|Alfre Woodard Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3½ in|
|Date of Birth||November 8, 1952|
Alfre Woodard is a multiple Primetime Emmy Award-winning actress and producer. She is renowned for her roles in Empire, Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law St. Elsewhere, Desperate Housewives, State of Affairs, The Practice, Cross Creek, Grand Canyon, Passion Fish, Heart and Souls, Crooklyn, How to Make an American Quilt, Star Trek: First Contact, Primal Fear, Down in the Delta, K-PAX, The Core, The Forgotten, The Family That Preys, 12 Years a Slave, and Annabelle. She has over 50k followers on Twitter.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Santa Monica, California, United States
Alfre Woodard studied at Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa and graduated in 1970. Later, she attended Boston University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting.
Actress, Producer, Political Activist
- Father – Marion H. Woodard (Entrepreneur, Interior Designer)
- Mother – Constance Woodard (Homemaker)
- Siblings – She has 2 older siblings.
- Others – Alex Woodard (Paternal Great-Grandfather), Elizabeth Woodard (Paternal Great-Grandmother)
Alfre Woodard is managed by Circle of Confusion, Llc., Talent Management Company, Los Angeles, California, United States.
5 ft 3½ in or 161 cm
58 kg or 128 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Alfre Woodard has dated –
- Roderick Spencer – Alfre dated producer, writer, and the Emerson College teacher, Roderick Spencer, for a while before they tied the knot on October 21, 1983. They have 2 adopted children, daughter Mavis Spencer (adopted on September 29, 1989) and son Duncan Spencer (adopted on November 12, 1993).
Race / Ethnicity
She often tends to color her hair.
- Thick curly hair
- High cheekbone
- High forehead
Alfre Woodard has done endorsement work for brands like ONE Campaign.
Best Known For
- Her versatile roles in films and TV series including Hill Street Blues (1983) as Doris Robson, L.A. Law (1986) as Adrian Moore, St. Elsewhere (1985–1988) as Dr. Roxanne Turner, The Practice (2003) as Denise Freeman, Cross Creek (1983) as Beatrice “Geechee”, Passion Fish (1992) as Chantelle, Heart and Souls (1993) as Penny Washington, Down in the Delta (1998) as Loretta Sinclair, and 12 Years a Slave (2013) as Mistress Harriet Shaw
In 1978, she made her theatrical film debut as Rita in the thriller drama film, Remember My Name.
In 2000, she made her theatrical film debut as a voice actress by voicing the character of Plio in the animated adventure family film, Dinosaur.
First TV Show
In 1980, she made her first TV show appearance in the sports drama series, The White Shadow, as Sandra Wilcox.
In 1994, she made her TV show debut as a voice actress in the comedy series, Frasier, as Edna.
Alfre Woodard likes to go on a hike and play sports. She was in the tracks team when she was younger.
As for her diet, she has been maintaining a basic simple diet since her teens and she tries to eat healthily. At times when she needs quick fixes on her diet, she goes to Carrie Wiatt’s Diet Designs Company and follows their portion-control plan.
Alfre Woodard Favorite Things
- Acting Mentor – Lauren Bacall
- Character She Has Played – Wanda in Holiday Heart (2000)
- Films Of Her Own – 12 Years a Slave (2013), Miss Evers’ Boys (1997), Bopha! (1993), Passion Fish (1992), Miss Firecracker (1989)
- Things To Do – Laughing irreverently with her husband to the point where they snort and spit stuff out of their mouths
- Food – Barbecued chicken wings with Elmer’s BBQ sauce
Source – IMDb, New York Post
Alfre Woodard Facts
- Her grandmother named her following a vision she saw of Alfre’s name displayed in gold letters.
- While in high school, she was a part of the cheerleader’s group and was a successful track star.
- She got into acing after a school nun persuaded her to audition for a school play.
- In 1977, she moved to Los Angeles.
- She began her career with the Broadway play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide /When the Rainbow is Enuf”.
- She offered to play the role of Evey in Follow Me Home (1996) without receiving any pay as she was impressed with the script.
- She is among the most honored African-American actresses for having won numerous Primetime Emmy Award.
- A resemblance of her action character was among the Star Trek toys that were released for the film Star Trek: First Contact (1996).
- In 1990 and 1998, she was a part of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Jonathan Frakes considers her to be his “godmother”.
- She has acted alongside Mary McDonnell in many films including Grand Canyon (1991), Passion Fish (1992), Blue Chips (1994), and Mumford (1999).
- Both her parents came from families with 12 children.
- She wanted to work with Steve McQueen so badly that she agreed to act in 12 Years a Slave (2013) without reading the script.
- The character she played in Primal Fear (1996) was originally a 60-year old Caucasian male, which was later changed along with the age and race of the character.
- She shares her birthday with her co-star from Elsewhere (1982), Norman Lloyd.
- Alfre likes to relax by cooking and going hiking.
- She loves to indulge in a holistic, botanical, and mineralized spa treatment.
- Her personal style involves clean, classic drama with a touch of ethnicity and clean lines.
- Her preferred dress for relaxing is big panties and a tank top T-shirt.
- Alfre’s special health or beauty tips include drinking 50 ounces of water a day, meditating, and praying.
- She likes to accessorize herself with gold, gemstones, and diamond jewelry that depict cultural value.
- Her closet is full of great sarongs, throws and scarves, beads and basic clothing.
- She never leaves her home without her Christian Science hymnal and lip gloss.
- As a producer, she has contributed in the making of Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa (2014), Funny Valentines (1999), Down in the Delta (1998), and Pretty Hattie’s Baby (1991).
- She founded the nonprofit organization, Artists for a New South Africa, that aims at tackling African AIDS pandemic and in providing democracy and equality in South Africa.
- She is an active Democratic Party supporter and sits as one of its board members.
- Alfre has supported Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
- Previously, she has also shown her support for LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.
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