Cherry Jones (Aï¿½78), a graduate of Carnegie Mellonï¿½s School of Drama, won the 2005 Tony Awardï¿½ for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for her performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning ï¿½Doubt.ï¿½ In all, ï¿½Doubtï¿½ won four awards, including Best Play, Best Director of a Play and Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.
In ï¿½Doubt,ï¿½ Jones plays a stern Bronx nun who bends the rules to investigate the relationship between a young priest and an isolated male student in a 1964 Catholic school. Her Tony for ï¿½Doubtï¿½ is the second for the actress, who earned a Best Actress nod in 1995 for her performance in ï¿½The Heiress.ï¿½ Jones also received Tony nominations for her work in ï¿½Our Countryï¿½s Goodï¿½ in 1991 and a revival of Eugene Oï¿½Neilï¿½s ï¿½A Moon for the Misbegottenï¿½ in 2000.
ï¿½Doubtï¿½ has enjoyed great success since its Off-Broadway debut last October. The play moved to Broadway in March, receiving glowing reviews and garnering nominations in every award category for which it was eligible. Jones herself entered the race for the Tony Award having already captured the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Obie, Drama Desk and Drama League awards for her portrayal of Sister Aloysius.
In addition to her work in the theater, Jones has enjoyed an active film career with roles in ï¿½Signsï¿½ (2002), ï¿½Erin Brockovichï¿½ (2000) and ï¿½The Perfect Stormï¿½ (2000), to name a few. For more on this yearï¿½s Tony Awards, visit www.tonyawards.com.