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Kerry Washington



Actress Kerry Washington's strong background in theater and academics found the talented and ambitious young starlet, even at the start of her career, setting her sights on producing, screenwriting, and eventually directing -- a goal that certainly seemed reachable given her early success in such films as Lift and Save the Last Dance. The daughter of a real-estate broker, Washington was born in New York City and attended the Spence School of Manhattan before enrolling in George Washington University's theater program. It wasn't long after her 1998 graduation that the aspiring actress made her feature debut in the 2000 drama Our Song, with nominations for the film at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Sundance Film Festival serving to increase her exposure among cinephiles, even if the film did go largely unseen by the masses. Of course it would take more than a small independent film to truly set Washington apart from the pack, and many saw her performance in the 2001 romantic drama Save the Last Dance as one of the few redeeming qualities in the otherwise forgettable teen drama. Though her only true experience as a thief resulted in the stealing of an apple from a New York deli when directors DeMane Davis and Khari Streeter encouraged her to engage in a minor bit of thievery in preparation for her role as a shoplifter in the 2001 drama Lift, Washington ultimately proved so convincing and effective in the role that she received a nomination as Best Female Lead at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards. Of course the all-too-honest actress would return to the deli to pay for the apple following completion of the film. By this point there was little doubt as to Washington's talent, and despite the fact that she would be overshadowed by such big names as Anthony Hopkins and Meg Ryan in such subsequent efforts as Bad Company, The Human Stain, and Against the Ropes, she still managed to make an impression with a series of memorable supporting roles. A substantial role as a lesbian looking to be impregnated by her ex-boyfriend in director Spike Lee's 2004 comedy drama She Hate Me threatened to put an end to the trend of casting Washington almost exclusively in supporting roles; a role as the wife of legendary musician Ray Charles in the same year's Ray truly took her career to the next level. Despite her recent onscreen success, Washington remains true to her stage roots by remaining active in theater and has also begun to branch out by attempting to make a name for herself as a writer and producer as well.



Still, it was on the screen that Washington truly earned her keep, and following roles in Sexual Life, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Fantastic Four, Washington took a trip to the courtroom for a supporting role on David E. Kelley's Emmy-winning television comedy Boston Legal. In 2006 Washington would find herself the recipient of a most unusual houseguest when a diminutive thief appeared on her doorstep disguised as an abandoned toddler in the Wayans brothers comedy Little Man. She was in Chris Rock's romantic comedy I Think I Love My Wife, and appeared in Spike Lee's World War II movie Miracle at St. Anna. As the 2010's approached, Washington soon found herself a bonified star, remaining adored and in demand due to performances in high profile features like Django Unchained and her star turn as Olivia Pope in ABC's smash hit Scandal.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
80% Confirmation
  • Executive Producer
  • Anita Hill
2016
37% Peeples
  • Grace Peeples
2013
89% Girl Rising
  • Narrator
2013
88% Django Unchained
  • Broomhilda
2012
46% The Details
  • Rebecca Mazzoni
2012
0% A Thousand Words
  • Caroline McCall
2012
81% Night Catches Us
  • Patricia Wilson
2010
32% For Colored Girls
  • Kelly/Blue
2010
79% Mother and Child
  • Lucy
2010
50% Life Is Hot in Cracktown
  • Marybeth
2009
No Score Yet The People Speak
  • Actor
2009
45% Lakeview Terrace
  • Lisa Mattson
2008
34% Miracle at St. Anna
  • Zana Wilder
2008
37% Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • Alicia Masters
2007
18% I Think I Love My Wife
  • Nikki Tru
2007
87% The Last King of Scotland
  • Kay Amin
2006
12% Little Man
  • Vanessa
2006
27% Fantastic Four
  • Alicia Masters
2005
59% Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Jasmine
2005
No Score Yet Sexual Life
  • Rosalie
2005
81% Ray
  • Della Bea Robinson
2004
19% She Hate Me
  • Fatima Goodrich
2004
No Score Yet Strip Search
  • Actor
2004
34% The United States of Leland
  • Ayesha
2004
12% Against the Ropes
  • Renee
2004
43% The Human Stain
  • Ellie
2003
No Score Yet Sin
  • Kassie
2003
10% Bad Company
  • Julie
2002
90% Our Song
  • Lanisha Brown
2001
44% Lift
  • Niecy
2001
53% Save the Last Dance
  • Chenille
2001

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • Guest
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004-2016
  • Judge
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Actor
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Allie Lawrence
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
94% Scandal
2012
  • Olivia Pope
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Chelina Hall
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host

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