Alfre Woodard


Alfre Woodard, Photograph. Courtesy Oklahoma Hall of Fame Archives.

Profession: Actress

Hometown: Tulsa

Inducted: 2014

Alfre Woodard is a world-renowned actor and activist. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University in 1974 and began her acting career in theatre at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, California. She has since been featured in more than fifty films and T.V. shows. Wanting to use her influence for the benefit of others, Woodard supports many charitable organizations and was appointed to the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities under President Barack Obama.

A pioneering activist and generous philanthropist, Alfre Woodard has used her platform to support health, literacy, and the arts in both the U.S. and abroad. Woodard was hired for her first film, Remember My Name, in 1978. She has received numerous awards for her acting, including a Golden Globe, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the NAACP Image award. A pioneering activist, she co-founded Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) in order to protest Apartheid, advocate for democracy, and promote education about HIV/Aids. In addition to her work with ANSA, she generously funds and supports organizations such as the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.

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