“The women’s marches all over the country and all over the world I think were astonishing in scope, creativity and good humor, and their numbers,” said Cynthia Nixon backstage at the Tony Awards after winning Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role in “The Little Foxes.” She was expounding on her acceptance speech, during which she praised those who refuse to sit idly by in the face of injustice. She also talked to the press about the “wonderful moment of sisterhood” with her co-star Laura Linney that the play has provided (watch above).
Nixon formally won for her role as alcoholic Birdie Hubbard in Lillian Hellman‘s play, but she and Linney actually alternate in the roles of Birdie and her manipulative sister-in-law Regina Giddens. This is the fifth Broadway staging of “The Little Foxes,” which was first performed on the Great White Way back in 1939. This was the play’s most nominated production ever with six bids, of which it also won Best Costume Design of a Play. Before this it earned five nominations in 1981 for a production starring Elizabeth Taylor, who contended for Best Actress in a Play as Regina.
Nixon is probably best known to audiences for her work on TV, especially her Emmy winning role in the HBO comedy series “Sex and the City,” as well as an Emmy winning guest role in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” but she has long been an accomplished theater actress, with a previous Tony victory for Best Actress in a Play for “Rabbit Hole” (2006), which later became an Oscar nominated film starring Nicole Kidman. She earned another Best Actress in a Play nomination in 2012 for her performance in a revival of “Wit.”
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