Alfre Woodard biography
Date of Birth: November 8, 1952
The Tulsa, Oklahoma native attended Boston University, School of Fine Arts, before making her stage bow in
1974 with Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage.
Woodard's stage credits include the New York Shakespeare
Festival production of David Hare's Map of the World and The Winter's Tale.
After a few minor appearances in films like Remember My Name (1978) and H.E.A.L.T.H (1979), she was
nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Geechee in 1983's Cross Creek. She went on to further
television acclaim during the decade, appearing on St. Elsewhere and winning Emmys for her recurring
roles on Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law, and an ACE award for the made-for-cable Mandela (1987).
In film, the actress consistently shone in roles that featured her as unconventional women who usually
had a troubled past: after a memorable appearance in Miss Firecracker (1989), she went on to star in
such films as Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon (1991) and John Sayles's Passion Fish (1992), for which
she received a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1995, she earned an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actors Guild
Best Actress Award for her performance in the The Piano Lesson.
Woodard hit paydirt in 1997 after being honored with an Emmy, a Golden Globe Award, a Cable ACE Award
and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in the HBO telefilm Miss Evers' Boys. She played
the role of a nurse who consoled many of the subjects of the notorious 1930s Tuskeegee Study of
Untreated Blacks with Syphilis.
Woodard has also been featured in My Funny Valentine, Star Trek: First Contact, Primal Fear, How to
make an American Quilt, The Forgotten and Beauty Shop. She starred in Annabelle (2014). More recently, she starred in Mississippi Grind (2015).
In addition, she has done a fair amount of narration, lending her voice to a variety of television
Alfre Woodard Filmography