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Lorraine Toussaint

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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Actress
Television Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Stewed Ox Tails
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/4/1960

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Film Actress
Television Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Stewed Ox Tails
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
4/4/1960
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Biography

Actress of stage and screen Lorraine Toussaint was born April 4, 1960, in Trinidad, in the West Indies. At the age of ten, her family relocated to New York City, where a young Toussaint was intrigued when she came upon a large ad in the telephone book for a theater school. Finding her calling in the performing arts, Toussaint attended the renowned High School of Performing Arts and then went on to attend the Juilliard School.

Toussaint landed her first paying acting job on the day she received her diploma from Juilliard, playing Lady MacBeth with “Shakespeare & Company” in New York. She spent the next twelve years on stage in New York before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. Her decision to move proved right, with Toussaint landing numerous roles on a variety of television programs, including recurring roles on Law & Order and Murder One and regular lead roles on Leaving L.A., Where I Live and Amazing Grace. She also appeared in numerous made-for-television movies, including the mini-series Queen based on the novel by Alex Haley.

Toussaint starred for four seasons on the Lifetime Television drama Any Day Now as Rene Jackson. Her work on the program garnered her four NAACP Image Award nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series; a T.V. Guide Award nomination; and a Wiley A. Branton Award from the National Bar Association. Toussaint has also appeared in a number of films, including Point of No Return, starring alongside Bridget Fonda and Dangerous Minds, with Michelle Pfeiffer. Toussaint has also appeared on the television series Crossing Jordan, Judging Amy, The Closer and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She also appeared in the made-for-television movie version of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God with Halle Berry and Ruby Dee.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lorraine Toussaint discusses well-known black leaders and writers from Trinidad
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lorraine Toussaint remembers her father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lorraine Toussaint discusses color politics in Trinidad
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lorraine Toussaint recalls meeting her father's family in the rural area of Trinidad
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lorraine Toussaint describes her father and talks about her parents' courtship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lorraine Toussaint shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lorraine Toussaint recalls her personality as a child
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  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lorraine Toussaint talks about her mother's move to the U.S. without her
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lorraine Toussaint recounts finally joining her mother in the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lorraine Toussaint recalls immigrating to the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lorraine Toussaint remembers her first fight
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lorraine Toussaint recounts her elementary school years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lorraine Toussaint details how she got into the High School for Performing Arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lorraine Toussaint remembers high school and her mother's illness
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lorraine Toussaint recalls high school and her mother's struggle with MS
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lorraine Toussaint describes the strict educational discipline at the Juilliard School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lorraine Toussaint remembers being either "too black" or "not black enough" for the acting world
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lorraine Toussaint discusses her acting roles and other actors she's worked with
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lorraine Toussaint lists her role models
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lorraine Toussaint discusses her approach to acting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lorraine Toussaint details her acting method
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lorraine Toussaint details the advice actress Sally Field gave regarding acting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lorraine Toussaint recalls her reaction to Toni Morrison's writing
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lorraine Toussaint remembers her first television role
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lorraine Toussaint recounts her work in the movie 'Queen'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lorraine Toussaint discusses the making of 'Hudson Hawk'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lorraine Toussaint lists the movies in which her character is killed
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lorraine Toussaint remembers her character in 'Queen'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lorraine Toussaint recalls her first movie with a black director
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lorraine Toussaint reviews the highlights of her career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lorraine Toussaint talks about inspiring others her role in the series 'Any Day Now'
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lorraine Toussaint shares her concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lorraine Toussaint expresses her hopes for African Americans in the acting profession in Hollywood
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lorraine Toussaint comments on her past and future career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lorraine Toussaint considers her legacy