A local of Dallas, Texas, actress Regina Taylor earned reward early in her performing profession for portraying Minnijean Brown, a member of the Little Rock 9, in 1981’s “Disaster at Central Excessive.” She gained the eye of mainstream audiences in 1989’s “Lean on Me,” by which she performed an auspicious pupil’s drug-addicted mom.
For her position as Lilly Harper, the Black housekeeper on the early ’90s TV sequence, “I will Fly Away,” she obtained a Golden Globe award for Finest Actress in a Tv Drama—the primary African American to take action—and likewise an NAACP Picture Award for Excellent Actress in a Drama Collection. She was additionally the primary African American to play the lead in a “Masterpiece Theatre” manufacturing on PBS, the Langston Hughes adaptation, “Cora Unashamed.”
Onstage, Taylor grew to become the primary Black lady to play Juliet in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway. She can be an completed playwright, serving as a writer-in-residence on the Signature Theatre and a Distinguished Inventive Affiliate of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. She received a greatest new play award from the American Critics’ Affiliation for her play about Nineteen Forties feminine jazz musicians, Oo-Bla-Dee, and earned 4 Helen Hayes Awards, together with these for Finest Course and Finest Regional Musical, for Crowns, a “play-with-gospel-music” primarily based on the guide of the identical title of pictures by Michael Cunningham and journalist Craig Marberry.
On the 2012 Chicago Worldwide Movie Competition, Taylor interviewed Viola Davis, who was that 12 months’s recipient of a Profession Achievement Award on the pageant’s Black Views Tribute. She went on to painting Davis’ mom within the miniseries, “The First Woman,” by which the Oscar-winner portrayed Michelle Obama. Taylor just lately obtained a Finest Visitor Actress in a Drama Collection nomination from the Hollywood Critics Affiliation for her visitor look on “CSI: Vegas,” and hosted an performing studio grasp class this previous Could.