- 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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