All her life, Alfre Woodard has done what no other people like she did, and even if everyone says she is not in the right mind, she shows them otherwise and stands her ground. Whether it be in movies or real life, she is a determined individual, and above all, she is an excellent mother and wife.
The four-times Emmy Awards winning actress is married to producer/teacher, Roderick Spencer and they adopted two children - a boy and a girl. It was almost four decades ago that the two were married. It takes a lot more than just love to keep that going. Above anything, the two crossed quite the hurdles because of their races, back when it was a big deal.
Alfre Woodard and Roderick Spencer’s 36-Year Marriage Was Criticized at the Beginning
It is probably the strongest couple in Hollywood, and they still have a long way to go. They were married in 1983. During those days, it was quite uncommon that people of two races got together, let alone got married. They had their fair share of criticisms and mockery at the time, but they persevered.
They are possibly the strongest modern celebrity couples out there. Source: Larry Busacca, Getty Images
It’s not only the love for each other that got the pair to where they are today. They had support, more importantly, for each other. They have a good understanding between them. Spencer attends all the events he can to support his wife. For Woodard, she claims she was born only when she met her husband. For her, it feels like he was the rock of her life. She took up acting just because of a nun who got her into it. When she started it, she loved it. But it was only the icing of the cake which was complete only after he came into her life.
The 61-year-old is a teacher of screenwriting and directing at the Emerson College since he started in the year of his marriage, and Woodard believes marrying someone who understands the stresses and strains of acting helped a lot during her career.
“We're great friends. If we weren't married, he'd be the person I'd hang out with.”
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Their life is filled with fun moments and never dull. They have been in movies as well. Spencer wrote a screenplay for her role on ‘Juanita’, and she had some pretty fun things to say about it all.
The Couple Don’t Have a Child of Their Own but Adopted Two Kids; Mavis Was Miss Golden Globe 2010
Motherhood is what the 66-year-old embraces most. According to her, it isn’t an accident, it’s preordained. She already had three Emmys and an Academy Award nomination before the start of the third Millennium, but the acting stint also helped with family life. She states that she came alive when her children were born.
Daughter, Mavis is 28, and son, Duncan is 25, now and both of them are adopted. And even if they were not her own, she knew she’d be a mother even before they were born. What’s even better is that the kids look as if they are their own.
The children are successful in their own way. Source: Matt Winkelmeyer, Getty Images
While Duncan is known just for his looks, Mavis is much more than that. She served as Miss Golden Globe at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards in January 2010. She is a model and appeared on Teen Vogue & Instyle Magazines. She is also an Equestrian having served as the US Equestrian Ambassador as well.
Upcoming Star Role for Woodard on Apple TV Plus’ Sci-fi Drama ‘See’; Spencer is Cheering On
The original content from Apple TV+, ‘See’, is coming on November 1 and Woodard is among the lead stars of the 10-episode show. She plays ‘Paris’, a member of a tribe in the future where no one can see. But two children of the lead characters, ‘Baba Voss’ & ‘Maghra’ (played by Jason Mamoa & Hera Hilmar resp.), were born with sight.
See is coming to Apple TV+ on November 1. Source: See, Apple TV+
As the tribe struggles to keep the babies safe from the hands of their foe, ‘Queen Kane’ (Sylvia Hoeks), Paris is there to guide the tribe, alongside Baba Voss.