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Charlaine "Charlayne" Woodard (born December 29, 1953) is an American film, stage and television actress and playwright. She is the author written of three plays, entitled Pretty Fire, Neat, and In Real Life, all of which she starred in.

She is most notable on screen for her recurring role as Janice in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. She also appears in a recurring role as Sister Peg on Law & Order: SVU, a nun who looks out for the safety of prostitutes and junkies and occasionally helps the SVU detectives. On film she is arguably best known for her role as Tituba in The Crucible, alongside Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder. She is also well known for playing Elijah's mother in Unbreakable alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis, and Angel Kosinsky in Eye for an Eye, alongside Sally Field. She played Vonda on Roseanne.

Woodard has been married to Alan Harris, an intellectual property lawyer, since 1991. They have no children.

Contrary to popular belief, she is not related to fellow actress Alfre Woodard.

She was one of the original cast members in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Ain't Misbehavin'.

She currently is performing a one-person performance, entitled "The Night Watcher", at Primary Stages in New York City. (September 22nd, 2009 through October 31st, 2009).

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