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Lynne Thigpen

Lynne Thigpen

Lynne Thigpen enjoys a distinguished artistic career on stage, film, television and radio. A Tony Award winner for her starring role in the Dan Sullivan-directed play An American Daughter, Ms. Thigpen's other Broadway credits include Tintypes for which she received a Tony Award nomination, Fences directed by the legendary Lloyd Richards, A Month of Sundays, Working, and The Magic Show.

Off-Broadway and in regional theatre, Ms. Thigpen starred in Jar the Floor, Having Our Say, Boesman and Lena, for which she won an Obie Award; Balm in Gilead, The Best Man and Fences, for which she received the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Award.

Equally acclaimed for her performances in feature films, Ms. Thigpen has appeared in a wide variety of motion picture roles. Among the highlights of her numerous credits are Michael Mann's recent hit The Insider, Random Hearts, Just Cause, Bob Roberts, The Paper, Article 99, Lean on Me, Running on Empty and Tootsie.

For television's Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations, Ms. Thigpen starred in Night Ride Home and The Boys Next Door. Her other movies-of-the-week include A Chance of a Lifetime, A Mother's Instinct, Cagney & Lacey and Separate But Equal. Thigpen also starred as a series regular on FM, and has a recurring role on Law & Order. She previously starred with recurring characters on L.A. Law, thirtysomething and the daytime drama, All My Children, and guest-starred on Homicide: Life on the Street, The Cosby Show and Frank's Place. She received four Emmy Award nominations for her performances on the acclaimed PBS series Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

In addition to her stage and film successes, Ms. Thigpen has appeared on the popular NPR program, The Garrison Keillor Show. Her mellifluous voice has also contributed to the success of recorded books by Nobel Prize laureate Toni Morrison, Dr. Maya Angelou and others.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Lynne Thigpen Facts

Birth Name Lynne Richmond
BirthdayDecember 22, 1948
BirthplaceJoliet, Illinois, USA
Date of deathMarch 12, 2003 (age 54)

Selected Filmography

Bicentennial Man
Lean on Me
Slice of Life
Bear In The Big Blue House: A Bear For All Seasons
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