Loretta Devine

Actor, Singer, Director
A classically trained actress-singer with soulful eyes and a lilting voice, Loretta Devine was a professional actor for nearly 20 years before rising to prominence through her co-starring turn in the hit film "Waiting ... Read more »
Born: 08/20/1949 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (115)

Back to School Mom 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Too Darn Hot Party 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Welcome to Me 2015 (Movie)

Barb Vaughn (Actor)

Baby of the Family 2014 (Movie)

Delores (Actor)

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Norm of the North 2014 (Movie)

Fairbear (Voice)

Psych 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sullivan & Son 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

You're Not You 2014 (Movie)

Marilyn (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2005 - 2009, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Khumba 2013 (Movie)

Mama V (Voice)

The Client List 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

In The Hive 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shake It Up! 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Cleveland Show 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Soul Man 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Glee 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jumping the Broom 2011 (Movie)

Mrs. Taylor (Actor)

Madea's Big Happy Family 2011 (Movie)

Shirley (Actor)

Politics of Love 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

State of Georgia 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Death at a Funeral 2010 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

For Colored Girls 2010 (Movie)

Juanita/Green (Actor)

Lottery Ticket 2010 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

Party Down 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eli Stone 2007 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

Miss Roberts (Actor)

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Delta (Actor)

First Sunday 2008 (Movie)

Sister Doris (Actor)

Boston Legal 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dirty Laundry 2007 (Movie)

Evelyn (Actor)

Everybody Hates Chris 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spring Breakdown 2007 (Movie)

Dr Marguerite (Actor)

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

Ma'Dere Whitfield (Actor)

Dreamgirls 2006 (Movie)

Jazz Singer (Actor)

Girlfriends 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crash 2005 (Movie)

Shaniqua (Actor)

King's Ransom 2005 (Movie)

Miss Gladys (Actor)

Supernatural 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Women Rock! 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different World 1987 - 1988, 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Public 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Clueless 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1993, 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Law 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1993, 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moesha 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1993, 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ned and Stacey 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reasonable Doubts 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1992, 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The PJs 1998 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Touched By an Angel 1987 - 1988, 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wild Card 2000 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Woman Thou Art Loosed 2004 (Movie)

Cassie--Michelle's Mother (Actor)

Half & Half 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Strong Medicine 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

I Am Sam 2001 (Movie)

Margaret Calgrove (Actor)

Kingdom Come 2001 (Movie)

Marguerite Jackson (Actor)

Punks 2001 (Movie)

Health Counselor (Actor)

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Actress 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Urban Legends: Final Cut 2000 (Movie)

Reese (Actor)

What Women Want 2000 (Movie)

Flo (Actor)

The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Breaks 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Down in the Delta 1998 (Movie)

Zenia (Actor)

Love Kills 1998 (Movie)

Sylvia Finklestein (Actor)

Lover Girl 1998 (Movie)

Coco (Actor)

One Day 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Urban Legend 1998 (Movie)

Reese (Actor)

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

Pigfoot Mary (Actor)

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 28th NAACP Image Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

Beverly (Actor)

The Price of Kissing 1996 (Movie)

Jackee (Actor)

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

Gloria Johnson (Actor)

Family Album 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Amos and Andrew 1993 (Movie)

Ula (Actor)

Out All Night 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Class Act 1992 (Movie)

Blade's Mom (Actor)

Caged Fear 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

In the House 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Livin' Large 1991 (Movie)

Nadine Biggs (Actor)

The Colored Museum 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Stanley and Iris 1990 (Movie)

Bertha (Actor)

Sugar and Spice 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Heart and Soul 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Parent Trap III 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Nikita 1988 (Movie)

Verna McLaughlin (Actor)

Sirens 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Sticky Fingers 1988 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Best Actress (Movie)

Connie Travers (Actor)

Clover (TV Show)

Actor

Don King: Only in America (TV Show)

Actor

Freedom Song (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Valentines (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

The Carmichael Show (TV Show)

Actor

The Hard Truth (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Kingdom Come 2001 (Movie)

("Blessed Assurance Jesus Is Mine") (Song Performer)

The Preacher's Wife 1996 (Movie)

("He's All Over Me") (Song Performer)

Biography

A classically trained actress-singer with soulful eyes and a lilting voice, Loretta Devine was a professional actor for nearly 20 years before rising to prominence through her co-starring turn in the hit film "Waiting to Exhale" (1995). After years of theater study and a period working as a stage director at Houston's Black Arts Center, Devine began acting professionally on and off-Broadway in productions such as "Hair" and "Dreamgirls" in the late 1970s. Early TV and film appearances included a year-long stint on the sitcom "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993) and small role in the River Phoenix thriller "Little Nikita" (1988). Working steadily in minor roles in both mediums, Devine broke out with her warm and relatable performance as a single mother in "Waiting to Exhale." She went on to appear in a string of prominent supporting turns in projects like "The Preacher's Wife" (1996), "Down in the Delta" (1998), and "What Women Want" (2000). Regular or recurring roles on television included such shows as "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04) and "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ). Other work in film boasted such diverse projects as the screen adaptation of "Dreamgirls" (2006) and director Werner Herzog's psychodrama "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?" (2009). Exceptionally talented, professional and prolific, Devine had become one of Hollywood's most dependable ensemble cast members.

Relationships

James Devine

Father

Glenn Marshall

Companion
Became engaged in April 2001

Eunice O'Neal

Mother

EDUCATION

University of Houston

Houston , Texas 1971

University of Houston

Houston , Texas 1971

Brandeis University

Waltham , Massachusetts 1976

Milestones

2012

Played the tough-talking massage parlor owner Georgia on Lifetime series "The Client List"

2010

Acted opposite Ice Cube and Bow Wow in the comedy feature "Lottery Ticket"

2010

Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Death at a Funeral," starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence

2010

Joined an ensemble cast for Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls"

2008

Co-starred opposite Jonny Lee Miller on the short-lived ABC series "Eli Stone"

2008

Voiced the character of Delta in the comedy "Beverly Hills Chihuahua"

2007

Cast in "This Christmas," co-starring Mekhi Phifer and Regina King

2006

Played Rochelle's mother Maxine on the sitcom "Everybody Hates Chris" (The CW)

2005

Cast in the comedy "King's Ransom" with Anthony Anderson

2005

Cast in a recurring role as Adele Webber on the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"

2004

Cast in the Academy Award winning film "Crash"

2004

Cast in "Woman Thou Art Loosed," based on the self-help novel by Bishop T.D. Jakes; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female

2001

Cast as a socal worker in the drama "I Am Sam," starring Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer

2001

Played an overly religious woman whose brother has died in the comedy "Kingdom Come"

2000

Had featured role in the ensemble of "Boston Public" (Fox)

2000

Reprised role in "Urban Legends: Final Cut"

1999

Provided voice of Muriel Stubbs on the animated series "The PJs" (Fox)

1998

Cast in "Urban Legend"

1995

Landed breakthrough film role in ensemble drama "Waiting to Exhale"

1991

Reprised stage role in PBS version of "The Colored Museum"

1990

Starred in CBS sitcom "Sugar and Spice"

1988

Appeared in feature films "Little Nikita" and "Sticky Fingers"

1987

Cast in the first season of the NBC sitcom "A Different World" as Stevie Rallen, the dormitory director

1986

Co-starred in off-Broadway production of George C. Wolfe's "The Colored Museum"

1986

Had featured role in Bob Fosse's musical "Big Deal"

1981

Played featured role of Lorell in Michael Bennett's Broadway production "Dreamgirls"

1977

Made Broadway debut in revival of "Hair"

1977

New York stage debut, off-off-Broadway production of "Godsong"

1972

Began career as a stage director at the Black Arts Center in Houston, TX

Taught English at Brandeis University

Was an instructor at a summer program at Harvard University

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