#Muse40for40: Alfre Woodard (2002)

We’re counting down the 40 days to NYWIFT’s 40th Anniversary Muse Awards with a look at some of our favorite honorees, all women of vision and achievement who have contributed to the film and television industry. Join us as we look back at #Muse40for40, and buy your tickets for the Muse Awards on Tuesday, December 10th at nywift.org/muse!

#5: Alfre Woodard

By Natascha Bodemann

Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and four-time Emmy Award winner, Oklahoma-born Alfre Woodard had her breakthrough role in 1977 in the legendary off-Broadway play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

Ms. Woodard’s illustrious career includes performances in Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon, John Sayles’ Passion Fish, Spike Lee’s Crooklyn, Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Love and Basketball, Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys, Maya Angelou’s Down in the Delta, the ABC drama Desperate Housewives, HBO’s True Blood, and more recently Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Marvel’s Captain America, and Jon Favreau’s The Lion King. Upcoming roles include the Apple+ series See, and a starring role in Juanita, a film she has executive produced.

Woodard received an Oscar nomination for her role in the 1983 drama Cross Creek and won a Golden Globe Award for her performance in Miss Evers’ Boys, as well as primetime Emmy Awards for her work in Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Miss Evers’ Boys, and The Practice.

A longtime activist, Woodard cofounded Artists for a New South Africa, and was nominated by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, where she adopted several high poverty and underperforming public schools around the country.

“When I came to L.A. people told me there were no film roles for black actors…I’m not a fool. I know that. But I was always confident that I knew my craft.”


Natascha Bodemann

Natascha Bodemann Natascha Bodemann’s career has spanned production and promotion for film, television, and the arts. She co-produced the American independent film "Please Be Normal," an acclaimed psychological drama by Haik Kocharian starring Sam Waterston opposite his daughter Elisabeth Waterston and son-in-law Louis Cancelmi that was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. She has also produced and developed reality and documentary series for Bravo, TLC, and Discovery among other networks, as well as national television news. She recently completed her first screenplay, that she is currently in the process developing and producing. She has worked as Director of Public Relations for the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City, and as a publicist for foreign and independent films in the United States, representing a diverse roster of clients. Natascha began her career in film at The French Film Office / UniFrance USA, a French government office for the promotion of French cinema in the United States. There she directed publicity and communications, acted as a liaison between the French and American film industries, and produced Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, the popular annual festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater.

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