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  • Joined a circus act in her native Baltimore at 16 and trained in fire eating, juggling and miming. 
  • Directs and produces plays for the Outreach Christian Theatre Company, a group she runs with her husband.  
  • Portrayed former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice in two films: Showtime's DC 9/11: Time of Crisis (2003) and ABC's The Path to 9/11 (2006). 
  • To inspire her daughter, she earned her paralegal certification after finding success as an actress.


  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Norman Johnson — Father
  • Alice Johnson — Mother
  • Gralin Jerald — Husband
  • Danyel Jerald — Daughter


  • The Juilliard School, New York, NY

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  • Birth Name: Penny Johnson
  • Birth Place: Baltimore, MD
  • Birthday: March 14, 1961, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor, Teacher, Director, Producer

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