Today’s GLBT History Month Icon is award winning actress Cynthia Nixon. Born April 9, 1966, this television, film and Broadway actress is best known for her role as Miranda on “Sex and the City.” Nixon has also become a vocal GLBT rights advocate and has actively campaigned against Florida’s now defunct gay adoption ban among other GLBT causes.
From Equality Forum:
Nixon is a native New Yorker, the only child of Walter Nixon, a radio journalist, and Anne Kroll, an actress and a researcher on the television series, “To Tell the Truth.” Cynthia’s first television appearance was at age nine as an impostor on the show.
At age 12, Nixon began her acting career with a role in an ABC Afterschool Special. Her feature film debut came soon after in “Little Darlings” (1980), followed by her first role on Broadway in “The Philadelphia Story.”
Nixon graduated from Hunter College High School and attended Barnard College. As a freshman, Nixon made theatrical history acting in two Broadway plays at the same time, “The Real Thing” and “Hurlyburly.”
A working actress since the 1980’s, Nixon received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy Award in 2004 for “Sex and the City.” In 2006, she was honored with a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in “The Rabbit Hole.” In 2008, Nixon received a second Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
In 2008, “Sex and the City” became a movie franchise. Nixon and her television co-stars reprized their roles in the film and a 2010 sequel, “Sex and the City 2.” The original film grossed over $415 million worldwide – making it one of the most successful R-rated comedies.
Nixon is engaged to Christine Marinoni. The couple will tie the knot in The Big Apple – when same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York State. “We want to get married right here in New York City, where we live, where our kids live,” said Nixon. Nixon and Marinoni share parenting responsibilities for Nixon’s two children from a previous relationship.
In 2009, Nixon shared a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for reading Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” In 2010, Nixon received the Vito Russo GLAAD Media Award for promoting equal rights for the gay community.
After having been diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 following a routine mammogram, Nixon has become a vocal and active participant in, and an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer research organization. You can read more about that here.
Finally, below is a PSA from Cyndi Lauper’s GLBT activism project Give A Damn, in which Cynthia Nixon and other high-profiled voices try to raise awareness of GLBT parenting issues, including issues surrounding Florida’s now overturned ban on same-sex couples adopting:
- Follow Give a Damn on Twitter
- Become a Give a Damn Fan on Faceboook
- Subscribe to Give a Damn on YouTube
- Nussbaum, Emily. “Educating Cynthia.” New York Magazine. 2 June 2010.
- FIGHT BACK: A Message from Cynthia Nixon
- Cynthia Nixon on Larry King Live on Prop 8
- Marie Claire TV: Cynthia Nixon Interview
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