Emmy winner Cynthia Nixon is best known for portraying the red-haired, no-nonsense lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the popular HBO sitcom Sex and the City (1988-2004), where she was handed a 2004 Emmy and a 2002 and a 2004 Screen Actors Guild Award. An American actress who successfully made the transformation from a child actress to an adult star, Nixon also received recognition with her sharply drawn performance of Eleanor Roosevelt in the TV film Warm Springs (2005), for which she earned a 2005 Emmy nomination. On the wide screen, debuting on the drama-comedy Little Darlings (1980), Nixon continued to build a versatile career in film by playing various characters in such movies as Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City (1981), I Am the Cheese (1983), Oscar-winning Best Picture Amadeus (1984, helmed by Milos Forman), Marshall Brickman’s The Manhattan Project (1986), the successful Addams Family Values (1993), Baby’s Day Out (1994) and the celebrated indie comedy Igby Goes Down (2002). Recently appearing in One Last Thing (2005) and costarring in the romantic adventure/comedy Little Manhattan (2005), Nixon will soon play Melissa Bragg in the forthcoming Lymelife.
The founding member of an Off-Broadway theater company called the Drama Dept., Nixon, has also built a solid career on stage. She won a Theater World award for a 1981 performance as the bratty Dinah Lord in her Broadway debut “The Philadelphia Story” and earned a Tony nomination with “Indiscretions” (1996) for her good portrayal of a strong-minded young woman. Nixon’s Broadway theater credits include David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” and Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” (both in 1984), “The Heidi Chronicles” (1988), “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and “Angels in America: Perestroika” (1994), “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” (1997) and “The Women” (2000).
Off screen, Nixon is a powerful supporter and concerned parent of New York City Public Schools. She is actively working with the Alliance for Quality Education, a group that battles for financial support and quality public education across the state. As for her private life, the New York-born beauty is known for her long-time relationship with British professor Danny Mozes (together from 1988-2003), who is the father of her two children, daughter Samantha Mozes (born in 1996) and son Charles Ezekiel Mozes (born in 2002). In addition to her romance with Mozes, in 2004, Nixon was reported to have had a relationship with a woman named Christine Marinoni. When asked about her romance with Marinoni, Nixon did not deny or confirm, instead saying, “My private life is private. But at the same time, I have nothing to hide. So what I will say is that I am very happy.”
Childhood and Family:
In New York, New York, Cynthia Ellen Nixon was born on April 9, 1966. She is the daughter of Walter Nixon, a radio journalist, and Anne Nixon, an actress. Later on, her dad divorced Cynthia’s mother. The young girl’s early interest in acting was inherited from her mom and Cynthia began her career at age 13, when she made her TV debut.
A New York native, young Cynthia was sent to study at Hunter College High School in New York City. After graduation, she attended the Barnard College in 1984 and received a BA degree in English four years later. While studying, Cynthia continue to pursue acting.
“Motherhood is the only thing in my life that I've really known for sure is something I wanted to do.” Cynthia Nixon
A big fan of oldie shows like All in the Family, MASH and Mary Tyler Moore. Cynthia and her long-term companion Danny Mozes share two children, daughter Samantha Mozes (born in November 1996) and son Charles Ezekiel Mozes (born in December 16, 2002). Cynthia and Mozes began their relationship in 1988, but were never married. They separated in 2003.
“Married people are the enemy, they either pity you or they envy you. Marriage is something that can take you off your path.” Cynthia Nixon
Barnard College graduate Cynthia Nixon always wanted to perform. She finally got her first taste in front of the camera when she was offered a part in the ABC After School Special “The Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid” at the tender age of 13. Following her TV debut, young Nixon quickly made a move to the wide-screen film with the small role of Sunshine in the drama-comedy Little Darlings (1980), starring fellow campers Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol.
Wanting to etch out a three-pronged career on the screen, TV and stage, Nixon broke into stage in 1981 when she was cast as the bratty Dinah Lord in the Broadway revival of “The Philadelphia Story.” Delivering a good acting performance, Nixon took home a 1981 Theater World award. The award-winning performance subsequently put the young performer on the map.
Nixon’s next films, Sidney Lumet’s Prince of the City (1981) and Tattoo (1981), arrived that same year and they were followed by a number of TV movies like Fifth of July (1982), Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1982), My Body, My Child (1982, as Vanessa Redgrave’s daughter) and It's No Crush, I'm in Love (1983). She also appeared in the film adaptation of I Am the Cheese (1983).
While a freshman in Barnard College, Nixon scored huge victories on stage when she concurrently appeared in two hit Broadway plays by director Mike Nichols: Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Thing” and David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly.” The first production saw Nixon portray the gifted English teen and daughter of Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski, while in the latter, she played a Los Angeles vagabond. The same year, Nixon also had a small, but unforgettable, role as Mozart’s weepy maid Lorl in the Oscar-winning Best Picture Amadeus, helmed by Milos Forman.
Two years after the triumphant productions, Nixon landed her first supporting role in Marshall Brickman’s The Manhattan Project (1986). She resurfaced on television as Alex Tanner, the presidential candidate’s daughter, in Robert Altman’s sharply-observed miniseries “Tanner '88” (1988), opposite Michael Murphy. She was also featured in the star-studded TV film The Murder of Mary Phagan (1988), starring Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey. On stage, Nixon played Juliet in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of “Romeo and Juliet” (1988) and appeared in the workshop production of Wendy Wasserstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Heidi Chronicles.”
Nixon went on to take on supporting parts in movies such as Through an Open Window (1992), the successful Addams Family Values (1993), The Pelican Brief (1993), Baby’s Day Out (1994), ‘M’ Word (1996), The Cottonwood (1996) and Marvin’s Room (1996) and did several TV films like Women & Wallace (1990), The Love She Sought (1990), Love, Lies and Murder (1991), Face of a Stranger (1991) and Kiss-Kiss, Dahlings (1992), but they did little to help her career. In 1994, Nixon was back on Broadway and replaced Marcia Gay Harden as Harper Pitt, a pill-popping Mormon wife whose husband exposes his homosexuality, in Tony Kushner’s two-part theatrical epic, “Angels in America: Millennium Approaches” and “Angels in America: Perestroika.” She also received a Tony nomination for her fine portrayal of a determined young woman in “Indiscretions” (1996). A year later, Nixon took over the role of Lala Levi, the wannabe Scarlett O‘Hara, in the Tony Award-winning “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” (1997).
Nixon’s onscreen big breakthrough eventually arrived when she landed a role in HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series “Sex in the City” (1998-2004). As Miranda, Nixon received a wealth of appreciation and picked up a 2004 Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Nixon also received two Screen Actors Guilds for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, with the rest of the cast. She also earned Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television in 2004 and 2002, as well as Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in 2000.
Lured by the immense popularity of the comedy series, Nixon won her first starring role in Advice from a Caterpillar (1999), where she was cast as a video artist romanced by a bisexual actor. She stepped back to a cameo role in the remake of The Out-of-Towners (1999). 2000 saw her star as Sharon Jenkins, opposite Scott Bacula, in the holiday telefilm Papa’s Angels, before returning to Broadway with “The Women.” Following a two-year hiatus from film, Nixon was back in 2002 to play the supporting role of Mrs. Piggee in the acclaimed indie comedy Igby Goes Down. Next, she played Mary Haines in the made-for-TV film Stage On Screen: The Women (2002), Janice in The Paper Mache Chase (2003) and reprised her role of Alex Tanner for the sequel Tanner on Tanner (2004).
After “Sex in the City” ended, Nixon again turned heads with her starring role of Eleanor Roosevelt, opposite Kenneth Branagh as Franklin Roosevelt, in the HBO drama Warm Springs (2005), wherein she was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie at the Emmys. Recently, she also had a feature role in Alex Steyermark's drama One Last Thing (2005) and costarred in the romantic adventure/comedy Little Manhattan (2005, with Bradley Whitford). Nixon will soon play the role of Melissa Bragg for the upcoming Lymelife.
Emmy: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Sex and the City, 2004
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Sex and the City, 2004
Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Sex and the City, 2002
Women in Film Lucy: Lucy Award, 1999
Theatre World: The Philadelphia Story, 1981