Fast Facts

  • Both her parents were morticians; the family lived above the funeral parlor.
  • Was a contestant in the Miss Black Teenage Pageant in Pittsburgh in the early 1970s.
  • Made her Broadway debut alongside Lena Horne in Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.
  • In 2002, worked on three TV series (on three different networks) simultaneously: As the World Turns, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and 24.
  • Mayor Bloomberg presented her with one of the inaugural Made in NY awards in 2006.
  • Coproduced the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening, which debuted on Broadway in 2006, and August Wilson's final play, Radio Golf, which debuted on Broadway in 2007.
  • Made her directorial debut in 2010 with the film See You in September.
  • Became an official spokesperson for the National Coalition to End Child Abuse Deaths in 2011. 
  • Serves on the board of directors of Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc., a nonprofit organization that works with young girls in the community.
  • Has worked with several charitable organizations and theater companies, including Hearts of Gold and Harlem Stage/The Gatehouse.


  • 2007, Tony — Musical: Winner
  • 2007, Tony — Play: Nominee
  • 2002, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee


  • James W. Tunie — Father
  • Greg Bouquett — Ex-husband
  • Evelyn Hawkins Tunie — Mother
  • Gregory Generet — Husband (separated)


  • Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States (BFA in Musical Theatre, 1981)

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  • Birth Place: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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