Roderick Laverne Cox, also known as Laverne Cox, is an American dancer, actress, and LGBT advocate, best recognized for her role on the Netflix’s show Orange Is The New Black as Sophia Burset. Moreover, she came into limelight when she was a first transgender person nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in any acting category.
Laverne was born on May 29, 1984, in Mobile, Alabama, United States. She was born to a mother Gloria Cox, a teacher and as for her father, it is unknown. As for her sibling, she has a twin brother, M Lamar.
She belongs to American nationality and is African-American by ethnicity. Her birth sign is Gemini.
The actress grew up within the AME Zion church with her mother and grandmother along with Lamar. Although she was born biologically as a male however she always had a feeling that of a female, unable to distinguish between males and females.
In the school, Cox was often taunted and bullied for being feminine and due to the trauma, she tried to commit suicide at the age of 11. She had a love for arts and during the interview with Times magazine she states,
"I begged my mother to put me into dance classes and finally, in third grade, she did,” “Tap and jazz but not ballet. She thought ballet was too gay …"
The actress graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts and later attended Indiana University in Bloomington and Marymount Manhattan College where she studied dance while her brother graduated in visual arts.
Moving on to her relationship, Laverne Cox is currently single. She describes herself as a tinder girl and met her ex-boyfriend Kyle Draper on Tinder. The partners started dating in July 2017 but were not married.
During the interview with People magazine, Cox talked about her boyfriend,
“I’m in love. He’s amazing on so many different levels, I’ve never experienced that before,”
“It’s really dumb luck that we met and clicked,”
After two years of relationship, the couple broke up in June 2019. Apart from the relationship, she has revealed of having boyfriend or relationship in the past.
The actress has been a star showing the path for the transgender community. She works in various programs related to the transgender, spreading the awareness.
For her service in awareness program, she received many awards and honors such as Stephen F. Kolzak Award from GLAAD, Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine, Claire Skiffington Vanguard from Transgender Law Center and many more.
Moreover, Laverne received a Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class for her show Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word.
The 35-year-old actress is at the peak of her career and accumulated a decent amount to live a blissful life. It is estimated that she has collected the amount of $2 million as of June 2019.
She earns the yearly income of $235,294 from TV shows and from endorsements and sponsorship, she collects about $52,288.
Cox has not disclosed about her house, cars, and other properties. However, with such a wealth, she would have surely maintained an impressive properties.
Cox made her debut as an actor in the short film Betty Anderson as Deirdre in 2000. She was a contestant in the VH1’s reality TV show I Want to Work for Diddy, then Vh1 approached her with the contract of TV series TRANSform ME, and she worked as an executive producer and co-hosted the show.
The actress gained the limelight when she signed the contract with Netflix for the role of Sophia Burset in the show Orange Is The New Black in 2013 and the show is on-going. She got an Emmy award for her role as Sophia in the TV show.
As of June 2019, Laverne played in 14 TV series such as, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit(2008), Law & Order(2008), Bored to Death(2009), Faking It(2014), Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce(2014), The Mindy Project(2015-2017) and so on.
Similarly, she also appeared in 15 movies like The Kings of Brooklyn(2004), All Night(2008), Uncle Stephanie(2009), Musical Chair(2011), 36 Saints(2013) Grandma(2015) and many more.
In addition to acting, she worked as an LGBT advocate and helped the people of the Transgender community. She appeared on the cover of Time magazine.
Furthermore, in 2015 in her honor, a wax statue was built at the Madame Tussauds Wax museum.
• Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Special Class(Laverne Wax Presents: The T Word)
• Emmy Award(Orange Is The New Black)
• Wax Statue at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
• Honorary Doctorate(The NYC The New School)
Laverne is an American dancer, actress, and LGBT advocate, best recognized for her role on Netflix’s show Orange Is The New Black as Sophia Burset.
She is 35 years old, as of 2019.
She stands at a tall height of 5 feet 11 inches.
Kyle Draper is the boyfriend of Laverne.
She accumulated the estimated amount of $2 million.
Laverne Cox is from Mobile, Alabama, United States.