Alfre Woodard

Birth Name: 
Alfre Ette Woodard
Saturday, November 8, 1952
Birth Place: 
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
5' 3½"

Alfre Ette Woodard was born on November 8, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest of three children. She was named by her godmother, who claimed she saw a vision of Alfre's name in written out in gold letters. A former high school cheerleader and track star, she got the acting bug after being persuaded to audition for a school play by a nun at her school. She went on to study acting at Boston University and enjoyed a brief stint on Broadway before moving to Los Angeles, California. She got her first break in Remember My Name (1978) which also starred Jeff Goldblum. She lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband, writer Roderick Spencer, and their two adopted children: Mavis and Duncan. She was named one of the Most Beautiful People in America by People Magazine.

Awards and Nominations

1983 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Cross Creek)


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