Birth Date: April 9, 1966
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Claim to Fame: As stage actress and on TV Series "Sex and the City" (1998)
Hair: Blonde (naturally)
Nixon is a native New Yorker who graduated from Barnard College in 1988 with a B.A. in English. Unlike Miranda, she is actually blond and not red-haired, as some fans might have been led to believe.
Nixon started her career at the age of 14, acting in a movie named Little Darlings. Around that time, she also started appearing on theatre plays on Broadway and Off-Broadway. In 1981, she won the Theatre World Award for her performance in The Philadelphia Story.
In 1984, while a freshman in college, Nixon appeared simulaneously in two Mike Nichols-directed hit Broadway plays: Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing and David Rabe's Hurlyburly. Each performance, Nixon appeared as "Donna" in the first act of Hurlyburly at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, then walked to the Plymouth Theatre, changed costumes and performed one scene as "Debbie" in The Real Thing opposite Jeremy Irons and Christine Baranski. Then, Nixon changed her costume again and returned to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre to resume her performance as "Donna" in Hurlyburly. In the interest in fairness to other actors, Actor's Equity Association no longer permits one actor to perform in two shows simultaneously.
Nixon's other Broadway credits include The Heidi Chronicles (1989-90), Angels in America (1993-94), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (1997-98), The Women (2001-02) and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. For her participation in the latter, she earned a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award.
Nixon has been nominated at various times for awards and critically praised for her characterization of Miranda in Sex and the City during its six-season run, finally winning a primetime Emmy in 2004 for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
In September, 2004, it was reported that despite previous long-term relationships with men, she had been in a nearly year-long relationship with a woman. When asked about this she neither denied or confirmed, instead stating that "My private life is private. But at the same time, I have nothing to hide. So what I will say is that I am very happy."
Nixon has one daughter. She has used her public profile as an advocate for better public schools in New York, which her daughter attends.