time appeared on-screen nude.

Toussaint played the role of Amelia Boynton Robinson, a leading civil rights activist who played a key role in efforts that led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and who was the first African American woman in Alabama to run for Congress, in the Ava DuVernay's historical drama film Selma in 2014. Also in 2014 she was cast in the ABC fantasy-drama series, Forever opposite Ioan Gruffudd and Alana de la Garza as Lt. Joanna Reece, a fiftysomething police veteran and de la Garza's character boss.



Websites & Social Networks


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www.facebook.com/thelorrainetoussaint


Filmography

Film

  • 1989      Breaking In                        
  • 1991      Hudson Hawk                  
  • 1993      Point of No Return                        
  • 1994      Mother's Boys                
  • 1994      Bleeding Hearts                              
  • 1995      Dangerous Minds                          
  • 1996      Psalms from the Underground
  • 1997      The Spittin' Image                         
  • 1998      Black Dog                           
  • 1998      Jaded                   
  • 2001      The Sky Is Falling                            
  • 2007      Rwanda Rising Berne Mukaniwisi          
  • 2008      The Gold Lunch               
  • 2009      The Soloist                        
  • 2012      Middle of Nowhere      
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
  • 2014      Ask Me Anything                           
  • 2014      Selma  

               

Television

  • 1983      The Face of Rage            
  • 1986      A Case of Deadly Force               
  • 1988      One Life to Live               
  • 1989      A Man Called Hawk       
  • 1990      Common Ground           
  • 1990      227        
  • 1990      Nasty Boys        
  • 1990-94 Law & Order     
  • 1991      Daddy   Judge (uncredited)       
  • 1992      Red Dwarf         
  • 1992      Tequila and Bonetti       
  • 1992      Trial: The Price of Passion           
  • 1992      Bodies of Evidence (16 episodes)
  • 1993      Queen
  • 1993      Love, Lies & Lullabies    
  • 1993      Class of '61        
  • 1993      The Sinbad Show           
  • 1993      Where I Live (21 episodes)
  • 1994      A Time to Heal  
  • 1994      M.A.N.T.I.S.        
  • 1995      Bless This House               

 

  • 1995      Amazing Grace (5 episodes)
  • 1995      Murder One  
  • 1995      It Was Him or Us               
  • 1996      America's Dream              
  • 1996      Nightjohn            
  • 1996      If These Walls Could Talk              
  • 1996      Mr. & Mrs. Smith             
  • 1996      Dark Skies            
  • 1996      The Cherokee Kid            
  • 1997      Promised Land  
  • 1997      Leaving L.A. (6 episodes)
  • 1998      Blackout Effect                  
  • 1998      Nothing Sacred  
  • 1998      Cracker: Mind Over Murder  
  • 1998      C-16: FBI  "
  • 1998-02 Any Day Now (88 episodes)
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1999-2003)
Nominated - Viewers for Quality Television Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (1999)
Nominated - TV Guide Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series (1999)
  • 2002-03 Crossing Jordan (12 episodes)
  • 2003-04 Threat Matrix    (5 episodes)
  • 2004      Frasier Nurse   Episode: "Boo!"
  • 2005      Their Eyes Were Watching God                 
  • 2005      Judging Amy       
  • 2005      The Closer           
  • 2005      Numb3rs  
  • 2006      3 lbs        
  • 2006-07 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation  
  • 2006      Ugly Betty (6 episodes)
  • 2007-10 Saving Grace (43 episodes)
  • 2008      ER  
  • 2009      Numb3rs  
  • 2009-11 Friday Night Lights (6 episodes)
  • 2010      The Line  
  • 2010      Three Rivers  
  • 2010      The Glades  
  • 2011      The Doctor  
  • 2011      NCIS       
  • 2011      Against the Wall  
  • 2012      Grey's Anatomy  "
  • 2012      The Finder  
  • 2012      Drop Dead Diva  
  • 2012      The Secret Life of the American Teenager  
  • 2012      Scandal  
  • 2013      Body of Proof    
  • 2013-14 The Fosters (4 episodes)
  • 2014      Orange Is the New Black (12 episodes)
  • 2014      Forever

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