Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

  • ACTOR

Born: November 10, 1952

Alfre Woodard was born and raised in Oklahoma and attended the Bishop Kelley High School. A former high school cheerleader, Alfre caught the acting bug after being persuaded to audition for a play at school and took up a course in acting at the Boston University. She then appeared in several Broadway plays that included For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (1977). She made her film debut in Remember My Name (1978) and was nominated for the Academy Award (Best Supporting Actress) for her role in Cross Creek (1983). During the 1980s, Alfre appeared in many television series such as L.A Law, St. Elsewhere, Hill Street Blues and Tuckers Witch. She was cast in films like Grand Canyon (1991), Heart and Souls (1993), Crooklyn (1994) and Passion Fish (1992). She won the Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and several other prestigious awards for her role in Miss Evers' Boys. She was also seen in blockbusters like K-PAX (2001), The Core (2003) and The Forgotten (2004), The Family That Preys (2008) and 12 Years a Slave (2013). She is also a founder of Artists for a New South Africa, an organization devoted to advancing democracy and equality in the country. Woodard will soon be seen in Annabelle which releases in October 2014.

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