Woodard at Congressional Black Caucus in Johnson C. Smith University in 2012.
|Born||Alfre Ette Woodard
November 8, 1952
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Roderick Spencer (1983–present)|
Alfre Ette Woodard (born November 8, 1952) is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, and political activist. Woodard is called one of the most versatile and accomplished actors of her generation. She has been nominated once for an Academy Award and Grammy Award, 18 times for the Emmy Award (winning four), and has also won a Golden Globe Award and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Woodard began her acting career in theatre. After her breakthrough role in the Off-Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1977), she made her film debut in Remember My Name (1978). In 1980 she starred in Robert Altman's Health and in 1983 has won major critical praise and she was nominated for a Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for role in Cross Creek. In same year, Woodard has won her first Primetime Emmy Award for performance in the NBC drama series Hill Street Blues. Later in 1980s, Woodard had leading Emmy Award-nominated performances in number of made for television movies, and another Emmy-winning role as dying of leukemia woman in the pilot episode of L.A. Law. She also starred as Dr. Roxanne Turner in the NBC medical drama St. Elsewhere, for which she was nominated an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1986 and for Guest Actress in 1988.
In 1990s, Woodard starred in films, such as Grand Canyon (1991), Heart and Souls (1993), Crooklyn (1994), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Primal Fear (1996) and Star Trek: First Contact (1996). She also drew critical praise for her performances in the independent dramas Passion Fish (1992), for which she won Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, and well Down in the Delta (1998). For her lead role in the HBO film Miss Evers' Boys (1997), Woodard won Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild Award and several another awards. In later years she appeared in several blockbuster, like K-PAX (2001), The Core (2001), and The Forgotten (2004), starred in independent films and has won her four Emmy Award for The Practice in 2003. From 2005 to 2006, Woodard starred as Betty Applewhite in the ABC comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives, and later starred in several short-lived series. She appeared in films The Family That Preys (2008) and 12 Years a Slave (2013), and also worked as political activist and producer. Woodard is a founder of Artists for a New South Africa, organization devoted to advancing democracy and equality in that country. She is a board member of AMPAS.
Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Constance, a homemaker, and Marion H. Woodard, an entrepreneur and interior designer. Woodard attended Bishop Kelley High School, a private Catholic school in Tulsa. She studied drama at Boston University, from which she graduated.
Woodard has made numerous appearances in television and motion pictures. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1983 film Cross Creek. In 1993, she starred in the film Passion Fish for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. She also appeared in the films Heart and Souls, Crooklyn, How to Make an American Quilt, Primal Fear, in Down in the Delta as a single alcoholic mother from Chicago forced to spend a summer with her uncle in Mississippi, and as Lily Sloane, Zefram Cochrane's assistant in Star Trek: First Contact, a performance in the franchise which garnered wide critical acclaim.
In 1997, she starred in the HBO film Miss Evers' Boys, for which she won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a CableACE Award, an NAACP Image Award and a Satellite Awards.
Woodard's television credits include Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Faerie Tale Theatre (in "Puss in Boots"), L.A. Law, and Homicide: Life on the Street. Woodard has won four Primetime Emmy Awards for her performances in the series Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law and The Practice, as well as the television movie Miss Evers' Boys. Woodard has received Emmy nominations for Words by Heart, St. Elsewhere, Unnatural Causes, a second nomination for St. Elsewhere, A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story, The Piano Lesson, Gulliver's Travels, Homicide: Life on the Street and The Water Is Wide.
In 2003, Woodard, took part in the HBO film Unchained Memories, a dramatization of WPA slave narratives. From 2005 to 2006, Woodard starred in the ABC series Desperate Housewives, and received another Emmy nomination for her role as Betty Applewhite. Woodard has appeared on stage in such plays as Map of the World, Drowning Crow, Me & Bessie and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. She starred in Tyler Perry's latest film The Family That Preys. In 2009, she appeared in American Violet, playing the mother of a 24-year-old African-American woman wrongfully swept up in a drug raid.
She was most recently seen starring as Lt. Tanya Rice in TNT's original series Memphis Beat, for which she won Gracie Allen Awards for performance in a series. One critic said: "I originally tuned in for Jason Lee, who plays a police detective named Dwight who likes to croon the blues. But I was won over by Alfre Woodard, who plays Dwight’s by-the-book boss." In 2013, she appeared in Ava DuVernay's short film The Door, a part of Miu Miu's Women's Tales series.
Woodard lives in Santa Monica, California, with her husband, writer Roderick Spencer, and their two children, Mavis and Duncan. Woodard follows Christian Science. She is a founder and board member of Artists for a New South Africa and is also active in the Democratic Party. Woodard has also expressed support for same sex marriage. In February 2009, she joined a group of American film directors and actors on a cultural trip to Iran at the invitation of the "House of Cinema" forum in Tehran. Her daughter, Mavis, served as Miss Golden Globe for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.
Awards and nominations
|1978||Remember My Name||Rita|
|1981||Sophisticated Gents, TheThe Sophisticated Gents||Evelyn Evers|
|1982||The Ambush Murders||Kariha Ellsworth|
|1982–83||Tucker's Witch||Marcia Fulbright||12 episodes|
|1983||Hill Street Blues||Doris Robson||3 episodes|
|1985||Sara||Rozalyn Dupree||13 episodes|
|1985, 1988||St. Elsewhere||Dr. Roxanne Turner||13 episodes|
|1987||The Life Saver||Andrea Crawford|
|1989||Miss Firecracker||Popeye Jackson|
|1989||A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story||Mary Thomas|
|1990||Blue Bayou||Jessica Filley|
|1991||Pretty Hattie's Baby||Hattie||Unreleased|
|1992||Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, TheThe Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag||Attorney Ann Orkin|
|1993||Rich in Love||Rhody Poole|
|1993||Heart and Souls||Penny Washington|
|1994||Frasier||Edna||Episode: "The Botched Language of Cranes"|
|1994||Blue Chips||Lavada McRae|
|1995||How to Make an American Quilt||Marianna|
|1995||Piano Lesson, TheThe Piano Lesson||Berniece|
|1996||Star Trek: First Contact||Lily Sloane|
|1996||Gulliver's Travels||Queen of Brobdingnag|
|1996||Primal Fear||Judge Miriam Shoat|
|1996||Follow Me Home||Evey|
|1996||A Step Toward Tomorrow||Dr. Sandlin|
|1997||Miss Evers' Boys||Eunice Evers|
|1997||Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, TheThe Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue||Maisie the Cat||Voice role|
|1997||Member of the Wedding, TheThe Member of the Wedding||Berenice Sadie Brown|
|1998||Down in the Delta||Loretta Sinclair|
|1998||Homicide: Life on the Street||Dr. Roxanne Turner||Episode: "Mercy"|
|1999||Funny Valentines||Joyce May|
|1999||The Wishing Tree||Clara Collier|
|2000||What's Cooking?||Audrey Williams|
|2000||Love & Basketball||Camille Wright|
|2000||Innovators||Herself as Host|
|2002||Searching for Debra Winger||Herself|
|2002||Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Movie||Akela||Voice role|
|2003||Singing Detective, TheThe Singing Detective||Chief of Staff|
|2003||Core, TheThe Core||Talma Stickley|
|2003||Practice, TheThe Practice||Denise Freeman||Episodes: "Final Judgement" and "Down the Hatch"|
|2003||Unchained Memories||a reader of a WPA slave narrative.|
|2003||Wrinkle in Time, AA Wrinkle in Time||Mrs. Whatsit|
|2004||Forgotten, TheThe Forgotten||Detective Anne Pope|
|2005||Beauty Shop||Miss Josephine|
|2006||Something New||Joyce McQueen|
|2006||Take the Lead||Principal Augustine James|
|2005–06||Desperate Housewives||Betty Applewhite||26 episodes, Season 2, series regular|
|2007||Pictures of Hollis Woods||Edna Reilly|
|2008||American Violet||Alma Roberts|
|2008||Family That Preys, TheThe Family That Preys||Alice Pratt|
|2008||My Own Worst Enemy||Mavis Heller||9 episodes|
|2009–10||Three Rivers||Dr. Sophia Jordan||12 episodes|
|2009||Reach for Me||Evelyn|
|2010, 2012||True Blood||Ruby Jean Reynolds||4 episodes|
|2010||Black Panther||Dondi Reese, Queen Mother|
|2010–2011||Memphis Beat||Lt. Tanya Rice||20 episodes|
|2011||Grey's Anatomy||Justine Campbell||Episode: "Heart Shaped Box"|
|2012||Private Practice||Dee Bennett||Episode: "The Next Episode"|
|2013||Copper||Hattie Lemaster||6 episodes|
|2013||Twelve Years a Slave||Mistress Harriet Shaw|
|2014||State of Affairs||President of the United States Roberta Payton||TV pilot|
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