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Encyclopedia > S. Epatha Merkerson
S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. Anita Van Buren in Law & Order
S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. Anita Van Buren in Law & Order

S. Epatha Merkerson (born 28 November 1952 in Saginaw, Michigan), is a Tony Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actress. She is best known as Lt. Anita Van Buren (1993-present) on the long-running television crime drama Law & Order. At present she has been on the show longer than any other cast member. As of the 366th episode in the 16th season, she is the first actress to appear in 300 episodes. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Lt. ... This article is about the original TV series. ... November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Saginaw redirects here. ... Official language(s) None (English, de-facto) Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Area  Ranked 11th  - Total 97,990 sq mi (253,793 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 491 miles (790 km)  - % water 41. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... An Emmy Award. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Lt. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... This article is about the original TV series. ...

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Early life & career

The youngest of five children, she was raised in Detroit, where she graduated from Cooley High School in 1970. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Wayne State University and began her New York theater career in 1978. Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... Cooley High School is a secondary school located in Detroit, Michigan which resides within the Detroit City School District. ... The Bachelor of Fine Arts, usually abbreviated BFA, is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts. ... Wayne State University is located in Detroit, Michigan, in the citys Cultural Center. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width {{{WidthUS}}} miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


Merkerson was nominated for a Tony as Best Actress for her performance as Berniece in The Piano Lesson and won an Obie Award in 1992 for her work in I'm Not Stupid. August Wilsons The Piano Lesson was the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, and concerned a brother and a sister arguing about whether or not they should sell their family piano. ... The Obie Awards, short for Off-Broadway Theater Awards, are annual awards bestowed by the newspaper The Village Voice on theater artists performing in New York City. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Her screen credits include Jacob's Ladder, Loose Cannons, She's Gotta Have It and James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which she played the terrified wife of Joe Morton. Jacobs Ladder DVD Jacobs Ladder is a 1990 thriller film directed by Adrian Lyne based on a screenplay by Bruce Joel Rubin. ... Loose Cannons is a 1990 comedy film, written by Richard Matheson and Richard Christian Matheson. ... Shes Gotta Have It is a 1986 comedy-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. ... James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning Canadian-American film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ... Joe Morton (born October 18, 1947, New York, New York, USA) is an African-American stage, television, and movie actor. ...


Merkerson made her television debut as Reba the Mail Lady on Pee Wee's Playhouse, and has appeared on The Cosby Show, among other series. But her single most important television appearance may have been in the first-season Law and Order episode "Mushrooms," in which she portrayed the grief-stricken mother of an 11-month-old boy who is shot accidentally. Her performance was not only memorable to the audience during that key first season, but also impressed the producers enough to select Merkerson to replace Dann Florek as detective squad chief in the series' fourth season. Pee-wees Playhouse was a half-hour CBS USA TV Saturday morning live-action childrens show starring Pee-wee Herman (played by Paul Reubens) that aired from 1986 until 1991 and was enormously popular with both children and adults. ... The Cosby Show was an American television sitcom that ran from 1984 to 1992. ... Dann Florek (born May 1, 1950 in Flat Rock, Michigan) is an American actor and director. ...


In 2006, she won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her performance in the television movie Lackawanna Blues, her first starring role. 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Screen Actors Guild (S.A.G.) is the labor union representing over 120,000 film actors in the United States. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ...


She is an outspoken advocate against smoking and for lung cancer research and awareness. The cigarette is the most common method of smoking tobacco. ... Lung cancer is a cancer of the lungs characterized by the presence of malignant tumours. ...


Trivia

Merkeson is often reticent about revealing what her first name really is -- Sharon. On the June 11, 2005 episode of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!, she jokingly claimed that the initial "S," "stands for 'Sweet' [because] so many people have difficulty with Epatha, which is what I prefer to be called." June 11, 2005 (Saturday) The G8 announces the cancellation of the multilateral debt of eighteen of the poorest countries in the world (BBC) 2005 Atlantic hurricane season: Tropical Storm Arlene makes landfall near Pensacola, Florida. ... NPR logo For other meanings of NPR see NPR (disambiguation) National Public Radio (NPR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that sells programming to member radio stations; together they are a loosely organized public radio network in the United States. ... Wait Wait. ...


Awards

Won

The Black Reel Awards began in 2000 and were designed to annually recognize and celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in feature, independent and television films. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... This article is about the original TV series. ... The Obie Awards, short for Off-Broadway Theater Awards, are annual awards bestowed by the newspaper The Village Voice on theater artists performing in New York City. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... An Emmy Award. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... A Helen Hayes Award is a theater award named for the famed actress Helen Hayes to recognize excellence in the professional theater in the Washington, D.C./Potomac (USA) area since 1983. ... The Obie Awards, short for Off-Broadway Theater Awards, are annual awards bestowed by the newspaper The Village Voice on theater artists performing in New York City. ...

Nominated

Created in 1935, the Drama League Awards honor distinguished productions and performances both on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in addition to recognizing exemplary career achievements in theatre, musical theatre, and directing. ... Founded in 1984, the Independent Spirit Awards were originally known as the FINDIE (Friends of Independents) Awards and presented winners with Plexiglas pyramids containing suspended shoestrings representing the paltry budgets of independent films. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... Lackawanna Blues is an American television movie that aired in 2005. ... Created in 1935, the Drama League Awards honor distinguished productions and performances both on Broadway and Off-Broadway, in addition to recognizing exemplary career achievements in theatre, musical theatre, and directing. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... This article is about the original TV series. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... This article is about the original TV series. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... This article is about the original TV series. ... The NAACP Image Award is an award presented annually by the NAACP to honor the top African-Americans in film, television, music and literature. ... This article is about the original TV series. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... August Wilsons The Piano Lesson was the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, and concerned a brother and a sister arguing about whether or not they should sell their family piano. ... Created in 1955, the Drama Desk Award was created to recognize Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows in addition to Broadway shows. ... August Wilsons The Piano Lesson was the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, and concerned a brother and a sister arguing about whether or not they should sell their family piano. ... A Helen Hayes Award is a theater award named for the famed actress Helen Hayes to recognize excellence in the professional theater in the Washington, D.C./Potomac (USA) area since 1983. ... August Wilsons The Piano Lesson was the 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, and concerned a brother and a sister arguing about whether or not they should sell their family piano. ...

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