Kerry Washington
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Kerry Washington has been the star of the hit ABC drama series “Scandal,” from creator and executive producer Shonda Rhimes, since 2012. Her role as fan favorite Olivia Pope has earned her Primetime Emmy Award nominations for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, as well as nominations for Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards. The series’ seventh season will be its last.

In addition to various television roles, Washington has been a force on the big screen, with a diverse body of film work that includes “Ray,” “The Last King of Scotland,” “Django Unchained,” and “The Fantastic Four.” The HBO original film “Confirmation,” in which she played Anita Hill, earned her an Emmy nomination for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie. Washington made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s 2009 play “Race.”

The actress — who supports numerous socially conscious organizations, including GLAAD and the Creative Coalition — was named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2014.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Washington was a member of the TADA! Youth Theater during her teen years and attended the Spence School in Manhattan before graduating from George Washington University in 1998.




  • George Washington University (DC, USA)

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  • Variety Power of Women

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'Scandal' Season 7: Olivia Has Absolute Power, but Will It Corrupt Her Absolutely?

'Scandal' Season 7: Olivia Has Absolute Power, but Will It Corrupt Her Absolutely?

At the end of the sixth season of "Scandal," Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was in the power seat as the chief of staff to the first female president (Bellamy Young's Mellie) and the new head of B613. And when the seventh and final season starts, Olivia is enjoying wielding her power, even though it may mean pushing aside those who have been closest to her."Olivia's sitting in the highest seat," said Washington during a set visit of which Variety was a...


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