Nov. 8th, 1952
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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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.
- 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).
- Was in consideration for the part of Mia Wallace in _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv) but 'Uma Thurman' (qv), who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
- Has one daughter, Mavis and one son, Duncan
- She and 'Felicity Huffman' (qv) are the only two cast members of _"Desperate Housewives" (2004)_ (qv) to have Oscar nominations.
- Her old Tulsa, Oklahoma house located near the Broken Arrow Expressway is the same part of the Oklahoma Turnpike the Jackson family would take by bus to California for Jackson-Five performances.
- 'Jonathan Frakes' (qv) calls her his "godmother". The two became friends as young actors in the 1970s.
- Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1998.
- 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.