Uzo Aduba To Play As Shirley Chisholm In "Mrs America"

Emmy Award winning actress Uzo Aduba is slated to play politician Shirley Chisholm FX’s upcoming limited movie series, Mrs. America, which will star Oscar winner Cate Blanchett. The movie which will stretch up to nine episodes, is slated for a 2020 premiere on FX.

The movie "Mrs. America" portrays the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by Blanchett.

Nigerian-American actress Uzoamaka Nwanneka "Uzo" Aduba was born February 10, 1981, in New Brunswick NJ. She is the daughter of Nigerian parents, of Igbo origin.

She is known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black (2013–present), for which she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014, an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2015, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015. She is one of only two actors to win an Emmy Award in both the comedy and drama categories for the same role, the other being Ed Asner for the character Lou Grant.

She grew up in Medfield, Massachusetts and graduated from Medfield High School in 1999.
Later, she attended Boston University, where she studied classical voice and competed in track and field. She describes her family as a "sports family". Her younger brother, Obi, played hockey at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and went on to play six seasons professionally.

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