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Alfre Woodard
at a Barack Obama rally at the Democratic National Convention, 2008-08-28
Born Alfre Ette Woodard
November 8, 1952 (age 58)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Occupation Actress, Producer
Years active 1978–present
Spouse 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 Awards, 12 times for Emmy Awards (winning four), and has also won a Golden Globe and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.
She is known for her role in films such as Cross Creek, Miss Firecracker, Grand Canyon, Passion Fish, Primal Fear, Star Trek: First Contact, Miss Evers' Boys, K-PAX, Radio, Take the Lead and The Family That Preys.
Contents [hide]
1 Biography
1.1 Early life
1.2 Movie career
1.3 Personal life
2 Filmography
3 Awards and nominations
3.1 Awards
3.2 Nominations
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

[edit]Early life
Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Constance, a homemaker, and Marion H. Woodard, an entrepreneur and interior designer.[1] Woodard attended Bishop Kelley High School, a private Catholic school in Tulsa. She studied drama at Boston University, from which she graduated.
[edit]Movie career
Woodard has made numerous guest appearances in television series and motion pictures. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1983 film Cross Creek. She also appeared as Lily Sloane, Zefram Cochrane's assistant in Star Trek: First Contact and in Down in the Delta as a single alcoholic mother from Chicago forced to spend a summer with her uncle in Mississippi.

Alfre Woodard speaks for the Barack Obama campaign in New Philadelphia, Ohio, on 2008-02-20.
Woodard's television credits include Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Puss in Boots, L.A. Law, and Homicide: Life on the Street. Woodard has won four Primetime Emmy Awards for her television performances in Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, the television movie Miss Evers' Boys, and The Practice. In 2003, Woodard, took part in the HBO film Unchained Memories WPA slave narratives. She has also received Emmy nominations for Words by Heart, St. Elsewhere, Unnatural Causes, a second 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.[2] 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 The Winter's Tale. She starred in Tyler Perry's latest film The Family That Preys.
In 2009, she appeared in American Violet, where she plays the mother of a 24-year-old African American woman who is wrongfully swept up in a drug raid.
She stars in the third season of the Vampire Television series True Blood.[3]
She is currently starring as Lt. Tanya Rice in Memphis Beat.
[edit]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.[4] She is a founder and board member of Artists for a New South Africa and is also active in the Democratic Party. 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.[5] Her daughter, Mavis, served as Miss Golden Globe for the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.

Year Film Role Notes
1978 Remember My Name Rita
1980 HealtH Sally Benbow
1981 The Sophisticated Gents Evelyn Evers
1983 Cross Creek Geechee Academy Award – Best Supporting Actress – nomination
1985 Sara Rozalyn Dupree 13 episodes
1985–1987 St. Elsewhere Dr. Roxanne Turner 13 episodes
1986 Extremities Patricia
1987 Mandela Winnie Mandela
1987 The Life Saver Andrea Crawford
1988 Scrooged Grace Cooley
1989 Miss Firecracker Popeye Jackson
1989 A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Mary Thomas
1991 Grand Canyon Jane
1992 Passion Fish Chantelle
1992 The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Attorney Ann Orkin
1993 Rich in Love Rhody Poole
1993 Heart and Souls Penny Washington
1993 Bopha! Rosie Mangena
1994 Blue Chips Lavada McRae
1994 Crooklyn Carolyn Carmichael
1995 How to Make an American Quilt Marianna
1995 The 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 Cadillac Desert Narrator
1997 Miss Evers' Boys Eunice Evers
1997 The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Maise the Cat
1997 The Member of the Wedding Berenice Sadie Brown
1998 Down in the Delta Loretta Sinclair
1999 Funny Valentines Joyce May
1999 The Wishing Tree Clara Collier
1999 Mumford Lily
2000 What's Cooking? Audrey Williams
2000 Holiday Heart Wanda
2000 Love & Basketball Camille Wright
2000 Innovators Herself as Host
2000 Dinosaur Plio voice
2001 K-PAX Claudia Villars
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Akela
2003 The Singing Detective Chief of Staff
2003 The Core Talma Stickley
2003 Unchained Memories a reader of a WPA slave narrative.
2003 Radio Principal Daniels
2003 A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Whatsit
2004 The Forgotten Detective Anne Pope
2005 Beauty Shop Miss Josephine
2005–2006 Desperate Housewives Betty Applewhite 26 episodes
2006 Something New Joyce McQueen
2006 Take the Lead Principal Augustine James
2007 Pictures of Hollis Woods Edna Reilly
2008 American Violet Alma Roberts
2008 The Family That Preys Alice Pratt
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Mavis Heller 9 episodes
2008 AmericanEast Angela Jensen
2009 Reach for Me Evelyn
2009–2010 Three Rivers Dr. Sophia Jordan 12 episodes
2010 True Blood Ruby Jean Reynolds 3 episodes
2010 Black Panther Dondi Reese, Queen Mother
2010–present Memphis Beat Lt. Tanya Rice 10 episodes

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