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Everyone has a secret... and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the nation's elite and keeping those secrets under wraps. Revered and feared at the same time, Olivia, a former communications director to the President of the United States, left the White House to open her own prominent crisis management firm. She is hoping to start a new chapter in her life -- both professionally and personally -- but she can't seem to completely cut ties with her past. Olivia's former boss, President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and his chief of staff, Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), are never far from her beat.

Her clients aren't the only ones with secrets, though; surprisingly, she may need to exercise all her damage control skills on her own behalf. Slowly it becomes apparent that her dysfunctional staff, who specialize in fixing other people's lives, can't quite fix the ones closest at hand-their own.

About Kerry Washington

A New York native, Kerry Washington performed with the Tada theater teen group and later graduated from The Spence School in Manhattan. She earned a Presidential Arts Scholarship to attend The George Washington University and, in 1994, was a winner of the YoungArts national program. In 1998 Washington graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The George Washington University.

Washington has garnered critical acclaim for her roles in The Last King of Scotland, opposite Forest Whitaker and for The Dead Girl and Lakeview Terrace, opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Patrick Wilson. More recently she has starred in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls, with Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad and Janet Jackson, as well as in Night Catches Us, where she received an NAACP nomination for Best Actress.

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