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Alfre Woodard Biography

Birth Name:
Alfre Ette Woodard
Birth Place:
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Profession
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • The youngest of three children, she was a cheerleader in high school
  • Breakthrough role came in the 1977 Los Angeles stage production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf
  • Played Lily Stoane in 1996's Star Trek: First Contact, a role that resulted in the creation of an action figure made in her likeness
  • Cofounded Artists for a New South Africa in 1989
  • The nonprofit organization combats HIV/AIDS, helps orphaned children and advances civil rights in that country
  • Appeared in the 2004 Broadway production of Drowning Crow, opposite Anthony Mackie and Aunjanue Ellis
  • Daughter Mavis Spencer was Miss Golden Globe at the 2010 ceremony
  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2014

Awards

  • 2020Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2012Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2006Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2004NAACP Image Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1999Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 1998Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: winner
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Special: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1993Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: winner
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1986Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1983Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated

Relationships

  • Mavis Spencer -- Daughter
  • Marion H. Woodard -- Father
  • Marion Woodard -- Father
  • Roderick Spencer -- Husband
  • Constance Woodard -- Mother
  • Duncan Spencer -- Son