Nov. 8th, 1952
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Alfre Woodard's Main 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.
- Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Attended Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.