Alfre Woodard - Rotten Tomatoes

Alfre Woodard

Highest Rated:   100% Passion Fish (1992)
Lowest Rated:   7% Lost Souls (2000)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
84% Burning Sands
  • Prof. Hughes
2017
90% Captain America: Civil War
  • Miriam
$408.1M 2016
No Score Yet Bridging the Divide: Tom Bradley and the Politics of Race
  • Actor
2016
89% Mississippi Grind
  • Sam
$0.2M 2015
No Score Yet Knucklehead
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band
  • 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
96% 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
No Score Yet For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots
  • Actor
2010
74% American Violet
  • Alma Roberts
$0.5M 2009
No Score Yet AmericanEast
  • Angela
2008
No Score Yet Reach for Me
  • Evelyn
2008
51% 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
91% 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
37% 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
31% 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
36% Radio
  • Principal Daniels
$52.3M 2003
39% The Singing Detective
  • Chief of Staff
$0.3M 2003
41% 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
No Score Yet Searching for Debra Winger
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet American Legends
  • Actor
2001
41% 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
7% Lost Souls
  • Doctor
2000
No Score Yet The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story
  • Actor
2000
65% Dinosaur
  • Plio
$135.7M 2000
82% Love and Basketball
  • Camille Wright
2000
52% What's Cooking?
  • Audrey Williams
$0.7M 2000
56% Mumford
  • Lily
1999
No Score Yet The Wishing Tree
  • Clara Collier
1999
No Score Yet People's Century: 1900-1999
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet The Underground Railroad
  • Host
1999
78% 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
74% 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
76% 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
80% 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
81% Grand Canyon
  • Jane
1991
No Score Yet A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story
  • Mary Thomas
1989
70% Miss Firecracker
  • Popeye Jackson
1989
68% Scrooged
  • Grace Cooley
1988
No Score Yet Mandela
  • Winnie Mandela
1987
50% 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
64% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2011
96% Marvel's Luke Cage
2016
  • Mariah Dillard
  • 2016
No Score Yet A Path Appears
2015
  • Appearing
  • 2015
No Score Yet Who Do You Think You Are?
2010
  • Appearing
  • 2015
28% State of Affairs
2014-2015
  • President Wheeler President Constance Payton
  • 2015
  • 2014
83% Copper
2012-2013
  • Hattie Lemaster
  • 2013
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • 2013
  • 2004
No Score Yet Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Dee Bennett
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
70% True Blood
2008-2014
  • Ruby Jean Reynolds
  • 2012
  • 2010
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Justine
  • 2011
No Score Yet Women, War and Peace
2011
  • Narrator
  • 2011
50% Memphis Beat
2010-2011
  • Lt. Tanya Rice
  • 2011
  • 2010
25% Three Rivers
2009-2010
  • Sophia Jordan
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Betty Applewhite
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Narrator
  • 1994
No Score Yet Frasier
1993-2004
  • Voice of Edna
  • 1994

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