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Alfre Woodard


Starring Roles

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995) - Winoome Bear

Sara (1985) - Rozalyn Dupree

Tucker's Witch (1982) - Marcia Fulbright

Guest Starring Roles

Static Shock - Jean Hawkins - Flashback (2003)

The Practice - Denise Freeman - Final Judgment (2) (2003)

The Practice - Denise Freeman - Down The Hatch (1) (2003)

The Wild Thornberrys - Akela (Cheetah Mother) - The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

Dennis Miller Live - Herself - Al Gore (2001)

Homicide: Life on the Street - Dr. Roxanne Turner - Mercy (1998)

Hallmark Hall Of Fame - Berniece - The Piano Lesson (1995)

Frasier - Voice of Edna - The Botched Language of Cranes (1994)

Disneyland - Jessica Filley - Blue Bayou (1990)

St. Elsewhere - Dr. Roxanne Turner - The Abby Singer Show (1988)

L.A. Law - Adrianne Moore - Pilot (1) (1986)

L.A. Law - Adrianne Moore - Pilot (2) (1986)

Faerie Tale Theatre - princess lovina - Puss 'n Boots (1985)

Hill Street Blues - Doris Robson - Goodbye, Mr. Scripps (1983)

Hill Street Blues - Doris Robson - Praise Dilaudid (1983)

Hill Street Blues - Doris Robson - Doris in Wonderland (1983)

American Playhouse - - For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf (1982)

The White Shadow - Sandra Wilcox - Reunion (1) (1980)

The White Shadow - Sandra Wilcox - Reunion (1) (1980)

Adventures from the Book of Virtues - Harriet Tubman (Voice) - Faith

Star Trek: The Next Generation - Lily

Co Starring Roles

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Last Dance at the Wrecker's Ball (1987)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne Turner - Slip Sliding Away (1987)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Schwarzwald (1987)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Cold War (1987)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Not My Type (1986)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - You Beta Your Life (1986)

St. Elsewhere - Dr. Roxanne Turner - The Equalizer (1986)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Black's Magic (1986)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Watch the Skies (1985)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Close Encounters (1985)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Lost and Found in Space (1985)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Slice O'Life (1985)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - The Naked and the Dead (1985)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne - Haunted (1985)

St. Elsewhere - Roxanne Turner - Fathers and Sons (1985)

St. Elsewhere - Dr. Roxanne Turner - Remembrance of Things Past (1985)

Movie/Mini-Series/Special Roles

Beauty Shop (2005) - Miss Josephine

The Forgotten (2004) - Det. Anne Pope

Radio (2003) - Principal Daniels

The Core (2003) - Talma Stickley

Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property (2003) - Narrator

The Singing Detective (2003) - Chief of Staff

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003) - Reader

A Wrinkle in Time (2003) - Mrs. Whatsit

The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) - Akela

Baby of the Family (2002) - Rachel

Searching For Debra Winger (2002) - Herself

American Exile (2001) - Narrator

Lost Souls (2000) - Dr. Allen (Uncredited)

Dinosaur (2000) - Plio (Voice)

Eleanor Roosevelt (2000) - Narrator

Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000) - Narrator

Holiday Heart (2000) - Wanda

John Henry (2000) - Polly/Narrator (Voice)

Love and Basketball (2000) - Camille Wright

Speak Truth to Power (2000) - Various

What's Cooking (2000) - Audrey Williams

Mumford (1999) - Lily

Funny Valentines (1999) - Joyce May

The Wishing Tree (1999) - Clara

Down in the Delta (1998) - Loretta Sinclair

Follow Me Home (1997) - Evey

The Member of the Wedding (1997) - Berenice Sadie Brown

Miss Evers' Boys (1997) - Eunice Evers

Star Trek: First Contact (1996) - Lily Sloane

Primal Fear (1996) - Judge Miriam Shoat

Gulliver's Travels (1996) - Queen of Brobdingnag

Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996) - Tamara O'Neil

A Step Toward Tomorrow (1996) - Dr. Sandlin

How to Make an American Quilt (1995) - Marianna

The Piano Lesson (1995) - Berniece

Statistically Speaking (1995) -

Crooklyn (1994) - Carolyn Carmichael

Aliens for Breakfast (1994) -

Blue Chips (1994) - Lavada McRae

Countdown to Freedom: 10 Days That Changed South Africa (1994) - Narrator

Malcolm X: Make It Plain (1994) - Narrator (voice)

Race to Freedom: The Underground Railroad (1994) - Harriet Tubman

Heart and Souls (1993) - Penny Washington

Bopha! (1993) - Rosie Mangena

Rich in Love (1993) - Rhody Poole

The Gun in Betty Lou's Handbag (1992) - Attorney Ann Orkin

Passion Fish (1992) - Chantelle

Grand Canyon (1991) - Jane

Pretty Hattie's Baby (1991) -

Blue Bayou (1990) - Jessica Filley

Miss Firecracker (1989) - Popeye Jackson

A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story (1989) -

The Child Saver (1988) -

Scrooged (1988) - Grace Cooley

Mandela (1987) - Winnie Mandela

Extremities (1986) - Patricia

Unnatural causes (1986) - Maude Devictor

Go Tell it On the Mountain (1985) - Esther

The Killing Floor (1985) - Mattie

Words by Heart (1985) - Claudie

Sweet Revenge (1984) - Vicki Teague

Cross Creek (1983) - Geechee

The Ambush Murders (1982) - Kariha Ellsworth

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1982) -

HealtH (1982) - Sally Benbow

Freedom Road (1979) - Katie

Remember My Name (1978) - Rita

The Trial of the Moke (1978) -

Secrets (1977) -

The Directors: Spike Lee - Herself

Frederick Douglass: When the Lion Wrote History - Narrator

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Vaguely familiar....but I've never seen Scrooged....

Oh, I just checked out her profile on IMDB and I still don't recall seeing her anywhere, in anything....yet she looks kinda familiar.....hmmm....

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Ranster, great post of Alfre Woodard's work. She is an extremely accomplished actress.

If you google her name and click on a Yahoo! site, you will see some much more recognizable pictures. The picture that XS posted, from tvtome.com I assume, was from the role she played in "Down in the Delta", 1998. Unfortunately I could not find any others that were "postable". Copyrighted I assume.

I will look forward to seeing her on DH.

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I got the picture from TVGuide.com. It's the one they posted next to the article. I guess for people like Mango who don't recognize her name.
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Here is a better picture of her

DESPERATE Housewives" is about to get a new neighbor.


Alfre Woodard joins Teri Hatcher and Nicolette Sheridan

as a series regular on the hit "Desperate Housewives."


Alfre Woodard is joining the cast of "Desperate Houswives" as one of the newest denizens of Wisteria Lane, the first black woman to be a regular cast member.

"It's great to be breaking the color barrier, but we're all such fans of her," says co-executive producer Kevin Murphy. "She's one of the best actresses of her generation and to have her on the show is an incredible honor."

"Desperate" sources say Woodard will play a deeply religious, overbearing single mother who moves to Wisteria Lane after her son gets involved in an bad situation with a girl in their old neighborhood.

"Like all the rest of our woman," says Murphy, "there's going to be much more to her than initially meets the eye."

Woodard has a personal story very much like the some of the other, older female stars on "Desperate."

After a pistol-hot early career that won her an Emmy for the hospital series "St. Elsewhere," she has been confined to TV movies and miniseries

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  • 4 months later...
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FROM TV GUIDE: Entertainment News

END QUOTE: "I'm a grown woman. If I only went where people get along, I would be in my house all day."

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  • 1 month later...

Woodard settling into housewife life on Wisteria Lane

By Ellen Gray

If you want to know why actresses on hit shows tend to waste away, one reason is that no one leaves them alone long enough to finish eating.

That was the plight of Alfre Woodard, the latest of ABC's Desperate Housewives, at a network party this summer.

Her costars, surrounded by thickets of reporters, couldn't have snagged a passing crab cake if their lives depended on it, but Woodard, who'd found herself a seat in a slightly less loud corner of the West Hollywood club ABC had taken over that night, had at least hoped to take a stab at dinner, only to be stopped repeatedly as she patiently fielded questions about Betty Applewhite, the newest resident of Wisteria Lane.

Who, according to Woodard, is a former concert pianist with a handsome son (Mehcad Brooks), an apparently absent husband and a ''jaw-dropper'' of a secret.

Of course.

Woodard should probably stock up on vitamins and protein bars.

Because joining a certified media phenomenon like Desperate Housewives, which last season ranked just behind CBS' CSI and Fox's American Idol and returned to great expectations last Sunday, is one of those experiences that tend to leave actors a little breathless (and sometimes foodless).

Even if, like Woodard, they already have four Emmys -- enough to share with Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross, who both lost to costar Felicity Huffman at this year's Emmys -- and a body of work that speaks for itself.

Not that Woodard, who'll also appear for a few episodes of NBC's Friday-night series Inconceivable, wants to be pigeonholed as the star of Miss Evers Boys or The Member of the Wedding.

When Housewives creator Marc Cherry came calling, looking to add her to his collection of Wisteria Lane women, Woodard confessed that she hadn't seen the show.

But like Huffman, who earlier in the evening had complained of having said ''Brush your teeth!'' a ''gazillion times'' in her real life, Woodard knows from desperate housewives, or at least the occasional desperation of motherhood. ''Just because I really am a housewife and a mom, I don't get to watch television,'' said Woodard, who, like Huffman, has two children. ''Literally, you know. When your children are in school, and then they do all that stuff at the end of school, and you get home with them at 6:30, they've got homework, you feed them, you do their homework with them, then you have one hour to yourself from 10:30 to 11:30, you go to sleep after that, you've got to get up for work in the morning,'' she said.

''I don't get to watch anything . . . So I got told [about Desperate Housewives ] by all my relatives, my nieces and nephews who're between 25 and 40 . . . They all swear by it, and they watch it with friends every week. So I knew it had a grip on people that I thought were smart and interesting and funny, so that made me curious when Marc called,'' Woodard said. 'He gave me tons of DVDs so I fast-forwarded and I caught up and I called him back and said, 'OK, I'm game,' '' she said.

Some may read cultural significance into an African-American family moving on to America's most famous suburban street, but Woodard's not going there.

Asked if Betty, her character, would feel that she was moving into an all-white community, she said, "No more than I live in all-white Santa Monica. I mean, I live in a dominant culture.''

After noting that the neighborhood already has a Latino family, she added, "Wisteria Lane is a parallel universe. I don't think people should look for politics in Wisteria Lane.

"I don't think on Wisteria Lane, race is an issue for anybody. They haven't mentioned it. I think there's too much dysfunction to even get to race.''

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