Alfre Woodard Biography (1952-)

Born November 8, 1952, in Tulsa, OK; daughter of Marion H. (an interior designer and entrepreneur) and Constance (a homemaker) Woodard; married Roderick Spencer (a comedian, writer, and producer); children: Duncan Spencer, Mavis Spencer. Addresses: Agent: Steve Dontanville, William Morris Agency, 151El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Publicist: Melody Korenbrot, Bloch/Korenbrot Public Relations, 8271 Melrose Ave., Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90046.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actress, producer
Birth Details
November 8, 1952
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Marsha Fulbright, Tucker's Witch (also known as The Good Witchof Laurel Canyon), CBS, 1982-1983
  • Rozalyn Dupree, Sara, NBC, 1985
  • Dr. Roxanne Turner, St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1985-1987
  • Miniseries
  • Katie, Freedom Road, NBC, 1979
  • Evelyn Evers, The Sophisticated Gents, NBC, 1981
  • Voice of C. J. Walker, A Century of Women (also known as A Family of Women), TBS, 1994
  • Queen of Brobdingnag, Gulliver's Travels, NBC, 1996
  • Narrator, Cadillac Desert, PBS, 1997
  • Mrs. Whatsit, A Wrinkle in Time (also known as Un raccourci dans le temps), ABC, 2003
  • Movies
  • Kariha Ellsworth, The Ambush Murders, CBS, 1982
  • Precious Blood (also known as Two by South), 1982
  • Esther, Go Tell It on the Mountain, 1984
  • Vickie Teague, Sweet Revenge (also known as Bittersweet Revenge, Code of Honor, and Her Revenge), CBS, 1984
  • Maude DeVictor, Unnatural Causes, NBC, 1986
  • Winnie Mandela, Mandela, PBS, 1986
  • Winnie Mandela, Mandela, HBO, 1987
  • Andrea Crawford, The Child Saver (also known as The Fierce Dreams of Jackie Watson), NBC, 1988
  • Jessica Filley, Blue Bayou (also known as Orleans), NBC, 1990
  • Harriet Tubman, Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (also known as Underground Railroad, Underground to Canada, and Underground to Freedom), syndicated, 1994
  • Dr. Sandlin, A Step toward Tomorrow, 1996
  • Tamara O'Neil, Special Report: Journey to Mars, CBS, 1996
  • Berenice Sadie Brown, The Member of the Wedding, USA Network, 1997
  • Miss Eunice Evers, Miss Evers' Boys, HBO, 1997
  • Clara, The Wishing Tree, Showtime, 1999
  • Joyce May, Funny Valentines, Black Entertainment Television and Starz!, 1999
  • Wanda, Holiday Heart, Showtime, 2000
  • Mattie White, Tulia, Texas, CBS, c. 2005
  • Specials
  • "The Trial of the Moke," Great Performances, PBS, 1978
  • for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, PBS, 1982
  • Mattie Custer, "The Killing Floor," American Playhouse, PBS, 1984
  • Denise Powell, The Line, NBC, 1987
  • Mary Thomas, "A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story" (also known as "The Long Shot"), The Magical World of Disney, NBC, 1989
  • Narrator, "The Facts of Life," People Count, TBS, 1994
  • Narrator, Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History, PBS, 1994
  • Narrator, "Malcolm X: Make It Plain," The American Experience, PBS, 1994
  • Berniece Charles, "The Piano Lesson," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS,1995
  • Host, The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Comes True (also known as The Wizard of Oz in Concert), TNT, 1995
  • Mrs. Marks, "Aliens for Breakfast," McDonald's Family Theatre, ABC, 1995
  • Narrator, "Mandela's Fight for Freedom," Discovery Journal Special, The Discovery Channel, 1995
  • Narrator, Slave Ship, The Discovery Channel, 1997
  • Herself, An African American Salute to the Academy Awards, syndicated, 1998
  • Host, An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence Benefiting the United Negro College Fund, Black Entertainment Television andsyndicated, 1998
  • Narrator, People's Century: 1900-1999 (also known as People's Century), PBS, 1998
  • Host and narrator, The Underground Railroad, History Channel, 1999
  • Narrator, Different Moms, Lifetime, 1999
  • Olivia, Secrets, Showtime, 1999
  • NetAid, VH1, 1999
  • Host, Innovators: A Musical Odyssey, PBS, 2000
  • Polly and narrator, John Henry, The Disney Channel, 2000
  • Narrator, Eleanor Roosevelt (also known as History's Best on PBS: Eleanor Roosevelt), PBS, 2000
  • Narrator, Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks, HBO, 2000
  • Voice of Mary Parrish, The Tulsa Lynching of 1921: A Hidden Story,Cinemax, 2000
  • An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence, syndicated, 2000
  • Speak Truth to Power, PBS, 2000
  • Herself, John Ritter Remembered, VH1, 2003
  • Presenter, Lifetime's Fourth Annual Women Rock! Songs from the Movies, Lifetime, 2003
  • Reader, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, HBO, 2003
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1988
  • The Ninth Annual ACE Awards, HBO, 1988
  • The 10th Annual ACE Awards, multiple networks, 1989
  • Presenter, The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentations, ABC, 1993
  • Presenter, The Essence Awards, Fox, 1994
  • Presenter, The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, CBS, 1995
  • Presenter, The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1995
  • Presenter, The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1995
  • Presenter, The 1996 Emmy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1996
  • Host, Caribbean Music Awards, syndicated, 1997
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1997
  • Presenter, The 1998 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, TV Land, 1998
  • ALMA Awards, ABC, 1998
  • Presenter, The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1999
  • Presenter, The 30th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1999
  • The 14th Independent Spirit Awards, Bravo and Independent Film Channel, 1999
  • Presenter, The 15th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards, Bravo and Independent Film Channel, 2000
  • Presenter, The 2000 Essence Awards, 2000
  • Presenter, The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 2003
  • Episodic
  • Sandra Wilcox, "Reunion: Part 1," The White Shadow, CBS, 1980
  • Enos, CBS, c. 1980
  • Palmerstown, U.S.A., CBS, c. 1981
  • Doris Robson, "Doris in Wonderland," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1983
  • Doris Robson, "Goodbye Mr. Scripps," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1983
  • Doris Robson, "Praise Dilaudid," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1983
  • Claudie, "Words by Heart," Wonderworks, PBS, c. 1984
  • Princess Lovinia, "Puss in Boats," Faerie Tale Theater (also knownas Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theater), Showtime, 1985
  • Dr. Roxanne Turner, "The Abby Singer Show," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1988
  • Voice of Edna, "The Botched Language of Cranes," Frasier, NBC, 1994
  • Storytime, PBS, c. 1994
  • Voice of Winoome Bear, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," Happily EverAfter: Fairy Tales for Every Child (animated), HBO, 1995
  • Storyteller, Genesis: A Living Conversation (also known as BillMoyers Genesis: A Living Conversation), PBS, c. 1996
  • Voice of Harriet Tubman, "Faith," Adventures from the Book of Virtues (animated), PBS, 1997
  • Dr. Roxanne Turner, "Mercy," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide and H: LOTS), NBC, 1998
  • Herself, Celebrity Profile: Danny Glover, 1998
  • Guest, "Al Gore," Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 2001
  • "Spike Lee," The Directors, Encore, c. 2002
  • Denise Freeman, "Down the Hatch," The Practice, ABC, 2003
  • Denise Freeman, "Final Judgement," The Practice, ABC, 2003
  • Jean Hawkins, "Flashback," Static Shock (animated), The WB, 2003
  • Pilots
  • Adrienne Moore, L.A. Law, NBC, 1986
  • (Uncredited) Grace, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1993
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Executive producer, Funny Valentines, Black Entertainment Television and Starz!, 1999
  • Film Appearances
  • Rita, Remember My Name, Columbia, 1978
  • Sally Benbow, Health (also known as H.E.A.L.T.H.), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Geechee, Cross Creek, Universal, 1983
  • Patricia, Extremities, Atlantic, 1986
  • Grace Cooley, Scrooged, Paramount, 1988
  • Popeye Jackson, Miss Firecracker, Corsair, 1989
  • Jane, Grand Canyon, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1991
  • Pretty Hattie's Baby, 1991
  • Ann Orkin, The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Chantelle, Passion Fish, Miramax, 1992
  • The Colors of Love, 1992
  • Penny Washington, Heart and Souls, Universal, 1993
  • Rhody Poole, Rich in Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993
  • Rosie Mangena, Bopha!, Paramount, 1993
  • Carolyn Carmichael, Crooklyn (also known as Crooklyn, N.Y.), Universal, 1994
  • Lavada McRae, Blue Chips, Paramount, 1994
  • Narrator, Countdown to Freedom: Ten Days that Changed South Africa(documentary; also known as Countdown to Freedom), Videovision Enterprises, 1994
  • Marianna, How to Make an American Quilt (also known as An American Quilt), Universal, 1995
  • Statistically Speaking, 1995
  • Evey, Follow Me Home, 1996
  • Judge Miriam Shoat, Primal Fear, Paramount, 1996
  • Lily Sloane, Star Trek: First Contact (also known as Star Trek8), Paramount, 1996
  • Loretta Sinclair, Down in the Delta, Miramax, 1998
  • Brown Sugar, 1998
  • Lily, Mumford, Buena Vista, 1999
  • Audrey Williams, What's Cooking?, Trimark Pictures, 2000
  • Camille Wright, Love & Basketball, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • (Uncredited) Dr. Allen, Lost Souls, New Line Cinema, 2000
  • Voice of Plio, Dinosaur (animated), Buena Vista, 2000
  • Claudia Villars, K-PAX, MCA/Universal, 2001
  • Narrator, American Exile, 2001
  • Herself, Searching for Debra Winger, Lions Gate Films, 2002
  • Rachel, Baby of the Family, DownSouth Filmworks, 2002
  • Voice of Akela (cheetah mother), The Wild Thornberrys Movie (animated), Paramount, 2002
  • Chief of staff, The Singing Detective, Airborne Productions/Paramount, 2003
  • Narrator, Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property, California Newsreel,2003
  • Principal Daniels, Radio, Columbia, 2003
  • Talma Stickley, The Core (also known as Core), Paramount, 2003
  • Detective Anne Pope, The Forgotten, Columbia, 2004
  • Miss Josephine, Beauty Shop, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 2005
  • Mrs. Liston, Night Train, 2005
  • Film Producer
  • Associate producer, The Colors of Love, 1992
  • (With others) Down in the Delta, Miramax, 1998
  • Executive producer, Brown Sugar, 1998
  • Stage Appearances
  • Understudy, Me and Bessie (musical), Ambassador Theatre, New YorkCity, 1975, then Edison Theatre, New York City, 1975-1976
  • Terry, So Nice, They Named It Twice, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Other Stage, New York City, 1976
  • for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, and Huntington Theatre, both Los Angeles, 1977
  • "Precious Blood," Two by South, Los Angeles Actors Theatre, Los Angeles, 1981, then at St. Clement's Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Elaine Le Fanu, A Map of the World, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Paulina, A Winter's Tale, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Anspacher Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • Josephine Nicholas Ark Trip, Drowning Crow, Manhattan Theatre Club, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 2004
  • Made stage debut in Horatio and Saved, Arena Stage, Washington, DC; appeared as Melissa Gardner in a production of Love Letters;also appeared in Bugs Guns, A Christmas Carol, Leander Stillwell, Split Second, and Vlast.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured in for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, Australian cities.
  • Stage Work
  • Executive producer, East Texas Hot Links, Los Angeles production,early 1990s
  • Internet Appearances
  • Miniseries
  • Dana Franklin, "Kindred," Seeing Ear Theatre, Sci-Fi Channel, 2001
  • RECORDINGS
  • Audiobooks
  • Narrator, Rama II, by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee, Bantam, 1990

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 9, Gale, 1995
    Periodicals
    • Entertainment Weekly, February 1, 1999, p. 128
    • Essence, May, 1994, p. 70
    • Harper's Bazaar, May, 1994, p. 82
    • Jet, September 6, 1993, p. 58; February 24, 1997, p. 58; September29, 1997, p. 63; December 8, 1997, p. 62; February 9, 1998, p. 36; January 11, 1999, p. 62; May 24, 1999, p. 41
    • Movieline, May, 1994
    • People Weekly, February 17, 1997, p. 16
    • Starlog, January, 1997
    • Star Trek Communicator, May, 1997, pp. 20-22
    • Variety, February 17, 1997, p. 49
    Electronic
    • Playbill Online, http://www.playbill.com, February 26, 2004
    • Theatermania.com, http://www.theatermania.com, February 17, 2004

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