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Jackie Richardson
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Jackie Richardson, February 2012
Background information
Born 1947 (age 73–74)
Donora, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Vocal jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1963–present
Associated acts The Tiaras

Jackie Richardson (born 1947 in Donora, Pennsylvania) is a Canadian singer and actress.

Richardson is known for her screen roles in The Gospel According to the Blues, The Doodlebops, and Sins of the Father. She is also known for her appearance on the YTV show Catwalk where she played the grandmother to Atlas (Christopher Lee Clements).

Music career

In 1954, Richardson moved with her family to Toronto.

Richardson was a member of 1960s Toronto-based girl group The Tiaras along with Brenda Russell. She is of African-American descent, and was born near Pittsburgh.

Richardson is a three-time nominee for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television Gemini Award, and won the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Gospel According to the Blues. In 2003 she was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Best Actress in a Television Movie for Sins of the Father. Richardson is also a noted stage performer, winning a Dora Award in 2004 for the musical Cookin' at the Cookery. Other high-profile projects include Milk and Honey, More Tales of the City, Further Tales of the City, and 3 Men and a Baby.

The musical Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story was conceived of and written by Audrei-Kairen Kotaska for Richardson, who starred in the production first in 1999 and then again in 2012.

In 2017, Richardson won the Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award for her theater and music achievements.

Her daughter Kim Richardson is also a singer.

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