Easily one of my favorite actresses. Easily. If not for the fact that the studio behind Passion Fish decided that she should be slotted in Supporting Actress (rather than split the vote with Mary McDonnell in Lead Actress), she'd have her Oscar by now. In fact, I don't know how it is that Marisa Tomei got a nomination ahead of Woodard, but what can I do at this point. She was nominated for an Oscar back in 1983 for Cross Creek, and has won 4 of her 15 Emmy nominations.
Here's a scene from Passion Fish--it's not her best moments, but I had so much fun watching this is isolation (Woodard's best stuff in this scene is early on) that I am including it. If you haven't seen it, do. It's great. Woodard is a woman who's overcome addiction and needs a job as a nurse to restart her life and get custody of her daughter; McDonnell is a recently paralyzed soap opera actress who's going through caretakers like "a bitch on wheels." And it's John Sayles at his best: honest, intelligent, and human.
She's recently been part of the fun on Wisteria Lane (that is a problem house, isn't it).
She's good in Spike Lee's Crooklyn, but I remember liking Delroy Lindo and the soundtrack most.
She's in the new American Violet, which I need to add to my wish list.
Here she is on Celebrity Millionaire from a few years ago. She did pretty well.
Happy birthday dude! Rock on! You'll get that Oscar soon (eventually)!