Cynthia Nixon is a native New Yorker. She attended Hunter College High School
and graduated from Barnard College in 1988 with a B.A. in English. Unlike
Miranda, she is actually blond and not red-haired, as some fans might have been
led to believe.
Cynthia Nixon started her career at the age of 13, appearing in Little Darlings. Around that time, she also started appearing on plays on Broadway and Off-Broadway. In 1981, she won the Theatre World Award for her performance in The Philadelphia Story.
In 1984, while a freshman in college, Nixon appeared simultaneously in two Mike Nichols-directed hit Broadway plays: Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and David Rabe's Hurlyburly. In each performance, Nixon appeared as "Donna" in the first act of Hurlyburly at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, then walked to the Plymouth Theatre, changed costumes and performed one scene as "Debbie" in The Real Thing opposite Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski. Then, Nixon changed her costume again and returned to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre to resume her performance as "Donna". In the interest of fairness to other actors, Actors' equity Association no longer permits one actor to perform in two shows simultaneously.
Nixon's other Broadway credits include The Heidi Chronicles (1989 - 1990), Angels in America (1993 - 1994), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1997 - 1998), The Women (2001 - 2002) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. For her participation in the latter, she earned a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award.
Cynthia Nixon has been nominated at various times for awards and critically praised for her characterization of Miranda in S-- and the City during its six-season run, finally winning a primetime Emmy in 2004 for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She has used her public profile as an advocate for better public schools in New York, one of which her daughter attends.
Nixon has two children, daughter Samantha (b. 1996) and son Charles (b. 2002), with Danny Mozes, an English professor, with whom she had a relationship from 1988 to 2003.
In September 2004, it was reported that despite previous relationships with men, Cynthia Nixon had been in a nearly year-long relationship with a woman, education expert Christine Marinoni. When asked about this, she neither denied or confirmed, instead stating that "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."
In February 2005, the New York Post and other sources reported that Nixon had moved to Brooklyn to live with Marinoni. However, Nixon told the New York Times in January 2006 that she had not moved and that keeping her kids in their Manhattan public schools took priority.
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