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Alfre Woodard

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5 episodes (see below)
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Biographical Information
Date of birth
November 8, 1952 (1952-11-08) (age 64)
Date of death
Place of birth
Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Place of death
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Alfre Woodard, born November 8, 1952 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an American actress who plays the role of Ruby Jean Reynolds on the HBO original series True Blood.  Making her debut on the episode "Beautifully Broken" in the series' third season, Alfre plays the role of a medium, series' regular Lafayette Reynolds' mother, and Tara Thornton's aunt. A recurring special guest starring actress through the series' third and fifth seasons, she lives in a convalescent home, and was last seen in the Season 5 episode "Hopeless".


Woodard was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Constance, a homemaker, and Marion H. Woodard, an entrepreneur and interior designer.

Woodard attended Bishop Kelley High School, a private Catholic school in Tulsa. She studied Drama at Boston University from which she graduated.



  • Captain America: Civil War (2016)
  • Steel Magnolias (2012)
  • Tyler Perry's The Family that Preys (2008)
  • American Violet (2008)
  • Take the Lead (2006)
  • Beauty Shop (2005)
  • Radio (2003)
  • Love & Basketball (2000)


  • Luke Cage (2016)
  • Memphis Beat (2010)
  • True Blood (2010, 2012)
  • Three Rivers (2009–2010)
  • My Own Worst Enemy (2008)
  • Desperate Housewives (2005–2006)


  • Nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series


Season three appearances
"Bad Blood" "Beautifully Broken" "It Hurts Me Too" "9 Crimes"
"Trouble" "I Got a Right to Sing the Blues" "Hitting the Ground" "Night on the Sun"
"Everything Is Broken" "I Smell a Rat" "Fresh Blood" "Evil is Going On"
Season five appearances
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" "Authority Always Wins" "Whatever I Am, You Made Me" "We’ll Meet Again"
"Let's Boot and Rally" "Hopeless" "In the Beginning" "Somebody That I Used to Know"
"Everybody Wants to Rule the World" "Gone, Gone, Gone" "Finally" "Save Yourself"

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