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      Lynne Thigpen

      Lynne Thigpen

      Highest Rated: 96% The Insider (1999)

      Lowest Rated: 12% Blankman (1994)

      Birthday: Dec 22, 1948

      Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, USA

      A powerful and commanding singer and actress, Lynne Thigpen first gained attention on stage in the pop musical "Godspell" and repeated her role in the 1973 film version. She continued to carve out a niche on stage in productions varied as "The Magic Show" (1976) and a Tony-nominated turn in multiple roles in "Tintypes" (1981). Thigpen again played several roles (including an ex-slave and entertainer Moms Mabley) in Off-Broadway's "And I Ain't Finished Yet" before making the most of a small role as a camera operator in the hit comedy film "Tootsie" (1982). Segueing to the small screen, she joined the cast of the NBC sitcom "Love, Sidney" in 1982, playing a secretary and was among the cast of regulars in the summer variety series "The News Is the News" (NBC, 1983). One of her best screen roles came as a black activist determined to oust hard-nosed principal Joe Clark (portrayed by Morgan Freeman) in the biopic "Lean on Me" (1989). That same year, Thigpen portrayed the straight-laced radio station manager in the NBC sitcom "FM." While she continued to act in features ("Bob Roberts" 1992; "Just Cause" 1995) and on stage (notably in "Fences" opposite Billy Dee Williams and a Tony-winning turn as a feminist doctor in "An American Daughter"), she is perhaps best known to children of a certain age as 'The Chief' of the game shows "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?" (PBS, 1991-96) and "Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?" (PBS, 1996-98). Fans of daytime television would also remember her for her compelling turn as the grief-stricken Grace Keefer (who kidnapped a baby) in ABC's "All My Children," a role she essayed from 1993 to 1997 while primetime viewers may recognize her from her series parts or recurring roles on "L.A. Law" (as a district attorney) and "thirtysomething." More recently, Thigpen landed the pivotal role of the new employer of tobacco industry whistle-blower Jeffery Wigand in Michael Mann's Oscar-nominated "The Insider" (1999). The following year, she made regular appearances in support of Craig T Nelson in the CBS drama "The District."

      Highest rated movies

      The Insider Tootsie
      The Paper
      The Warriors
      Streets of Fire
      Lean on Me
      Shaft
      Godspell

      Photos

      Lynne Thigpen GODSPELL, Lynne Thigpen, 1973. GODSPELL, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett, Katie Hanley, David Haskell, Lynne Thigpen, Robin Lamont, Joanne Jonas, Merrell Jackson Jerry Sroka, 1973 GODSPELL, (top l-r): Jerry Sroka, Merrell Jackson, Joanne Jonas, (bottom l-r): Katie Hanley, David Haskell, Jeffrey Mylett, Gilmer McCormick, Lynne Thigpen, Robin Lamont, Victor Garber (back to camera), 1973 GODSPELL, (front l-r): Victor Garber, Joanne Jonas, (middle l-r): Merrell Jackson, Lynne Thigpen, Jerry Sroka, Robin Lamont, (back l-r): Jeffrey Mylett, Katie Hanley, David Haskell, Gilmer McCormick, 1973 GODSPELL, Lynne Thigpen, Katie Hanley, Robin Lamont, Victor Garber, Joanne Jonas, Gilmer McCormick, David Haskell, Jeffrey Mylett, Jerry Sroka, 1973 GODSPELL, Merrell Jackson, David Haskell, Victor Garber, Gilmer McCormick, Jerry Sroka, Lynne Thigpen, Katie Hanley, Jeffrey Mylett, 1973 GODSPELL, Katie Hanley, Lynne Thigpen, David Haskell, Robin Lamont, Joanne Jonas, Merrell Jackson, Jerry Sroka, 1973 GODSPELL, Lynne Thigpen, Merrell Jackson, David Haskell, Katie Hanley, Victor Garber, Jerry Sroka, Robin Lamont, Gilmer McCormick, Jeffrey Mylett, 1973 GODSPELL, Lynne Thigpen, Victor Garber, 1973. GODSPELL, L-R, Lynne Thigpen, Gilmer McCormick, Joanne Jonas, Kate Hanley, David Haskell, Victor Garber, 1973. GODSPELL, Robin Lamont, Lynne Thigpen, Katie Hanley, Merrell Jackson, Victor Garber, Jerry Sroka, Jeffrey Mylett, Joanne Jonas, Gilmer McCormick, 1973 GODSPELL, L-R Katie Hanley, Jerry Sroka, Lynne Thigpen, Victor Garber, David Haskell, Jeffrey Mylett, Merrell Jackson, 1973. GODSPELL, (back l-r): Katie Hanley, Robin Lamont, Jeffrey Mylett, (bottom l-r): Lynne Thigpen, Jerry Sroka, David Haskell, 1973 GODSPELL, L-R Victor Garber, Joanna Jonas, Lynne Thigpin, Robin Lamont, Merrill Jackson, Jerry Sroka, Gilmer McCormick, 1973. BOB ROBERTS, Tim Robbins, Lynne Thigpen, 1992, (c)Paramount LEAN ON ME, Lynne Thigpen, 1989. LEAN ON ME, Morgan Freeman, Lynne Thigpen, and cast, 1989.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      42% 59% Anger Management Judge Daniels (Character) $133.8M 2003
      38% 38% Novocaine Pat (Character) $2.0M 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinner and a Movie Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet An American Daughter Dr. Judith B. Kaufman (Character) - 2000
      67% 41% Shaft Carla Howard (Character) $70.3M 2000
      96% 90% The Insider Mrs. Williams (Character) $29.0M 1999
      37% 59% Bicentennial Man President Marjorie Bota (Character) $58.2M 1999
      17% 24% Random Hearts Phyllis Bonaparte (Character) $31.1M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Ride Home Fran (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chance of a Lifetime Ms. Wood (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pretty Poison Jane Azenauer (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Mother's Instinct 'Mike' Wheelwright (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 88% The Boys Next Door Mrs. Tracy (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling Capt. Gigi Cardenas (Character) - 1995
      26% 46% Just Cause Ida Conklin (Character) $35.7M 1995
      12% 41% Blankman Grandma Walker (Character) $7.4M 1994
      89% 66% The Paper Janet, Henry's Secretary (Character) $36.6M 1994
      43% 54% Article 99 Nurse White (Character) $6.2M 1992
      33% 19% Impulse Dr. Gardner (Character) $1.4M 1990
      68% 85% Lean on Me Leonna Barrett (Character) $28.9M 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rockabye Rica Towne (Character) - 1986
      69% 70% Streets of Fire Subway Motorwoman (Character) - 1984
      91% 81% Tootsie Jo (Character) - 1982
      88% 88% The Warriors D.J. (Character) - 1979
      63% 71% Godspell Lynne (Character) - 1973

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bear in the Big Blue House Unknown (Voice) 1997-1999 2001-2003 2005-2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Unknown (Character) 2000-2003
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1995 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosby Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet 71% King of the Hill Judge (Guest Voice) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      67% No Score Yet The Preston Episodes Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 64% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dear John Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Lt. Marilyn Fowler (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet FM Naomi Sayers (Character) 1989-1990
      83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Rosie (Guest Star) 1989
      76% 76% Roseanne Dr. Bryce (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frank's Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gimme a Break Unknown (Guest Star) 1985-1986