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DEBBI MORGAN (Tonya Caner) earned critical acclaim for her ponrayal of Alex Haley's great aunt Elizabeth in the mini-series "Roots: The Next Generations.” Morgan made her film debut in Kasi Lemmons' "Eve's Bayou,” alongside her "Coach Carter” co-star Samuel L. Jackson, and garnered Independent Film Project Spirit and Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Best Supporting Actress, as well as nominations for NAACP Image and Golden Satellite Awards. Her film resume also includes New Line Cinema's "Love & Basketball,” opposite Omar Epps and Dennis Haysbert, as well as Norman Jewison ‘s "The Hunicane,” with Denzel Washington. for which she earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actress. Most recently, she appeared in "Woman Thou Art Loosed” and "Back in the Day,” with Ving Rhames and Ja Rule.

Morgan was the first and, thus far, the only African-American actress to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Angie on the daytime drama "All My Children.” Her extensive credits in primetime include a co-starring role in the CBS movie-of-the-week "The Runaway,” Lifetime's drama series "For the People” and a recurring role on the WB supernatural drama "Charmed.” Other notable primetime appearances include a recurring role on NBC's "Providence,” Lifetime's "Strong Medicine” and "Any Day Now,” David E. Kelley's "Boston Public” and "The Practice” and Showtime's "Soul Food,” for which she won an NAACP Image Award. Morgan also worked with directors Albert and Allen Hughes on the USA pilot "Touching Evil.”

Born in Dunn, North Carolina and raised in the South Bronx, New York, Morgan was a member of the New Federal Theatre Company and starred in "What the Wine Sellers Buy,” "Does the Tiger Wear a Necktie?” "My Sister, My Sister” and "Once in a Wifetime.”


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