Cherlynne Theresa 'Lynne' Thigpen (December 22, 1948-March 12, 2003) was an American stage and television actress, most famous as 'The Chief' in the various Carmen Sandiego television series. Thigpen was born in Joliet, Illinois, and obtained a degree in teaching. She taught English in high school briefly while studying theatre and dance at the University of Illinois. Thigpen moved to New York City in 1971 to begin her work as a stage actress. Thigpen had a long and prolific theater career, and appeared in numerous musicals including Godspell, The Night That Made America Famous, The Magic Show, Working, Tintypes and An American Daughter (for which she won her Tony Award for her portrayal of Dr. Judith Kaufman in 1997) .
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