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LaTanya Richardson
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LaTanya Richardson

Richardson hails from Atlanta, GA where she graduated with a B.A. in theatre from Spelman College. Discovered by the legendary theatre producer Joseph Papp, she moved to New York at his insistence, and appeared in several plays for his New York Shakespeare Festival, including "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, Casanova, Spell #7 and Unfinished Women."

Richardson continued honing her craft on the stage, with appearances in Charlotte's Web, at Lincoln Center, the Negro Ensemble Company's From the Mississippi Delta, The Talented Tenth at the Manhattan Theatre Club and in the Mike Nichols/Jules Feiffer collaboration, Elliot Loves for New York's Second Stage Theatre. She has performed with various performance art groups nationally and internationally as well.

After spending many years in Harlem with her husband, actor Samuel L. Jackson, and daughter, Zoe, she moved with her family to Los Angeles to star in the CBS series Frannie's Turn. Her television credits include a co-starring role with Alan Arkin in Sidney Lumet's A&E series 100 Centre Street, the Emmy winning Dorothy Dandridge and Lifetime Television's Life Within These Walls, which also starred Ellen Burstyn and Laura Dern. She also directed her first film Hairstory, for Lifetime Television.

Richardson's motion picture credits include U.S. Marshals, Lone Star, Losing Isaiah, When a Man Loves a Woman, Sleepless in Seattle, Lorenzo's Oil, Juice, Malcolm X The Tears of Julian Po, Hangin' with the Homeboys and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

LaTanya Richardson Facts

BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.