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S. Epatha Merkerson is an Emmy-Award-winning actress who’s starred on the TV series Law & Order for 17 years.
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Merkerson has supplemented her work on Law & Order with myriad acting jobs, appearing on TV in Hallmark's A Place for Annie with Sissy Spacek and in the NBC series Mann and Machine, created by Law & Order executive producer Dick Wolf. She appeared in ABC's Breaking Free alongside JoBeth Williams,
USA's A Mother's Prayer with Linda Hamilton, and An Unexpected Life with Stockard Channing and RuPaul. She has also returned to the stage, winning an Obie Award in 1992 for her work in I'm Not Stupid, as well as the Helen Hayes Award in 1998 for best lead actress in the Studio Theatre production of The Old Settler in Washington, D.C. Her most recent film credit was a smallish part in 1999's Random Hearts, a poorly received Harrison Ford vehicle.
Merkerson and her husband, Toussaint L. Jones, split their time between a New York City apartment and a house in Maryland.
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