LaDonna Batiste-Williams

Played by Khandi Alexander


Khandi Alexander starred for six years as Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Alexx Woods on the hit CBS television drama series 'CSI: Miami,' receiving numerous citations including an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Achievement in Acting. Alexander previously co-starred as the sophisticated radio personality Catherine Duke on the long-running TV sitcom 'NewsRadio.' She also had a recurring role on the popular television drama 'ER,' earning rave reviews. Her memorable portrayal of a sympathetic drug addict in the Emmy®-nominated HBO miniseries 'The Corner' truly solidified Alexander's stature as a gifted and promising actress. Her performance mixed gritty pathos and unsentimental tragedy and was praised by critics and viewers alike.

Alexander's film credits include 'Dark Blue,' directed by Ron Shelton, 'Something About Mary,' 'What's Love Got To Do With It' and 'A Chorus Line,' among others.

A New York native, Alexander began her career as a dancer on Broadway. Her big break came when legendary choreographer Bob Fosse hand-picked her for his national touring company of 'Dancin'.' From there, Alexander appeared in the original, Tony Award-winning Broadway production of 'Dreamgirls,' and later starred on Broadway as Velma Kelly in Bob Fosse's 'Chicago.' In between, she forged a four-year-long creative collaboration with the multi-platinum songstress Whitney Houston. Their association culminated in Alexander choreographing Houston's successful 'I'm Your Baby Tonight' international concert tour, which established Houston as a star and Alexander as a guiding force.