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Lorraine Toussaint stars as Kate Perry on TNT's drama "Saving Grace."

When deciding on a career, Lorraine Toussaint let her fingers do the walking. The accomplished actress gained her initial interest in acting after somebody asked her, at the age of 11, what she wanted to do with her life. Puzzled, she opened the yellow pages, turned to the "A" section and found a variety of advertisements for acting schools. She decided to give it a try, called the school with the largest ad and quickly found
Lorraine Toussaint on "Saving Grace"
Lorraine Toussaint Saving Grace
herself hooked.

Toussaint studied at the renowned High School of Performing Arts in New York and The Julliard School. On her graduation day, she landed her first paying job as Lady MacBeth with Shakespeare & Company. That was the beginning for Toussaint, who spent the next 12 years working in New York theater, prior to moving to Los Angeles.

Nominated for four NAACP Image Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series, a TV Guide Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series and the recipient of The Wiley A. Branton Award from the National Bar Association, Toussaint starred for four seasons as Rene Jackson on Lifetime's critically acclaimed series "Any Day Now. "

She has also starred on "Crossing Jordan," "Leaving L.A.," "Amazing Grace," "Where I Live" and Steven Spielberg's "Class of '61." Toussaint's memorable recurring roles include "Law & Order," "Murder One," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and, most recently, "Ugly Betty." She also appeared in several telefilms, including ABC's "Their Eyes Were Watching God," ABC's "Lullabyes and Lies," CBS's "Common Ground," directed by Mike Newell, and HBO's "Cherokee Kid, America's Dream" and the multiple-award winning "If These Walls Could Talk."

Toussaint's feature film credits include "The Soloist" opposite Jamie Foxx, "Point of No Return," "Psalms From The Underground," "Black Dog," "Breaking In" and "Hudson Hawk."

Toussaint recently produced the Hallmark Channel telefilm "Accidental Friendship," starring Chandra Wilson and Ben Vereen. It premiered to spectacular ratings and has earned three 2009 NAACP Image Award Nominations, including Outstanding Television Movie.

Toussaint currently lives in Los Angeles with her daughter Samara Grace.



LORRAINE TOUSSAINT: FACTS

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Age: 54 years old
Birthday: April 4, 1960
Birthplace: Trinidad, West Indies
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA





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