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Award-Winning Actress, Producer, and Equal Rights Advocate

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Laverne Cox: Biography at a Glance

  • Laverne Cox is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, an Emmy-winning producer, and a prominent equal rights advocate.
  • She is best known for her groundbreaking role as "Sophia Burset" in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is The New Black, which made her the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy and the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television series.
  • Laverne can be seen in the Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman and on Shonda Rhimes’ 10-episode limited series Inventing Anna for Netflix.
  • She is an Emmy-winning producer and her documentary Disclosure received acclaim for giving an unprecedented, groundbreaking look at the depiction of transgender characters throughout the history of film and TV. 

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With various ‘firsts’ in her already impressive career, Laverne Cox is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy-winning producer, and a prominent equal rights advocate and public speaker. Laverne's groundbreaking role as "Sophia Burset" in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is The New Black brought her to the attention of diverse audiences all over the world. This role led to Laverne becoming the first openly transgender actress to be nominated for a Primetime acting Emmy and made her the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television series. Laverne is continuing to expand her presence on both the big and small screens with diverse and groundbreaking roles.

Laverne can be seen in the Oscar-winning film Promising Young Woman and on Shonda Rhimes’ 10-episode limited series Inventing Anna for Netflix. She appeared in Justin Simien’s independent film Bad Hair and the action-comedy Jolt alongside Kate Beckinsale, Bobby Cannavale, and Stanley Tucci. Laverne also added podcaster to her resume, launching The Laverne Cox Show, with Shondaland Audio and iHeart Radio.

Laverne is an Emmy-winning producer and her documentary Disclosure, which she executive produced, is currently streaming on Netflix. Named one of the 100 best documentaries of all time by Vogue, Disclosure gives an unprecedented, groundbreaking look at the depiction of transgender characters throughout the history of film and TV.  Her other documentaries include the Emmy-winning Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word and Free CeCe.

Laverne is the first openly transgender person to have her own Barbie by Mattel and to appear on the covers of TIME Magazine, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan magazine, and Essence magazines among others. She also proudly holds two SAG Awards, winning them with her Orange Is the New Black castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. Other accolades include a Critic’s Choice nomination for Best Supporting Actress and consecutive NAACP Image Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhoodarrow-down

Laverne Cox explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne draws from her own personal narrative to share how she has been able to navigate the world and all its challenges.

Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love. She details everything from growing up in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress and then finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew in her heart was her destiny.

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