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Alfre Woodard recently wrapped production on Hallmark Hall of Fame TV movie Pictures Of Hollis Woods, costarring Sissy Spacek. She recently starred along side Antonio Banderas in New Line's Take The Lead and played Betty Applewhite on the ABC drama Desperate Housewives. Additional recent credits include Something New, the Hallmark hall of Fame presentation of The Water Is Wide, Beauty Shop opposite Queen Latifah, The Forgotten with Julianne Moore, Radio with Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris and Deborah Winger, The Core, The Singing Detective with Mel Gibson and Robert Downey Jr., and Universal's K-Pax opposite Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges. Other credits include Showtime's Holiday Heart (for which she was nominated for a 2000 Best Actress Golden Globe Award), New Line Cinema's Love 'N Basketball, a Wesley Snipes' production of Down In The Delta directed by Dr. Maya Angelou, Gurinder Chadha's What's Cooking, and Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford. Always versatile, she has lent her voice to animation, portraying the cheetah mother in Paramount/Nickelodeon's feature The Wild Thornberrys Movie as well as a lemur named Plio in the summer blockbuster Dinosaur.
A four-time Emmy Award winner, Ms. Woodard was first honored in 1984 for her performance as the grieving mother of a child killed by a police officer in the acclaimed NBC series Hill Street Blues. She won her second Emmy Award for her portrayal of a rape victim on the pilot for L.A. Law. The same year she was nominated for her role in the John Sayles' telefilm, Unnatural Causes. Her third Emmy earned was for Best Actress in a television mini-series or movie in HBO's Miss Ever's Boys (for which she also received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a cable Ace Award). Most recently, she received an Emmy in 2003 for her guest-starring role on The Practice. Previous nominations include two in consecutive years for the PBS production Words By Heart and for her continuing role on the popular series St. Elsewhere. She was nominated in 1988, again for St. Elsewhere and in 1990 for the Disney Channel telefilm, A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story. In addition, she was honored with an ACE Award for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in the HBO presentation Mandela, starring Danny Glover.
Alfre Woodard starred in the ensemble film How To Make An American Quilt and Spike Lee's family drama, Crooklyn. She starred in the USA Cable telefilm The Member Of The Wedding that aired in January 1997. She had a starring role in the Paramount Pictures production of Star Trek: First Contact and in the thriller Primal Fear opposite Richard Gere. She co-starred in the NBC-TV adaptation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Her starring performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of August Wilson's play The Piano Lesson earned her a Best Actress Award from the Screen Actors Guild and an Emmy Award nomination. In 1984 she was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in Martin Ritt's Cross Creek.
Ms. Woodard's other starring film projects include John Sayles' Passion Fish, Morgan Freeman's South African drama Bopha! also starring Danny Glover, Bruce Beresford's Rich In Love, William Freidkin's Blue Chips and Ron Underwood's comedy Heart And Souls. Her additional film credits include Lawrence Kasdan's Grand Canyon, the comedy Scrooged, Miss Firecracker opposite Holly Hunter and Tim Robbins and Robert Altman's Health. She made her motion picture debut in Alan Rudolph's Remember My Name.
Always drawn to the theater, Alfre Woodard numbers among her stage credits Broadway's Drowning Crow, The 1985 New York Shakespeare Festival Production of David Hare's Map Of The World and the 1989 production of A Winter's Tale. The actress also starred in A Christmas Carol and Leander Stillwell at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Horatio and Edward Bond's Saved at the Arena Stage in Washington D. C., Me And Bessie on Broadway and at San Francisco's ACT, and Split Second at the Mayfair Music Hall. She also appeared in the long running Los Angeles production of Love Letters as well as executive produced East Texas Hot Links at the Met Theater.
Alfre Woodard will begin filming Bury Me Standing, directed by Caran Hartsfield, in the fall of 2008.