November 8, 1952
The Lion King (2019 film)
Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was the youngest of Marion and Constance Woodard's three children. Woodard graduated from a private Catholic school, Bishop Kelley High School, in 1970. She graduated from Boston University, where she studied drama.
Woodard's early career was in theatre. Her breakthrough role was in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf, and her film debut was in the 1978 American thriller Remember My Name.
Woodard is married to Roderick Spencer and has two adopted children, Mavis and Duncan.