Lynn Whitfield

Actor
Scion of an achievement-oriented Baton Rouge clan with roots in southern black aristocracy, toothsome, energetic leading lady Lynn Whitfield first watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and ... Read more »
Born: 05/05/1953 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Filmography

Actor (75)

Chasing Life 2015 (Tv Show)

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Mistresses 2015 (Tv Show)

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And Then There Was You 2014 (Movie)

Sophia Brent (Actor)

Hit the Floor 2014 (Tv Show)

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How To Get Away With Murder 2014 (Tv Show)

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Mama, I Want to Sing! 2014 (Movie)

Lillian Winter (Actor)

King's Faith 2013 (Movie)

Vanessa (Actor)

Battlefield America 2012 (Movie)

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The Last Letter 2012 (Movie)

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All Things Fall Apart 2011 (Movie)

Bee (Actor)

Flash Forward 2009 (Tv Show)

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Kings of the Evening 2009 (Movie)

Gracie (Actor)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

Glenda Hill (Actor)

Madea's Family Reunion 2006 (Movie)

Victoria (Actor)

Shark 2006 (Tv Show)

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The 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The Cheetah Girls 2 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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Without A Trace 2002 - 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

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American Family 2004 (Tv Show)

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Redemption 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Strong Medicine 2004 (Tv Show)

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Head of State 2003 (Movie)

Debra Lassiter (Actor)

A Time for Dancing 2002 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

Boston Public 2001 (Tv Show)

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The 2000 Trumpet Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Intimate Portrait: Josephine Baker 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Love Songs 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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

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The Color of Courage 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Stepmom 1998 (Movie)

Dr Sweikert (Actor)

The 1998 Essence Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The 29th NAACP Image Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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The Wedding 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Eve's Bayou 1997 (Movie)

Roz Batiste (Actor)

Gone Fishin' 1997 (Movie)

Angie (Actor)

Martin 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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

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Touched By an Angel 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 1996 (Movie)

Brandi (Actor)

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

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The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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In the Army Now 1994 (Movie)

Sergeant Ladd (Actor)

The Cosby Mysteries 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The 13th Annual ACE Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Josephine Baker Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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HeartBeat 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Jaws: The Revenge 1987 (Movie)

Louisa (Actor)

John Henry 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Johnnie Mae Gibson 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Dead Aim 1986 (Movie)

Sheila Freeman (Actor)

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

Rae (Actor)

The Slugger's Wife 1985 (Movie)

Tina Alvarado (Actor)

Doctor Detroit 1981 (Movie)

Thelma Cleland (Actor)

A Girl Thing (TV Show)

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Deep in My Heart (TV Show)

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Redemption (Movie)

Prof. Barbara Becnel (Actor)

Sophie and the Moonhanger (TV Show)

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State of Emergency (TV Show)

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Stompin' at the Savoy (TV Show)

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Taking the Heat (TV Show)

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The Cheetah Girls (TV Show)

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The Cosby Mysteries (TV Show)

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The George McKenna Story (TV Show)

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The Planet of Junior Brown (TV Show)

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The Women of Brewster Place (TV Show)

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Zora Is My Name! (TV Show)

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Biography

Scion of an achievement-oriented Baton Rouge clan with roots in southern black aristocracy, toothsome, energetic leading lady Lynn Whitfield first watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Bette Davis in "All About Eve" from the vantage of her grandmother's lap, attired in mink-trimmed frocks and seeing no reason she could not some day play those same types of roles. After gaining attention on the stage as one of the young women of color who people Ntozake Shange's poetic panorama of the black female experience, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf", Whitfield began appearing in supporting roles in such films as "Doctor Detroit" (1982) and "Silverado" (1985) but did not achieve real success until starring in television films ("The George McKenna Story", "Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI", both CBS 1986) and miniseries (the acclaimed "The Women of Brewster Place" ABC 1989).

Relationships

Mrs Dennis Smith

Grandmother

Jean Butler

Mother
serving as president of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency as of 1995

Valerian Butler-Smith

Brother
younger

Kimberleigh Butler-Smith

Sister
younger

Brian Gibson

Husband
British-born c. 1945 married on June 30, 1990, five days after they completed work together on "The Josephine Baker Story", for which he also won an Emmy separated in April 1992 divorced eight months later

Grace Gibson

Daughter
born on August 2, 1991 father, Brian Gibson

Shawne Langston

Sister
younger

Kweisi Mfume

Companion
former Congressman and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus former head of the NAACP dated for two years no longer together

Valerian Smith

Father
born c. 1926 died on November 18, 1992 in Baton Rouge, LA of cancer founded the Baton Rouge Playhouse in 1952 worked on the musical scores of such films as "Band of Angels" (1957) and "Hurry Sundown" (1967) and composed such musical stage productions as "Supper", "Earl K Long", "Creole Baby" and "Tribulations" moonlighted as a local talent scout and rounded up extras for location photography on "Hurry Sundown"

Vantile Whitfield

Husband
born c. 1923 married c. 1974 divorced c. 1978

EDUCATION

Howard University

Washington , Washington D.C. 1974

Milestones

2006

Cast in Tyler Perry's "Madea's Family Reunion"

2004

Co-starred with Jamie Foxx in "Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story"

2003

Played Galleria's mother, Dorethea in the Disney Channel Original Movie's "The Cheetah Girls" and "The Cheetah Girls 2"

2003

Co-starred in Chris Rock's "Head of the State"

2002

Had a recurring role as Paula Van Doran on "Without a Trace" (CBS)

1998

Aged from 19 to 47 as snobby Martha's Vineyard matron Corinne Coles in the ABC miniseries "The Wedding", executive produced by Oprah Winfrey

1997

Starred opposite Samuel L Jackson in "Eve's Bayou", playing the head of a prosperous black family in Louisiana

1996

Appeared as Sophie in "Sophie and the Moon Hanger", a Lifetime TV-movie exploring the relationship of the wife of a KKK Wizard and her longtime black housekeeper

1996

High-profile role as victim turned villainess in Martin Lawrence's "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" scored a hit with her fans (if not the critics)

1996

Reunited with Danny Glover from "Silverado" for "Gone Fishin'", a film that failed to live up to her expectations

1994

Acted opposite Bill Cosby in NBC's "The Cosby Mysteries", both the movie and the series that followed

1992

Starred in CBS movie "Stompin' at the Savoy"

1991

Played recurring role of television news anchorwoman Maggie Mayfield on ABC's primetime serial courtroom drama, "Equal Justice"

1991

Won an Emmy portraying the title character of "The Josephine Baker Story", produced for cable by HBO

1989

Portrayed Ciel in the ABC miniseries, "The Women of Brewster Place"; first association with executive producer Oprah Winfrey

1988

Played Dr. Cory Banks on the ABC medical drama series, "HeartBeat"

1987

Appeared in the forgettable "Jaws the Revenge"

1986

Starred as the title character in "Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI", a CBS movie based on the real life story of the first black female undercover agent for the FBI

1985

Gained valuable experiece as Rae in "Silverado"

1983

Appeared in PBS TV adaptation of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf"

1982

Made feature film debut in "Doctor Detroit"

1979

Began her film career under a talent development program at Columbia Pictures

Performed with the Black Repertory Company in Washington, DC; also did stage work in New York City before moving to Los Angeles

Co-starred in the Los Angeles, London and Australian companies of Ntozake Shange's play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf"

Bonus Trivia

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Whitfield has purchased the rights to Angela Davis' life story and plans to produce and star in a movie about the activist.

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"Co-parenting in a divorced environment is rarely easy. I'm a child of divorce, so I was particularly concerned that the trickle-down effects I experienced as a child wouldn't affect her. Grace is the most important thing in my life, and probably the reason I didn't have a breakdown or try to numb myself with narcotics or alcohol after the [second] divorce. You can let that kind of thing turn you ugly, or you can find a place of peace. Grace helped me find the latter." --Lynn Whitfield quoted in NEW YORK POST, November 5, 1997

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"I find it interesting that 'The Wedding' was one of the last books Jackie Kennedy edited at Doubleday. I think the Massachusettes society trophy-wife phenomenom was part of what attracted her to the story." --Whitfield to TV GUIDE, February 21, 1998

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