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Penny Johnson Jerald Biography

Birth Name:
Penny Johnson
Birth Place:
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Actor, teacher, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated


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