The beautiful New York native Kerry Washington turns thirty-seven years old today. There is a lot more to this “Scandal” celebrity than just her recent TV show success. In lieu of her birthday, take a stroll down memory lane with us and check out some of her most popular film roles.
Her acting career started with a film called “Our Song” which received a ninety percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The storyline was documentary-like and deservingly received positive remarks from the late Roger Ebert. The plot revolved around three friends who shared life experiences both at home and at school.
In 2004 Kerry featured in a little film called “Ray” as Della Robinson alongside Jamie Foxx as Ray, Terrance Howard (Gosee McKee), Bokeem Woodbine as David ‘fathead’ Newman, Clifton Powell as Jeff Brown, Lorenz Tate as Quincy Jones and Regina King. This film made over $124 million at the box office with a budget of $40 million.
Did you know “Ray” was the First African-American biopic to be nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Picture?
Fantastic Four in 2005 is added to Ms. Washington’s resume as well. She played the role of The Thing’s convincingly blind girlfriend, Alicia Masters. The film grossed over $154 million dollars and was a huge box office hit in the summer of 2005.
In 2008 Ms. Washington had the pleasure of starring alongside the boisterous and legendary Samuel Jackson in “Lakeview Terrace”. Washington played the role of a wife in an interracial marriage with her altruistic husband, Chris Mattson (Patrick Wilson). Samuel Jackson, apparently still bitter that his dead wife died in a car crash after leaving her lover’s side, takes his irrational anger out on the new couple on the block. Watch Ms. Washington in this film as her neighbor takes his own stroll down memory lane and attempt to end the couple’s happily ever after.
“For Colored Girls”, directed and produced by Tyler Perry, was released in November 2010. Kerry gets to star alongside a plethora of wonderful female actors this time which include Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg and Phylicia Rashad. Washington was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress by the Black Reel Awards for her role.
Kerry worked with Jamie Foxx and Samuel Jackson again in arguably one of the best movie roles of her career as Broomhilda Von Shaft in “Django Unchained” in 2012. This is the second time Jamie and Kerry have played the role of a married couple on film. The movie was directed by Quentin Tarantino and grossed over $425 million with a budget of $100 million.
Did you know Director Quentin Tarantino revealed at Comic-Con that Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington's characters are meant to be the great-great-great-grandparents of the character John Shaft from the Shaft (1971) films? An overt reference to this connection can be found in Washington's character's full name: Broomhilda Von Shaft.