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Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine was born on August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama and BrandeisUniversity in 1976 with a MFA in Theater. Devine is a member of The Epsilon Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She began her career on Broadway starring in Dreamgirls. Minor roles for Devine followed in films such as Little Nikita (1988) and Stanley & Iris (1990). She also appeared in the first season of the TV series A Different World. In 1995, she landed a high-profile role as Gloria Matthews in Waiting to Exhale, joined in the cast by Whitney Houston, Gregory Hines, and Angela Bassett, among others. The role earned her an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress, as did her next movie, The Preacher's Wife, her second movie with Houston and Hines. In 2000, Devine took on the role of impassioned high school teacher Marla Hendricks on the Fox TV drama Boston Public. Devine won three more Image Awards for her work in the series. She also continued to work in film, playing prominent roles in Urban Legend, Urban Legends: Final Cut, and I Am Sam. Devine earned yet another Image Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in the 2004 film Woman Thou Art Loosed. She also appeared in the 2005 Academy Awards Best Picture winning film Crash. She also plays Rochelle's mother, Maxine on the sitcom, Everybody Hates Chris. In 2007, she appeared in This Christmas, co-starring Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, and Regina King. Devine also appeared in Grey's Anatomy as Adele Webber. She played Patti on Eli Stone, an ABC television series which began airing in 2008 an in 2009, Devine starred in the TV series Cold Case. Most recently she can be seen in Lottery Ticket (2010), For Colored Girls (2010), Death at a Funeral and Madea’s Big Happy Family (2011).

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Aug 21, 1949 In Houston, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Urban Legend
Latest Project:
Series Young Love 2023-09-21
Known For
Poster of Dirty Laundry
Poster of Crash
Poster of The Price of Kissing
Poster of Legally Mad
Movie Urban Legend Reese 2024
Series Legally Mad Jeanette Harris 2024
Series Young Love Gigi Young (voice) 2023-09-21
Movie A Snowy Day in Oakland Jeanette 2023-03-17
Movie Mack & Rita Sharon 2022-08-12
Movie All I Didn't Want for Christmas Lorraine 2022-12-07
Movie Queen Bees Sally 2021-06-11
Series Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem Angela 2021-09-06
Movie Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age Self 2021-08-14
Movie Christmas Déjà Vu 2021-11-25
Movie Christmas in Harmony Mama 2021-10-29
Movie Spell Eloise 2020-10-30
Movie Always and Forever Elda 2020-11-20
Movie Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror Self 2019-02-07
Movie The Trap Mama Jay 2019-04-01
Movie A Sweet Christmas Romance Loretta 2019-11-10
Series Family Reunion M'Dear 2019-07-10
Movie A Family Reunion Christmas Amelia 'M'Dear' McKellan 2019-12-09
Movie Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Ms. Thomson 2018-09-07
Movie Urban Legacy: The Story Behind Urban Legend Self 2018-11-20
Movie The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special Hallie 2018-12-02
Movie Jingle Belle Emory Simons 2018-11-25
Movie Behind the Movement Jo Ann Robinson 2018-11-15
Movie Naked Carol 2017-08-11
Movie Chapter & Verse Miss Maddy 2017-02-03
Movie No Regrets Ms Carey 2016-09-24
Movie Norm of the North Tamecia (voice) 2016-01-14
Movie Caged No More Aggie 2016-01-15
Movie Grandma's House 2016-04-29
Series The Carmichael Show Cynthia Carmichael 2015-08-26
Movie The Sound and the Fury Dilsey 2015-10-23
Movie Back to School Mom Meghan Graham 2015-02-14
Movie You're Not You Marilyn 2014-10-10
Movie Comeback Dad Malinda 2014-06-21
Movie Welcome to Me Barb Vaughn 2014-09-05
Movie Doc Mcstuffins: A Little Cuddle Goes A Long Way Hallie 2014-03-17
Movie Khumba Mama V (voice) 2013-07-18
Movie A Very Larry Christmas Mrs. Claus 2013-12-31
Series The Client List Georgia Cummings 2012-04-08
Movie In the Hive Mrs. Inez 2012-12-14
Series Doc McStuffins Nurse Hallie (voice) 2012-03-23
Movie Madea's Big Happy Family Shirley 2011-04-22
Movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Delta (voice) 2011-02-01
Movie Jumping the Broom Mrs. Taylor 2011-05-06
Series State of Georgia Honey Dupree 2011-06-29
Movie Politics of Love Shirlee Gupta 2011-08-26
Movie Lottery Ticket Grandma 2010-08-20
Movie For Colored Girls Juanita / Green 2010-11-05
Movie Death at a Funeral Cynthia 2010-04-15
Series Party Down Unknown 2009-03-20
Movie Spring Breakdown Dr. Marguerite 2009-05-22
Movie My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Miss Roberts 2009-12-11
Movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua Delta (voice) 2008-10-03
Movie First Sunday Sister Doris 2008-01-11
Series Eli Stone Patti Dellacroix 2008-01-31
Movie This Christmas Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield 2007-11-27
Movie Cougar Club Dolly 2007-01-01
Movie Dirty Laundry Evelyn 2006-07-15
Movie Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Addie Collins 2006-08-19
Movie Dreamgirls Jazz Singer 2006-12-25
Series Everybody Hates Chris Unknown 2005-09-22
Movie Crash Shaniqua Johnson 2005-05-06
Series Supernatural Missouri Moseley 2005-09-13
Movie King's Ransom Miss Gladys 2005-04-22
Series Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
Movie Woman Thou Art Loosed Cassey Jordan 2004-09-30
Series Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Series Wild Card M. Pearl McGuire 2003-08-02
Series Half & Half Unknown 2002-09-23
Movie Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs 2002-02-14
Movie I Am Sam Margaret Calgrove 2001-12-28
Movie Kingdom Come Marguerite Slocumb 2001-04-11
Movie Freedom Song Evelyn Walker 2000-02-27
Movie Best Actress Connie Travers 2000-03-18
Movie Punks Health Counselor 2000-01-24
Movie Urban Legends: Final Cut Reese 2000-09-22
Series Strong Medicine Unknown 2000-07-23
Series Boston Public Marla Hendricks 2000-10-23
Movie What Women Want Flo 2000-12-15
Series Girlfriends Unknown 2000-09-11
Series The PJs Muriel Stubbs 1999-01-10
Movie Funny Valentines Dearie B. 1999-02-14
Movie Jackie's Back! Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend) 1999-06-14
Movie Love Kills Sylvia Finkelstein 1999-10-04
Series Family Law Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Ruby Dandridge 1999-08-21
Movie The Breaks Floria 1999-02-26
Movie Urban Legend Reese Wilson 1998-09-25
Movie Down in the Delta Zenia 1998-12-25
Movie Lover Girl Leticia / 'Coco' 1997-09-11
Movie Don King: Only in America Connie Harper 1997-11-15
Movie The Price of Kissing Jackee 1997-04-01
Movie Hoodlum Pigfoot Mary 1997-08-27
Movie Clover Everleen 1997-09-10
Series Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
Series Promised Land Unknown 1996-09-17
Movie The Preacher's Wife Beverly 1996-12-13
Series Moesha Unknown 1996-01-23
Movie Waiting to Exhale Gloria 1995-12-22
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Movie Amos & Andrew Ula 1993-03-05
Movie The American Clock 1993-01-02
Movie Class Act Blade's Mom 1992-06-05
Series Love & War Unknown 1992-09-21
Movie Caged Fear Judy 1991-05-17
Movie Livin' Large! Nadine Biggs 1991-09-20
Movie Stanley & Iris Bertha 1990-02-09
Series Cop Rock Unknown 1990-09-26
Series Sugar and Spice 1990-03-30
Movie Parent Trap III Thelma 1989-04-09
Movie Sticky Fingers Diane 1988-05-06
Movie Little Nikita Verna McLaughlin 1988-03-17
Series Murphy Brown Unknown 1988-11-14
Series A Different World Stevie Rallen 1987-09-24
Movie Anna to the Infinite Power Mrs. Benson 1983-01-12
Movie Will 1981-01-01