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ALFRE WOODARD (DR. CLAUDIA VILLARS) has starred in Gurinder Chadha's What's Cooking?, Love 'n Basketball; Lawrence Kasdan's film Mum ford and the Wesley Snipes production of Down in the Delta, directed by Dr. Maya Angelou. She provided the voice of a lemur named Pilo in last summer's Dinosaur and narrates the upcoming animated John Henry.

Woodard received four acting awards for her performance in the HBO production of Miss Evers' Boys, including a Golden Globe Award, a Cable ACE Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy Award® for Best Actress in a television mini-series or movie. She recently received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance in Showtime's Holiday Heart. She starred in the telefilm, The Member of the Wedding, and was previously seen on screen with a starring role in Star Trek: First Contact and in the thriller Primal Fear, opposite Richard Gere.

Woodard also starred in the ensemble film, How to Make an American Quilt, and Spike Lee's family drama, Crooklyn. She co-starred in the television adaptation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. Woodard's 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, Woodard received an Academy Award® nomination for her performance in Martin Ritt's Cross Creek.

Her other starring film projects include John Sayles' Passion Fish; Morgan Freeman's South African drama, Bopha!, also starring Danny Glover, and Ron Underwood's comedy, Hearts and Souls. Woodard's other film credits include Grand Canyon, Scrooged, Miss Firecracker and Robert Altman's Health. She made her motion picture debut in Alan Rudolph's Remember My Name.

A three-time Emmy Award® winner, Woodard was first honored in 1984 for her performance as the grieving mother of a child killed by a police officer on the acclaimed television series Hill Street Blues. Her second and third Emmy® nominations followed in consecutive years for the PBS production Words By Heart and for her continuing role on the popular series, St. Elsewhere.

She won her second Emmy Award® for her portrayal of a rape victim on the pilot of L.A. Law; that same year, she was nominated for her role in the John Sayles'telefilm, Unnatural Causes.Woodard's more recent Emmy® nominations were in 1988, again for St. Elsewhere, and in 1990 for the longform production of A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story. She was also honored with an ACE Award for her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in the HBO presentation, Mandela, starring Danny Glover.

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