Laverne Cox



  • Birth Place: Mobile, Alabama, United States
  • Profession: Actor; public speaker; producer; transgender advocate
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Laverne Cox Fast Facts:
  • Although she was eliminated after just two episodes when she competed on Season 1 of the VH1 show I Want to Work for Diddy, her appearance led to her own makeover reality show, TRANSform Me.
  • Time magazine put Sophia Burset, played by Cox on the Netflix television series Orange Is the New Black, on its list of the Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013.
  • Has a twin brother, M. Lamar, who has appeared on Orange Is the New Black as Sophia before her gender reassignment surgery.
  • Ellen Page presented the Stephen F. Kolzak Award to Cox for her work both on and off screen at the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
  • Graced the cover of the June 9, 2014 issue of Time magazine, becoming the first transgender person to do so.
  • Laverne Cox Relationships:
  • M. Lamar - Brother
  • Gloria J. Cox - Mother
  • Laverne Cox Awards:
  • 2014 Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • 2014 Critics' Choice Television Awards: Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, United States; Marymount Manhattan College, New York, New York, United States (BFA in Dance)

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