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Lynne Thigpen

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Other names
Lynne Richmond


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Full Name
Cherlynne Theresa Thigpen

December 22, 1948 (

Resting place
Elmhurst Cemetery,(Joliet, Illinois)

March 12, 2003, Marina del Rey, California, United States

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, Obie Award for Performance

Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Movies and TV shows
Similar People
Mitchell Kriegman, Mercedes Ruehl, Peter Segal, Karen Malina White, Joe Louis Clark

Cause of death
Cerebral Hemorrhage

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Cherlynne Theresa "Lynne" Thigpen (December 22, 1948 – March 12, 2003) was an American actress, best known for her role as "The Chief" of ACME in the various Carmen Sandiego television series and computer games from 1991 to 1997. For her varied television work, Thigpen was nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards; she won a Tony Award in 1997 for portraying Dr. Judith Kaufman in An American Daughter.


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Early life and education


Born in Joliet, Illinois, Thigpen obtained a degree in teaching. She taught English in high school briefly while studying theatre and dance at the University of Illinois.


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Thigpen moved to New York City in 1971 to begin her career as a stage actress. She had a long and prolific theater career and appeared in numerous musicals including Godspell, The Night That Made America Famous, The Magic Show, Working, Tintypes, and An American Daughter (for which she won her Tony Award for her portrayal of Dr. Judith Kaufman in 1997).


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Her first feature film role was as Lynne in Godspell (1973), co-starring opposite Victor Garber and David Haskell. Thigpen also portrayed a radio DJ (shown only from the nose down) in Walter Hill's The Warriors (1979), and Leonna Barrett, the mother of an expelled student, in Lean on Me (1989), the story of famous American high school principal Joe Louis Clark. She had a role in the remake of Shaft (2000) (as Carla Howard, the mother of a murder victim), and played the Second President of the World Congress in Bicentennial Man (1999). Her last film was Anger Management (2003), starring Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson (which was released only a month after her death and paid tribute to her in the end credits).


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Thigpen was perhaps best known for playing Luna in the television show, Bear in the Big Blue House as well as "The Chief" of the ACME Detective Agency in the long-running PBS children's geography game show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, which involves both education and comedy, and, on occasion, musical performance. She remained The Chief in the successor show, Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?, but of ACME Time Net. She also appeared in many other television series during her career, most notably in a recurring role as Grace Keefer on the ABC daytime drama All My Children and a supporting role as Ella Mae Farmer, a crime analyst for the Washington, D.C. police department, on the CBS crime drama The District. She guest-starred in episodes of Gimme A Break!, L.A. Law, Law & Order, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Thirtysomething, and was a regular cast member on the short-lived NBC sketch comedy series The News Is the News.

Audio productions

She appeared in radio skits of the Garrison Keillor program The American Radio Company of the Air. Her voice was also heard on over 20 audio books, primarily works with socially relevant themes.


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Thigpen died of a cerebral hemorrhage on March 12, 2003, in her Marina del Rey, California home after complaining of headaches for several days. She was 54 years old. Drugs and foul play were ruled out by the coroner's autopsy, which found "acute cardiac dysfunction, non-traumatic systemic and spontaneous intraventricular hemorrhage, and hemorrhage in the brain." She was entombed next to her parents at Elmhurst Cemetery in her hometown Joliet, Illinois.

Response and legacy

When Thigpen died, the Season 3 finale of The District had a tribute to her character Ella Mae Farmer.

Thigpen's death also led to a three-year hiatus of Bear in the Big Blue House, and a planned film version of Bear was put on hold. Two years after Thigpen's death, Bear star, Tara Mooney, who played the character Shadow, stated in an interview with Ray D'Arcy on Today FM, "The crew's hearts just weren't in it anymore".

Thigpen was posthumously nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for voicing Luna the moon in Bear in the Big Blue House, but she lost to Jeff Corwin for his wildlife reality series The Jeff Corwin Experience.

Thigpen's friends and family established a non-profit foundation, The Lynne Thigpen - Bobo Lewis Foundation, to help young actors and actresses learn how to survive and succeed in New York theater and to mentor the next generation of Broadway stars.

Her final film, Anger Management (2003), was dedicated to her memory.

Also, Lynne Thigpen Elementary School in her hometown (Joliet, IL) was named in her honor.


  • Godspell: 1973
  • The Night That Made America Famous: 1975
  • The Magic Show: 1976
  • Working
  • But Never Jam Today: 1979
  • Tintypes: 1980–81
  • Fences by August Wilson: 1988
  • Boesman and Lena by Athol Fugard: Obie award, 1992
  • A Month of Sundays
  • Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter: 1996–97 (Tony Award 1997)
  • Jar the Floor
  • Playhouse Disney Live on Stage!/Bear in the Big Blue House Live on Stage as Luna the Moon
  • Radio

  • A Prairie Home Companion (1989)
  • Film

  • Godspell (1973)
  • The Warriors (1979) (She appears as the radio announcer, only her lips are seen.)
  • Tootsie (1982)
  • Streets of Fire (1984) (She appears as a subway train engineer, reading in her train; brief dialogue with the main character.)
  • Sweet Liberty (1986)
  • Lean on Me (1989)
  • Article 99 (1992)
  • Bob Roberts (1992)
  • The Paper (1994)
  • Blankman (1994)
  • Just Cause (1995)
  • Random Hearts (1999)
  • The Insider (1999)
  • Bicentennial Man (1999)
  • Shaft (2000)
  • Novocaine (2001)
  • Anger Management (2003) – posthumously released
  • Television

  • Hallmark Hall of Fame The Boys Next Door as Mrs. Tracy
  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? as The Chief
  • Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? as The Chief
  • Sesame Street as Worm Air and Space Agency (WASA) Training Officer
  • The District as Chief Jack Mannion's Director of Administration, Ella Farmer
  • All My Children as nurse Grace Keefer, aunt of Noah (played by Keith Hamilton Cobb)
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  • L.A. Law
  • FM
  • Law & Order as Judge Ida Boucher
  • Bear in the Big Blue House as Luna
  • Frank's Place as the "good" voodoo woman who helps Frank evict a "bad" voodoo female tenant, played by Rosalind Cash
  • King of the Hill as a judge who hears the case when Hank disputes a credit card charge over nonexistent movies he never ordered
  • Roseanne as Dr. Brice
  • The Cosby Show
  • Homicide: Life on the Street as Regina Wilson
  • Gimme A Break as Loretta Harper
  • Software

  • Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? as The Chief
  • Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? as The Chief
  • Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? as The Chief
  • Bear in the Big Blue House:Bear's Sense of Adventure as Luna the moon
  • Voice

  • America's War on Poverty, PBS
  • All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes, by Maya Angelou
  • Reading Rainbow
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, by Ernest J. Gaines
  • Bear in the Big Blue House, as Luna
  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  • The House of Dies Drear, by Virginia Hamilton
  • Jazz, by Toni Morrison
  • One Better, by Rosalyn McMillan
  • Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler
  • Paradise, by Toni Morrison
  • People of the Century, by Time magazine editors
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
  • Sula, by Toni Morrison
  • Tar Baby, by Toni Morrison
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • The Trials of Nikki Hill, by Christopher Darden and Dick Lochte
  • Zeely, by Virginia Hamilton
  • The Women of Brewster Place, by Gloria Naylor
  • 2000X: Tales of the Next Millennia, science fiction collection
  • The Street, by Ann Petry
  • Awards and honors

  • 1992 Obie AwardBoesman and Lena
  • 1997 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play – An American Daughter
  • 2000 Obie Award – Jar the Floor
  • Nominations
  • 1987 Los Angeles Drama Critics Award – Fences
  • 1994, 1995, 1996 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series - Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
  • 1996 NAACP Image Awards for Informational Youth or Children's Series/Special – Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
  • 1997 NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series – All My Children
  • 1997, 1998 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series - Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?
  • 2000 AudioFile Awards Golden Voices for the Year
  • 2004 Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series – Bear in the Big Blue House (Posthumously nominated)
  • Honors
  • Lynne Thigpen Elementary School, Joliet, IL
  • References

    Lynne Thigpen Wikipedia

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