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ALFRE WOODARD (Ms. Josephine) recently starred in The Forgotten, Radio, The Core, The Singing Detective, Showtime's Holiday Heart (for which she was nominated for a 2000 Best Actress Golden Globe Award), K-Pax, and Love ‘N Basketball. Other recent credits include Down in the Delta directed by Dr. Maya Angelou, Gurinder Chadha's What's Cooking, Lawrence Kasdan's Mumford and HBO's Miss Ever's Boys (for which she received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cable ACE award and her third Emmy Award for Best Actress in a television miniseries or movie). Always the versatile performer, Woodard has lent her voice to animation and recently portrayed the cheetah mother in The Wild Thornberry's Movie, as well as providing the voice of a lemur named Plio in the summer blockbuster Dinosaur. 

A four-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 NBC series Hill Street Blues. She won her second Emmy Award for her portrayal of a rape victim on the pilot of L.A. Law, and that same year she was also nominated for her role in the John Sayles' telefilm Unnatural Causes. Most recently Woodard received a 2003 Emmy win for her guest-starring role in 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. Elswhere, 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.

Woodard also starred in the ensemble film How to Make an American Quilt and Spike Lee's family drama Crooklyn. She also starred in the USA Cable telefilm The Member of the Wedding which aired in January 1997, and was previously seen onscreen with a starring role in Star Trek: First Contact and in the thriller Primal Fear. She co-starred in the NBC-TV 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 Passion Fish, Bopha!, Rich in Love, Blue Chips, and Hearts and Souls. Woodard's additional film credits include Grand Canyon, the comedy Scrooged, Miss Firecracker, and Robert Altman's Health. She made her motion picture debut in Remember My Name.

Always drawn to the theater, she numbers among her stage credits Broadway's "Drowning Crow,” the New York Shakespeare Festival production of David Hare's "Map of the World,” and the 1989 production of "A Winter's Tale.” The actress has also starred in "A Christmas Carol,” "Leander Stillwell,” "Horatio,” "Saved,” "Me and Bessie,” and "Split Second.” She also appeared in the long running Los Angeles production of "Love Letters” as well as executive produced "East Texas Hot Links.”

Alfre currently resides in Santa Monica with her husband and two children.

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