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Nixon, Cynthia (b. 1966)  
 
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Executive producer Michael Patrick King stated that he had never intentionally inserted a gay voice into the show. "I really don't feel that I'm a gay man who's channeling a gay voice into women," he said. Nevertheless, the experience of the female Sex and the City characters resonated deeply with some gay men and drew the series many fans among them.

Nixon's character was the only one to bear a child and therefore to face the difficulties of being a single working mother, an experience that made her significantly different from the other members of the group of friends as they all continued to search for romantic fulfillment.

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Nixon well understood the challenges of combining a career with parenthood. She has two children from her union with Danny Mozes, a photographer. The couple parted amicably in 2003 after a fifteen-year relationship.

Nixon has long been deeply concerned about the welfare of children and has a special interest in improving public education. She sends her own children to New York public schools and is a long-time and vocal advocate for adequate funding not only for a basic curriculum but also for valuable programs such as music education and practical necessities like sufficient staffing in lunchrooms. Her dedication led her to become involved with the non-profit Alliance for Quality Education (AQE).

Through her membership in the group, Nixon met AQE's New York City director, Christine Marinoni. The two women fell in love. Marinoni gave birth to the couple's son in 2011.

Marinoni was one of the proprietors of a lesbian-owned café in Brooklyn before becoming an activist for public schools, first with the Parent Organizing Consortium and then with AQE.

Although Nixon prefers not to have her personal life discussed in the press, she did acknowledge her lesbian relationship publicly, saying that she had "nothing to hide" and was "very happy" with her new love. Once their relationship became known, Nixon was besieged by photographers and journalists lurking outside her home. British journalists were camped out on the lawn of Marinoni's parents' house. Fortunately, the furor was of short duration.

After the conclusion of the run of Sex and the City, Nixon undertook several film projects. She starred as Eleanor Roosevelt in Joseph Sargent's Warm Springs (2005), a television movie made for HBO. Reviewer Matthew Gilbert praised her performance, writing, "She brings an effectively tentative voice to Eleanor, as well as a manner that manages to be both mousy and steely."

Nixon starred in two feature films, Alex Steyermark's One Last Thing and Mark Levin's Little Manhattan, in 2005. The latter was shot in New York, which is where Nixon now chooses to work as well as live since both of her children are in school there and she does not want to leave them for the time required to shoot a film.

Nixon returned to Broadway in 2006 in David Lindsay-Abaire's drama Rabbit Hole, playing a woman grieving the death of her four-year-old son. Critic David Rooney wrote of her skillful portrayal of the character, "Creating a field of anxiety around her, Nixon's controlled, naturalistic work is faultless here--empathetic even in her most brittle moments, pain coursing quietly through her every expression and acid quips slyly revealing the spirit being suffocated by grief."

Her peers in the theater were equally impressed, and Nixon won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in June 2006. At the awards ceremony, she celebrated her victory by sharing a kiss with Marinoni.

In October 2006, Nixon opened in New York in a revival of Jay Presson Allen's adaptation of Muriel Spark's novel The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. In a decidedly mixed review of the production, Ben Brantley remarked that the actress is a "master of emotional transparency," adding that "Her great gift is for discovering extraordinary depth and detail in ordinary lives."

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