Charlayne Woodard was born in Albany, New York on December 29, 1955. After graduating from Chicago’s Goodman School of Drama she landed a role in the original "Ain’t Misbehavin" on Broadway in 1978 for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations. Charlayne’s Off-Broadway credits include "Hang On To The Good Times," for which she received a second Drama Desk nomination; the New York Shakespeare Festival, where she played Maria in "Twelfth Night," opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and the lead in the Suzan-Lori Parks drama "In the Blood," for which she won an Obie Award and a nomination for a Drama Desk Award for Best Actress; "The Caucasian Chalk Circle," directed by George C. Wolfe, for which she received an AUDELCO nomination and "King Henry IV, Part I." Her regional theater credits include the lead role in "The Good Person of Setzuan" at La Jolla Playhouse, adapted by Tony Kushner and co-starring Lou Diamond Phillips.
Charlayne is also a writer and a member of the Actors Studio. Her first play, "Pretty Fire" won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award
and the NAACP Theatre Awards for Best Play and Best Playwright. "Pretty Fire" has enjoyed successful engagements off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC), at the Seattle Repertory Company and is published by Penguin Press. Her second play "Neat" enjoyed sold-out runs at the Manhattan Theatre Club (where it was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award), the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. "Neat" was awarded the prestigious Irving and Blanche Laurie Theatre Vision Award. Charlayne is currently writing the screenplay of "Neat" for HBO.
Charlayne’s telefilm and feature film credits include "Hair," "God Bless The Child," "Unbreakable," "The Wedding," "Run For The Dream: The Gail Devers Story," "The Crucible" and "Sunshine State."
Charlayne’s numerous television guest appearances include "Taxi," "Wiseguy," "Frasier," "Strong Medicine," "The Division," "A Different World" and "Boomtown." She had recurring roles in "Roseanne," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Sweet Justice" and she was a series regular in "Chicago Hope" and the daytime drama "Days Of Our Lives."
Charlayne is married to attorney Alan Harris.
Charlayne's film credits include the following:
- Lackawanna Blues (2005)(HBO Movie)
- D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear (2003)(USA Movie)
- Sunshine State (2002)
- Unbreakable (2000)
- The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
- Around The Fire (1999)
- The Wedding (1999)(Tv Miniseries)
- Touched By Evil (1997)(Tv Movie)
- The Crucible (1996)
- Run For The Dream: The Gail Devers Story (1996)(Showtime Movie)
- Eye For An Eye (1996)
- Buffalo Girls (1995)(Tv Movie)
- Babyfever (1994)
- Angie (1994)
- The Meteor Man (1993)
- One Good Cop (1991)
- He Said, She Said (1991)
- Twister (1990)
- Ich un Er (1988)
- God Bless The Child (1988)(Tv Movie)
- Crackers (1984)
- Hard Feelings (1982)
- Hair (1979)
- Cindy (1978)(Tv Movie)
Check out the following sites for additional information about Charlayne:
Charlayne Woodard@The Internet Movie Database
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