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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 31, 1977 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actress

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Though she had her start in the indie film world, actress Kerry Washington scored her first big breakthrough role as a street-smart mom in the surprise mainstream hit, "Save the Last Dance" (2001). Seemingly emerging out of the blue, Washington actually paid her dues on the stage and in a number of small films before her breakout performance, which paved the way for another acclaimed turned in "The United States of Leland" (2003). But it was her high-profile performance as Ray Charles' loyal second wife opposite Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx in "Ray" (2004) that turned her into a major star. Also at the time, she was the lead in Spike Lee's "She Hate Me" (2004) and achieved blockbuster status as Alicia Masters in "The Fantastic Four" (2005) and "The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" (2007). Balancing major studio films with smaller acclaimed dramas, she delivered a strong performance as Idi Amin's out-of-favor wife in "The Last King of Scotland" (2006) and shined in the ensemble drama "Mother and Child" (2010) and Quentin Tarantino's Western "Django Unchained" (2012). While she made a number of appearances on television, Washington was never the star of a series until "Scandal" (ABC, 2012- ), a...

Though she had her start in the indie film world, actress Kerry Washington scored her first big breakthrough role as a street-smart mom in the surprise mainstream hit, "Save the Last Dance" (2001). Seemingly emerging out of the blue, Washington actually paid her dues on the stage and in a number of small films before her breakout performance, which paved the way for another acclaimed turned in "The United States of Leland" (2003). But it was her high-profile performance as Ray Charles' loyal second wife opposite Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx in "Ray" (2004) that turned her into a major star. Also at the time, she was the lead in Spike Lee's "She Hate Me" (2004) and achieved blockbuster status as Alicia Masters in "The Fantastic Four" (2005) and "The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" (2007). Balancing major studio films with smaller acclaimed dramas, she delivered a strong performance as Idi Amin's out-of-favor wife in "The Last King of Scotland" (2006) and shined in the ensemble drama "Mother and Child" (2010) and Quentin Tarantino's Western "Django Unchained" (2012). While she made a number of appearances on television, Washington was never the star of a series until "Scandal" (ABC, 2012- ), a red-hot drama where she played a fictional version of real-life crisis manager Judy Smith. Whether on the big or small screen, the highly ambitious Washington excelled in a variety of roles and became a favorite performer of numerous directors.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Details, The (2011)
2.
 Night Catches Us (2010)
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 Mother and Child (2009)
5.
 Poliwood (2009)
7.
 Bury Me Standing (2008)
8.
 Lakeview Terrace (2008)
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1994:
Made her screen debut in the ABC telefilm "Magical Make-Over"
1996:
Cast in the PBS educational series "Standard Deviants"
2000:
Appeared in the film "Our Song"
2001:
Landed major supporting role in romantic drama "Save the Last Dance"
2001:
Played an accomplished shoplifter in the indie feature "Lift"
2002:
Cast in support of Anthony Hopkins and Chris Rock in "Bad Company"
2003:
Again played a supporting role opposite Anthony Hopkins in the "Human Stain"
2003:
Joined an ensemble cast including Ryan Gosling, Don Cheadle and Kevin Spacey in "The United States of Leland"
2004:
Cast opposite Anthony Mackie in the Spike Lee comedy "She Hate Me"
2004:
Portrayed Della Charles opposite Jamie Foxx as the title character in Taylor Hackford's biopic "Ray"
2005:
Cast in the recurring role of Chelina Hall, a new associate on the ABC series "Boston Legal"
2005:
Appeared in a supporting role opposite Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in Doug Liman's "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"
2005:
Had a supporting role in the Marvel Comics feature "Fantastic Four"
2006:
Played a wife of 1970s Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the historical drama "The Last King of Scotland"
2007:
Reprised role for the superhero sequel "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"
2008:
Played an interracial couple (with Patrick Wilson) being harassed by a racist cop in Neil LaBute's "Lakeview Terrace"
2008:
Again directed by Spike Lee in "Miracle at St. Anna"
2009:
Made her Broadway debut in David Mamet¿s "Race"
2010:
Co-starred in Rodrigo García's independent feature "Mother and Child"
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"
2010:
Reteamed with Anthony Mackie in drama "Night Catches Us"
2012:
Appeared opposite Eddie Murphy in the comedy-drama "A Thousand Words"
2012:
Starred as the leader of a crisis management team on ABC's "Scandal"; character was inspired by real-life crisis consultant and former White House Press secretary Judy Smith
2012:
Played title character's wife Broomhilda opposite Jamie Foxx in "Django Unchained," a Western drama set in Mississippi; film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
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Education

Spence School: New York , New York - 1994
George Washington University: Washington , Washington D.C. - 1998

Notes

"She's a wonderful talent. She stacks up against anybody."---Spike Lee on Washington, her director in "She Hate Me" People, August 2, 2004.

"I think part of what draws me to acting is that from a young age I've been aware of the different dynamics between people, of how socioeconomics affect behavior, or geography or education, from a real social-sciences perspective. So I didn't come to this work to do just one thing. I want to do it all. It's important I do work I can feel good about. As actors, we're always trying to break out of whatever box we're in, and I'd rather be breaking out of the respected actor box than the video ho box."---Washington to The Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2004.

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David Moscow. Actor.

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