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Renée Lawless stars in "The Haves and the Have Nots" on OWN as Katheryn Cryer.

Renée Lawless, a true Southern belle, was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. She moved to Jacksonville, Florida, as a child and still calls it home. She has been living in and out of New York City for almost 20 years and has performed in numerous regional theaters all over the country. Most recently, she was seen in the national tour of "Wicked," where she played the roles of the Midwife and Madame Morrible. Lawless was also seen in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," both on Broadway and the national tour. Her TV and film credits include "Heavens to Betsy" with Dolly Parton, "The Obituary" and "The Lucky Ones."

Lawless received her bachelor's degree from Stetson University and her master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Lawless is currently in preproduction for her video blog series "Renée's Way or the Highway."


Birthplace: Knoxville, TN
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL

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