Kerry Washington is a Hollywood actress, recognized for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in "Scandal," produced by ABC networks, and Broomhilda in
Django Unchained. Washington completed her schooling from the Spence School, Manhattan while studying drama at "TADA!” youth theater. She majored in Sociology and Anthropology at the George Washington University and attended the Michael Howard Studio in New York. Washington made her television debut in 1994 with Magical Make-Over, a TV-film produced by ABC networks. Kerry went on to appear in movies such as Our Song, Save the Last Dance, the Human Stain, and Bad Company. These films propelled her career in the right direction, and further saw Washington in She Hates Me, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Little Man, the James McAvoy starrer “The Last King of Scotland,” and I Think I Love My Wife. The period of 2006-2008 saw Kerry in television series such as Boston Legal, "100 Centre Street," and in commercials for L'Oréal. The year 2010 saw Kerry Washington make her Broadway debut in Race, written by David Mamet. In 2012,
Kerry was cast as “Broomhilda” in Django Unchained, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Washington became the subject of widespread critical acclamation for her role in the movie. In the same year, Kerry stood out in the ABC drama Scandal, where she portrayed the character of a quick-fix to the screw-ups of politicians. Washington was the recipient of an NAACP Image Award for the Best Actress, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and two Emmy Award nominations for her role in Scandal. She also appeared at the number-two spot in "100 Most Beautiful People" ranked by the Time Magazine. Subsequently, Washington also made it to the twentieth spot on Forbes Magazine's list of Annual Highest Paid-Actor in Television and was adjudged by the Glamour Magazine as Woman of the Year. In 2013, she featured in
Saturday Night Live, impersonating Michelle Obama and
Oprah Winfrey. Kerry has also briefly appeared in movies such as
Fantastic Four and its sequel, Lakeview Terrace, Mother and Child,
Night Catches Us, and
For Colored Girls, among many others. Kerry Washington is also a known activist vouching for Gay Rights and is involved in the Programs of Women's Cancer aided by the Entertainment Industry Foundation. "V-Day," which is an organization that sheds light on the issues of violence amongst women, has Kerry as their spokesperson. Washington has a daughter, Isabelle Amarachi with NFL player, Nnamdi Asomugha.