Lisa Gay Hamilton Biography

Birthday: 1964-03-25
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5' 1" (1.55 m)
Wiki Biography: Lisa's mother, Tina, is a retired social worker. Her late father, Ira, worked as an engineer and then went into business as a general contractor. A sister, Heidi, is a lawyer. Lisa started acting as a child and played Flip Wilson in a 3rd grade performance. During junior high, she started traveling by train to Manhattan for private acting lessons and acted in summer drama camps. Her principal interest initially was to act in Shakepearean drama. She earned her degree from theatre from New York University and followed it up with a second BFA from Julliard. In 1993, she got her first break at the New York Shakespearean festival playing Isabella opposite Kevin Kline in "Measure for Measure". She was later turned down to play the role of Hester Prynne in a production of "The Scarlet Letter" because of race. Upset, she wrote a letter to 'The Village Voice' to protest legal racism. The play's playwright, Phyllis Nagy, responded with a criticism of her acting, which obviously made things worse. She went on to have a successful career in theater. In 1995-96, her portrayal of a South African singer in Athol Fugard's Valley Song garnered an Obie Award and the Clarence Derwent Award. More recently, Hamilton earned critical acclaim, her second Obie, and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her role as Suzanne Alexander in Adrienne Kennedy's, "The Ohio State Murders." Besides appearing in over two dozen films, Hamilton directed the documentary film Beah: A Black Woman Speaks in 2003. This film, about pioneering black actress Beah Richards, dealt with Hamilton seeking out Richards, an African-American actress who had broken ground making inroads for black actresses.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Practice Rebecca Washington 1997 Crime
A House Divided 2000 Drama
Men of a Certain Age Melissa 2010 - 2011 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Krush Groove 1985 Comedy, Drama, Music
Naked in New York 1994 Comedy, Romance
Palookaville 1996 Comedy, Crime
Jackie Brown Sheronda 1997 0, Comedy, Game Show
Drunks Brenda 1997 Drama
Lifebreath Dr. Quinlan 1997 Drama, Thriller, Romance
Nick and Jane Vickie 1997 Comedy, Romance
Beloved Younger Sethe 1998 Drama, Horror, Mystery
True Crime Bonnie Beechum 1999 0, Game Show
The Truth About Charlie Lola Jansco 2002 Game Show, Biography
Ten Tiny Love Stories Three 2002 Drama
Until the Violence Stops Herself 2003
Nine Lives Holly 2005 Drama
The Soloist 2009 0
Life of a King Sheila King 2013
Go for Sisters Bernice 2013 Drama
Redemption Trail Tess 2013 Drama