Lorraine Toussaint Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Christian Mba
Feb 08, 2024 By Christian Mba
Originally Published on Dec 06, 2023
Lorraine Toussaint made her film debut in 1989 in the movie Breaking In.
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About Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint, born April 4, 1960, in Trinidad, is an actress known for her versatile roles. Her film career includes roles in the crime comedy 'Breaking In' (1989), 'Hudson Hawk' (1991), and 'Dangerous Minds' (1995). Toussaint gained recognition in 'Any Day Now' (1998-2002) and as Shambala Green in 'Law & Order'. She was in 'Crossing Jordan' (2002-2003) and 'Saving Grace' (2007-2010). Her role in 'Middle Of Nowhere' (2012) brought an Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 2014, Toussaint starred in 'Orange Is The New Black', earning a Critics’ Choice Television Award. In 2021, she played Auntie Viola 'Vi' Marsette in 'The Equalizer'.

Lorraine Toussaint: Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Lorraine Toussaint’s net worth?

As of 2023, Lorraine Toussaint has an estimated net worth of $2 million.

How much does Lorraine Toussaint earn per year?

As of 2023, no specific information is available on Lorraine Toussaint's annual earnings.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Lorraine Toussaint?

Lorraine Toussaint’s height is 5 ft 9 in (175 cm).

How old is Lorraine Toussaint?

Lorraine Toussaint, born on April 4, 1960, is 63 years old as of 2023.

Childhood And Education

Lorraine Toussaint, born on April 4, 1960, in Trinidad, is the daughter of educator Janet Beane. Her father's details are unknown. Relocating to New York City at age 10, Toussaint developed an interest in performing arts. After studying at the High School of Performing Arts, Lorraine Toussaint graduated from Juilliard School, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater in 1982. Her theatrical career started post-graduation with her role as Lady Macbeth in New York's 'Shakespeare & Company'.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Lorraine Toussaint’s partner?

Lorraine Toussaint was married to Michael Tomlinson. They married in June 2017, and Toussaint filed for divorce in June 2019 after approximately two years of marriage. She has a daughter named Samara Zane with her ex-husband, Michael Tomlinson.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Toussaint acted on stage in New York City for 12 years before relocating to Los Angeles. Her film debut was 'Breaking In', where she acted opposite Burt Reynolds, while her TV debut was in 1983 in the TV movie, 'The Face Of Rage' where she played Stendah. She also starred in the 1991 film 'Hudson Hawk', where she played Almond Joy.

In 1995, she acted in 'Dangerous Minds' with Michelle Pfeiffer. On television, she played the character Vera Williams in the long-running Television series 'One Life To Live' in 1988. One of her most notable roles was in the critically acclaimed Lifetime TV drama series 'Any Day Now' where she played Rene Jackson, which ran from 1998-2002. Her performance in this series earned her several award nominations.

Toussaint was a cast member in the NBC series 'Crossing Jordan' from 2002-2003 and in the TNT series 'Saving Grace' from 2007-2010. In 2014, Lorraine Toussaint portrayed Yvonne 'Vee' Parker, the main antagonist in the second season of Netflix's 'Orange Is The New Black'. Her performance in this role was highly praised, earning her a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress In A Drama Series.

Toussaint also acted in 'Rosewood', a Fox comedy-drama series (2015-2017), and has had roles in several other TV series, including the ABC series 'Forever' (2014-2015), AMC's 'Into The Badlands' (2018-2019), NBC drama 'The Village' (2019), and CBS crime drama 'The Equalizer' (2021-2023).

Her role in 'Any Day Now' alongside Annie Potts brought significant recognition, including an NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series and a TV Guide Award nomination.

Toussaint had recurring roles in 'Friday Night Lights', 'Saving Grace', 'Law & Order', and 'Ugly Betty', and guest-starred in 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation', 'Grey's Anatomy', and 'Scandal'. Her other film roles include 'The Soloist' and 'Middle Of Nowhere', which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

What awards has Lorraine Toussaint won?

Lorraine Toussaint has earned several prestigious awards throughout her career. In 2000, she won the National Bar Association's Wiley A. Branton Award for her role in 'Any Day Now'. This recognition was followed in 2008 by the LA Femme Filmmaker Award's Visionary Award.

Her performances continued to garner acclaim in 2014 when she won the Black Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble for her work in 'Selma'. The following year, 2015, she received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble In A Comedy Series for 'Orange Is The New Black', alongside the ESSENCE Black Women In Hollywood's Vanguard Award for the same series. Additionally, her role in 'Selma' brought her the Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble, and she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress In A Drama Series for 'Orange Is The New Black'.

In 2020, Toussaint's talent was further recognized with the Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 'Fast Color'. These accolades highlight her versatility and skill across a range of roles and genres in the entertainment industry.

Lorraine Toussaint’s Hobbies And Interests

She is fascinated with the nun and vampire cultures. In addition to these interests, Toussaint is a nature lover and desires to live on a farm for life. She also has a hidden talent as a landscape designer. Her favorite color is yellow, and she enjoys eating stewed ox tails. Her favorite time of the year is summer, and her preferred vacation spot is the Caribbean.

Other Interesting Lorraine Toussaint Facts And Trivia

  • Lorraine Toussaint has portrayed various characters, such as Naomi Holloway in 'Runaway Island', Judge Sarah LeBlanc in season one of 'Your Honor' and Marie St. Martin in 'Where I Live'.
  • She began her career as a Shakespearean actress, playing Lady Macbeth with Shakespeare & Company in New York after her graduation.
  • In the critically acclaimed TV movie 'Their Eyes Were Watching God', Toussaint played Pearl Stone, showcasing her talent in a drama set in the '20s.
  • In the 1993 TV movie 'Lies And Lullabies', Lorraine Toussaint played the character Florence Crawford.

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