About the Series

Alfre Woodard, Narrator

Woodard received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Miniseries/Movie, an Emmy Award for Best Actress, as well as ACE and Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Actress for her performance in the 1997 HBO original movie, Miss Evers' Boys. 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 NBC series, Hill Street Blues, and later for her portrayal of a rape victim on the pilot of L.A. Law. Her starring performance in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of August Wilson's play, The Piano Lesson, was rewarded with a Best Actress Award from the Screen Actors Guild and an Emmy Award nomination. Her portrayal of Winnie Mandela in HBO's Mandela, starring Danny Glover, earned her a second ACE Award. Woodard's many feature film credits include Star Trek: First Contact; Heart and Souls; the thriller Primal Fear opposite Richard Gere; the ensemble film How to Make An American Quilt; Spike Lee's family drama, Crooklyn; Dr. Maya Angelou's Down in the Delta starring Wesley Snipes; and Passionfish, for which she received a 1998 Golden Globe Nomination for Best Actress. In 1984, she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Martin Ritt's Cross Creek. Most recently, Woodard worked with Morgan Freeman in Bopha!, his international directorial debut, and wrapped director Lawrence Kasden's Mumford.

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