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Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard 2012.jpg
Woodard at Congressional Black Caucus in Johnson C. Smith University in 2012.
BornAlfre Ette Woodard

(1952-11-08) November 8, 1952 (age 61)


Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
OccupationActress, producer
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Roderick Spencer (1983–present)
Alfre Ette Woodard (born November 8, 1952) is an American film, stage, and television actress. 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.

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    Early life

    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.

    Career

    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.



    Woodard at the premiere of 12 Years a Slave at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival
    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.

    In 2010, she was a guest star in the third season of HBO's True Blood as Ruby Jean Reynolds. and was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her role.

    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 with her husband Roderick Spencer at the 1987 Emmy Awards

    Personal life

    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

    YearAwardCategoryFilm or seriesResult
    1984Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressCross CreekNominated
    Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesHill Street BluesWon
    1985Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieWords By Heart WonderworksNominated
    1986Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesSt. ElsewhereNominated
    1987Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieUnnatural CausesNominated
    Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesL.A. LawWon
    1988St. ElsewhereNominated
    1989Joe A. Callaway AwardBest ActressThe Winter's TaleWon
    CableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesMandelaWon
    NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieUnnatural CausesWon
    1990MandelaWon
    Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieA Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story The MagiNominated
    1992NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieWon
    1993Golden Globe AwardBest Supporting Actress – Motion PicturePassion FishNominated
    Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleWon
    1994Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActressHeart and SoulsNominated
    1995Women in Film Crystal AwardsLife Achievement AwardWon
    Emmy AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Piano LessonNominated
    1996NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieWon
    Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieWon
    Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureHow to Make an American QuiltNominated
    NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureNominated
    Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieGulliver's TravelsNominated
    1997Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieMiss Evers' BoysWon
    CableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesThe Member of the WeddingNominated
    Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesMiss Evers' BoysWon
    NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureStar Trek: First ContactNominated
    Satellite AwardsBest Supporting ActressGulliver's TravelsNominated
    1998Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieMiss Evers' BoysWon
    NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialWon
    Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmWon
    Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmWon
    Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesHomicide: Life on the StreetNominated
    1999Independent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadDown in the DeltaNominated
    NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureNominated
    Acapulco Black Film FestivalBest ActressNominated
    2000Black Reel AwardsBest ActressFunny ValentinesNominated
    2001NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or SpecialThe Wishing TreeNominated
    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureLove & BasketballWon
    Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialHoliday HeartNominated
    Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmNominated
    Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialThe Wishing TreeNominated
    2002NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureK-PAXNominated
    2003Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe PracticeWon
    2004NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureRadioWon
    2005Character and Morality AwardsBest ActressWon
    2006Black Movie AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleSomething NewNominated
    BET AwardsBest ActressNominated
    Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Water Is WideNominated
    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesDesperate HousewivesNominated
    Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesWon
    2007Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominated
    Black Movie AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Water Is WideWon
    2008Black Reel AwardsBest ActressThe Family That PreysNominated
    Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MoviePictures of Hollis WoodsNominated
    2009NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureThe Family That PreysNominated
    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMy Own Worst EnemyNominated
    2010Grammy AwardsBest Spoken Word Album for ChildrenNelson Mandela's Favorite African FolktalesNominated
    Black Reel AwardsBest EnsembleAmerican VioletNominated
    Best Supporting ActressNominated
    NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureNominated
    Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMemphis BeatNominated
    2011NAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance - DramaNominated
    Gracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress - Drama SeriesWon
    Emmy AwardOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesTrue BloodNominated
    2012NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMemphis BeatNominated
    2013Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialSteel MagnoliasWon
    Screen Actors Guild AwardOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieNominated
    Black Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActressWon
    Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieNominated
    Gracie AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a DramaWon
    Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieNominated

    Filmography

    Film

    YearTitleRoleNotes
    1978Remember My NameRita
    1979Freedom RoadKatie
    1980HealtHSally Benbow
    1981Sophisticated Gents, TheThe Sophisticated GentsEvelyn EversTelevision movie
    1982The Ambush MurdersKariha EllsworthTelevision movie
    1983Cross CreekGeecheeImage Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture


    Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
    1986ExtremitiesPatricia
    1987MandelaWinnie MandelaTelevision movie


    CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie


    Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    1987The Life SaverAndrea Crawford
    1988ScroogedGrace Cooley
    1989Miss FirecrackerPopeye Jackson
    1989A Mother's Courage:


    The Mary Thomas Story
    Mary ThomasTelevision movie


    Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    1990Blue BayouJessica FilleyTelevision movie
    1991Grand CanyonJane
    1991Pretty Hattie's BabyHattieUnreleased
    1992Passion FishChantelleIndependent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female


    Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
    1992Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, TheThe Gun in Betty Lou's HandbagAttorney Ann Orkin
    1993Rich in LoveRhody Poole
    1993Heart and SoulsPenny WashingtonNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
    1993Bopha!Rosie Mangena
    1994Blue ChipsLavada McRae
    1994CrooklynCarolyn Carmichael
    1995How to Make an American QuiltMariannaNominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture


    Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
    1995Piano Lesson, TheThe Piano LessonBernieceTelevision movie


    Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie


    Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    1996Star Trek: First ContactLily SloaneNominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
    1996Gulliver's TravelsQueen of BrobdingnagTelevision movie


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie


    Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
    1996Primal FearJudge Miriam Shoat
    1996Follow Me HomeEvey
    1996A Step Toward TomorrowDr. Sandlin
    1997Cadillac DesertNarrator
    1997Miss Evers' BoysEunice EversTelevision movie


    CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie


    Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film


    Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie


    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie


    Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film


    Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
    1997Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, TheThe Brave Little Toaster to the RescueMaisie the CatVoice role
    1997Member of the Wedding, TheThe Member of the WeddingBerenice Sadie BrownTelevision movie


    Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    1998Down in the DeltaLoretta SinclairNominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture


    Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
    1999Funny ValentinesJoyce MayNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress
    1999The Wishing TreeClara Collier
    1999MumfordLily
    2000What's Cooking?Audrey WilliamsNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress
    2000Holiday HeartWandaTelevision movie


    Nominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress


    Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film


    Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    2000Love & BasketballCamille WrightImage Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
    2000InnovatorsHerself as Host
    2000DinosaurPlioVoice role
    2001K-PAXClaudia VillarsNominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture
    2002Searching for Debra WingerHerself
    2002Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys MovieAkelaVoice role
    2003Singing Detective, TheThe Singing DetectiveChief of Staff
    2003Core, TheThe CoreTalma Stickley
    2003Unchained MemoriesReader
    2003RadioPrincipal DanielsImage Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
    2003Wrinkle in Time, AA Wrinkle in TimeMrs. Whatsit
    2004Forgotten, TheThe ForgottenDetective Anne Pope
    2005Beauty ShopMiss Josephine
    2006Something NewJoyce McQueenNominated—BET Award for Best Actress
    2006Take the LeadPrincipal Augustine James
    2007Pictures of Hollis WoodsEdna ReillyTelevision movie


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
    2008American VioletAlma RobertsNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress


    Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
    2008Family That Preys, TheThe Family That PreysAlice PrattNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Actress


    Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture
    2008AmericanEastAngela Jensen
    2009Reach for MeEvelyn
    2012Steel MagnoliasOuiserTelevision movie


    Black Reel Award for Best Actress


    Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie


    Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
    201312 Years a SlaveMistress Harriet Shaw

    Television

    YearTitleRoleNotes
    1982-1983Tucker's WitchMarcia Fulbright12 episodes
    1983Hill Street BluesDoris Robson3 episodes


    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
    1985SaraRozalyn Dupree13 episodes
    1985-1988St. ElsewhereDr. Roxanne Turner13 episodes


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
    1986L.A. LawAdrianna MooreEpisode: "Pilot"


    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
    1994FrasierEdnaEpisode: "The Botched Language of Cranes"
    1998Homicide: Life on the StreetDr. Roxanne TurnerEpisode: "Mercy"


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
    2003Practice, TheThe PracticeDenise Freeman2 episodes


    Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
    2005-2006Desperate HousewivesBetty Applewhite26 episodes


    Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series


    Nominated—BET Award for Best Actress on Television


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series


    Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
    2008My Own Worst EnemyMavis Heller9 episodes


    Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    2009-2010Three RiversDr. Sophia Jordan12 episodes
    2010Black PantherDondi Reese, Queen Mother5 episodes
    2010-2012True BloodRuby Jean Reynolds5 episodes


    Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
    2010-2011Memphis BeatLt. Tanya Rice20 episodes


    Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series


    Nominated—Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (2010-11)
    2011Grey's AnatomyJustine CampbellEpisode: "Heart Shaped Box"
    2012Private PracticeDee BennettEpisode: "The Next Episode"
    2013CopperHattie Lemaster6 episodes
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