Khandi Alexander

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Khandi Alexander
Khandi Alexander 2013.jpg
Alexander in 2013
Born(1957-09-04) September 4, 1957 (age 56)
New York City, New York, USA
OccupationActress, dancer, choreographer
Years active1985–present
 
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Khandi Alexander
Khandi Alexander 2013.jpg
Alexander in 2013
Born(1957-09-04) September 4, 1957 (age 56)
New York City, New York, USA
OccupationActress, dancer, choreographer
Years active1985–present

Khandi Alexander (born September 4, 1957) is an American dancer, choreographer, and actress. She is best known for the roles of Dr. Alexx Woods in the CBS police procedural series CSI: Miami, as LaDonna Batiste-Williams in HBO drama Treme, and as Catherine Duke in NBC sitcom NewsRadio. She also had a major recurring roles in NBC medical drama ER as Jackie Robbins, sister to Dr. Peter Benton, and as Maya Lewis, Olivia Pope's mother in ABC drama Scandal. Alexander also received critical acclaim for her performance in the HBO miniseries The Corner in 2000.

Early life[edit]

Khandi Alexander was born in New York City and educated at Queensborough Community College.[1] She appeared on Broadway, starring in Chicago, Bob Fosse's Dancin, and Dreamgirls.[1] She was a choreographer for Whitney Houston's world tour from 1988–1992, and also appeared as a dancer in Natalie Cole's video for "Pink Cadillac" in 1988.[2]

Career[edit]

Alexander began her acting career in the late 1980s. She made her television debut on the 1985 sketch-comedy show FTV.[1] Since the early 1990s, Alexander has concentrated on film and TV, playing supporting roles in several movies, including CB4, Joshua Tree, What's Love Got to Do with It, Poetic Justice, and Sugar Hill.

In 1995, Alexander was cast as Catherine Duke on the NBC comedy series NewsRadio. She stayed with the show until the season 4 finale. She played the recurring character of Jackie Robbins in medical drama series ER. Alexander has made a number of guest appearances on other television shows, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NYPD Blue, Third Watch, Cosby, Better off Ted, La Femme Nikita, and Body of Proof.

In 2000, Alexander won critical acclaim for her performance as Fran Boyd, a mother addicted to drugs in the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries The Corner.[3][2][4] She later appeared in the films Emmett's Mark and Dark Blue, and starred opposite Rob Lowe in the Lifetime television movie Perfect Strangers. In 2002 through 2008, she portrayed the character of Alexx Woods, a medical examiner in the CBS police drama CSI: Miami. Alexander left CSI: Miami shortly before the end of the 2007-2008 season. Her final appearance aired on May 5, 2008. On February 2, 2009, she returned to the role of Alexx Woods for a guest appearance in the episode "Smoke Gets In Your CSI's".[5] She returned again as Alexx Woods in guest appearances in the episodes "Out of Time" on September 21, 2009 and "Bad Seed" on October 19, 2009.

In fall 2008, Alexander was cast as a lead character in the HBO drama pilot, Treme, that premiered on April 11, 2010.[5] She played a bar owner in a neighborhood of New Orleans affected by the storm Katrina. She received critical acclaim for her performance in the show.[6][7] Alexander starred in the award-winning HBO television series by David Simon from 2010 to 2013.[8] The series ended after four seasons.[9] She later was cast in Shonda Rhimes's drama series Scandal as Kerry Washington's character's evil mother.[10][11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1985StreetwalkinStar
1985A Chorus LineDancer
1987Maid to OrderHooker in Jail
1993CB4Sissy
1993Joshua TreeMaralena Turner
1993Menace II SocietyKaren Lawson
1993What's Love Got to Do with ItDarlene
1993Shameful SecretsRosalieTV Movie
1993Poetic JusticeSimone
1994Sugar HillElla Skuggs
1994House Party 3Janelle
1994To My Daughter with LoveHarrietTV Movie
1994GreedyLaura
1996TerminalDr. Deborah LevyTV Movie
1996No Easy WayDiana Campbell
1998There's Something About MaryJoanie
1999Thick as ThievesJanet
1999Spawn 3: Ultimate BattleLakesha / NurseVoice
2002Fool ProofIcarus
2002Emmett's MarkDet. Middlestat
2002Dark BlueJanelle Holland
2004Perfect StrangersChristie Kaplan
2006RainLatishia Arnold
2007First BornDierdre
2013The-N-wordMs. GreeneShort film

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1985FTVVarious
1987Rags to RichesThe DelightsEpisode: "Pilot"
1988DuetNurseEpisode: "Special Delivery"
1989A Different WorldTheressa StoneEpisode: "Citizen Wayne"
1998La Femme NikitaTerryEpisode: "Soul Sacrifice"
1995-1998NewsRadioCatherine DukeSeries regular, 59 episodes
1999CosbyKarenEpisode: "The Awful Truth"
1999NYPD BlueSonyaEpisode: "What's Up, Chuck?"
1999PartnersCharlieTV pilot
2000Rude AwakeningJuanita WilsonEpisode: "Star 80 Proof"
2000The CornerDenise Francine 'Fran' BoydTV miniseries
2000Third WatchBeverly SaundersEpisode: "History"
2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSgt. Karen SmytheEpisode: "Paranoia"
1995-2001ERJackie RobbinsRecurring role, 29 episodes
2002CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDr. Alexx WoodsEpisode: "Cross Jurisdictions"
2002-2008, 2009CSI: MiamiDr. Alexx WoodsSeries regular, 145 episodes
2009Better Off TedStellaEpisode: "Battle of the Bulbs"
2012Body of ProofBeverly TraversEpisodes: "Occupational Hazards" and "Identity"
2010-2013TremeLaDonna Batiste-WilliamsSeries regular, 36 episodes
2013-2014ScandalMaya LewisRecurring role

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryWorkResult
1998NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNewsRadioNominated
2001NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialThe CornerNominated
2001Black Reel AwardsBest ActressThe CornerWon
2002NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesLaw & Order: Special Victims UnitNominated
2003DVD Exclusive AwardsBest ActressEmmett's MarkNominated
2005NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesCSI: MiamiWon
2006NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesCSI: MiamiNominated
2005NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesCSI: MiamiNominated
2011Vision AwardBest Performance - DramaTremeWon
2012NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesTremeNominated
2013NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesTremeNominated
2014NAACP Image AwardOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesTremeNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Khandi Alexander Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b Khandi Alexander- Biography
  3. ^ Fretts, Bruce (2000-12-22). "Khandi Alexander". EW.com. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  4. ^ Als, Hilton. "The Talk of the Town: The Small Screen Making “The Corner” Real". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  5. ^ a b "Exclusive: Khandi Alexander Pays CSI: Miami a Visit - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  6. ^ "Cheers & Jeers: Treme's Khandi (Alexander) is Dandy - Today's News: Our Take". TVGuide.com. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  7. ^ "'Treme': Khandi Alexander, as LaDonna Batiste-Williams, has no time for your problems - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  8. ^ Michael O'Connell, Khandi Alexander on the End of 'Treme' and Rebuilding LaDonna, The Hollywood Reporter, September 23, 2012
  9. ^ "‘Treme’ Season 4: Final episodes bring hope and struggle to New Orleans - Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  10. ^ 17 HRS (2011-11-17). "'Scandal' Casts 'Treme' Star to Play Olivia's Mother (Exclusive)". Hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  11. ^ "Khandi Alexander Will Play Olivia Pope's Mother On 'Scandal' | Shadow and Act". Blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 
  12. ^ Slezak, Michael. "Scandal Season 3: Khandi Alexander Cast as Olivia’s Mother — Is She Alive?". TVLine. Retrieved 2013-11-06. 

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