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Laverne Cox Biography

Birth Name:
Laverne Alison Cox
Birth Place:
Mobile, Alabama, United States
Profession
Actor, public speaker, producer, transgender advocate

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

Awards

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2015Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2014Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner

Relationships

  • Lamar Cox -- Brother
  • M. Lamar -- Brother
  • Gloria J. Cox -- Mother