Latanya Richardson Jackson

LaTanya Richardson Jackson

LaTanya Richardson Jackson (born October 21, 1949) is an American actress. She began her career appearing in off-Broadway, before playing supporting roles on television and film.

Richardson has appeared in films include Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Malcolm X (1992), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), When a Man Loves a Woman (1994), Losing Isaiah (1995), Lone Star (1996), U.S. Marshals (1998), and The Fighting Temptations (2003). Her television credits include 100 Centre Street (2001–2002), Show Me a Hero (2015), Luke Cage (2016–2018), and Rebel (2017).

She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. While a student at Atlanta’s Spelman College (the second oldest college for black women in the US) in 1970, she met actor Samuel L. Jackson, then at all-male Morehouse College, who would later become her husband. She and Jackson married in 1980,

In 2014, Richardson received a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in the play A Raisin in the Sun. This was her second appearance on Broadway after her debut in the 2009 revival of Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.  She also appeared in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway in the 2018–19 season.

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
Director Nonsectarian Conversations with the Dead 1985-86 Season
Director Stories About the Old Days 2020-21 Season
Actor The Trial of Dr. Beck 1980-81 Season
Actor Boogie Woogie & Booker T 1986-87 Season