GLBT History Month – Cynthia Nixon. Best known for her role as the sarcastic Miranda in “Sex and the City,” Cynthia Nixon caused a media storm when she came out as a lesbian in 2004. She had been in a long-term relationship with the father of her two children, Danny Mozes, for 15 years before she met education activist Christine Marinoni.
Born April 9, 1966
Best known for her role as the sarcastic Miranda in “Sex and the City,” Cynthia Nixon caused a media storm when she came out as a lesbian in 2004. She had been in a long-term relationship with the father of her two children, Danny Mozes, for 15 years before she met education activist Christine Marinoni.
“I never felt like there was an unconscious part of me that woke up or came out of the closet. I met this woman and I fell in love with her,” she said.
Now engaged to Marinoni, the couple plans to tie the knot in Manhattan when same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York State. “We want to get married right here in New York City, where we live, where our kids live,” Nixon said.
The television, film and Broadway actress is one of only 15 performers to receive a Tony, an Emmy and a Grammy Award. A native New Yorker, Nixon is the only child of Walter Nixon, a radio journalist, and Anne Kroll, an actress and a researcher on the television series “To Tell the Truth.” Cynthia’s first television appearance was at age 9 as an imposter on the show.
At age 12, Nixon began her acting career with a role in an ABC Afterschool Special. Her feature film debut came soon after in the 1980 film “Little Darlings,” followed by her first role on Broadway in “The Philadelphia Story.” Nixon graduated from Hunter College High School and attended Barnard College. As a freshman, she made theatrical history acting in two Broadway plays at the same time, “The Real Thing” and “Hurlyburly.” A working actress since the 1980’s, Nixon received a Best Supporting Actress Emmy Award in 2004 for “Sex and the City.” In 2006, she was honored with a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in “The Rabbit Hole.” In 2008, Nixon received a second Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”
In 2008, “Sex and the City” became a movie franchise. Nixon and her television co-stars reprised their roles in the film and a 2010 sequel, “Sex and the City 2.” The original film grossed over $415 million worldwide, making it one of the most successful R-rated comedies.
Nixon uses her celebrity to make a positive impact in the world. In 2009, Nixon shared a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for reading Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” In 2010, Nixon received the Vito Russo GLAAD Media Award for promoting equal rights for the gay community. Nixon is a breast cancer survivor and a spokeswoman for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.