Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard

Highest Rated: 100% Passion Fish (1992)

Lowest Rated: 8% Lost Souls (2000)

Birthday: Nov 8, 1952

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Intense, versatile African-American actress Alfre Woodard attended Boston University, then made her stage bow in 1974 with Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage. After a few minor appearances in films like Remember My Name (1978) and H.E.A.L.T.H (1979), the Tulsa, OK, native was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Geechee in 1983's Cross Creek. She went on to further television acclaim during the decade, appearing on St. Elsewhere and winning Emmys for her recurring roles on Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law, and an ACE award for the made-for-cable Mandela (1987). In film, the actress consistently shone in roles that featured her as unconventional women who usually had a troubled past; after a memorable appearance in Miss Firecracker (1989), she went on to star in such films as Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon (1991) and John Sayles' Passion Fish (1992), for which she won a Golden Globe nomination. Other notable film appearances included those in Rich in Love (1993), Crooklyn (1994), and Maya Angelou's Down in the Delta, in which Woodard played a single mother with drug and alcohol problems who returns to her family's southern hometown. In 1999, the actress starred in two films, Funny Valentines and Mumford, Lawrence Kasdan's tale of a small-town psychologist.Woodard has also continued to work in television, earning considerable acclaim for her performances. In 1995, she won an Emmy nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Best Actress Award for her performance in the The Piano Lesson, and two years later won an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a SAG Award for her portrayal of the title character of Miss Evers' Boys, a nurse who consoled many of the subjects of the notorious 1930s Tuskeegee Study of Untreated Blacks with Syphilis. In addition, she has done a fair amount of narration, lending her voice to a variety of television documentaries.The actress reteamed with HBO in 2003 for the film Unchained Memories, and took on a starring role on ABC's Desperate Housewives in 2006. In addition to appearing on a variety of popular television shows (Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, The Practice, Homicide: Life on the Street). Woodard played the part of a woman falsely accused of drug trafficking in the 2009 drama American Violet, and was nominated for yet another Emmy in 2010 for her work on HBO's hit drama True Blood.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Fatherhood Actor 2021
No Score Yet No Small Matter Narrator 2020
91% Clemency Warden Bernadine Williams 2019
53% The Lion King Sarabi 2019
62% Saint Judy Judge Benton 2019
80% Juanita Juanita 2019
45% So B. It Bernadette $8K 2017
88% Burning Sands Prof. Hughes 2017
91% Captain America: Civil War Miriam $408.1M 2016
No Score Yet Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race Actor 2016
91% Mississippi Grind Sam $0.2M 2015
No Score Yet Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band Actor 2015
No Score Yet Knucklehead Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Hadza: Last Of The First Narrator 2014
29% Annabelle Evelyn 2014
No Score Yet Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music Actor 2014
95% 12 Years a Slave Mistress Shaw $50.7M 2013
No Score Yet Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa Actor 2013
No Score Yet Steel Magnolias (2012) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Steel Magnolias Ouiser 2012
75% American Violet Alma Roberts $0.5M 2009
No Score Yet AmericanEast Angela 2008
No Score Yet Reach for Me Evelyn 2008
52% The Family That Preys Alice Pratt $37.1M 2008
No Score Yet Black Hollywood: Blaxploitation and Advancing an Independent Black Cinema Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Medal of Honor Narrator 2008
No Score Yet Pictures of Hollis Woods Edna Reilly 2007
No Score Yet Nefertiti and the Lost Dynasty Narrator 2007
92% King Leopold's Ghost Narrator 2006
44% Take the Lead Augustine James $34.8M 2006
61% Something New Joyce McQueen $11.5M 2006
No Score Yet The Water Is Wide Mrs. Brown 2006
38% Beauty Shop Ms. Josephine $36.4M 2005
No Score Yet Martin's Big Words ... and More Stories from the African-American Tradition Actor 2005
No Score Yet Dot...and More Stories to Make You Feel Good Actor 2005
32% The Forgotten Det. Ann Pope $66.7M 2004
No Score Yet A Wrinkle in Time Mrs. Whatsit 2004
No Score Yet Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness Narrator 2004
35% Radio Principal Daniels $52.3M 2003
39% The Singing Detective Chief of Staff $0.3M 2003
40% The Core Stickley $31.1M 2003
No Score Yet Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property Narrator 2003
No Score Yet Trial of the Moke Actor 2002
80% The Wild Thornberrys Movie Akela $39.8M 2002
80% Searching for Debra Winger Actor 2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives Actor 2002
No Score Yet American Legends Actor 2001
42% K-PAX Claudia $50.1M 2001
No Score Yet Holiday Heart Wanda 2000
No Score Yet Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks Narrator 2000
8% Lost Souls Doctor 2000
No Score Yet The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story Actor 2000
64% Dinosaur Plio $135.7M 2000
83% Love and Basketball Camille Wright 2000
52% What's Cooking? Audrey Williams $0.7M 2000
57% Mumford Lily 1999
No Score Yet The Wishing Tree Clara Collier 1999
No Score Yet The Underground Railroad Host 1999
No Score Yet People's Century: 1900-1999 Narrator 1999
79% Down in the Delta Producer Loretta Sinclair 1998
No Score Yet The Voyage of La Amistad: A Quest for Freedom Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Follow Me Home Evey 1997
No Score Yet Miss Evers' Boys Miss Evers 1997
No Score Yet The Member of the Wedding Berenice Sadie Brown 1997
No Score Yet People's Century: 1900-1999 Actor 1997
93% Star Trek: First Contact Lily Sloane 1996
No Score Yet A Step Toward Tomorrow Dr. Sandlin 1996
75% Primal Fear Judge Miriam Shoat 1996
No Score Yet Gulliver's Travels Actor 1996
61% How to Make an American Quilt Marianna 1995
No Score Yet The Piano Lesson Berneice 1995
No Score Yet Race to Freedom: The Story of the Underground Railroad Actor 1994
77% Crooklyn Carolyn 1994
No Score Yet Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad Actor 1994
37% Blue Chips Lavada McRae 1994
No Score Yet Frederick Douglass Actor 1994
82% Bopha! Rosie Mangena 1993
55% Heart and Souls Penny Washington 1993
67% Rich in Love Rhody 1993
100% Passion Fish Dawn/Rhonda 1992
14% The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag Ann 1992
77% Grand Canyon Jane 1991
No Score Yet A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Mary Thomas 1989
75% Miss Firecracker Popeye Jackson 1989
71% Scrooged Grace Cooley 1988
No Score Yet Mandela Winnie Mandela 1987
40% Extremities Patricia 1986
No Score Yet Unnatural Causes Maude DeVictor 1986
No Score Yet Go Tell It on the Mountain Esther 1985
No Score Yet The Killing Floor Mattie 1985
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge Vicki Teague 1984
67% Cross Creek Geechee 1983
No Score Yet For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide Actor 1982
No Score Yet The Ambush Murders Kariha Ellsworth 1982
No Score Yet The Sophisticated Gents Actor 1981
No Score Yet Health Hotel Manager 1980
No Score Yet Freedom Road Katie 1979
75% Remember My Name Rita 1978


84% Empire
Renee 2020
No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio
Guest 2019
44% See
Paris 2019
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
Guest 2019
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
Guest 2019
No Score Yet Women, War and Peace
Narrator 2019
87% Marvel's Luke Cage
Mariah Dillard 2018
No Score Yet Today
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2016
No Score Yet A Path Appears
Appearing 2015
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
Appearing 2015
28% State of Affairs
President Wheeler President Constance Payton 2015
81% Copper
Hattie Lemaster 2013
No Score Yet Independent Lens
Narrator 2013
51% Private Practice
Dee Bennett 2012
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2012
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
Guest 2012
70% True Blood
Ruby Jean Reynolds 2012
83% Grey's Anatomy
Justine 2011
53% Memphis Beat
Lt. Tanya Rice 2011
No Score Yet Lopez Tonight
Guest 2010
31% Three Rivers
Sophia Jordan 2010
73% My Own Worst Enemy
Mavis Heller 2008
72% Desperate Housewives
Betty Applewhite 2008
30% Inconceivable
Lydia Crawford 2005
No Score Yet The Practice
Denise Freeman 2003
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
No Score Yet American Experience
Narrator 1994
93% Frasier
Voice of Edna 1994
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
Dr. Roxanne Turner 1987
No Score Yet L.A. Law
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Mattie 1984
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
Robson 1983
No Score Yet The White Shadow
Sandra Wilcox 1980


Evelyn says: I like big butts and I cannot lie.

Lily Sloane says: Borg? Sounds Swedish.

Alice Pratt says: It's not that I don't trust you: it is your inner thoughts that give me pause.

Lily Sloane says: Jean-Luc blow up the damned ship!

Capt. Jean-Luc Picard says: NO!!!

Capt. Jean-Luc Picard says: NO!

Mrs. Whatsit says: In all the one of who you are now. In the glory of everything you are becoming. In all that you feel, you have something the darkness does not have. Can never have, my darling.

Meg Murry says: What? What is it?

Mrs. Whatsit says: It is only yours if you find it for yourself.

Lily Sloane says: Definitely not Swedish.

Lily Sloane says: You broke your little ships.

Pam says: I am tired of her looking down her nose at us... like we didn't live in the same house or the same neighborhood!

Andrea says: I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now.

Alice Pratt says: This is your sister! When are you two going to act like it?

Alice Pratt says: I've never seen you drive! Where's Morgan Freeman?

Alice Pratt says: I've never seen you drive! Where is Morgan Freeman?

Charlotte Cartwright says: She's seen me through two divorces.

Alice Pratt says: Three.

Charlotte Cartwright says: Three?

Alice Pratt says: Three.

Charlotte Cartwright says: Oh right, I try to forget that one.

Alice Pratt says: What you're up to now is only going to lead to disaster.