Alfre Woodard

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Alfre Woodard

Born

11/8/1952, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Birth Name

Alfre Woodard

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Alfre Woodard, Alfre Woodward
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Biography

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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…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Betty Applewhite's house was once home to The Munsters.

    • She was named by her godmother.

    • Alfre Woodard is the youngest of three children born to her parents in Oklahoma.

    • Her height is 5'3½" (1.61 m).

    • Alfre has gone three for three at the Screen Actor's Guild Awards; she has had three nominations and won all three times. She has won for her work in "The Piano Lessons" and "Miss Evers' Boys" as well as her ensemble work in the comedy "Desperate Housewives".

    • She has one daughter, Mavis and one son, Duncan.

    • Among the Star Trek toys released for the movie Star Trek: First Contact (1996), an action figure was made of Alfre in the likeness of her character Lili in the film.

    • As of September 13, 2003, she now holds the record of being the most honored African American actress in Primetime Emmy history. Until her win (as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for "The Practice" (1997)), she was tied with Cicely Tyson at three Primetime Emmys apiece. She won her first Primetime Emmy in 1984 as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for a three-episode guest stint on "Hill Street Blues" (1981), as the mother of a young boy accidentally killed by a police officer. Her second Primetime Emmy came in 1986 as Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series (a category which has since been split into male and female equivalents) for the "Pilot" episode of "L.A. Law" (1986) playing a woman dying of leukemia who claims to have been a victim of gang rape. In 1997, she won her third Primetime Emmy for Miss Evers' Boys (1997) (TV) against stiff competition from the likes of Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing.

    • She played Dr. Roxanne Turner in "St. Elsewhere" (1982) and years later in an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1993). Tom Fontana was a writer for the first, and an executive producer for the second.

    • She was so impressed with the script of the independent film Follow Me Home (1996) that she offered to play the role of Evey without pay; much to the delight and awe of filmmaker Peter Bratt.

  • Quotes

    • Alfre Woodard: There aren't many roles for black actresses who are the lovely age of post fifty.

    • Alfre Woodard: Television studios bet the farm on reality shows, where they didn't need any actors and movie studios had no plans for any quality movies that required the presence of me.

    • Alfre Woodard: My mother said she didn't care where we went to church but to develop my own relationship with God, the rest is who you commune with.

    • Alfre Woodard: I went to a Catholic high school and, unlike some parochial schools, the nuns and the brothers let us talk and explore.

    • Alfre Woodard: I think people need to understand that with plays and with cinema, when you hear about it, call and get a ticket then or go and see it then. It's especially with the play, which I can do because it's a limited run.

    • Alfre Woodard: I knew that things would be told simply but sophisticated as well. And that's the way to reach children. You know, they're not aliens.

    • Alfre Woodard: I just had a full body cleanse. And am eating right and exercising a lot.

    • Alfre Woodard: I have always done what I wanted to do.

    • Alfre Woodard: I can't say too much about it because I don't know a lot. We're not told what's in store for our characters until we turn up to shoot the episode. But it's fair to say that Betty and her son bring a brand new mystery to the street and they will be around all season.

    • Alfre Woodard: I came from an upper-class family but refused to go to my Cotillion. It was something of World War Three when I said I wouldn't go. I was expected to go, as my older sister had six years earlier. It was just something you did.

    • Alfre Woodard: Even when I was saying I was Agnostic and trying to figure out my thoughts, I felt God was allowing me to do that.

    • Alfre Woodard: Does my character hate Bree? Well, let's just put it this way. Bree hasn't seen the last of me. I gave that drunk gal a ride home a few episodes ago and she turned on me!

    • Alfre Woodard: As an adult (after college) and as an artist I thought about what was real, what sustained me - it was Christian Science. I was using that when I didn't know it. Saying yes to the Light and your better instinct.

    • Alfre Woodard: I'm a mom and a wife. That's what I do in the world. That's my identity. Second, I'm an actor.

    • Alfre Woodard: We were both taught 'you pick your friends on how they treat you - not by what they have or what they look like.' We get twice the cultures. [On her marriage]

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