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Cherry Jones is a two-time Tony award winner and one of the grande dames of the Broadway stage.

She has also appeared in supporting roles in several notable films, including ''The Horse Whisperer'', ''Ocean's Twelve'', ''Signs'', and ''The Cradle Will Rock'', among others.

However, her most extensive and impressive body of work is on the Broadway stage. Her list of theatre credits include ''AngelsInAmerica'', ''The Heiress'' (for which she won a Tony award) and ''Theatre/{{Doubt}}'' (ditto). She is, with very good reason, renowned as one of the country's greatest theatre talents.

She rose to prominence in the role of the staunch, idealistic [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President Allison Taylor]] on the hit television series ''Series/TwentyFour'', beginning with the show's seventh season, and quite decidedly proved that a ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'' President doesn't have to be named David Palmer to be awesome. It clearly worked, as she won an Emmy for the role.

Later she starred as Dr. Judith Evans on Creator/{{NBC}} drama ''Series/{{Awake}}'', a series which was sadly cancelled.

She also narrated the audiobooks for [[Literature/LittleHouseOnThePrairie Laura Ingalls Wilder's]] ''Little House'' series.

A Tennessee native, she graduated from the Carnegie-Mellon School of Drama.

She also caused quite a stir by removing her name from Emmy contention in 2010. She [[BlatantLies claims it has nothing to do]] with the rather spectacular mishandling of Allison Taylor's character during season 8.