Kerry Washington




Born: 31/01/1977 (40 yo)
Birth place: The Bronx, New York (USA)

Citizenship : USA

Occupation : Actress



Summary


Kerry Washington is an American actress, director and narrator. As of 2013, Washington is the lead actress in the ABC drama Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes series in which Washington plays Olivia Pope, a former crisis management expert to the President. Her role earned her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination in 2013.

Washington is known for her roles as Ray Charles's wife, Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray (2004), as Idi Amin's wife Kay in The Last King of Scotland (2006), as Alicia Masters, love interest of Ben Grimm/The Thing in the live-action Fantastic Four films of 2005 and 2007, and as Brünhilda von Schaft, Django's wife, in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained (2012). Washington has also starred in the critically acclaimed independent films Our Song (2000), The Dead Girl (2006), and Night Catches Us (2010). Her other films include Save the Last Dance (2001), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Little Man (2006), and For Colored Girls (2010)



Biography


Washington was born in The Bronx, New York City, the daughter of Valerie, a professor and educational consultant, and Earl Washington, a real estate broker. Her father's family is African American, from South Carolina and Brooklyn, and her mother's family are Jamaican American, from Manhattan; Washington has said that her mother is from a "mixed-race background but from Jamaica, so she is partly English and Scottish and native American, but also descended from African slaves in the Caribbean".

Washington performed with the TADA! Youth Theater teen group and attended the Spence School in Manhattan, graduating in 1994. She attended The George Washington University, graduating in 1998 Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in anthropology and sociology. She also studied at Michael Howard Studios in New York City.

Career

Washington made her screen debut in the ABC telefilm Magical Make-Over (1994). She was in the cast of the 1996 PBS sketch comedy-style educational series Standard Deviants, and she appeared in the short "3D" and the feature film Our Song in 2000. She went on to appear in several movies, including Save the Last Dance (2001), The Human Stain (2003).

Her career really took off in 2004 where she took on several major movie roles in films such as Bad Company starring Chris Rock and Anthony Hopkins, Spike Lee's She Hate Me (2004) where she received strong reviews for her performance, Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Little Man (2006), I Think I Love My Wife (2007), and as a wife of 1970s Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the UK historical drama The Last King of Scotland (2006). Washington has also appeared in the recurring role of Chelina Hall on the ABC television series Boston Legal, and in several episodes of the A&E cable-TV series 100 Centre Street.

She is a spokesperson for L'Oréal, appearing in commercials and ads alongside fellow actresses, Scarlett Johansson and Eva Longoria, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Dian Sastrowardoyo, Aishwarya Rai, Maya Karin and model Doutzen Kroes.

Washington co-directed and appeared in the music video for hip-hop artist Common's song, "I Want You", the fourth single from his album Finding Forever. Washington narrated the critically acclaimed documentary about the New Orleans-based teenage TBC Brass Band, From the Mouthpiece on Back. She also appears in Maxwell's "Bad Habits" video. In 2009 Washington performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

In 2010, she made her Broadway debut in David Mamet's Race, alongside James Spader, David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas. She also appeared in Tyler Perry's 2010 film For Colored Girls. In October 2011, it was confirmed that she would star in Quentin Tarantino's film Django Unchained, which was released in 2012 and received universal critical acclaim. She was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals. In 2013, Washington ranked No. 2 on People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful people.

Scandal

Since April 2012, Washington has starred in the ABC drama series Scandal, created by Shonda Rimes, as Olivia Pope, a crisis manager who runs her own crisis management firm called Pope & Associates in Washington, D.C.. The show has been a commercial and critical success, and has been called one of the most talked about drama series on Twitter by Buzzfeed.

Its success has also drawn attention to racial questions in television, as Washington is the first African-American actress to lead an American network drama series since 1974, when Teresa Graves starred in the crime drama Get Christie Love! on ABC. Tanzina Vega of The New York Times has written that Washington's casting "has prompted discussion among academics and fans of the show about whether Scandal represents a new era of post-racial television, in which cast members are ethnically diverse but are not defined by their race or ethnicity."

Washington's performance has earned positive reviews, and in 2013, she won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the 44th NAACP Image Awards and was also presented with the NAACP President's Award.[24] The same year, she was also named "Favorite actress" and Scandal "Favorite Drama" of the year at TV Guide's Magazine Fan Favorite Awards.

For her work in the second season of Scandal, Washington was nominated for an Emmy at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards becoming the first African-American woman to be nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 18 years.

In addition to Washington's acting, her costumes as Olivia Pope have attracted positive attention, prompting Vanity Fair to name the character one of The Top Ten Best-Dressed TV Characters in 2013. According to the show's costume designer, Lyn Paolo, the success of Olivia Pope's wardrobe is based on "this idea of having [her character] wear such soft, feminine colors in a man's world".

Personal life

Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow from October 2004 to March 2007. She married NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha on June 24, 2013 in Hailey, Idaho.

As a sort of souvenir or memento, she usually tries to keep something from every character that she plays, such as an item of wardrobe or a piece of furniture from the house the character lived in.

On May 19, 2013, she was the commencement speaker for her alma mater, the George Washington University. Before giving her commencement address she was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts.

Activism

In 2007, Washington and other celebrities joined for the 2007 Lee National Denim Day, supporting the Women’s Cancer Programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.[36] She is a member of the Creative Coalition; which is a board of actors, writers, musicians, and producers that explore issues that are forefront of national discourse. She is also a member of V-Day, a global movement that brings awareness to violence against women and girls.

Politics

She is at times referred to as a political activist and was a supporter of Barack Obama's presidential candidacy. Washington has also spent time volunteering through the Adopt-a-Classroom program in New York as well as with Co-Op America, now known as Green America. Washington also spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.



Websites & Social Networks


www.kerrywashington.com
twitter.com/kerrywashington
www.facebook.com/thekerrywashington


Filmography:

  • 2000      Our Song
  • 2000      3D
  • 2001      Save the Last Dance
  • 2001      Lift
  • 2002      Take the A Train
  • 2002      Bad Company
  • 2003      The United States of Leland
  • 2003      The Human Stain
  • 2003      Sin
  • 2004      Against the Ropes
  • 2004      She Hate Me
  • 2004      Ray
  • 2005      Sexual Life
  • 2005      Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • 2005      Fantastic Four
  • 2005      Wait
  • 2006      Little Man
  • 2006      The Last King of Scotland
  • 2006      The Dead Girl
  • 2007      I Think I Love My Wife
  • 2007      Put It in a Book
  • 2007      Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
  • 2008      Woman in Burka
  • 2008      Miracle at St. Anna
  • 2008      Lakeview Terrace
  • 2009      Life Is Hot in Cracktown
  • 2009      Mother and Child
  • 2010      Night Catches Us
  • 2010      For Colored Girls
  • 2011      The Details
  • 2012      A Thousand Words
  • 2012      Django Unchained
  • 2013      Tyler Perry Presents Peeples

Serie TV:

  • 1994      ABC Afterschool Special
  • 1996      Standard Deviants
  • 2001      NYPD Blue
  • 2001      Deadline
  • 2001      Law & Order
  • 2001      100 Centre Street
  • 2002      The Guardian
  • 2004      Wonderfalls
  • 2004      Strip Search
  • 2005–06 Boston Legal
  • 2008      Psych
  • 2010      Black Panther
  • 2012–present   Scandal
  • 2013      Jimmy Kimmel Live

 

Awards won:

  • 2011 - Black Reel Awards  - Outstanding Actress for Night Catches Us
  • 2011 - Black Reel Awards  - Outstanding Ensemble  for Colored Girls
  • 2005 - Image Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Series for Ray
  • 2013 - Image Awards - Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for Scandal
  • 2013 - Image Awards - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Django Unchained

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