Kerry Washington
Actress & Activist
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Emmy-nominated Kerry Washington is a versatile and fearless actress who continues to shine on both the big screen and small.  A native of The Bronx, Washington has received high acclaim for her work on stage, on television and on film.

Washington debuted in 2000 in the highly acclaimed independent film Our Song and later in the film Save the Last Dance, for which she received a Teen Choice Award for Best Breakout Performance. Her performance in the 2002 film Lift earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actress. In the years following her debut, Kerry starred in several films including Bad Company, The United States of Leland, The Human Stain, Sin, Against the Rope and She Hat Me.

In 2004, Washington starred alongside Jamie Foxx in the Academy Award nominated hit Ray.  Her performance earned her the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.  In the years to follow, Washington was seen in Sexual Life, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Fantastic Four, The Dead Girl, I think I Love My Wife, Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Miracle at St. Anna, Life is Hot in Cracktown and Mother and Child. Washington received NAACP Image Award nominations for her performances in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland and the 2010 film Night Catches Us.  Her performance in the 2008 film Lakeview Terrace earned her a Best Actress nomination at the BET Awards.

In 2010, Washington starred in the Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls alongside Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson and Thandie Newton.  That year Washington also made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s Race, starring James Spader and David Alan Grier.  In 2012, Washington was seen in The Details with Tobey Maguire as well as A Thousand Words alongside Eddie Murphy.

Washington was recently seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained alongside Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Samuel Jackson.  The film was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Picture.  Washington was last seen in the comedy Peeples with Craig Robinson.

In television, Washington currently stars in the hit ABC drama Scandal.  For this role, Washington broke barriers by becoming the first African American woman to a headline a network TV show since the 1974 short-lived series Get Christie Love. In 2013, Washington earned her first primetime Emmy award nomination for her portrayal of ‘Olivia Pope.’  She was also awarded an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress and the show won for Best Drama. The NAACP also honored Washington with the President’s Award, recognizing special achievement in furthering the cause of civil rights and public service. In 2015, she was awarded the GLAAD Vanguard Award, recognizing the significant difference she has made in promoting equal rights for LGBT people.

An activist, Washington was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee of the Arts and Humanities in 2009.  She also is an active member of the V-Counsel, an esteemed group of advisors to V-Day, the global movement to end violence against women and girls. In 2014, TIME magazine named Washington one of its “100 Most Influential People.”

Washington is currently a brand ambassador for Movado. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.

Speech Topics

  • Victory Day: Working To End Violence Against Women and Girls
  • Women’s Health: Our Ongoing Battle Against Cancer and Our Journey To Better Health
  • The Power of One: How Activism and Active Voices Can Change the Lives of Many
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