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Alfre Woodard

Actress and political activist Alfre Woodard is a versatile and highly respected award-winning artist whose recent credits include the Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS co-starring Sissy Spacek, a starring role opposite Antonio Banderas in New Line's TAKE THE LEAD, and the role of Betty Applewhite on the ABC drama Desperate Housewives.

Additional credits include the film SOMETHING NEW, the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of THE WATER IS WIDE, the films BEAUTY SHOP, THE FORGOTTEN, RADIO, THE CORE, THE SINGING DETECTIVE, K-PAX, Showtime's HOLIDAY HEART (for which she was nominated for a 2000 Best Actress Golden Globe Award), LOVE ‘N BASKETBALL, DOWN IN THE DELTA, WHAT'S COOKING, MUMFORD, HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, CROOKLYN, the USA Cable telefilm THE MEMBER OF THE WEDDING, STAR TREK: FIRST CONTACT, the thriller PRIMAL and NBC-TV's adaptation of Jonathan Swift's GULLIVER'S TRAVELS.

Her starring film projects include the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of August Wilson's play THE PIANO LESSON, which earned her a Best Actress Award from the Screen Actors Guild and an Emmy Award nomination. In 1984 Woodard was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Martin Ritt's CROSS CREEK. Other starring credits include John Sayles' PASSION FISH, Morgan Freeman's South African drama BOPHA! also starring Danny Glover, Bruce Beresford's RICH IN LOVE, William Freidkin's BLUE CHIPS and Ron Underwood's comedy HEART AND SOULS. Her additional film credits include Lawrence Kasdan's GRAND CANYON, the comedy SCROOGED, MISS FIRECRACKER opposite Holly Hunter and Robert Altman's HEALTH. She made her motion picture debut in Alan Rudolph's REMEMBER MY NAME. Woodard has also lent her voice to animation projects including portraying the cheetah mother in Paramount/Nickelodeon's feature THE WILD THORNBERRYS MOVIE as well as the character Plio in the summer blockbuster DINOSAUR.

A four-time Emmy Award winner, Woodard was first honored for her performance in the acclaimed NBC series HILL STREET BLUES. She won her second Emmy Award for her portrayal of a rape victim on the pilot for L.A. LAW. The same year she was nominated for her role in the John Sayles' telefilm, UNNATURAL CAUSES. Woodard earned her third Emmy for Best Actress in a television mini-series or movie in HBO's MISS EVER'S BOYS (for which she also received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a cable Ace Award). Most recently, Woodard received an Emmy in 2003 for her guest starring role on THE PRACTICE. Previous nominations include Words By Heart and St. Elsewhere. She was also honored for A MOTHER'S COURAGE: THE MARY THOMAS STORY and as Winnie Mandela in the HBO presentation MANDELA, starring Danny Glover.

Her stage credits include Broadway's Drowning Crow, David Hare's Map Of The World and the 1989 A Winter's Tale. She also starred in A Christmas Carol, Leander Stillwell, Horatio, Edward Bond's Saved, Me and Bessie, Act and Split Second, and she has also appeared in the long running Los Angeles production of Love Letters and produced East Texas Hot Links. Woodard's upcoming credits include BURY ME STANDING, directed by Caran Hartsfield.

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Alfre Woodard Facts

BirthdayNovember 8, 1952 (71)
BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Awards2003 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series (for The Practice)
1998 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Miss Evers'Boys)
1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for Miss Evers Boys)
1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for The Piano Lesson)

Selected Filmography

Captain America: Civil War
Mississippi Grind
Primal Fear
Walt Disney Animation Studios Shorts Collection
12 Years a Slave
Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys
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