Stardom[ edit ] She raised her profile significantly as one of the four regulars on HBO 's successful comedy Sex and the City — , as the lawyer Miranda Hobbes. Nixon received three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series , , , winning the award in , for the show's final season.
Post-Sex and the City, Nixon made a guest appearance on ER in , as a mother who undergoes a tricky procedure to lessen the effects of a debilitating stroke. This part was later played by Nicole Kidman in the movie adaptation of the play.
In , she revived her role as Miranda Hobbes in the Sex and the City feature film, directed by HBO executive producer Michael Patrick King and co-starring the cast of the original series. Special Victims Unit , portraying a woman pretending to have dissociative identity disorder.
She appears in the background when Jason Segel 's character mimics characters from Sex and the City at a bar. Criminal Intent episode based on the problems surrounding the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Her character is "Amanda Reese, the high-strung and larger-than-life director behind a problem-plagued Broadway version of Icarus", loosely modeled after Spider-Man director, Julie Taymor.
She received critical acclaim for both performances, especially for the latter, which many considered as "Oscar-worthy". In May , it was announced that Nixon would play Nancy Reagan in the upcoming television film adaptation of Killing Reagan. She is a spokesperson for New York's Alliance for Quality Education, a public education fairness advocacy organization.
Nixon campaigned actively for de Blasio, who she had worked with since the early s when campaigning against Michael Bloomberg 's education policies. De Blasio credited Nixon and union leader George Gresham as the two "architects of his campaign" in the Democratic primaries, when he defeated the favorite Christine Quinn.
New York gubernatorial election, In , it was reported that Nixon was preparing a liberal challenge to the incumbent governor of New York Andrew Cuomo. Nixon was expected to secure the nomination of the Working Families Party of New York during its annual convention in April , thus guaranteeing her a spot on the general election ballot.
Nixon stated that in the event that she did not also secure the Democratic nomination, she would "confer with the Working Families Party and we will make the decision we think is best". The battle received considerable attention since there were concerns that Nixon might drain enough votes from Cuomo in the general election to allow a Republican to be elected although Cuomo was comfortably leading the polls at the time.
Cuomo had vigorously campaigned to get the nomination before withdrawing when it was clear he would not get it. I'd been with men all my life, and I'd never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn't seem so strange. I'm just a woman in love with another woman. She convinced the head of NBC to air her breast cancer special in a prime time program,  and became an Ambassador for Susan G.
Komen for the Cure.