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Also Known As: Charlaine Woodard Died:
Born: December 29, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Albany, New York, USA Profession: playwright, actor

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With her wiry, some might say bony, body, and sparkling smile, Charlayne Woodard was a marked contrast to fleshy Nell Carter and Armelia McQueen when the three women starred together on Broadway in "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1977-78). At first, Carter got most of the applause--and the Tony Award to take home--but after more than a decade of celebrated theatre work, Woodard began to make a name for herself in TV and motion pictures, often in key supporting roles. Intermittently in her early career she sometimes used the birth spelling of her name, "Charlaine".

With her wiry, some might say bony, body, and sparkling smile, Charlayne Woodard was a marked contrast to fleshy Nell Carter and Armelia McQueen when the three women starred together on Broadway in "Ain't Misbehavin'" (1977-78). At first, Carter got most of the applause--and the Tony Award to take home--but after more than a decade of celebrated theatre work, Woodard began to make a name for herself in TV and motion pictures, often in key supporting roles. Intermittently in her early career she sometimes used the birth spelling of her name, "Charlaine".

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Lackawanna Blues (2005) Cast
2.
 DC Sniper: 21 Days of Terror (2003) Mildred
4.
 Sunshine State (2002) Loretta
5.
 Unbreakable (2000) Elijah'S Mother
6.
 Million Dollar Hotel, The (2000) Jean Swift
7.
 Around the Fire (1998)
8.
 Touched By Evil (1997) Adrienne Duvall
9.
 Eye for An Eye (1996) Angel Kosinsky
10.
 Crucible, The (1996) Tituba
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1977:
Broadway debut, "Ain't Misbehavin'"
1978:
TV debut, "Cindy"
1979:
Film debut, bit, "Hair"
1982:
Appeared in TV version of "Ain't Misbehavin'"
1991:
Cast as a regular on the NBC daytime drama "Days of Our Lives"
1991:
Co-starred opposite Michael Keaton, "One Good Cop"
1992:
Wrote and starred in the autobiographical one-person play, "Pretty Fire"
1994:
Co-starred in "Buffalo Girls" miniseries
:
Wrote and performed in "Next", a sequel to "Pretty Fire"
1996:
Cast in the pilot of the UPN sitcom "Goode Behavior"; succeded in role by Alex Datcher when series was picked up
2000:
Cast as Samuel L Jackson's mother in "Unbreakable"
2000:
Starred in one-woman show "In Real Life", a second sequel to "Pretty Fire" performed at Seattle Repertory Theater; reprised show in 2001 in L.A.
2002:
Co-starred with John Glover and Judith Light in the Off-Broadway staging of "Sorrows & Rejoicings"
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Education

The Goodman School of Drama: Chicago , Illinois - 1977

Notes

"One thing I've never done is that thing of saying that because I'm black, this is not given to me. I always feel that my being an African American woman is an asset and that's what I take into my meetings."--Charlayne Woodard in Los Angeles Times, August 21, 1994.

"I will never stop doing theatre, never. The new challenge is, 'Can I make a living in film and television?' It's a different animal altogether and I've stopped beating that animal. You've got to get on it and ride it." --Charlayne Woodard in Los Angeles Times, August 21, 1994.

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husband:
Alan Michael Harris. Attorney, screenwriter. Married at Big Sur ceremony, 1991; first date was to their high school senior prom.

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