Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

Nov. 8th, 1952
Born in
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
5' 3

Alfre Woodard's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Desperate Housewives TV Show
Desperate Housewives
State Of Affairs TV Show
State Of Affairs
Marvel's Luke Cage TV Show
Marvel's Luke Cage
My Own Worst Enemy TV Show
My Own Worst Enemy
Memphis Beat TV Show
Memphis Beat
Three Rivers TV Show
Three Rivers
Sara TV Show

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Alfre Woodard is the youngest of three children born to her parents in Oklahoma. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name in written out in gold letters. A former high school cheerleader and track star, she got the acting bug after being pursuaded to audition for a school play by a nun at her school. She went on to study acting at Boston University and enjoyed a brief stint on Broadway before moving to LA.

She got her first break in Remember My Name (1978) which also starred 'Jeff Goldblum'. She lives in Santa Monica with her husband, writer 'Roderick Spencer', and their two adopted children: Mavis and Duncan. She was named one of the Most Beautiful People in America by People Magazine.

  • She was so impressed with the script of the independent film _Follow Me Home (1996)_ (qv) that she offered to play the role of Evey without pay; much to the delight and awe of filmmaker 'Peter Bratt' (qv).
  • Among the Star Trek toys released for the movie _Star Trek: First Contact (1996)_ (qv), an action figure was made of Alfre in the likeness of her character Lili in the film.
  • For her revelatory performance in writer-director 'John Sayles' (qv)' _Passion Fish (1992)_ (qv) she was the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's second pick (i.e. runner-up) for their best supporting actress prize in 1992.
  • Played Dr. Roxanne Turner in _"St. Elsewhere" (1982)_ (qv) and years later in an episode of _"Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993)_ (qv). 'Tom Fontana' (qv) was a writer for the first, and an executive producer for the second.
  • Attended Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
  • 'Jonathan Frakes' (qv) calls her his "godmother". The two became friends as young actors in the 1970s.
  • Has one daughter, Mavis and one son, Duncan
  • As of September 13, 2003, she now holds the record of being the most honored African American actress in Primetime Emmy history. Until her win (as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for _"The Practice" (1997)_ (qv)), she was tied with 'Cicely Tyson' (qv) at three Primetime Emmys apiece. She won her first Primetime Emmy in 1984 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for a three-episode guest stint on _"Hill Street Blues" (1981)_ (qv), as the mother of a young boy accidentally killed by a police officer. Her second Primetime Emmy came in 1986 as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series (a category which has since been split into male and female equivalents) for the "Pilot" episode of _"L.A. Law" (1986)_ (qv) playing a woman dying of leukemia who claims to have been a victim of gang rape. In 1997, she won her third Primetime Emmy for _Miss Evers' Boys (1997) (TV)_ (qv) against stiff competition from the likes of 'Meryl Streep' (qv), 'Glenn Close' (qv) and 'Stockard Channing' (qv).

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