Quick Facts of Tonya Pinkins

  • Full NameTonya Pinkins
  • Net Worth$1.4 Million
  • Date of Birth30 May, 1962
  • BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, U.S.
  • Ethnicity Afro-American
  • ProfessionActress, singer, author
  • Nationality American
  • Active Year1980–present
  • Eye colour Black
  • Hair colour Black
  • Spouse Eric Winters (m. 2009–2014), Ron Brawer (m. 1987–1994), Hubert Kelley (m. 1984–1987)
  • EducationCarnegie Mellon University, Columbia College Chicago (BA), California Western School of Law
  • Online PresenceInstagram, Twitter, Facebook
  • Children Miles Kelley, Miaja Brawer, Max Kelley
  • Horoscope Gemini
Image of an actress Tonya Pinkins

Tonya Pinkins is an American television, film and theater actress and author. She is well recognized for her portrayal of Livia Frye on the soap opera All My Children. Likewise, she also starred on Broadway. Furthermore, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for Jelly’s Last Jam.

Pinkins is married thrice but all of her marriages ended with a divorce. Is Pinkins dating anyone? Does she have children from her marriage? Scroll down to know in details about her professional as well as personal life.

Who Is Tonya Pinkins? Wiki & Bio

Tonya Pinkins was born on 30th May 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, the U.S. Her star sign is Gemini. By nationality, she is an American and is of Afro-American ethnicity.

Her father was a police officer and insurance salesman whereas her mother is a former postal worker. Pinkins grew up alongside her sister Tamera Swoope and two brothers, Eric Swoope and Thomas Swoope.


Since her young age, Pinkins was interested in the arts. She studied acting at the Goodman Theatre Young People’s Program, in high school. Further, Pinkins enrolled at the Carnegie Mellon University’s BFA Musical Theatre program. She was cast in Merrily We Roll Along and decided to pursue her career, instead.

Later, Pinkins returned to college, receiving an undergraduate degree in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago in 1996, followed by a year at California Western School of Law in San Diego.

Tonya Pinkins Career

Tonya Pinkins made her acting career debut portraying the character Carol in the movie Growing Up Young in 1980. Four years later, she landed a role in the movies Beat Street and a recurring role in the TV series As the World Turns. Also, Pinkins had a regular role in The Cosby Show, sharing screen alongside Lindsay Hartley.


Likewise, in 2018, Pinkins starred in the series Fear the Walking Dead alongside Kim Dickens, Danny Garcia, and Alycia Debnam-Carey. Her most recent movie is Write When You Get Work where she appeared as Roberta Simmons.

Is Tonya Pinkins Married? Know Her Husband And Children

Pinkins is married thrice in her life. She first tied the knot with boyfriend, Hubert Kelley, an actor in July 1984. With Kelley, she shared two children, Miles Kelley, and Max Kelley. However, the duo could not carry their relationship well and ended up divorcing in 1987.

Her second marriage was with screenwriter, Ron Brawer. The couple exchanged the vows on 10th February 1987. However, the things didn’t work out well in between the couple and separated after six years on 20th June 1994.


Even two divorces did not stop Pinkins from falling for a new guy. In July 2009, she married her third spouse Eric Winters. But like her previous marriages, her third marriage also did not sustain long and the two divorced in 2014.

As of now, Pinkins is possibly single. Moreover, she has a daughter Miaja Brawer but her biological father is unknown. So far there are no rumors of her other affairs and relationships.

Tonya Pinkins Body Measurement

Tonya Pinkins stands at the height of 5 feet 7 inches tall but her weight is under review. Similarly, her body measurements are under review. Furthermore, the actress has black hair and a pair of black eyes.

Tonya Pinkins Net Worth

Tonya Pinkins has an estimated net worth of $1.4 million as of 2019. Likewise, she earns a salary of around $500,000 annually from her TV series and movies. To date, Pinkins has starred in several movies and TV series which are doing good in the box office.

Some of her movies with their box office collections are listed down;

YearMovieBox OfficeBudget
2007Enchanted$340.5 Million$85 Million
1989See No Evil, Hear No Evil$46.9Million$18 Million
1984Beat Street$16.6 MillionN/A