Cynthia Nixon turns 46 today, and the out actress is worthy of celebration. She’s only one Oscar away from having an EGOT, with a strong career in theater, television and film that dates back to 1979 at the age of 12. Here are our favorite Cynthia roles.
Miranda Hobbes, Sex and the City
As the cynical realist among a group of friends, Cynthia played the level-headed careerwoman-turned-mom with such great prowess, it’s almost like she’ll never be able to shake the role. Lucky for her, she’s been working since she was a preteen and her chameleon-like qualities have allowed her to be one of the hardest-working women in Hollywood.
Sunshine, Little Darlings
In one of her first roles on film, a young Cynthia played a teenage hippie who was at the same camp as Kristy McNichol.
Rebecca, The Big C
Cynthia played Laura Linney‘s crazy college friend who starts a relationship with her bipolar brother. Things don’t end well, but Rebecca was a fun trainwreck to watch.
Michele Davis, Too Big to Fail
The actress played real life Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Public Relations and Director of Policy Planning (say that three times fast) in the HBO film. She held her own among a roomful of men.
Alex Tanner in Tanner ’88
In her first political role, Cynthia starred as the college-aged daughter of a presidential candidate. The HBO mockumentary series was directed by Robert Altman. Not too shabby!
Janis Donovan, Law & Order: SVU
Cynthia played crazy so well, she won for an Emmy for wanting to kill Chris Meloni.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Warm Springs
Who better to play the queer first lady? Cynthia was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie for the role.
What’s your favorite Cynthia Nixon role? Have you been lucky enough to see her on the stage?