Cynthia Ellen Nixon (born April 9, 1966) is an American actress, activist, and politician.
For her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998–2004), Nixon won the 2004 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She reprised the role in the films Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). Her other film credits include Amadeus (1984), James White (2015), and playing Emily Dickinson in A Quiet Passion (2016).
Nixon made her Broadway debut in the 1980 revival of The Philadelphia Story. Her other Broadway credits include The Real Thing (1983), Hurlyburly (1983), Indiscretions (1995), The Women (2001), and Wit (2012). She won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Rabbit Hole, the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for An Inconvenient Truth, and the 2017 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for The Little Foxes. Her other television roles include playing political figures Eleanor Roosevelt in Warm Springs (2005), Michele Davis in Too Big to Fail (2011), and playing Nancy Reagan in the 2016 television film Killing Reagan.
On March 19, 2018, Nixon announced her campaign for Governor of New York as a challenger to Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Her platform focused on income inequality, renewable energy, establishing universal health care, stopping mass incarceration in the United States, and protecting undocumented children from deportation. She lost in the Democratic primary to Cuomo on September 13, 2018, with 34% of the vote to his 66%.
Nixon is an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States, particularly the right of same-sex marriage. She met her wife at a 2002 gay rights rally, and announced her engagement at a rally for New York marriage equality in 2009. She received the Yale University Artist for Equality award in 2013 and a Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign in 2018.
Nixon at the Berlin premiere of Sex and the City in 2008
Cynthia Ellen Nixon
April 9, 1966
New York City, U.S.
|Education||Hunter College High School|
|Alma mater||Barnard College|
|Occupation||Actress, activist, politician|
Christine Marinoni (m. 2012)
|Partner(s)||Danny Mozes (1988–2003)|
Nixon was born in Manhattan, the only child of Walter Elmer Nixon Jr. (1920–1998), a radio journalist from Texas, and Anne Elizabeth (née Knoll; died 2013), an actress originally from Chicago. She is of English and German descent. Her grandparents were Adolph Knoll, Etta Elizabeth Williams, Walter E. Nixon, Sr., and Grace Truman McCormack. Nixon's parents divorced when she was six years old. According to Nixon, her father was often unemployed and her mother was the household's main breadwinner: Nixon's mother worked on the game show To Tell the Truth, coaching the "impostors" who claimed to be the person described by the host. Nixon made her first television appearance on the show at 9 as one of the "impostors", pretending to be a junior horse riding champion. Nixon was an actress all through her years at Hunter College Elementary School and Hunter College High School (class of 1984), often taking time away from school to perform in film and on stage. Nixon also acted in order to pay her way through Barnard College, where she received a B.A.  in English Literature. In the spring of 1986, she studied abroad with Semester at Sea.
Nixon's first onscreen appearance was as an imposter on To Tell the Truth, where her mother worked. She began acting at 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 (1980). 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 (1981) and I Am the Cheese (1983), and the 1982 Off-Broadway productions of John Guare's Lydie Breeze.
In 1984, while a freshman at Barnard College, Nixon made theatrical history by simultaneously appearing in two hit Broadway plays directed by Mike Nichols. They were The Real Thing, where she 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. Onscreen, she played the role of Salieri's maid/spy, Lorl, in Amadeus (1984). In 1985, she appeared alongside Jeff Daniels in Lanford Wilson's Lemon Sky at Second Stage Theatre.
She landed her first major supporting role in a movie as an intelligent teenager who aids her boyfriend (Christopher Collet) in building a nuclear bomb in Marshall Brickman's The Manhattan Project (1986). Nixon was part of the cast of the NBC miniseries The Murder of Mary Phagan (NBC, 1988) starring Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey, and portrayed the daughter of a presidential candidate (Michael Murphy) in Tanner '88 (1988), Robert Altman's political satire for HBO. She reprised the role for the 2004 sequel, Tanner on Tanner.
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 played the role of an agoraphobic woman in a February 1993 episode of Murder, She Wrote, titled "Threshold of Fear".
Nixon succeeded Marcia Gay Harden as Harper Pitt in Tony Kushner's Angels in America (1994), received a Tony nomination for her performance in Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles) (1996), her sixth Broadway show, and, although 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 (1997).
Nixon was a founding member of the Off-Broadway theatrical troupe 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 (1996), June Moon and As Bees in Honey Drown (both 1997), Hope is the Thing with Feathers (1998), and The Country Club (1999).
She raised her profile significantly as one of the four regulars on HBO's successful comedy Sex and the City (1998–2004), as the lawyer Miranda Hobbes. Nixon received three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2002, 2003, 2004), winning the award in 2004, for the show's 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 (her best friend) in Advice from a Caterpillar (2000), as well as starring opposite Scott Bakula in the holiday television movie Papa's Angels (2000). In 2002, she also landed a role in the indie comedy Igby Goes Down, and her turn in the theatrical production of Clare Boothe Luce's play The Women was captured for PBS' Stage on Screen series.
Post-Sex and the City, Nixon made a guest appearance 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 (2005), 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, she appeared in David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Rabbit Hole in a Manhattan Theatre Club production, and won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Play). (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 2008, Nixon made a brief uncredited cameo in the comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She appears in the background when Jason Segel's character mimics characters from Sex and the City at a bar.
In March 2010, Nixon received the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. The award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional "who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community". It was announced in June 2010 that Nixon would appear in four episodes of the Showtime series The Big C.
Nixon appeared in a Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode based on the problems surrounding the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Her character is "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 starred 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 opened January 26, 2012 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Nixon received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for the performance.
In 2012, Nixon also starred as Petranilla in the TV miniseries of Ken Follett's World Without End broadcast on the ReelzChannel, alongside Ben Chaplin, Peter Firth, Charlotte Riley, and Miranda Richardson.
In 2015, Nixon appeared in two films which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival: Stockholm, Pennsylvania and James White. She received critical acclaim for both performances, especially for the latter, which many considered as "Oscar-worthy."
Nixon played the leading role of reclusive American poet Emily Dickinson in the biographical film A Quiet Passion directed and written by Terence Davies. The film premiered in February 2016 at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. In May 2016, it was announced that Nixon would play Nancy Reagan in the upcoming television film adaptation of Killing Reagan. Filming began in late May and the film aired in October 2016.
Nixon appeared on Broadway in the revival of The Little Foxes, officially opening on April 19, 2017 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. She alternated the roles of Regina and Birdie with Laura Linney, winning her second Tony Award for her performance as Birdie.
She endorsed Bill de Blasio in the 2013 New York City mayoral election, who went on to win the Democratic nomination and the general election. Nixon campaigned actively for de Blasio, whom she had worked with since the early 2000s when campaigning against Michael Bloomberg's education policies. De Blasio credited Nixon and union leader George Gresham as the two "architects of (his) campaign" in the Democratic primaries, when he defeated the favorite Christine Quinn. After his election, de Blasio appointed Nixon as his representative to The Public Theater.
In 2018, it was reported that Nixon was preparing a progressive challenge to the incumbent governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. On March 19, 2018, she announced via Twitter that she was running for governor. On March 26, she went to the State Capitol in Albany for a rally with Alliance for Quality Education.
Nixon was expected to secure the nomination of the Working Families Party of New York during its annual convention in April 2018, thus guaranteeing her a spot on the general election ballot. On April 15, Nixon won 91.5 percent of the vote at the Party's statewide committee meeting after Cuomo withdrew himself from consideration at the last minute. Nixon stated that in the event that she did not also secure the Democratic nomination, she would "confer with the Working Families Party and we will make the decision we think is best".
The endorsement caused a schism in the party, as labor unions, including the Service Employees International Union, and Communications Workers of America, indicated they would not support the party in the election. The withdrawal, it was believed, would significantly hurt the party's finances which, in 2018, were at a level of $1.7 million and supported a statewide staff of about 15 people. The battle received considerable attention since there were concerns that Nixon might drain enough votes from Cuomo in the general election to allow a Republican to be elected (although Cuomo was comfortably leading the polls at the time). Cuomo had vigorously campaigned to get the nomination before withdrawing when it was clear he would not get it.
In contrast to Cuomo, Nixon supported the legalization of marijuana. The most important reason, she said, was racial justice. "People across all ethnic and racial lines use marijuana at roughly the same rate, but the arrests for marijuana are 80 percent black and Latino." To undo that damage, Nixon said that the revenues from legalization should be prioritized to the communities that had been harmed by them, as a form of "reparations." She said that people in jail on marijuana charges should be released, criminal records for marijuana use should be expunged, and marijuana revenues should be used to help them reenter society.  However, many black leaders were offended by her use of the term "reparations."
On May 23, 2018, Nixon and other potential Democratic challengers to Cuomo were eliminated from the Democratic party endorsement at the state Democratic Convention after failing to meet the 25% state delegate threshold needed to appear on the ballot. Nixon filed a petition with 65,000 signatures, more than four times the 15,000 required, to force a primary election. The primary was held on September 13. Nixon lost to Cuomo by a difference of 30% of votes. With 93% of precincts reporting, Cuomo received 65% of votes and Nixon got 35%. On October 5, 2018, the Working Families Party removed Nixon's name from their ticket after agreeing to endorse Cuomo and Hochul, thus ensuring that Nixon would not appear on the general election ballot.
In 2004, Nixon began dating education activist Christine Marinoni. Nixon and Marinoni became engaged in April 2009, and married in New York City on May 27, 2012, with Nixon wearing a custom-made, pale green dress by Carolina Herrera. Marinoni gave birth to a son, Max Ellington, in 2011.
Regarding her sexual orientation, Nixon remarked in 2007: "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." She identified herself as bisexual in 2012. Prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington state (Marinoni's home), Nixon had taken a public stand supporting the issue, and hosted a fundraising event in support of Washington Referendum 74.
In October 2006, Nixon was diagnosed with breast cancer during a routine mammography. She initially decided not to go public with her illness because she feared it might hurt her career, 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.
|1980||Little Darlings||Sunshine Walker|
|1981||Prince of the City||Jeannie|
|1983||I Am the Cheese||Amy Hertz|
|1986||The Manhattan Project||Jenny Anderman|
|1987||O.C. and Stiggs||Michelle|
|1988||The Murder of Mary Phagan||Doreen|
|1989||Let It Ride||Evangeline|
|1993||The Pelican Brief||Alice Stark|
|1993||Addams Family Values||Heather|
|1993||Through an Open Window||Nancy Cooper||Short film|
|1994||Baby's Day Out||Gilbertine|
|1996||Marvin's Room||Retirement Home Director|
|2000||Papa's Angels||Sharon Jenkins|
|2001||Advice From a Caterpillar||Missy|
|2002||Igby Goes Down||Mrs. Piggee|
|2005||Little Manhattan||Leslie Burton|
|2006||One Last Thing...||Carol|
|2007||The Babysitters||Gail Beltran|
|2008||Sex and the City: The Movie||Miranda Hobbes|
|2009||An Englishman in New York||Penny Arcade|
|2010||Sex and the City 2||Miranda Hobbes|
|2014||5 Flights Up||Lilly|
|2015||Stockholm, Pennsylvania||Marcy Dargon|
|2015||James White||Gail White|
|2015||The Adderall Diaries||Jen Davis|
|2016||A Quiet Passion||Emily Dickinson|
|2017||The Only Living Boy in New York||Judith Webb|
|1974||Emergency!||Adam West's Party Guest||"The Bash"|
|1982||My Body, My Child||Nancy||TV film|
|1988||Tanner '88||Alex Tanner||10 episodes|
|1989||Gideon Oliver||Allison Parrish Slocum||Episode: "Sleep Well, Professor Oliver"|
|1989||The Equalizer||Jackie||Episode: "Silent Fury"|
|1990||The Young Riders||Annie||2 episodes|
|1990||Law & Order||Laura di Biasi||Episode: "Subterranean Homeboy Blues"|
|1990||A Green Journey||Janet||TV film|
|1991||Love, Lies and Murder||Donna||Miniseries|
|1993||Murder, She Wrote||Alice Morgan||Episode: "Threshold of Fear"|
|1996||Early Edition||Sheila||Episode: "Baby"|
|1998–2004||Sex and the City||Miranda Hobbes||94 episodes|
|1999||The Outer Limits||Trudy||Episode: "Alien Radio"|
|1999||Touched by an Angel||Melina Richardson/Sister Sarah||Episode: "Into the Fire"|
|2004||Tanner on Tanner||Alex Tanner||4 episodes|
|2005||ER||Ellie||Episode: "Alone in a Crowd"|
|2005||Warm Springs||Eleanor Roosevelt||TV film|
|2005||House||Anica Jovanovich||Episode: "Deception"|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Janis Donovan||Episode: "Alternate"|
|2010–2011||The Big C||Rebecca||10 episodes|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Michele Davis||TV film|
|2011||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Amanda Rollins||Episode: "Icarus"|
|2012||World Without End||Petronilla||7 episodes|
|2012||30 Rock||Herself||Episode: "Kidnapped by Danger"|
|2013–2014||Alpha House||Senator Carly Armiston||6 episodes|
|2014||Hannibal||Kade Prurnell||4 episodes|
|2015||The Affair||Marilyn||Episode: "210"|
|2016||Broad City||Barb||Episode: "2016"|
|2016||Killing Reagan||Nancy Reagan||TV film|
|1980–1981||The Philadelphia Story||Dinah Lord||Vivian Beaumont Theatre||60 performances|||
|1984–1985||The Real Thing||Debbie (replacement)||Plymouth Theatre||566 performances|
|1984–1985||Hurlyburly||Donna||Ethel Barrymore Theatre||343 performances|
|1989–1990||The Heidi Chronicles||Becky / Clara / Denise||Plymouth Theatre||622 performances|
|1993–1994||Angels in America: Millennium Approaches||Harper Pitt (replacement)
Martin Heller (replacement)
|Walter Kerr Theatre||367 performances|
|1995||Indiscretions||Madeleine||Ethel Barrymore Theatre||220 performances|
|1997–1998||The Last Night of Ballyhoo||Lala Levy (replacement)||Helen Hayes Theatre||556 performances|
|2001–2002||The Women||Mary Haines||American Airlines Theatre||77 performances|
|2006||Rabbit Hole||Becca||Biltomore Theatre||77 performances|
|2012||Wit||Vivian Bearing, Ph.D.||Samuel J. Friedman Theatre||60 performances|
|2014–2015||The Real Thing||Charlotte||American Airlines Theare||76 performances|
|2017||The Little Foxes||Birdie Hubbard / Regina Giddens||Samuel J. Friedman Theatre||87 performances|
|AARP Movies for Grownups Awards||2016||Best Supporting Actress||James White||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||2015||Best Supporting Actress||James White||Nominated|
|Chlotrudis Awards||2016||Best Supporting Actress||James White||Won|
|Critics Choice Television Awards||2015||Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Limited Series||Stockholm, Pennsylvania||Nominated|
|2016||Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series||Killing Reagan||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||2015||Best Supporting Actress||James White||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Awards||2017||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||The Little Foxes||Won|
|FilmOut San Diego||2010||Best Supporting Actress||An Englishman in New York||Won|
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||2017||Best Actress||A Quiet Passion||Nominated|
|Gold Derby Awards||2004||Comedy Supporting Actress||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2005||Television Movie/Miniseries Lead Actress||Warm Springs||Nominated|
|2005||Drama Guest Actress||ER||Nominated|
|2008||Drama Guest Actress||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Won|
|2011||Television Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress||Too Big to Fail||Nominated|
|2012||Comedy Guest Actress||The Big C||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||2000||Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2001||Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2003||Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2004||Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2006||Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Warm Springs||Nominated|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||2011||Worst Actress (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis)||Sex and the City 2||Won|
|Gracie Allen Awards||2016||Outstanding Female Actor in a Supporting Role – Drama||Stockholm, Pennsylvania||Won|
|Grammy Awards||2009||Best Spoken Word Album (shared with Beau Bridges and Blair Underwood)||An Inconvenient Truth||Won|
|Independent Spirit Awards||2016||Best Supporting Female||James White||Nominated|
|International Cinephile Society Awards||2016||Best Supporting Actress||James White||Nominated|
|2018||Best Actress||A Quiet Passion||Nominated|
|International Online Cinema Awards||2016||Best Supporting Actress||James White||Nominated|
|2017||Best Actress||A Quiet Passion||Nominated|
|National Society of Film Critics Awards||2018||Best Actress||A Quiet Passion||Nominated|
|OFTA Television Awards||2000||Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2002||Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2002||Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Won|
|2004||Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2004||Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2005||Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries||Warm Springs||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society Awards||2015||Best Supporting Actress||James White||Nominated|
|2017||Best Actress||A Quiet Passion||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||2009||Favorite Cast (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Chris Noth)||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||2002||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2003||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2004||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Won|
|2005||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||Warm Springs||Nominated|
|2008||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Won|
|Satellite Awards||2003||Best Supporting Actress in a Series — Comedy or Musical||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2005||Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Warm Springs||Nominated|
|2015||Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Stockholm, Pennsylvania||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||2001||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2002||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Won|
|2003||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2004||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Won|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|2006||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries||Warm Springs||Nominated|
|ShoWest Convention Awards||2010||Ensemble Award (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis)||Sex and the City 2||Won|
|Theatre World Awards||1981||Outstanding Individual||The Philadelphia Story||Won|
|Tony Awards||1995||Best Featured Actress in a Play||Indiscretions||Nominated|
|2006||Best Actress in a Play||Rabbit Hole||Won|
|2012||Best Actress in a Play||Wit||Nominated|
|2017||Best Featured Actress in a Play||The Little Foxes||Won|
|TV Land Awards||2007||Most Beautiful Braces||Sex and the City||Nominated|
|Village Voice Film Poll Awards||2015||Best Supporting Actress||James White||Nominated|
|2017||Best Lead Performance||A Quiet Passion||Nominated|
|Women Film Critics Circle Awards||2017||Best Actress||A Quiet Passion||Nominated|
|2017||Invisible Woman Award||A Quiet Passion||Nominated|
|Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards||1999||Lucy Award (shared with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Kristin Davis)||Sex and the City||Won|
|Young Artist Awards||1987||Best Young Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film — Comedy, Fantasy or Drama||The Manhattan Project||Nominated|
The 2018 New York gubernatorial election occurred on November 6, 2018. Incumbent Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo won re-election to a third term, defeating Republican Marc Molinaro and several minor party candidates. Cuomo received 59.6% of the vote.
Cuomo defeated actress and activist Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Cuomo's running mate, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, outpolled New York City Councillor Jumaane Williams in the Democratic primary. Democratic candidates Cuomo and Hochul also ran on the ballot lines of the Independence Party and the Women's Equality Party; after Nixon and Williams withdrew from the race in October, Cuomo and Hochul received the nomination of the Working Families Party as well.
Dutchess County Executive and former New York State Assemblymember Marcus Molinaro was the Republican, Conservative, and Reform Party candidate. Molinaro's running mate was former Rye City Councilmember Julie Killian. Third-party gubernatorial candidates appearing on the general election ballot included Howie Hawkins, repeat candidate for the Green Party; former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, running on the newly-created Serve America Movement line; and Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party, who was the runner-up in the 2016 Libertarian primary contest for Vice President of the United States.56th Primetime Emmy Awards
The 56th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 19, 2004. The ceremony was hosted by Garry Shandling and was broadcast on ABC.
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A Quiet Passion is a 2016 biographical film directed and written by Terence Davies about the life of American poet Emily Dickinson. The film stars Cynthia Nixon as the reclusive poet. It co-stars Emma Bell as young Dickinson, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff and Keith Carradine. The film premiered at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016 and was released in the United Kingdom on 7 April 2017.James White (film)
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Kim Victoria Cattrall (; born 21 August 1956) is an English-Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as Samantha Jones on HBO's Sex and the City (1998–2004), for which she received five Emmy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning the 2002 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. She reprised the role in the films Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010).
Cattrall made her film debut in Rosebud (1975) and went on to appear in various television roles. She came to prominence in the 1980s with films such as Ticket to Heaven (1981), Police Academy (1984), City Limits (1985), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Mannequin (1987), Masquerade (1988), Midnight Crossing (1988), and The Return of the Musketeers (1989). She worked on several occasions with director Bob Clark, appearing in four of his films: Tribute (1980), Porky's (1981), Turk 182 (1985), and Baby Geniuses (1999). Her other film credits include The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Split Second (1992), Above Suspicion (1995), 15 Minutes (2001), Crossroads (2002), Ice Princess (2005), My Boy Jack (2007), The Ghost Writer (2010), and Meet Monica Velour (2010).
On stage, Cattrall appeared in the 1986 Broadway production of Michael Frayn's Wild Honey. Her other stage credits include August Strindberg's Miss Julie (McCarter Theatre Center, 1993), Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra (Liverpool Playhouse, 2010), Noël Coward's Private Lives (Broadway, 2011), and Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth (The Old Vic, 2013).
From 2014 to 2016, Cattrall starred and served as executive producer on the HBO Canada series Sensitive Skin, for which she received a nomination for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. She currently stars on the web television series Tell Me a Story (2018–present).Let It Ride (film)
Let It Ride is a 1989 American comedy film directed by Joe Pytka and starring Richard Dreyfuss, David Johansen, Teri Garr, Jennifer Tilly, Cynthia Nixon and Robbie Coltrane. It was written by Nancy Dowd (credited as Ernest Morton) and based on the novel Good Vibes by Jay Cronley. The story's light comedy is centered on a normally unsuccessful habitual gambler who experiences a day in which he wins every bet he places, and focuses on the personality contrasts and the perpetually upbeat, hopeful attitudes of losers.
Let It Ride was primarily filmed at Hialeah Park Race Track, which was closed in 2001 and reopened on November 28, 2009.Love, Lies and Murder
Love, Lies, and Murder is a 1991 American miniseries starring Clancy Brown, Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly, Tom Bower, John Ashton, and Cynthia Nixon. It is based on the 1985 murder of Linda Bailey Brown. The names were not changed for the film. The miniseries is four hours long and aired on NBC in two parts, the first on February 17, 1991 and the second on February 18, 1991. Lifetime airs the miniseries.My Body, My Child
My Body, My Child is a 1982 television film directed by Marvin J. Chomsky and starring Vanessa Redgrave. It premiered on ABC on 12 April 1982. It includes early performances by future Sex and the City co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon. It is also the final television role of Jack Albertson, who was subsequently nominated posthumously for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie.O.C. and Stiggs
O.C. and Stiggs is a 1985 American teen comedy film directed by Robert Altman, based on two characters that were originally featured in a series of stories published in National Lampoon magazine. The film stars Daniel H. Jenkins and Neill Barry as the title characters. Other members of the cast include Paul Dooley, Jane Curtin, Martin Mull, Dennis Hopper, Ray Walston, Louis Nye, Melvin Van Peebles, Tina Louise, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Cryer and Bob Uecker.
The film, a raunchy teen comedy described by the British Film Institute as "probably Altman's least successful film", was shot in 1983, but not released until long after post-production was completed (copy-written in 1985). MGM shelved it for a couple of years, finally giving it a limited theatrical release in 1987 and 1988.Rabbit Hole
Rabbit Hole is a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire. It was the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play premiered on Broadway in 2006, and it has also been produced by regional theatres in cities such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The play had its Spanish language premiere in San Juan, Puerto Rico in Autumn of 2010.
The play deals with the ways family members survive a major loss, and includes comedy as well as tragedy. Cynthia Nixon won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance as Becca in the New York production, and the play was nominated for several other Tony awards.Ratched (TV series)
Ratched is an upcoming American drama web television series, based on the novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey, that is set to premiere on Netflix. The series was created by Evan Romansky and is set to star Sarah Paulson as the titular Nurse Ratched.Selected Shorts
Selected Shorts is an event at New York’s Symphony Space on the Upper West Side, in which screen and stage actors read classic and new short fiction before a live audience. The stage show began in 1985 and continues today at Symphony Space's Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
The annual season of the live events at Symphony Space begins in the mid-fall and ends in mid-spring. There is a theme to each Selected Shorts episode and performance. Several stories are presented around each theme. The stories are always fiction, sometimes classic, sometimes new, always performed by actors from stage, screen and television who bring these short stories to life. Evenings are often co-hosted by writers, literary producers, and other interesting characters. Symphony Space's Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer formerly hosted the live events, although many Selected Shorts also feature guest hosts, often well-known writers, who also choose which stories will be read. Mr. Sheffer died on November 9, 2012 at age 76. Actor BD Wong acts as the host of the live events since the fall of 2012.
The readings are recorded live and become the basis of a one-hour radio program, hosted by actors, authors, and entertainers such as David Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Cynthia Nixon, Wyatt Cenac, and Jane Kaczmarek, with literary commentator Hannah Tinti of One Story Magazine, and are produced in conjunction with WNYC. The programs are distributed by Public Radio International and air on PRI-affiliated public radio stations in the United States. The radio program airs weekly throughout the year.
Originally, the program was distributed by National Public Radio. However, in October 2007, it moved its distribution to PRI, Public Radio International.
The program's theme is David Peterson's "That's the Deal," performed by the Deardorf/Peterson group. Until 2011, the radio show began and ended with the piano and cello duet "Come to the Meadow" by Roger Kellaway.Sex and the City (film)
Sex and the City (advertised as Sex and the City: The Movie) is a 2008 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Michael Patrick King in his feature film directorial debut, and a sequel to the 1998-2004 HBO comedy-drama series of the same name (itself based on the 1997 book of the same name by Candace Bushnell) about four female friends: Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte York Goldenblatt (Kristin Davis), and Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon), dealing with their lives as single women in New York City. The series often featured frank discussions about romance and sexuality.
The world premiere took place at Leicester Square in London on May 15, 2008, and premiered on May 28, 2008, in the United Kingdom and on May 30, 2008, in the United States. Despite mixed reviews from critics, calling the film an extended episode of the series, it was a commercial success, grossing over $415 million worldwide from a $65 million budget.
A sequel to the film, titled Sex and the City 2, was released in 2010 to similar commercial success but even larger critical failure. A third film was announced in December 2016, but in September 2017, Parker confirmed that it was not going to happen.Sex and the City (season 6)
The sixth and final season of the American television romantic sitcom Sex and the City aired in the United States on HBO. The show was created by Darren Star while Star, Michael Patrick King, John P. Melfi, series lead actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Cindy Chupack, and Jenny Bicks served as executive producers. The series was produced by Darren Star Productions, HBO Original Programming, and Warner Bros. Television. Sarah Jessica Parker portrays the lead character Carrie Bradshaw, while Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon played her best friends Samantha Jones, Charlotte York, and Miranda Hobbes.
The final season marks dramatic changes in the ladies' lives. While Carrie's book career is on the rise, she dates Jack Berger, a struggling writer, and Alexandr Petrovsky, a renowned Russian artist. Samantha starts a long-term relationship with a struggling actor, who becomes her client, while battling breast cancer. Miranda dates a doctor living in her building before reuniting with Steve, who she later marries. Charlotte converts to Judaism, marries Harry Goldenblatt, and tries to get pregnant through fertility treatments.
While critical reception for season six was mixed to negative, Sex and the City won and was nominated for many awards during the season. All four actresses received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, with Parker and Nixon both winning Emmy awards. The series also reached viewership highs, with the finale reaching ten million viewers in the United States and nearly five million viewers in the United Kingdom.Sex and the City 2
Sex and the City 2 is a 2010 American romantic comedy film written, co-produced, and directed by Michael Patrick King. It is the sequel to the 2008 film Sex and the City, based on the HBO series of the same name (1998–2004). Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon reprised their roles as friends Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte, and Miranda, while Chris Noth co-stars as Carrie's husband Mr. Big. It features cameos from Liza Minnelli, Miley Cyrus, Tim Gunn, Ron White, Omid Djalili, Penélope Cruz, Norm Lewis, Kelli O'Hara, and Ryan Silverman.
Sex and the City 2 was released theatrically on May 27, 2010, in the United States and the following day in the United Kingdom, grossing $294 million from a $95 million budget. It received seven Golden Raspberry nominations, and won in the categories of Worst Actress (for Parker, Cattrall, Davis, and Nixon), Worst Screen Ensemble, and Worst Sequel. The film was nominated for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Director, and Minnelli for Worst Supporting Actress. A third Sex and the City film was announced in 2016, but it was cancelled the following year.Tanner on Tanner
Tanner on Tanner is a 2004 comedy film. It is the sequel to the 1988 Robert Altman-directed and Garry Trudeau-written miniseries about a failed presidential candidate, Tanner '88. The sequel focuses mostly on Alex Tanner (Cynthia Nixon), a struggling filmmaker and the daughter of onetime presidential candidate Jack Tanner (Michael Murphy).The Only Living Boy in New York (film)
The Only Living Boy in New York is a 2017 American drama film directed by Marc Webb and written by Allan Loeb. The film stars Callum Turner, Kate Beckinsale, Pierce Brosnan, Cynthia Nixon, Kiersey Clemons, and Jeff Bridges. The film was released on August 11, 2017, by Roadside Attractions and Amazon Studios.Warm Springs (film)
Warm Springs is a 2005 television film directed by Joseph Sargent and starring Kenneth Branagh, Cynthia Nixon, Kathy Bates, Tim Blake Nelson, Jane Alexander, and David Paymer. The screenplay concerns U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1921 illness, diagnosed at the time as polio, his struggle to overcome paralysis, his discovery of the Warm Springs resort, his work to turn it into a center for the rehabilitation of polio victims, and his resumption of his political career. Roosevelt's emotional growth as he interacts with other disabled people at Warm Springs prepares him for the challenges he will face as President during the Great Depression.