• Tulsa-native Alfre Woodard to play Cookie's mom on 'Empire'


    TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa-born actress Alfre Woodard will join the cast of "Empire" to play the mother of Taraji P. Henson's character, Cookie Lyon.

    TVLine and Deadline both reported the casting on Friday.

    Woodard is a four-time Emmy winner and one-time Oscar nominee who is also set to play Sarabi in Disney's live action adaption of "The Lion King" next year.

    "Empire" airs Wednesday on FOX23 and will return with new episodes on March 28.

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