LaTanya Richardson was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Theater. She also earned a Master's Degree in Drama from New York University. While a student at Spelman she met Samuel L. Jackson who was a student at neighboring Morehouse College. They married in 1980 and they have a daughter Zoe.
After being discovered at Spelman College by the legendary theatre producer Joe Papp in 1977, LaTanya moved to New York at his insistence. She began her career on stage in several plays for his New York Shakespeare Festival, including "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf," "Casanova," "Spell #7" and "Unfinished Women." She has also performed with various performance-art groups nationally and internationally.
LaTanya has guest starred in such tv shows as "A Man Called Hawk," "Judging Amy," "Law & Order," "Homicide: Life on the Street," "Once & Again" and "Boston Public." She also had a recurring role in the daytime drama "One Life to Live" and she was a series regular in the A&E series "100 Centre Street" where she played Attalah Sims.
LaTanya made her film debut in the movie "Hangin With the Homeboys." She's also appeared in such films as "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Juice," "Losing Isaiah" and the HBO movie "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge."
LaTanya directed her first film, Lifetime Television's "Hairstory" which aired on Mother's Day, 2001.
LaTanya's film credits include the following:
- Freedomland (2006)
- The Fighting Temptations (2003)
- Within These Walls (2001)(Tv Movie)
- Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (HBO Movie)
- U.S. Marshals (1998)
- Loved (1997)
- Secrets (1997)
- Julian Po (1997)
- Lone Star (1996)
- The Deliverance of Elaine (1996) (Tv Movie)
- Losing Isaiah (1995)
- Midnight Run For Your Life (1994)(Tv Movie)
- When A Man Loves A Woman (1994)
- Shameful Secrets (1993)(Tv Movie)
- Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
- Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
- Malcolm X (1992)
- The Nightman (1992)(Tv Movie)
- Juice (1992)
- Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
- The Super (1991)
- Hangin' With The Homeboys (1991)
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