More Alfre Woodard Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Radio)Alfre Woodard has recently starred in The Core, The Singing Detective, Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford and Wesley Snipes' production of Down in the Delta directed by Maya Angelou. She provided the voice of a lemur named Pilo in Dinosaur and narrated the animated John Henry.
Woodard received four acting awards for her performance in the HBO production of Miss Evers' Boys including a Golden Globe Award, a Cable ACE Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a television mini-series or movie.
She recently received an Emmy nomination for The Practice and Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Showtime's Holiday Heart. She has also starred in the telefilm The Member of the Wedding and was previously seen in Star Trek: First Contact and the thriller Primal Fearopposite Richard Gere.
Woodard starred in the ensemble film How to Make an American Quilt and Spike Lee's family drama Crooklyn. She co-starred in the television adaptation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Woodard's starring performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of August Wilson's play, The Piano Lesson, earned her a Best Actress Award from the Screen Actors Guild and an Emmy Award nomination. In 1984, Woodard received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Martin Ritt's Cross Creek.
Her other starring film projects include John Sayles' Passion Fish, Morgan Freeman's South African drama 8ophal starring Danny Glover and Ron Underwood's comedy Hearts and Souls. Additional film credits include Grand Canyon, Scrooged, Miss Firecracker and Robert Altman's Health. She made her motion picture debut in Alan Rudolph's Remember My Name.
A three-time Emmy Award winner, Woodard was first honored in 1984 for her performance as the grieving mother of a child killed by a police officer on the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues. Her second and third Emmy nominations followed in consecutive years for the PBS production Words By Heart and for her continuing role on the popular series St. Elsewhere.
She won her second Emmy Award for her portrayal of a rape victim on the pilot of L.A. Law, the same year she was nominated for John Sayles' telefilm, Unnatural Causes. Other recent Emmy nominations came in 1988, again for St. Elsewhere, and in 1990 for the long-form production of A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story. She was also honored with an ACE Award for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in the HBO presentation Mandela starring Danny Glover.