Kerry Washington- Biography of American Actress
Kerry Washington- Biography of American Actress
Kerry Marisa Washington was born on January 31, 1977. She was born in the United States. She became well-known to a lot of people when she played Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert, on the ABC soap series Scandal (2012–2018). For her part, she was nominated three times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and once for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama. Her roles as Anita Hill in the 2016 HBO political thriller film Confirmation and Mia Warren in the 2020 Hulu drama Little Fires Everywhere both got her nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a drama or Movie.
In movies, Washington is known for playing Della Bea Robinson in Ray (2004), Kay in The Last King of Scotland (2006), Alicia Masters in the live-action Fantastic Four movies in 2005 and 2007, and Broomhilda von Shaft in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (2012). She has also been in the independent movies Our Song (2000), The Dead Girl (2006), Mother and Child (2009), Night Catches Us (2010), and American Son (2019).
In 2014, Time magazine put Washington on its list of the 100 most important people, called the Time 100.Forbes said in 2018 that she was the eighth highest-paid TV actor. Washington has won five NAACP Image Awards, including The President’s Award, and one Primetime Emmy Award.
Washington was born in New York City’s Bronx. Her parents, Valerie, a professor and educational adviser, and Earl, a real estate broker, raised her there. Her father’s family is African-American and came from South Carolina. They now live in Brooklyn. Her mother’s family is from Manhattan, and Washington has said that her mother is of “mixed-race background and from Jamaica, so she is partly English, Scottish, and Native American, but also descended from enslaved Africans in the Caribbean.” Colin Powell, who used to be Secretary of State of the United States, is her cousin through her mother.
Washington was in a group of teens called TADA! Youth Theater and went to the Spence School in Manhattan from the time she was young until she graduated high school in 1994. When she was 13, her parents took her to see Nelson Mandela talk at Yankee Stadium after he got out of jail. She went to George Washington University and got a Phi Beta Kappa degree with majors in both anthropology and sociology in 1998. She also went to New York City’s Michael Howard Studios to study.
In April 2016, Washington revealed that Jennifer Lopez taught her how to dance in New York in the 1990s. During her interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, she told host Jimmy Fallon, “I’ve been dancing since I was a little girl. I had a teacher named Larry Maldonado who was very encouraging. He was a role model for everyone in my Bronx neighborhood. He also had a great replacement teacher named Jennifer who taught him sometimes. But she left to move to Los Angeles and be on the TV show In Living Color. So, yes, JLo taught me how to dance.
Washington got her SAG card because she had to have one for a commercial she was in. Washington’s first movie role was in the 1994 ABC TV movie Magical Make-Over. She was in the group of the educational sketch comedy show Standard Deviants on PBS in 1996. In 2000, she was in the short film “3D” and the feature film “Our Song.” She went on to be in more movies, such as Save the Last Dance (2001) and The Human Stain (2003,) among others. In 2002, she played the love interest of Chris Rock in the spy movie Bad Company. This was a turning point in her career because it was the first time she made enough money in a year to be eligible for health insurance through SAG.
She played the major female role in Spike Lee’s She Hate Me in 2004, and her performance was praised. After 2004, she had roles in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Little Man (2006), and I Think I Love My Wife (2007). In the UK historical drama The Last King of Scotland (2006), she played the wife of Ugandan tyrant Idi Amin in the 1970s. Washington has also played Chelina Hall on the ABC show Boston Legal, and she has been in several episodes of the A&E cable show 100 Centre Street. In 2007, she co-directed and was in the music video for Common’s single “I Want You” from his album Finding Forever.20. She became a spokesperson for L’Oréal and appeared in commercials and ads with actors Scarlett Johansson and Eva Longoria, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh, Dian Sastrowardoyo, Aishwarya Rai, Maya Karin, and model Doutzen Kroes.
From the Mouthpiece on Back, a documentary about the teenagers in the TBC Brass Band in New Orleans, was introduced by Washington. She is also in the “Bad Habits” video by Maxwell. In 2009, Washington acted in The People Speak, a documentary movie based on historian Howard Zinn’s book A People’s History of the United States. The movie is a dramatic and musical retelling of letters, diaries, and talks from regular Americans.
2010–2018: Scandals and Good Reviews
In 2010, Washington made her Broadway debut in the first production of David Mamet’s play Race. She was in it with James Spader, David Alan Grier, and Richard Thomas, with whom she had worked on the TV show Boston Legal. She was also in the cast of Tyler Perry’s thriller For Colored Girls, which came out in 2010.
She was in Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 movie Django Unchained, which was widely praised by critics. In June 2012, she and 175 other people were all asked to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Washington played Olivia Pope on the Shonda Rhimes-created ABC drama series Scandal from April 2012 to April 2018. Olivia Pope is a crisis manager who runs her own company in Washington, D.C. called Olivia Pope & Associates. She worked for important people in this job, including the President of the United States, who was also her on-and-off boyfriend. The show did well in the ratings and with critics, and it was called one of the most talked about dramas on Facebook and Twitter.Washington’s performance got good reviews, and at the 44th NAACP Image Awards in 2013, she won the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series. She also got the NAACP President’s Award. In the same year, she won “Favorite Actress” and “Favorite Drama” at TV Guide’s Magazine Fan Favorite Awards. The magazine’s writers also named her “TV Star of the Year” for 2013.
For her work in the second season of Scandal, Washington was nominated for an Emmy at the 65th and 66th Primetime Emmy Awards. She was the first African-American woman to be named for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 18 years. She was also up for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series. The Boston Globe put Scandal at number 10 on its list of the “Top 10 Political TV Shows” in 2015.
Vanity Fair named Olivia Pope one of “The Top Ten Best-Dressed TV Characters” in 2013 because of both Washington’s acting and the outfits she wore as the character. Lyn Paolo, who was in charge of the show’s costumes, said that Olivia Pope’s outfits worked because “the idea was to have her wear such soft, feminine colors in a man’s world.” At the 2014 Ace Fashion Awards, Washington and Paolo got the Influencer Award for Olivia Pope’s stylish clothes on the show.
People magazine named Washington the second most beautiful person in the world in 2013. And Glamour magazine named her Woman of the Year. In the same year, she was named the new face of Neutrogena skin care and came in at No. 20 on Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid TV stars. Washington was the host of Saturday Night Live on November 2, 2013. In the cold opening sketch, she played Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey to make fun of the fact that Saturday Night Live hasn’t had any black female cast members for a long time.
Washington was the main character in Confirmation, an HBO movie about Anita Hill’s statement during Clarence Thomas’s Supreme Court nomination that was directed by Rick Famuyiwa and came out in 2016. Washington was nominated for the 68th Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her work in Confirmation. She was also nominated for the same award at the Critics’ Choice Awards that same year. At the Emmys, Confirmation was also up for the award for Outstanding Television Movie. In the same year, Washington started a production business called Simpson Street. This company has a deal with ABC Studios to make movies and TV shows.
In 2018, Washington directed her first episode of Scandal. That episode was the tenth of the seventh season. In a split between Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, she also played Olivia Pope in two episodes of How to Get Away with Murder. In April 2018, Scandal came to an end after seven seasons. In the same year, Washington played the lead role in Christopher Demos-Brown’s Broadway play American Son, about two parents who go to a police station in the middle of the night to find out what happened to their son,
2019 and on: More success and praise
In 2019, Washington was in charge of the seventh episode of Showtime’s SMILF’s second season.She then played Helen Willis on ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience, which was a remake of The Jeffersons. In the same year, she played the same character in the Netflix movie version of the Broadway play American Son, which she also helped to create. The movie had its world premiere on September 12, 2019, at the Toronto International Film Festival. It came out on November 1, 2019.
The Fight, a documentary film about the legal fights ACLU lawyers face during the Trump administration, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 30, 2020. Washington was one of the film’s executive producers. In the same year, she was an executive producer and starred in the Hulu miniseries Little Fires Everywhere with Reese Witherspoon. The series was based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 book of the same name. Insecure’s ninth episode of its fourth season on HBO was directed by Washington.
As the producer of the TV special Live in Front of a Studio Audience, she got the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) in September 2020. Washington played Mrs. Greene in the Netflix movie The Prom, which was directed by Ryan Murphy and came out in December 2020.
Washington will play Ms. Peyton, the fourth-grade teacher, on The Simpsons from 2022 on. In the movie The School for Good and Evil, based on the book by Soman Chainani, she plays Professor Clarissa Dovey.
In November 2018, Washington was set to act in and be an executive producer for Universal Pictures’ 24/7, which Eva Longoria was going to direct. She will be in the action movie Shadow Force, which will be made by Lionsgate and directed by Joe Carnahan.
Washington planned to make and star in a Netflix movie based on Diane Cardwell’s book in August 2021. Tyler Perry will direct the war drama Six Triple Eight, in which she will play a main role.
LifeFrom October 2004 to March 2007, Washington was going out with the actor David Moscow. On June 24, 2013, in Hailey, Idaho, Washington got married to NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha. They have a son and a girl.
She usually tries to keep something from each character she plays, like a piece of clothing or a piece of furniture from the character’s house, as a kind of souvenir or keepsake.
On May 19, 2013, she spoke at George Washington University, where she went to school. Before she gave her graduation speech, she was given an honors Doctor of Fine Arts.