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      Alfre Woodard

      Alfre Woodard

      Highest Rated: 100% No Small Matter (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992)

      Birthday: Nov 8, 1952

      Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

      One of the most accomplished and talented African-American actresses of her generation, Alfre Woodard earned an Oscar nomination and multiple Emmy wins in a prolific film and TV career that spanned over three decades. Woodard worked primarily in drama, where she was celebrated for her grounding force in "Passion Fish" (1992), "Crooklyn" (1994), "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995) and "Down in the Delta" (1998), though she occasionally offered up her uninhibited wit in "Beauty Shop" (2005) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Among Woodard's most praised performances were TV movies that explored the African-American experience, including James Baldwin's "Go Tell it on the Mountain" (PBS, 1985), "The Piano Lesson" (CBS, 1995), "Miss Evers' Boys" (HBO, 1997) and the TV movie remake of the feature "Steel Magnolias" (Lifetime, 2012). She also shown in guest roles, including her turn as a mentally ill mother on the hit vampire series "True Blood" (HBO, 2008-14). Woodard never considered herself a star but rather a working actress, though her rich gallery of characterizations - whether rural and poverty-stricken or educated women in positions of power - embodied an instinctual savvy and realistic viewpoint that placed her in a league of her own.

      Highest rated movies

      Passion Fish
      12 Years a Slave Star Trek: First Contact Clemency
      The Killing Floor
      Captain America: Civil War Mississippi Grind Burning Sands

      Photos

      Alfre Woodard PASSION FISH, Alfre Woodard, 1992, © Miramax HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, Anne Bancroft, Ellen Burstyn, Winona Ryder, Alfre Woodard, Kate Nelligan, 1995 None None How to Make an American Quilt, Alfre Woodard, Winona Ryder, 1995 TAKE THE LEAD, Antonio Banderas, Alfre Woodard, John Ortiz, 2006, (c) New Line EXTREMITIES, Alfre Woodard, Farrah Fawcett, 1986, (c) Atlantic Releasing PRIMAL FEAR, John Mahoney, Alfre Woodard, Richard Gere, 1996, (c)Paramount SCROOGED, Bill Murray, Alfre Woodard, 1988, (c)Paramount PASSION FISH, from left: Mary McDonnell, Alfre Woodard, 1992, © Miramax DOWN IN THE DELTA, Mary Alice, Kulani Hassin, Mpho Koaho, Alfre Woodard, 1998 CROOKLYN, 1994 Delroy Lindo & Alfre Woodard with kids (l-r) Chris Knowings, Sharif Rashid, Carlton Williams, Zelda Harris, and TseMach Washington. MISS FIRECRACKER, from left: Holly Hunter, Alfre Woodard, 1989. ©Corsair Pictures Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys BOPHA! Maynard Eziashi, Alfre Woodard, Danny Glover, 1993 RADIO, Alfre Woodard, Ed Harris, Debra Winger, Sarah Drew, 2003, (c) Columbia ANNABELLE, from left: Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis, 2014. ©Warner Bros. Pictures HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT, Alfre Woodard, Winona Ryder, 1995 HEART AND SOULS, Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Tom Sizemore, Kyra Sedgwick, 1993, (c)MCA

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      68% 80% The Book of Clarence Unknown (Character) $6.1M 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Salem's Lot Dr. Cody (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Weathering Unknown (Character) - 2023
      45% 90% The Gray Man Unknown (Character) - 2022
      68% 71% Fatherhood Marian (Character) - 2021
      92% 65% Clemency Warden Bernadine Williams (Character) $361.7K 2019
      52% 88% The Lion King Sarabi (Voice) $543.6M 2019
      82% 64% Juanita Juanita (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2019
      100% 100% No Small Matter Narrator,
      Executive Producer
      - 2018
      73% 86% Saint Judy Judge Benton (Character) $78.5K 2018
      88% 59% Burning Sands Professor Hughes (Character) - 2017
      45% 91% So B. It Bernadette (Character) $46.0K 2016
      96% 88% Maya Angelou and Still I Rise Self - 2016
      91% 89% Captain America: Civil War Miriam (Character) $408.1M 2016
      No Score Yet 80% Knucklehead Sheila (Character) - 2015
      91% 55% Mississippi Grind Unknown (Character) $129.7K 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band Mary Lou Williams (Voice) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hadza: Last of the First Narrator - 2014
      28% 35% Annabelle Evelyn (Character) $84.4M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa Executive Producer - 2014
      95% 90% 12 Years a Slave Mistress Shaw (Character) $56.7M 2013
      No Score Yet 62% Steel Magnolias Ouiser (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 81% Reach for Me Evelyn (Character) - 2008
      75% 79% American Violet Alma Roberts (Character) $552.9K 2008
      53% 61% Tyler Perry's the Family That Preys Alice (Character) $37.0M 2008
      No Score Yet 77% Pictures of Hollis Woods Edna Reilly (Character) - 2007
      61% 72% Something New Joyce McQueen (Character) $11.4M 2006
      44% 77% Take the Lead Augustine James (Character) $34.7M 2006
      No Score Yet 66% The Water Is Wide Mrs. Brown (Character) - 2006
      38% 62% Beauty Shop Miss Josephine (Character) $36.3M 2005
      31% 36% The Forgotten Ann Pope (Character) $66.6M 2004
      No Score Yet 40% A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Whatsit (Character) - 2003
      39% 40% The Singing Detective Chief of Staff (Character) $336.5K 2003
      35% 79% Radio Principal Daniels (Character) $52.3M 2003
      39% 34% The Core Stick (Character) $31.1M 2003
      80% 51% The Wild Thornberrys Movie Akela, the mother cheetah (Voice) $39.9M 2002
      42% 74% K-PAX Claudia Villars (Character) $50.3M 2001
      No Score Yet 67% American Legends Unknown (Character) - 2001
      67% 92% Holiday Heart Wanda (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 68% The Wishing Tree Clara (Character) - 2000
      52% 65% What's Cooking? Audrey Williams (Character) $1.0M 2000
      65% 48% Dinosaur Plio (Voice) $137.7M 2000
      85% 95% Love & Basketball Camille Wright (Character) $27.4M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dinosaur Plio (Voice) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story Unknown (Character) - 2000
      58% 65% Mumford Lily (Character) $4.6M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Funny Valentines Joyce May (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Underground Railroad Unknown (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 47% The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue Maisie (Voice) - 1998
      76% 71% Down in the Delta Loretta Sinclair (Character),
      Co-Producer
      $5.7M 1998
      No Score Yet 71% Miss Evers' Boys Eunice Evers (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 30% The Member of the Wedding Berenice Sadie Brown (Character) - 1997
      93% 89% Star Trek: First Contact Lily Sloane (Character) $92.0M 1996
      77% 89% Primal Fear Judge Miriam Shoat (Character) $56.1M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Step Toward Tomorrow Dr. Sandlin (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Special Report: Journey to Mars Tamara O'Neil (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow Me Home Evey (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Countdown to Freedom: 10 Days That Changed South Africa Narrator - 1995
      63% 63% How to Make an American Quilt Marianna (Character) $23.6M 1995
      No Score Yet 76% The Piano Lesson Berniece Charles (Character) - 1995
      79% 90% Crooklyn Carolyn Carmichael (Character) $12.8M 1994
      38% 51% Blue Chips Lavada McRae (Character) $21.8M 1994
      55% 76% Heart and Souls Penny Washington (Character) $16.4M 1993
      82% 66% Bopha! Rosie Mangena (Character) $180.0K 1993
      69% 38% Rich in Love Rhody Poole (Character) $2.0M 1992
      14% 25% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Attorney Ann Orkin (Character) $3.6M 1992
      100% 82% Passion Fish Chantelle (Character) $2.4M 1992
      79% 70% Grand Canyon Jane (Character) $32.3M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Bayou Jessica Filley (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 57% A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Mary Thomas (Character) - 1989
      75% 52% Miss Firecracker Popeye Jackson (Character) $646.9K 1989
      71% 71% Scrooged Grace Cooley (Frank Cross' secretary) (Character) $58.2M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Child Saver Andrea Crawford (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 81% Mandela Winnie Mandela (Character) - 1987
      40% 63% Extremities Patricia (Character) $12.2M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unnatural Causes Maude DeVictor (Character) - 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Words by Heart Claudie Sills (Character) - 1985
      92% 100% The Killing Floor Mattie (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 60% Go Tell It on the Mountain Esther (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sweet Revenge Vicki Teague (Character) - 1984
      59% 75% Cross Creek Geechee (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ambush Murders Kariha Ellsworth (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 31% H.E.A.L.T.H. Sally Benbow (Character) - 1980
      70% 40% Remember My Name Rita (Character) - 1978

      TV

      Credit
      100% 94% Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Mimi (Voice) 2023-2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011 2015 2017-2018 2023
      100% 86% The Porter Fay (Character) 2022
      63% 83% See Paris (Character) 2019 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sara Rozalyn Dupree (Character) 1985 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2020
      No Score Yet 62% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2019
      87% 71% Marvel's Luke Cage Mariah Dillard (Character) 2016 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2016 2018
      84% 48% Empire Renee Rhodes (Guest Star) 2018
      96% 87% A Series of Unfortunate Events Aunt Josephine (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2017-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
      28% 66% State of Affairs President Constance Payton (Character) 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Makers: Women Who Make America Narrator 2014
      81% 78% Copper Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 81% Private Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2012
      68% 72% True Blood Ruby Jean Reynolds (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2010 2012
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Women, War & Peace Narrator 2011
      38% 80% Memphis Beat Lt. Tanya Rice (Character) 2010-2011
      31% No Score Yet Three Rivers Dr. Sophia Jordan (Character) 2009-2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lopez Tonight Guest 2010
      73% No Score Yet My Own Worst Enemy Mavis Heller (Character) 2008
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Betty Applewhite (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2005-2006
      30% No Score Yet Inconceivable Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1997
      95% 94% Frasier Edna (Guest Voice) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet St. Elsewhere Dr. Roxanne Turner (Guest Star) 1985
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Doris Robson (Guest Star) 1983