Remember Carolyn from 'Crooklyn'? Her daughter looks like her in photo with father
She has been in the entertainment industry for over four decades already, almost the same time she has been married to her white husband. Their beautiful daughter is already a grown-up, and she is an accomplished equestrian.
Alfre Woodard has been gracing our screens with her beauty, talent and stage presence for years. Famous for her roles on films like “Crooklyn,” “Funny Valentines,” “Love & Basketball,” and “12 Years A Slave,” she’s now recognized by a younger generation for her roles in “Luke Cage,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and “Empire.”
The 65-years-old star has been married to Roderick Spencer for 35 years. He’s a producer and professor at Emerson College in Los Angeles, where he teaches all about directing and screenwriting. The couple has two adopted children: daughter Mavis and son Duncan.
Even though they are not blood-related, the 27-years-old woman resembles Woodward in a photo the actress shared on Instagram on Father’s Day to congratulate her husband.
In the pic, Mavin is posing next to Spencer as they look directly to the camera with a severe but fierce expression.
Many people thought Mavin would take after her mom and follow the same career path as an actress after she was named Miss Golden Globe in 2010. However, the beauty always knew that her passion relayed in another industry.
She’s now a successful equestrian, and last year she was named as an ambassador of the the U.S Equestrian Federation.
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So fortunate to have worked with the talented @joshnorrisphoto and looking forward to another shoot again soon 📸 *jewelry by the incredible @michelmcnabb * #Repost @joshnorrisphoto ・・・ To date, one of the highlights of my career as a professional photographer was photographing U.S. Equestrian Ambassador Mavis Spencer in Lexington, Kentucky for ELYSIAN Magazine. Mavis is daughter of legendary Hollywood actress Alfre Woodard but she is a star all on her own, an inspiration to many as she has taken the equestrian world by storm. Visit elysianequestrian.com to learn more about this dynamic and inspiring individual. I've added some of my favorite images from our shoot together to an album on my online portfolio gallery. Follow link in bio to view. **Mavis, thank you for the chance to capture so many beautiful images of you. I look forward to future collaborations and am thrilled to continue watching you soar. @mavispence @readelysian www.JoshNorrisPhotography.com/mavis-spencer #MavisSpencer #USEquestrian #Ambassador #ELYSIAN #Equestrianlife #LaLife #LosAngeles #90210 #ReadELYSIAN #AlfreWoodard #Legend #Beautiful #JoshNorrisPhotography #JoshNorrisPhoto #JN #TooBlessedToBeStressed #Hollywood #HorseWhisperer #HappyDays #WCW #aModelsBestFriend
Speaking to Sidelines News, Mavin revealed that her upbringing had a lot of influence in the way she manages her career now. She said:
“Growing up, my parents always made sure my younger brother, Duncan, and I were well grounded and appreciative of what we had. I always took care of my own horses. They weren’t spending hundreds of thousands on them.”
“When my junior years ended and I told my parents that I wanted to make horses my career, they said, ‘Okay, but you have to go out there and make it on your own.’ That’s the sort of mentality they both have — if you want something, you’ll appreciate it more if you work for it. My dad always told me the harder you work, the luckier you get — that’s my motto.”
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#tbt to the 2016 @longinesmasters in Long Beach! That weekend was one of the best and I’m very excited to compete at their New York show later this month! Make sure you get in touch with @jnetgilbert if you want to compete there also or to find out how you can get tickets to watch! #WeRideTheWorld #LonginesMasters #NuggetsOnTour #SeeYouInNewYork
Mavin came a long way in her career already. From working as a groom while balancing her literature studies to being a Grand Prix jumper rider, the young woman is indeed as passionate as her mother when it comes to her career.
Like their daughter mentioned, Alfre and Spencer taught their kids about being grounded and working hard. Something that they had to put in practice in their relationship, not only to deal with the pressure of outsiders for being an interracial couple but also to deal with the regular ups and downs that affect a relationship.
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To the woman who showed me it’s ok to run around and get your hands dirty, but to make sure you wash them and clean up well when the occasion calls... To the woman who taught me to throw your shoulders back, hold your head up high, and never stop smiling... To the woman who told me always be true to myself whether I’m wearing breeches or a gown... Here’s to you Mom! May I one day have half your grace, poise, and ability to own any room you walk into. Love you everyday, but today you get an Instagram shoutout 😘 @realalfrewoodard #HappyMothersDay
Speaking about love and marriage to Uptown magazine a few years ago, Woodward shared a candid piece, saying:
“Love… will demand things that are impossible. Marriage is about putting both feet in the boat and rowing out in the middle of the lake…. [It] is a partnership that you continue to grow.”
It seems like Woodard and her family are in an amazing place at the moment, and her marriage keeps on going strong with each year that passes.