Black News and News Makers in History: Lynne Thigpen

African American news from Pasadena - Black News and News Makers in History recognizes Lynne Thigpen this week in Black history.Lynne Thigpen, born on December 22, 1948 in Joliet, Illinois to Celia and George Thigpen. She was also known as Cherlynne Richmond. After graduating from the University of Illinois, she appeared in a handful of Broadway productions, first being seen on the New York stage in 1975's "The Night That Made America Famous".

Soon after, she won a Theatre World Award for her performance in "Tintypes". She was Tony Award nominated as Best Featured Actress (Musical) in 1981 and for roles in regional theatre and beyond.

Other Broadway appearances include "Fences", "Working", "The Magic Show", "A Month of Sundays"," But Never Jam Today" and "The Night That Made America Famous".

In 1999, she appeared in Second Stage's "Jar the Floor", Off-Broadway, for which she won her second Obie Award (the first was for "Boesman and Lena"). Regionally she appeared in "Having Our Say", "Fences", "Educating Rita" and "St. Mark's Gospel".

Thigpen won a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway production of "An American Daughter". (She later played the same role in the 2000 television movie.) She won the L.A. Drama Critics Award for her role in a Los Angeles production of "Fences".

By the early '90s, Thigpen was well known to television viewers of all age ranges, playing the Chief in PBS Carmen Sandiego series and other series (see the list below).

Lynne Thigpen died suddenly at her Los Angeles home on March 12, 2003 due to a cerebral hemorrhage. She left behind her life-long partner, Larry Aronson, a sister, niece and nephew.

A Partial List of Acting Roles include:


• Love, Sidney Nancy (1982-83)
• All My Children Flora Baxter (1983)
• The District Ella Farmer (2000-03)
• All My Children Aunt Grace Keefer (1993-2000)

Her additional credits include television series "Thirtysomething" and "L. A. Law," PBS' "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" and "Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?"

Filmography as Actor

• Anger Management (5-Mar-2003)
• Novocaine (8-Sep-2001)
• Shaft (16-Jun-2000)
• Bicentennial Man (13-Dec-1999)
• The Insider (5-Nov-1999)
• Random Hearts (8-Oct-1999)
• Night Ride Home (7-Feb-1999)
• The Boys Next Door (4-Feb-1996)
• Just Cause (17-Feb-1995)
• Blankman (19-Aug-1994)
• The Paper (18-Mar-1994)
• Naked in New York (1993)
• Bob Roberts (4-Sep-1992)
• Article 99 (13-Mar-1992)
• Separate But Equal (7-Apr-1991)
• Impulse (6-Apr-1990)
• Lean on Me (3-Mar-1989)
• Running on Empty (7-Sep-1988)
• Hello Again (6-Nov-1987)
• Sweet Liberty (14-May-1986)
• Walls of Glass (30-Oct-1985)
• Streets of Fire (1-Jun-1984)
• Tootsie (17-Dec-1982)
• The Warriors (9-Feb-1979)
• Godspell (21-Mar-1973)

She was also the voice of Luna in the children's show, "Bear in the Big Blue House".

From http://www.playbill.com/news, www.anothershadeofcolor.com and http://www.nndb.com/people/618/000108294/.


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