Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard

Life Story

Charlayne Woodard was born on December 29, 1953 in Albany, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Unbreakable (2000), The Crucible (1996) and Hair (1979). She has been married to Alan Michael Harris since 1991.


Alan Michael Harris (1991 - present)


No relation of Alfre Woodard.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1978 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for "Ain't Misbehavin'," a performance she recreated in the television version with the same title, Ain't Misbehavin' (1982).
Married to Alan Harris, a lawyer dealing with intellectual property. The couple has no children.
Trained at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and is a member of The Actor's Studio.
Her third solo play, "In Real Life", was commissioned by Center Theatre Group of Los Angeles and Seattle Repertory Theatre, and was developed at the Sundance Theatre Lab. "In Real Life" was produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, where Ms. Woodard was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for best solo performance; Seattle Repertory Theatre; and the Mark Taper Forum, where the play received an Audelco award, Backstage West Garland award, and NAACP awards for best playwright and actor.
Her second solo play, "Neat", was developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre. Produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, it received the Irving and Blanche Laurie Theatre Vision Award and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination; Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.
Her first solo play, "Pretty Fire", was produced at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, Manhattan Theatre Club, Seattle Repertory Theatre and LaJolla Playhouse. It received LA Drama Critics and NAACP awards for best play and best playwright.

Personal Quotes 

I have been doing other people's plays all my life, and even though I've been doing solo plays, that was just so other people could see that I could be the lead in their plays. When I first wrote "Pretty Fire" it was just so I could get a job in a play where I didn't have to sing.
I'm the queen of the self help section. I'm the only actress I know who has not been on the therapist's couch. Because I'm too cheap!
My life has never been easy. I can't think of one play I have done that was a piece of cake.


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