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Alfre Woodard

DOB: November 8, 1952

Background: Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, studying drama at Boston University.

Filmography: Woodard's celebrated career on screen includes notable film credits such as her Academy Award-nominated role in "Cross Creek" (1984), as well as roles in "Passion Fish" (1992), "Heart and Souls" (1994), "How to Make an American Quilt" (1996), "Star Trek; First Contact" (1997) and "Down in the Delta" (1999). Her numerous television credits include "Hill Street Blues" (1983), "St Elsewhere" (1985 & 1988), "The Piano Lesson" (1995), "Miss Evers' Boys" (1997), "Desperate Housewives" (2005-2006), and guest appearances on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1998), "The Practice" (2003), and "True Blood" (2010).

Academy Awards:

Best Supporting Actress Nomination
"Cross Creek" (1984); lost to Linda Hunt ("The Year of Living Dangerously")

Emmy Awards: Wins - Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Miss Evers' Boys," 1997); Best Drama Supporting Actress ("Hill Street Blues," 1984); Best Drama Guest Actress ("The Practice," 2003); Best Drama Guest Actress ("L.A. Law," 1987)

Best Drama Actress Nomination
"St Elsewhere" (1986); lost to Sharon Gless ("Cagney and Lacey")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress Nominations
"The Piano Lesson" (1995); lost to Glenn Close ("Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story")
"A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story" (1990); lost to Barbara Hershey ("A Killing in a Small Town")
"Unnatural Causes" (1987); lost to Gena Rowlands ("The Betty Ford Story")

Best Comedy Supporting Actress Nomination
"Desperate Housewives" (2006); lost to Megan Mullally ("Will and Grace")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Supporting Actress Nominations
"Steel Magnolias" (2013); lost to Ellen Burstyn ("Political Animals")
"Pictures of Hollis Woods" (2008); lost to Eileen Atkins ("Cranford")
"The Water is Wide" (2006); lost to Kelly Macdonald ("The Girl in the Cafe")
"Gulliver's Travels" (1996); lost to Greta Scacchi ("Rasputin")
"Words By Heart" (1985); lost to Kim Stanley ("Cat on a Hot Tin Roof")

Best Drama Guest Actress Nominations
"True Blood" (2011) - episode "Everything is Broken"; lost to Loretta Devine ("Grey's Anatomy")
"Homicide: Life on the Street" (1998); lost to Cloris Leachman ("Promised Land")
"St Elsewhere" (1988); lost to Shirley Knight ("thirtysomething")

Golden Globes: Win - Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Miss Evers' Boys," 1997)

Best Film Supporting Actress Nomination
"Passion Fish" (1993); lost to Joan Plowright ("Enchanted April")

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress Nomination
"Holiday Heart" (2001); lost to Judi Dench ("The Last of the Blonde Bombshells")

SAG Awards: Wins - Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("Miss Evers' Boys," 1997); Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress ("The Piano Lesson," 1995); Best TV Comedy Ensemble ("Desperate Housewives," 2006)

Best Film Ensemble Nominations
"12 Years a Slave" (2014); lost to "American Hustle"
"How to Make an American Quilt" (1996); lost to "Apollo 13"

Best TV Comedy Ensemble Nomination
"Desperate Housewives" (2007); lost to "The Office"

Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress Nomination
"Steel Magnolias" (2013); lost to Julianne Moore ("Game Change")

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