Laverne Cox

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Actress • Personality

Birth Date: May 29, 1972

Age: 51 years old

Birth Place: Mobile, Alabama

Laverne Cox is a female transgender actor known as much for her powerful acting ability as for her role as a movement spokeswoman. Her breakthrough role came on Netflix's female prison drama series "Orange is the New Black" (2013-), in which she played transgender prison inmate Sophia Burset, although she also appeared in the series "Law & Order" (NBC 1990-2010) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC 1999- ). She got her break as the first transgender contestant on Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' reality television show "I Want to Work For Diddy" (VH1 2008-2010), leading to a series of her own reality production "TRANSform Me" (VH1 2010). Cox grew up in Mobile, Alabama, and was the subject of bullying and discrimination because of her sexuality. At this time her twin brother, the singer known as M. Lamar, was a constant companion to her. He went on to play the flashback, pre-gender swap version of Sophia as a firefighter who steals credit cards to fund his swap in "Orange is the New Black," in an episode directed by Jodie Foster. Having lived openly as a woman since the late 1990s while a student at Marymount Manhattan College in New York, Cox took the decision to step away from reality television and work exclusively as an actor following "TRANSform Me." She also wrote for the Huffington Post on transgender issues. Her film work included supporting roles in Susan Seidelman's dance drama "Musical Chairs" (2012) and Paul Weitz's comedy-drama "Grandma" opposite Lily Tomlin. In 2016, she starred as Dr. Frank N. Furter in the TV musical "The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again" (Fox 2016). The following year, Cox co-starred in legal drama "Doubt" (CBS 2017) and appeared in the Trudie Styler-directed film "Freak Show" (2017).

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Norman Lear: 100 Years of Music and Laughter

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Power of Women: The ChangemakersStream

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If We're Being Honest with Laverne CoxStream

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PasswordStream

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Inventing AnnaStream

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2022
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The School of Greatness With Lewis Howes

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Variety's Power of Women: Frontline Heroes

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Promising Young WomanStream

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A Little Late With Lilly Singh

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Access Daily

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Queer Icon

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Can You Keep a Secret?

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Today 3rd Hour

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A Long Road to Freedom: The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years

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Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler

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DoubtStream

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Freak Show

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp AgainStream

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To Tell the TruthStream

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again: Extras

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Free CeCe

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The Daily Show with Trevor NoahStream

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The Late Show With Stephen ColbertStream

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The Late Late Show With James Corden

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Grandma

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Girlfriends' Guide to DivorceStream

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Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word

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TransFORUM: The T Word After Show

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Last Week Tonight With John OliverStream

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Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonStream

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A World of Dreams: Voices From the Out 100

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The BlacklistStream

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Take Part Live

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The Real

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Hollywood Game Night

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The Mindy ProjectStream

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2012
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Live! With Kelly and Michael

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Totally Biased With W. Kamau BellStream

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CBS This Morning

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Project Runway All Stars

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The Exhibitionists

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LIVE with Kelly

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2011

The Chew

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Q With Jian Ghomeshi

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Dish Nation

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Carla

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Cinnamon
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Musical Chairs

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The Talk

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Access Hollywood Live

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TRANSform Me

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2010

Who Do You Think You Are?Stream

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Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenStream

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The Wendy Williams ShowStream

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The Laura Flanders Show

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Chelsea Lately

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Entertainment Tonight Canada

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106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live

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The View

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‘Clean Slate’ From Norman Lear Ordered to Series at Amazon Freevee

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‘Celebrity Wheel of Fortune’ Unveils Season 2 Guest Lineup at ABC

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Laverne Cox to Take Over ‘Live From E!’ Red Carpet Coverage, Replacing Giuliana Rancic

Laverne Cox The Blacklist Season 8 Dr. Laken Perillos
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‘The Blacklist’ Preview: Guest Star Laverne Cox Comes Aboard as a Sadistic Interrogator

Laverne Cox Orange Is the New Black Emmy Nomination 2020
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Emmy Nominee Laverne Cox Reflects on Sophia’s ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Ending

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Netflix’s ‘Inventing Anna’ Rounds Out Cast With Jeff Perry, Anders Holm & More

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‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ Season 10 to Feature Megan Mullally & More (VIDEO)

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Lawyer-Client Relationships and LGBTQ Issues Among Topics in ‘Doubt’

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How Laverne Cox Helped Shape Her Groundbreaking ‘Doubt’ Character

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CBS Winter/Spring Premiere Dates: ‘Training Day’, ‘Ransom’, ‘Doubt’ and More

Let's Do The Time Warp Again - Ryan McCartan, Laverne Cox, and Victoria Justice

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THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN

Reboot of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ Will Have a New Generation Doing the Time Warp

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TV’s Representation of Transgender Issues in a Post-‘Transparent’ World

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Critic’s Notebook: Swimming in CBS’s Mostly White Mainstream

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‘Orange is the New Black’: Where the Ladies of Litchfield Left Off in Season 3

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CBS Fall Trailers: Old Friends Like Kevin James, Michael Weatherly and Matt LeBlanc Return

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‘Rocky Horror’s Laverne Cox: ‘I Just Cried When I Found Out’ Tim Curry Joined the Fox Musical

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Thankful Thursday: ‘Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox on What Drives Her to Help Others

2015 Television Industry Advocacy Awards - Jeffrey Tambor, Alfre Woodard, and Laverne Cox

2015 Television Industry Advocacy Awards: Red Carpet and Ceremony (PHOTOS)

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Laverne Cox, Tim Robbins, Eva Longoria, Anthony Anderson Added to TV Advocacy Awards

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Laverne Cox Hopes Caitlyn Jenner Cover Is ‘Changing Hearts and Minds’