Tonya Pinkins is an American television, film and theater actress and author known for her portrayal of Livia Frye on the soap operaAll My Children and for her roles on Broadway. She has been nominated for three Tony Awards (won one), and has won the Obie, 2 Lortel Awards, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, AUDLECO, Garland, L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award, Clarence Derwent and NAACP Theater Awards. She has been nominated for the Olivier, Helen Hayes, Noel, Joseph Jefferson, NAACP Image, Soap Opera Digest and Ovation awards. She won the Tony for Jelly's Last Jam.