1. Since 2012, Washington has gained wide public recognition for starring in the ABC drama Scandal, a Shonda Rhimes series in which she plays Olivia Pope, a crisis management expert to politicians and power brokers in Washington DC. For her role, she has been nominated twice for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series.
2. Washington is also known for her roles as Della Bea Robinson, in the film Ray .
3. She has also starred in the critically acclaimed independent films Our Song .
4. Youth Theater teen group and attended the Spence School in Manhattan, graduating in 1994.
5. Washington narrated the critically acclaimed documentary about the New Orleans-based teenage TBC Brass Band, From the Mouthpiece on Back.
6. Since April 2012, Washington has starred in the ABC drama series Scandal, created by Shonda Rimes, as Olivia Pope, a crisis manager who runs her own crisis management firm called Pope & Associates in Washington, D.C..
7. In this position, she works for high-profile figures, most notably the President of the United States, who is also her lover.
8. Washington was engaged to actor David Moscow from October 2004 to March 2007.
9. As a sort of souvenir or memento, she usually tries to keep something from every character that she plays, such as an item of wardrobe or a piece of furniture from the house the character lived in.