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Danielle Brooks          

TV, Film & Broadway Actress Known for "Orange is the New Black," "Peacemaker" & "The Color Purple"

Danielle Brooks is an American actress, singer, and producer. She is best known for her roles as Tasha "Taystee" Jefferson on the comedy-drama series "Orange Is the New Black" and Leota Adebayo on the superhero series "Peacemaker."

In 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the musical revival of "The Color Purple," and also starred in the 2023 film adaptation. Brooks received her first Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her part in The Color Purple. For the Broadway production, she received a nomination for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. She returned to Broadway in the revival of the August Wilson play "The Piano Lesson" in 2022.

Brooks appeared in the series "Girls" from HBO, Netflix's "Master of None," and the animated sitcom "Close Enough." In 2021, she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Television Movie as an executive producer on Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia.

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Danielle Brooks is the hardest-working woman in showbiz
When Danielle Brooks learned she’d been offered the role of Sofia in the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple,” she burst into tears. This was the show, after all, that made her want to be a performer. At Juilliard, she and her best friend memorized the score and performed it most nights in their dorm room.
George Takei, Danielle Brooks, Jessica Hecht & More Set for Theatre Forward's Annual Broadway Roundtable
George Takei, Danielle Brooks, Jessica Hecht & More Set for Theatre Forward's Annual Broadway Roundtable

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