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Kerry Washington

Actress, Producer & Activist Known for Starring as Olivia Pope in ABC's "Scandal"

Actress, Producer & Activist Known for Starring as Olivia Pope in ABC's "Scandal"

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Kerry Washington Biography

Kerry Washington is a versatile and fearless actress known for starring as Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert, in the ABC drama series "Scandal" which ran from 2012 to 2018. For her role in "Scandal," she received nominations for two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Her portrayal of Anita Hill in the HBO television film Confirmation (2016), earned her another Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Some of Washington's notable film roles were in 2004's Ray, 2006's The Last King of Scotland, the Fantastic Four films, and Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012).

In 2018, Forbes named her the eighth highest-paid television actress.

Washington reprised her role in the film adaptation of the Broadway play American Son in 2019, which she also executive produced, for Netflix.

In 2020, Washington served as an executive producer on The Fight, a documentary film revolving around legal battles lawyers for the ACLU face during the Trump administration. She also starred and served as an executive producer in the Hulu adaption of Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere alongside Reese Witherspoon.

In addition to her acting career, Washington is an activist. She is a member of V-Day, a global movement that brings awareness to violence against women and girls.

Washington is also a supporter of LGBTQ rights. In August 2013, she was named an honorary chairperson of the GLSEN Respect Awards; and she received the GLAAD Vanguard Award on March 21, 2015. In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Washington and others told the stories of the people killed there.

In September 2012, Washington spoke at the Democratic National Convention in favor of re-electing Barack Obama, with her speech focusing on addressing voter apathy. In March 2016, Washington appeared in a commercial endorsing Hillary Clinton for President.

Originally from The Bronx, New York, Washington is a graduate of The Spence School. In 1998, she graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The George Washington University. On May 19, 2013, she was the commencement speaker for her alma mater. Before giving her commencement address, she was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts.

Kerry Washington Speaking Topics

  • The Power of One: How Activism and Active Voices Can Change the Lives of Many

  • Womens Health: Our Ongoing Battle Against Cancer and Our Journey To Better Health

  • Victory Day: Working To End Violence Against Women and Girls

Kerry Washington Videos

  • Kerry Washington accepts the Vanguard Award at the #glaadawards
    The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that...
  • GW Commencement 2013: Kerry Washington
    George Washington University alumna, actor and activist Kerry Washington, star of the hit TV show Scandal, was the commencement speaker ...
  • Kerry Washington speech at the 44th NAACP Image Awards

Kerry Washington Books

  • Thicker than Water: A Memoir
    Thicker than Water: A Memoir

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Kerry Washington is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Power of One: How Activism and Active Voices Can Change the Lives of Many, Womens Health: Our Ongoing Battle Against Cancer and Our Journey To Better Health and Victory Day: Working To End Violence Against Women and Girls. The estimated speaking fee range to book Kerry Washington for your event is available upon request. Kerry Washington generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Gabrielle Union, Viola Davis, Yara Shahidi, Angelica Ross and Keke Palmer. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Kerry Washington for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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