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Alfre Woodard

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Alfre Woodard

American film, stage, and television actress, producer, and political activist add

Category: Movies & TV (402)

Launched in 1222.

Countries: United States (67%), (6%), Spain (4%)

Main connections: Primetime Emmy Award, NBC, Maya Angelou

Linked to: American Broadcasting Company, Boston University, Democratic Party, Bishop Kelley High School




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The program did research into her father's genealogy and found out that her great-grandfather Alex Woodard was born a slave in Houston County, Georgia in the early 1840s add something


Historians helped Woodard locate evidence that Alex was assessed a poll tax in 1867, indicating that he was registered to vote two years after the Civil War ended add something


By 1881, Alex had purchased 80 acres of farmland in Jackson Parish add something


On April 15, 1898, Alex Woodard and his wife Elizabeth sold their 80 acres to her brother, Aaron Stell, as they had moved to Wharton County, Texas, by that time add something


Her performance of the title character of HBO's "Miss Evers' Boys", a nurse who consoled many of the subjects of the notorious 1930s Tuskeegee Study of Untreated Blacks with Syphilis earned a massive critical acclaim add something


Woodard made her professional theater debut in 1974 on Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage add something


In 1976, she moved to Los Angeles, California add something


In 1980, Woodard had a role in the ensemble comedy film "Health" directed by Robert Altman add something


Later in the 1980s, Woodard had leading Emmy award-nominated performances in a number of made for television movies, and another Emmy-winning role as a woman dying of leukemia in the pilot episode of "L.A. Law" add something


In 1983, she won major critical praise and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Cross Creek" add something


Later in 1983, Woodard starred opposite Mary Steenburgen in the biography drama film "Cross Creek" directed by Martin Ritt add something


Later in 1983, Woodard won her first Primetime Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category for her three-episode arc as Doris Robson in the NBC critically acclaimed serial drama, "Hill Street Blues" add something


Nathan Cook - He was involved for a time with the actress Alfre Woodard before marrying and having two children in 1984 and 1986


In 1986, Woodard starred opposite Farrah Fawcett in the drama film "Extremities" based on a 1982 Off-Broadway play of the same name by William Mastrosimone add something


Woodard was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1986, and for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 1988, for "St add something


In 1987, Woodard played the role of South African Activist Winnie Mandela in the HBO film "Mandela" add something


She left the show after a single season, but guest-starred in 1988, in the one of best episodes of the series add something


In 1989, Woodard is a founder and board member of Artists for a New South Africa, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the African AIDS pandemic and advancing democracy and equality in South Africa add something


In 1990s, Woodard has continued her work in television, earning considerable acclaim for her performances add something


In 1991, Woodard starred in drama film "Grand Canyon" directed by Lawrence Kasdan add something


Woodard co-starred alongside Winona Ryder, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Kate Nelligan and Maya Angelou in the female ensemble drama film "How to Make an American Quilt" in 1995 add something


In 1996, along with cast, she received a nomination for the Screen Actors Guild award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture add something


Maya Angelou - Angelou finally achieved her goal of directing a feature film in 1996, "Down in the Delta", which featured actors such as Alfre Woodard and Wesley Snipes


In 1997 she had the leading roles in "The Member of the Wedding" based on novel b writer Carson McCullers, and "Miss Evers' Boys" add something


In 1998 she had the leading role as a single alcoholic mother from Chicago forced to spend a summer with her uncle in Mississippi, in the critically acclaimed independent drama "Down in the Delta" directed by Maya Angelou, her "How to Make an American Quilt" co-star add something


In 1999, Woodard had roles in two films: "Mumford" , and "The Wishing Tree" as lead character add something


Saycon Sengbloh - In 1999, she made her big screen debut appearing in the independent drama film "Funny Valentines" starring Alfre Woodard


In 2000s, Woodard continued her film career, appearing in movies like ensemble comedy-drama "What's Cooking-" , romantic drama "Love & Basketball" as lead character' mother, science fiction blockbusters "K-PAX" , "The Core" and "The Forgotten" , biography drama "Radio" , comedies "The Singing Detective" and "Beauty Shop" , romantic drama "Something New" , and dance musical "Take the Lead" add something


Omar Epps - In 2000, Epps starred in "Love & Basketball", featuring Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan


In later years she has appeared in several blockbusters, like "K-PAX" , "The Core" , and "The Forgotten" , starred in independent films, and won her fourth Emmy Award for "The Practice" in 2003 add something


On television, Woodard guest-starred in two episodes of "The Practice" in 2003 add something


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 add something


In 2005 she joined the cast of the ABC comedy-drama series, "Desperate Housewives" as Betty Applewhite, the new mystery housewife add something


Riley Smith - For their work in the film, key production members were *awarded a 2005 CAMIE *award; These included executive producer Todd Garner, director Michael Tollin, screenwriter Mike Rich, and actors Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Riley Smith, Alfre Woodard, Brent Sexton, S. Epatha Merkerson and Sarah Drew


Woodard's portrayal of Betty was praised and resulted in a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2006 add something


Yaya DaCosta - She starred opposite Rob Brown, Antonio Banderas and Alfre Woodard in the 2006 dance film "Take the Lead"


Take the Lead - "'Take the Lead"' is a 2006 musical drama film starring Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Alfre Woodard, Dante Basco, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Jenna Dewan, Lauren Collins and features former America's Next Top Model contestant, Yaya DaCosta


She starred as lead in the Tyler Perry's drama film "The Family That Preys" in 2008 add something


She supported Barack Obama at the presidential elections in 2008 and 2012 add something


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 add something


From 2010 to 2011, Woodard starred as Lt. Tanya Rice in the &TNT comedy-drama series, "Memphis Beat", for which she won Gracie Allen awards add something


Her daughter, Mavis, served as Miss Golden Globe for the 2010 Golden Globe awards add something


In 2010, she was cast in the third season of HBO's "True Blood" as Ruby Jean Reynolds add something


She was nominated for another Primetime Emmy in 2011 for her recurring role add something


Woodard guest-starred in Shonda Rhimes' dramas "Grey's Anatomy" in 2011 and "Private Practice" in 2012 add something


Also in 2012, Woodard was cast as Ouiser in the remake of classic comedy-drama film, "Steel Magnolias" add something


Jill Scott - Later in 2012 she starred alongside Queen Latifah, Alfre Woodard, Phylicia Rashad, Adepero Oduye and Condola Rashad in "Steel Magnolias", a remake of the 1989 original for Lifetime


The Lifetime television remake premiered on October 7, 2012 and earned 6,5 million viewers, making history as 3rd highest viewed Lifetime Original film add something


Also in 2013 she had a recurring role in the BBC America period drama, "Copper" add something


In 2013, Woodard had a brief but powerful appearance in Steve McQueen historical drama film "12 Years a Slave" as Mistress Harriet Shaw, a formerly enslaved woman who has risen in the Southern caste system add something


In 2013, Woodard makes Emmy history with 17 nods for 16 different roles add something


In 2013, she appeared in Ava DuVernay's short film "The Door", a part of Miu Miu's Women's Tales series add something


In 2014, Woodard was cast in horror-thriller "Annabelle", and comedy-drama "Mississippi Grind" add something


On March 21, 2014 it was announced that Woodard will be playing the role of the first female President of the United States in the NBC political drama pilot, "State of Affairs" opposite Katherine Heigl add something


The pilot was ordered to series in May 2014 add something


In November 2014, Woodard was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame add something


Joe Carnahan - Carnahan executive produces the NBC political thriller "State of Affairs", starring Katherine Heigl and Alfre Woodard, which premiered November 17, 2014


In 2015, Woodard was cast as a lead in the film adaptation of Sarah Weeks' young adult novel "So B. It" directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal add something


On August 9, 2015, Woodward appeared TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are-" add something


In 2016, she was cast in DreamWorks' film "Haunted" based on Henry James' novell "Turn of the Screw" and directing by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo add something


In 2018, she was cast in a leading role in the prison drama "Clemency" add something


In 2019, Woodard played in a leading role in the prison drama film "Clemency" which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival add something