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Alfre Woodard Net Worth $13 Million

Alfre Woodard is an actress from the US who works on the television, stage and movies. Born on November 8th 1952, AlfreWoodard native place is Tulsa, Oklahoma. Woodard’s net worth amounts to $13 Million. Alfre has been performing as an actress for at least three decades now — since 1978. Over time, AlfreWoodard work has been highly acclaimed in many productions. Alfre’s performance in the movie “Cross Creek” got her a nomination at the Academy Awards (1983) for the Best Supporting Actress.

Then became popular due to her well-crafted roles in movies like “Cross Creek” and “Passion Fish”. Then received a Golden Globe nomination too because of this picture. “The Winter’s Tale” was another landmark for her. She won the award for the very best performer, and additionally for her characters in the television series “Desperate Housewives” and “Betty Applewhite”. Alfred Woodard has additionally done several stage shows like Map of the World, Drowning Crow and Me and Bessie.

Woodard is the creator of “Artists for a New South Africa” and is also serving as a board member. As a social activist, she’s expanded her support to same sex marriage. The board plays an active part in the Democratic Party at the same time.

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Quick Facts

Full NameAlfre Woodard
Net Worth$13 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 8, 1952
Height1.6 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Voice Actor, Political activist
EducationBishop Kelley High School, Boston University
NationalityAmerican
SpouseRoderick Spencer
ChildrenMavis Spencer, Duncan Spencer
ParentsConstance Woodard, Marion H. Woodard
Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/alfrewoodard
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, Camie Award for Theatrical Releases
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries, BET Award for Best Actress, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special, Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress - Film
MoviesAnnabelle, 12 Years a Slave, Crooklyn, Star Trek: First Contact, The Family That Preys, Scrooged, Primal Fear, Miss Evers' Boys, Beauty Shop, Holiday Heart, Down in the Delta, Love & Basketball, Passion Fish, Take the Lead, K-PAX, Heart and Souls, The Forgotten, Miss Firecracker, How to Make an American Quilt, What's Cooking?, The Core, Bopha!, Cross Creek, American Violet, Blue Chips, Extremities, Follow Me Home, Something New, Remember My Name, Mississippi Grind, A Wrinkle in Time, The Wishing Tree, The Piano Lesson, The Wild Thornberrys Movie, The Singing Detective, Pictures of Hollis Woods, Steel Magnolias, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, Rich in Love, Dinosaur, Reach for Me, Gulliver's Travels, Race to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad, Knucklehead, Mumford, A Step Toward Tomorrow, A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story, Unnatural Causes, Radio, Ambush Murders, Trial of the Moke
TV ShowsLuke Cage, State of Affairs, Desperate Housewives, True Blood, Hill Street Blues, Memphis Beat, My Own Worst Enemy, Tucker's Witch, Homicide: Life on the Street, Three Rivers, Sara, Black Panther, WonderWorks


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Considers Lauren Bacall as her favorite acting mentor/best friend.
2Her acting mentors are the late Lauren Bacall and Carol Burnett.
3Remained close friends with Lauren Bacall, until her death on August 12, 2014.
4Woodard estimates she's performed in the play "For Colored Girls..." several thousand times: twice in Los Angeles, an Australian tour, and then on PBS. It was her work in the latter that brought her to the attention of producer Robert Altman, who hired her for her first film, "Remember My Name.".
5Graduated Boston University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting.
6She designated the French classic "The Red Balloon" as her favorite film for an AFI poll.
7Shares the same birthday with Norman Lloyd. They co-starred together on St. Elsewhere (1982).
8Her part in Primal Fear (1996) was originally written for a 60-year old Caucasian male. When Woodard was offered the part she accepted the part with one condition; That the age and race would be the only element that changed about the character, and not a single other trait.
9Was convinced on to star in 12 Years a Slave (2013) without reading the script, because she wanted to work with Steve McQueen.
10Both of her parents was from a family of twelve children.
11Went to a Catholic school.
12One of the favorite characters she has played was Wanda in Holiday Heart (2000). Some of the favorite films of her own are 12 Years a Slave (2013), Miss Evers' Boys (1997), Bopha! (1993), Passion Fish (1992), and Miss Firecracker (1989).
13Currently resides in Santa Monica, California.
14Parents are Marion H. and Constance Woodard.
15Has appeared in four films with Mary McDonnell: Grand Canyon (1991), Passion Fish (1992), Blue Chips (1994) and Mumford (1999).
16Adopted her second child at age 41, a son Duncan Spencer on November 12, 1993. Child's father is her husband, Roderick M. Spencer.
17Adopted her first child at age 36, a daughter Mavis Spencer on September 29, 1989. Child's father is her husband, Roderick M. Spencer.
18Studied acting with Michael Howard at Boston University, where she graduated from.
19Jonathan Frakes calls her his "godmother". The two became friends as young actors in the 1970s.
20Was considered for the role of Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction (1994) but Uma Thurman, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
21For her revelatory performance in writer-director John Sayles' Passion Fish (1992) she was the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's second pick (i.e. runner-up) for their best supporting actress prize in 1992.
22Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1990 and 1998.
23Attended and graduated from Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
24Her old Tulsa, Oklahoma house located near the Broken Arrow Expressway is the same part of the Oklahoma Turnpike the Jackson family would take by bus to California for Jackson 5 performances.
25She and Felicity Huffman are the only two cast members of Desperate Housewives (2004) to have Oscar nominations.
26Among the Star Trek toys released for the film Star Trek: First Contact (1996), an action figure was made of Alfre in the likeness of her character in the film, Lily Sloane.
27As of September 13, 2003, she now holds the record of being the most honored African American actress in Primetime Emmy Award 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 Emmy Awards apiece. She won her first Primetime Emmy Award 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 Award 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 Award for Miss Evers' Boys (1997) against stiff competition from the likes of Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Stockard Channing.
28Has played Dr. Roxanne Turner on 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.
29She 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

#Quote
1I call myself an actor. I mean, when did you last go to the doctress?
2Somehow, by just keeping myself up and available and free, so that when I do have work, I can approach it simply as an actress, not an irate, mistreated black actress. And because I take myself to that place, or try to keep myself at that place, the spirit has always provided for me. I've always had work. I've never gotten rich doing it, but I could die tomorrow and say that I've had a FULL artistic life.
3I come from a FULL house of storytellers. If they wanted to simply tell you about someone pouring the tea, it would take about ten minutes. They would act out all the parts. I had to kind of jump in there because, as the youngest, if I wanted to get in an opinion, I had to yell and jump and really participate. In addition to participating, I was also observing. I think an actor really has to be an observant person. Not necessarily remembering facts, not observing THAT way.
4I've surrendered to Facebook just to maintain a relationship with my children. I also follow them on Twitter. They're witty, irreverent, hip. I have only eight friends. Otherwise, it becomes a job.
5I'm on the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. We spent a year accumulating all the data out there on how arts infused into students' education affects their grade point averages, graduation rates, discipline.
6[on Bérénice Bejo's performance in Le passé (2013)] As Marie in Asghar Farhadi's "The Past," Bérénice Bejo has a daunting task. She plays a woman in an increasingly grim dilemma, which is largely of her own making. Yet somehow, in her passionate eyes, we see glimpses of Marie's hope for, and even belief in, a loving future for herself and her family. Such are Bérénice's gifts that her performance remains unadorned, yet deeply layered. So the film's increasingly tragic revelations feel at once inevitable and utterly surprising. Berenice's taut yet unstrained simplicity anchors Farhadi's film and serves as the gravitational center for her fellow actors. As always, Ms. Bejo's luminous face wordlessly expresses the depths of emotion that the filmmaker wishes us to know.
7I'm a mom and a wife. That's what I do in the world. That's my identity. Second, I'm an actor.
8[on her marriage] 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.


Pictures

All Alfre Woodard pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Governors' AwardSociety of Camera Operators
2013BFCC AwardBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Ensemble12 Years a Slave (2013)Benedict Cumberbatch

Paul Dano

Garret Dillahunt

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Michael Fassbender

Paul Giamatti

Scoot McNairy

Lupita Nyong'o

Adepero Oduye

Sarah Paulson

Brad Pitt

Michael Kenneth Williams
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best Supporting ActressSteel Magnolias (2012)
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialSteel Magnolias (2012)
2011GracieGracie Allen AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress - Drama SeriesMemphis Beat (2010)
2007Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best Supporting ActressThe Water Is Wide (2006)
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate Housewives (2004)Roger Bart

Andrea Bowen

Mehcad Brooks

Ricardo Chavira

Marcia Cross

Steven Culp

James Denton

Teri Hatcher

Felicity Huffman

Brent Kinsman

Shane Kinsman

Eva Longoria

Mark Moses

Doug Savant

Nicollette Sheridan

Brenda Strong
2005CamieCharacter and Morality in Entertainment AwardsRadio (2003)Todd Garner (producer)

Michael Tollin (director)

Mike Rich (screenwriter)

Cuba Gooding Jr. (actor)

Ed Harris (actor)

Riley Smith (actor)

Brent Sexton (actor)

S. Epatha Merkerson (actress)

Sarah Drew (actress)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureRadio (2003)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesThe Practice (1997)
2002Muse AwardNew York Women in Film & Television
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureLove & Basketball (2000)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionMiss Evers' Boys (1997)
1998ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or MiniseriesMiss Evers' Boys (1997)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionMiss Evers' Boys (1997)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-SeriesMiss Evers' Boys (1997)
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialMiss Evers' Boys (1997)
1997CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesMiss Evers' Boys (1997)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or MiniseriesThe Piano Lesson (1995)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-SeriesThe Piano Lesson (1995)
1995Crystal AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1993Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemalePassion Fish (1992)
1992Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieA Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989)
1990Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieMandela (1987)
1989ACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesMandela (1987)
1989Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieUnnatural Causes (1986)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesL.A. Law (1986)
1984Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesHill Street Blues (1981)
1984Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureCross Creek (1983)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesState of Affairs (2014)
2015Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance - DramaState of Affairs (2014)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture12 Years a Slave (2013)Benedict Cumberbatch

Paul Dano

Garret Dillahunt

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Michael Fassbender

Paul Giamatti

Scoot McNairy

Lupita Nyong'o

Adepero Oduye

Sarah Paulson

Brad Pitt

Michael Kenneth Williams
2014Seattle Film Critics AwardSeattle Film Critics AwardsBest Ensemble Cast12 Years a Slave (2013)Benedict Cumberbatch

Paul Dano

Garret Dillahunt

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Michael Fassbender

Adepero Oduye

Sarah Paulson

Brad Pitt

Michael Kenneth Williams

Paul Giamatti

Scoot McNairy
2014Fright Meter AwardFright Meter AwardsBest Supporting ActressAnnabelle (2014)
2014Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble Cast12 Years a Slave (2013)Brad Pitt

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Paul Dano

Lupita Nyong'o

Chris Chalk

Benedict Cumberbatch

Garret Dillahunt

Michael Fassbender

Paul Giamatti

Taran Killam

Scoot McNairy

Adepero Oduye

Sarah Paulson

Michael Kenneth Williams
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting Ensemble12 Years a Slave (2013)Chiwetel Ejiofor

Michael Fassbender

Lupita Nyong'o

Benedict Cumberbatch

Paul Dano

Paul Giamatti

Sarah Paulson

Brad Pitt

Adepero Oduye

Garret Dillahunt

Scoot McNairy

Taran Killam

Chris Chalk

Michael Kenneth Williams

Liza J. Bennett

Kelsey Scott

Quvenzhané Wallis

Devyn A. Tyler

Cameron Zeigler
2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesSteel Magnolias (2012)
2013WIN AwardWomen's Image Network AwardsOutstanding Actress Made for Television Movie / Mini-SeriesSteel Magnolias (2012)
2013Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieSteel Magnolias (2012)
2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Movie/MiniseriesSteel Magnolias (2012)
2013Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Supporting ActressSteel Magnolias (2012)
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesSteel Magnolias (2012)
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMemphis Beat (2010)
2011Acting and Activism AwardWomen Film Critics Circle Awards
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesTrue Blood (2008)
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMemphis Beat (2010)
2011Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Performance - DramaMemphis Beat (2010)
2010Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActressAmerican Violet (2008)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureAmerican Violet (2008)
2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActressThe Family That Preys (2008)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesMy Own Worst Enemy (2008)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureThe Family That Preys (2008)
2008Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MoviePictures of Hollis Woods (2007)
2008Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest ActressThe Family That Preys (2008)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesDesperate Housewives (2004)Andrea Bowen

Richard Burgi

Mehcad Brooks

Ricardo Chavira

Marcia Cross

James Denton

Teri Hatcher

Josh Henderson

Zane Huett

Felicity Huffman

Kathryn Joosten

Nashawn Kearse

Brent Kinsman

Shane Kinsman

Joy Jorgensen

Eva Longoria

Kyle MacLachlan

Laurie Metcalf

Shawn Pyfrom

Doug Savant

Dougray Scott

Nicollette Sheridan

Brenda Strong

Kiersten Warren
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesDesperate Housewives (2004)
2006Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Water Is Wide (2006)
2006BET AwardBET AwardsBest ActressSomething New (2006)
2006Black Movie AwardBlack Movie AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleSomething New (2006)
2006Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble of the YearDesperate Housewives (2004)Andrea Bowen

Mehcad Brooks

Richard Burgi

Ricardo Chavira

Marcia Cross

James Denton

Harriet Sansom Harris

Teri Hatcher

Zane Huett

Felicity Huffman

Cody Kasch

Brent Kinsman

Shane Kinsman

Joy Jorgensen

Eva Longoria

Mark Moses

Shawn Pyfrom

Doug Savant

Nicollette Sheridan

Brenda Strong
2006OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Water Is Wide (2006)
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureK-PAX (2001)
2001Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionHoliday Heart (2000)
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best ActressWhat's Cooking? (2000)
2001Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActressHoliday Heart (2000)
2001Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialThe Wishing Tree (1999)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialHoliday Heart (2000)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/SpecialThe Wishing Tree (1999)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesHoliday Heart (2000)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActressFunny Valentines (1999)
1999Black Film AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest ActressDown in the Delta (1998)
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Motion PictureDown in the Delta (1998)
1999Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadDown in the Delta (1998)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesHomicide: Life on the Street (1993)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesHomicide: Life on the Street (1993)
1997OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesMiss Evers' Boys (1997)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionGulliver's Travels (1996)
1997CableACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesThe Member of the Wedding (1997)
1997Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureStar Trek: First Contact (1996)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror ActressStar Trek: First Contact (1996)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastHow to Make an American Quilt (1995)Maya Angelou

Anne Bancroft

Ellen Burstyn

Samantha Mathis

Kate Nelligan

Winona Ryder

Jean Simmons

Lois Smith
1996Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialGulliver's Travels (1996)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureHow to Make an American Quilt (1995)
1995Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialThe Piano Lesson (1995)
1995Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Motion PictureBopha! (1993)
1995Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion PicturePassion Fish (1992)
1994Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressHeart and Souls (1993)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PicturePassion Fish (1992)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialA Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1987Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialUnnatural Causes (1986)
1986Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesSt. Elsewhere (1982)
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a SpecialWords by Heart (1985)
1984OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleCross Creek (1983)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1992LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressPassion Fish (1992)

3rd Place Awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressCrooklyn (1994)
1992NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressPassion Fish (1992)


Filmography

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
12 Years a Slave2013Mistress Shaw
The Door2013/VIIIShortE
Private Practice2012TV SeriesDee Bennett
Steel Magnolias2012TV MovieOuiser
True Blood2010-2012TV SeriesRuby Jean Reynolds
Grey's Anatomy2011TV SeriesJustine Campbell
Memphis Beat2010-2011TV SeriesLt. Tanya Rice
Three Rivers2009-2010TV SeriesDr. Sophia Jordan
Black Panther2010TV Mini-SeriesDondi Reece / Dora Milaje / Queen Mother / ...
Maggie Hill2009TV MovieVirginia
My Own Worst Enemy2008TV SeriesMavis Heller / Helen
AmericanEast2008Angela Jensen
Reach for Me2008Nurse Evelyn
The Family That Preys2008Alice Pratt
American Violet2008Alma Roberts
Pictures of Hollis Woods2007TV MovieEdna Reilly
Desperate Housewives2005-2006TV SeriesBetty Applewhite
Take the Lead2006Augustine James
Something New2006/IJoyce McQueen
The Water Is Wide2006TV MovieMrs. Brown
Inconceivable2005TV SeriesDr. Lydia Crawford
Beauty Shop2005Ms. Josephine
The Forgotten2004Det. Anne Pope
Radio2003Principal Daniels
Static Shock2003TV SeriesJean Hawkins
A Wrinkle in Time2003TV MovieMrs. Whatsit
The Core2003Stickley
Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property2003DocumentaryNarrator
The Practice2003TV SeriesDenise Freeman
The Singing Detective2003Chief of Staff
Baby of the Family2002Rachel
The Wild Thornberrys Movie2002Akela (Cheetah Mother) (voice)
The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie2001TV MovieMedicine Woman (voice)
K-PAX2001Dr. Claudia Villars
John Henry2000ShortPolly / Narrator (voice)
Holiday Heart2000TV MovieWanda Dean
Lost Souls2000Dr. Allen (uncredited)
Dinosaur2000Plio (voice)
Love & Basketball2000Camille Wright
What's Cooking?2000Audrey Williams
The Wishing Tree1999Clara
Mumford1999Lily
Funny Valentines1999Joyce May
Secrets1998Short
Down in the Delta1998Loretta Sinclair
Homicide: Life on the Street1998TV SeriesDr. Roxanne Turner
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue1997VideoMaisie (voice)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV SeriesWinoome Bear
Miss Evers' Boys1997TV MovieEunice Evers, R.N.
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1997TV SeriesHarriet Tubman
The Member of the Wedding1997TV MovieBerenice Sadie Brown
Star Trek: First Contact1996Lily
A Step Toward Tomorrow1996Dr. Sandlin
Primal Fear1996Judge Shoat
Special Report: Journey to Mars1996TV MovieTamara O'Neil
Gulliver's Travels1996TV Mini-SeriesQueen of Brobdingnag
Follow Me Home1996Evey
Statistically Speaking1995Short
How to Make an American Quilt1995Marianna
The Piano Lesson1995TV MovieBerniece Charles
Frasier1994TV SeriesEdna
Crooklyn1994Carolyn Carmichael
Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad1994TV MovieHarriet Tubman
Blue Chips1994Lavada McRae
Bopha!1993Rosie Mangena
Heart and Souls1993Penny Washington
Rich in Love1992Rhody Poole
Passion Fish1992Chantelle
The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag1992Attorney Ann Orkin
Pretty Hattie's Baby1991Hattie
Grand Canyon1991Jane
Blue Bayou1990TV MovieJessica Filley
A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story1989TV MovieMary Thomas
Miss Firecracker1989Popeye Jackson
Scrooged1988Grace Cooley
St. Elsewhere1985-1988TV SeriesDr. Roxanne Turner
The Child Saver1988TV MovieAndrea Crawford
Mandela1987TV MovieWinnie Mandela
The Line1987TV MovieDenise Powell
Unnatural Causes1986TV MovieMaude DeVictor
L.A. Law1986TV SeriesAdrianne Moore
Extremities1986Patricia
Words by Heart1985TV MovieClaudie Sills
Faerie Tale Theatre1985TV SeriesPrincess Lovinia
Sara1985TV SeriesRozalyn Dupree
American Playhouse1982-1985TV SeriesEsther / Mattie / Woman who lost her stuff
Sweet Revenge1984TV MovieVicki Teague
Go Tell It on the Mountain1984Esther
Hill Street Blues1983TV SeriesDoris Robson
Tucker's Witch1982-1983TV SeriesMarcia Fulbright
Cross Creek1983Geechee
The Ambush Murders1982TV MovieKariha Ellsworth
Enos1981TV SeriesDarlene
Palmerstown, U.S.A.1981TV SeriesNona
The Sophisticated Gents1981TV SeriesEvelyn Evers
The White Shadow1980TV SeriesSandra Wilcox
HealtH1980Sally Benbow
Freedom Road1979TV MovieKatie
The Trial of the Moke1978TV MovieLucy
Remember My Name1978Rita
Juanita2017pre-productionJuanita
Burning Sands2016post-productionProfessor Hughes
Luke Cage2016TV SeriesMariah Dillard
So B. It2016Bernadette
Captain America: Civil War2016Miriam
The Last Ship2014-2015TV SeriesAmy Granderson
Knucklehead2015Sheila
State of Affairs2014-2015TV SeriesPresident Constance Payton
Mississippi Grind2015Sam
Annabelle2014/IEvelyn
Copper2013TV SeriesHattie Lemaster

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa2014Documentary executive producer
Funny Valentines1999executive producer
Down in the Delta1998co-producer
Pretty Hattie's Baby1991associate producer

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Beauty Shop2005performer: "Amazing Grace"
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue1997Video performer: "Remember That Day", "Hang In There, Kid"
The Member of the Wedding1997TV Movie performer: "His Eye is on the Sparrow"
Heart and Souls1993performer: "Mr. Hug-A-Bug", "Walk Like A Man" uncredited

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Little Birds2011thanks
Desperate Housewives Special: The More You Know, the Juicier It Gets2006TV Movie special thanks
Desperate Housewives Special: All the Juicy Details2006TV Movie special thanks

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today2014-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Impossible Choices2016ShortHerself
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise2016DocumentaryHerself
Who Do You Think You Are?2015TV Series documentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin2015TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race2015TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band2015DocumentaryMary Lou Williams (voice)
Entertainment Tonight2008-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - State of Affairs
The Talk2011-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Extra2012-2014TV SeriesHerself - State of Affairs / Herself - Guest
Steve Harvey2014TV SeriesHerself - State of Affairs
Live with Kelly and Michael2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade2014TV MovieHerself
Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music2014Documentary shortNarrator
Makers: Women in Hollywood2014DocumentaryHerself
Made in Hollywood2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
Reel Junkie2014TV SeriesHerself
Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa2014DocumentaryHerself
Nelson Mandela Redrawn2014DocumentaryHerself
Black Women Run Hollywood2014TV ShortHerself
The Hadza: Last of the First2014DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
22nd Annual Trumpet Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Honoree
12 Years a Slave: A Historical Portrait2014Video documentaryHerself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014TV SeriesHerself
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
TV One on One2013TV SeriesHerself
The Reel Story: 12 Years a Slave2013VideoHerself
DP/30: Conversations About Movies2013TV SeriesHerself
The Queen Latifah Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Oprah's Next Chapter2013TV SeriesHerself
Independent Lens2004-2013TV Series documentaryHerself / Narrator / Herself - Narrator
Miracle Rising: South Africa2013Documentary
44th NAACP Image Awards2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Presenter / Nominee
The Wendy Williams Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Anderson Live2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2005-2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
43rd NAACP Image Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Women, War & Peace2011TV SeriesHerself - Narrator
The Mo'Nique Show2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Have You Heard From Johannesburg2010DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
41st NAACP Image Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Sundance Directors Lab2009TV Series documentaryHerself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards2009TV SpecialHerself
Medal of Honor2008TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
TV Guide Live at the Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Road to Ingwavuma2008Documentary short
Nefertiti and the Lost Dynasty2007TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator
20 on 202007TV MovieHerself
The Megan Mullally Show2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Oprah Winfrey Show2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series & Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List2006TV SeriesHerself
The 60th Annual Tony Awards2006TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Memorial Tribute
King Leopold's Ghost2006DocumentaryIlanga (voice)
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
HBO First Look2006TV Series documentaryHerself
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
On the Set: The Making of 'The Forgotten'2005Video shortHerself
Remembering 'The Forgotten'2005Video documentary shortHerself
Reading Rainbow2004TV SeriesHerself
All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/112004Documentary shortNarrator
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Tribeca Film Festival Presents2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives2003DocumentaryReader
Searching for Debra Winger2002DocumentaryHerself
American Exile2001Documentary shortNarrator
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2001TV SeriesHerself
32nd NAACP Image Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Dennis Miller Live2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks2000TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Kennedy Center Presents: Speak Truth to Power2000TV Movie documentaryVarious
The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story2000TV Movie documentary
American Experience1994-2000TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
2000 Essence Awards2000TV SpecialHerself
The Directors2000TV Series documentaryHerself
The Underground Railroad1999TV Movie documentaryHost
Different Moms1999DocumentaryNarrator
30th NAACP Image Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
Save Our History1999TV Series documentaryHerself - Host
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Celebrity Profile1999TV Series documentaryHerself
1998 ALMA Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special and Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Wild On...1997TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Slave Ship1997TV MovieHerself - Narrator
Cadillac Desert1997TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special & Presenter: Outstanding Miniseries
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True1995TV Movie documentaryHost
People's Century: 1900-19991995TV Series documentaryNarrator (US version) (voice)
The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special & Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Screenplay
Aliens for Breakfast1994TV MovieHerself
Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History1994TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Countdown to Freedom: 10 Days That Changed South Africa1994DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Essence Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
Frontline1994TV Series documentaryNarrator
The 9th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show1989-1994TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Century of Women1994TV Mini-Series documentary
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound Mixing
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Ebony/Jet Showcase1990TV SeriesHerself
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The 10th Annual National CableACE Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 9th Annual CableACE Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
20th NAACP Image Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series & Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The 38th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series
Faerie Tale Theatre1985TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Black Hollywood1984TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 36th Primetime Emmy Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Precious Blood1982TV MovieHerself - Narrator

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Obama in NC: The Path to History2010DocumentaryHerself
Hillary! Uncensored: Banned by the Media2008Video documentaryHerself
Desperate Housewives Special: The More You Know, the Juicier It Gets2006TV MovieBetty Applewhite (uncredited)
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHerself
Desperate Housewives Special: All the Juicy Details2006TV MovieBetty Applewhite (uncredited)
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