Private Practice: Alfre Woodard Is Sam's Mom

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Does Private Practice‘s Sam have some exciting (maybe, say, engagement?) news to share with his family…? Because multiple Emmy winner Alfre Woodard has been cast as the good doctor’s mother.

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According to, which first reported the casting, Woodard will guest-star in a November episode of the ABC drama, which kicks off Season 6 on Tuesday, Sept. 25 — at which point, toward hour’s end, we’ll learn how Sam’s marriage proposal to Addison netted out.

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Woodard over her career has amassed a total of 15 Emmy nominations and won four times, grabbed a Golden Globe (for the miniseries Miss Evers’ Boys) and earned an Academy Award nod (for 1983′s Cross Creek).

Her more recent TV credits include runs on True Blood (as Lafayette’s mother), Memphis Beat and Desperate Housewives.

Comments (23)

  • Hmm… Shonda started casting Desperate Housewives alums – first Steven Culp for GA, now Alfre… Who is next? Maybe James Denton for Scandal…

    Comment by Lubomir Raykov – September 8, 2012 05:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cool. I like her. Really hope she’s there because of the wedding. :)

    Comment by Anna – September 8, 2012 06:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i always have expected it would be her or angella basset…

      Comment by samnaomie – September 9, 2012 02:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • interesting casting, well she has been on GA before so already a favourite in the shonda family.

    Comment by Heather (@auzzigrey) – September 8, 2012 06:11 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Alfre. Don’t like Sam and his family stories though so that’s too bad.

    Comment by Mirabel – September 8, 2012 06:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LOVE IT! great casting. and woohooo!! it better be because of Addisam wedding! Alfre is the perfect women to play Sam’s mother. cant wait baby!!

    Comment by Nicole – September 8, 2012 06:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • stop beating the dead horse, this show is dead.

    Comment by Hojana – September 8, 2012 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Preach it, Hojana! How this mess got to 6 seasons is a mystery.

      Comment by That's So 2010 – September 14, 2012 03:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Love the show but oh so sick of Addie and Sam. Let’s please move on!

        Comment by Allaboutchar – September 17, 2012 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’ll probably, I don’t know, be VISITING THE DAUGHTER SHE HASN’T SEEN IN FIFTEEN YEARS!! I cannot believe throughout the entire Corinne storyline last season no one bothered to tell her mother that she was even alive. Big plot hole if you ask me.

    Comment by Walter – September 8, 2012 08:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sam’s mother absence is just crazy, i mean when he talked to corribe about her, he seems that he and her were close, so one would wonders how could she be absent of the major event in her family, her grand daughter’s pregnancy, accident, wedding, giving birth etc… and of course when her daughter who she might has thought was dead at some point, reapears she is no where to be found, this is crazy… Sam has a lot of weakness but i can’t imagine him keeping her mom in the dark about her daughter… This is show is at 6.6 on and its star is leaving it, because there is actually nothin more to tell about those characters, i t’s very weak!

      I mean the entire Montgomery family has been in L.A., sometimes for reasons that were kind of stupid, but Shonda could not have Alfre or Angela basset as sam’s mom when it mattered??? Plot Holes!

      Comment by samnaomie – September 9, 2012 02:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • hope she hates Addison, she probably liked Naomi, they could addess the race issue (I mean some black women’s feeling that african-americans belong necessarely together, I know it’s not PC but it’s an opinion shared by many, myself not included )

    Comment by Hannah – September 8, 2012 08:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • some white or some latinos or asiasn or jews believe that you should not marry outside of your ethnicity and/or religion it is not specific to black women

      Comment by samnaomie – September 9, 2012 02:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well I really hope it’s because she has to see Corinne, not for a wedding, I don’t like Sam and addison

    Comment by Juan – September 8, 2012 08:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as I don’t see Corrine again, I’m fine with Sam’s mother coming to L.A. Honestly, Corrine’s storyline with Sam drove me up the wall last year and it only seemed like a way to keep Sam’s character interesting – ironically, it didn’t.

    Comment by Jarrod Mitchell – September 8, 2012 09:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. I couldn’t care less about Corrine.

      Comment by Alex – September 8, 2012 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ironaicaly it did, i could not care less of his pursuit of hapiness with Addison and her never ending love triangles!

      Comment by samnaomie – September 9, 2012 02:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So Sam & Lafayette are brothers! LOL.

    Comment by Joanna – September 8, 2012 12:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How old is she? Sam’s gotta be in his mid 40s. She’s what? Mid fifths? She looks too young! That was a compliment to the actress. But bad casting, I think.

    Comment by Barbie Furtado – September 8, 2012 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • if she has sam in her 20′s and he is in his lower 40′s then i guess we can assume she is 60, a 50 years old actress playing a 60 year old mother & grand mother by the way (who wasn’t invited at her grand daughter’s wedding by the way)

      Comment by samnaomie – September 9, 2012 02:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you, Matt, for pointing out Woodard’s acclaim. I noticed that in the EW article they merely refer to her as “‘True Blood’ star” in the headline, which was rude. Alfre Woodard is a “name” actress.

    Comment by josephrileyland – September 8, 2012 10:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I.m.watching.indian.naked.movis.or.youtub

    Comment by Muhammadsaleem – September 9, 2012 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope this will play like real life drama because every mother thinks her son is too good for the other woman- Especially if Naomi comes back- hmmmm. Alfre is just the person to give Addison a run for her money if she were to choose Sam.

    Comment by coco – September 10, 2012 07:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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