Renn Woods

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Renn Woods
Born (1958-01-01) January 1, 1958 (age 61)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Other names Ren Woods
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1976-present

Renn Woods, also known as Ren Woods (born January 1, 1958), is an African-American film and television actress, and singer, best known for her role as Fanta in Roots, and also as the girl with flowers in her hair who sang "Aquarius" in the film version of Hair. Woods began her singing career as a child and released two solo albums before returning her focus to acting in the 1980s.

Music career

Woods was born in Portland, Oregon, and became a child singing prodigy, appearing on NBC's Soul Special at the age of 10.[1] She starred in the first National Tour of The Wiz as Dorothy at the Ahmanson Theatre. She returned to that same theatre in 2006 in the Tony Kushner/Jeanine Tesori musical, Caroline or Change.

In 1979, she released a solo album, Out of the Woods, which was supposed to be produced by Maurice White, however, due to the label being in transition, it was produced by Earth, Wind & Fire member Al McKay. A second album, Azz Izz, was released in 1982. Azz Izz was well received. The second album featured a new composition by Prince titled "I Don't Wanna Stop".


Television roles

As an actress, Woods has enjoyed considerably more success. She achieved even greater fame as "Fanta" in Roots in 1977. She appeared on such American television series as What's Happening!!, Lou Grant, Hill Street Blues, The Jeffersons, Roc, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Beauty and the Beast and NYPD Blue. She also appeared in an episode of The White Shadow.[citation needed]

Film roles


  1. Allmusic Biography; accessed November 1, 2015.

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