Cynthia Nixon To Be Honored With Benefit Concert
Multi-award winning actor Cynthia Nixon will receive Yale GALA’s first Artists for Equality Award at a benefit concert Friday night, February 8, 2013 at 8:30 in Woolsey Hall. The concert will take place in conjunction with Yale’s Second LGBT Reunion and the IvyQ Conference, which are both taking place that weekend.
The legendary Yale Whiffenpoofs will join Yale’s choral community to present an evening of music and song in Ms. Nixon’s honor. The concert is being co-sponsored by Yale GALA, LGBT Studies at Yale University, the LGBT Coop at Yale, and the Association of Yale Alumni.
The Artists for Equality Award, which will be presented at the concert to Ms. Nixon, honors artists distinguished in their field who have demonstrated a strong commitment to the LGBT community. Proceeds from the event will benefit an LGBT charity of Ms. Nixon’s choice. She and her wife Christine live in New York City with their daughter, Samantha, and sons, Charlie and Max.
Nixon is most widely known for playing lawyer Miranda Hobbes in the gay fav HBO series Sex and the City and its two movie follow-ups. Her television performance earned her an Emmy Award in 2004 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, two additional Emmy nominations, and four consecutive Golden Globe nominations.
She has been performing on stage and screen since she was 12 when she appeared an ABC After School Special, Seven Wishes of a Rich Kid, co-starring Butterfly McQueen. Her most recent theatre credit was the Broadway production of Wit at the Manhattan Theatre Club where she shaved her head to play a prickly academic facing the ravages of cancer. She received a Tony Award for Best Actress in 2006 for the play Rabbit Hole in which she was a mother struggling with the loss of her child, also at the Manhattan Theatre Club, earning a Drama League nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination as well for her performance.
Nixon has guest-starred on The Big C opposite Laura Linney, appeared in Too Big to Fail on HBO about Wall Street powerbrokers, and played Eleanor Roosevelt opposite Kenneth Branagh's Franklin Roosevelt in the telepic Warm Springs, which earned Nixon Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. In 2004 she starred in the mini-series Tanner on Tanner, directed by Robert Altman and written by Garry Trudeau ’70.
Additional theatre credit include the title role of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Roundabout's revival of The Women, and, at age 18, appearing simultaneously in two Broadway productions, David Rabe's Hurlyburly and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols.
She has also appeared in episodic network television with guest roles on Law & Order: SVU, earning an Emmy Award for Guest Actress in a Drama Series, and on House, ER, and Papa's Angels.
In 2009, Nixon was awarded a Spoken Word Grammy for her recording of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.