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Loretta Devine

Actress / Stage Actress / Television Actress / Film Actress / Voice Actress | * 08/21/1949 (70) | Houston, Texas, USA
Loretta Devine (born August 21, 1949) is an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Marla Hendricks in the Fox drama series Boston Public, and for her recurring role as Adele Webber on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011. She had a role in the series Everybody Hates Chris as Rochelle's mother. In film, Devine appeared in Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife, Hoodlum, I Am Sam, Urban Legend, What Women Want, ()
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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).

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Loretta Devine

Primetime Emmy Award

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Movies with Loretta Devine as Actress(69)

as Jeanette2019 HeadShop
as Mama Jay2019 The Trap
as Amelia 'M'Dear' McKellan2019 A Family Reunion Christmas
as Elda2019 Always and Forever
as Jo Ann Robinson2018 Behind the Movement
as Emory Simons2018 Jingle Belle
as Miss Maddy2017 Chapter & Verse
as Carol2017 Naked
as Tamecia (voice)2016 Norm of the North
as Aggie2016 Caged No More
as Ms Carey2016 36 Hour Layover
as Meghan Graham2015 Back to School Mom
as Barb Vaughn2014 Welcome to Me
as Mrs. Claus2013 A Very Larry Christmas
as Mama V (voice)2013 Khumba
as Mrs. Inez2012 In the Hive
as Delta (voice)2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
as Mrs. Taylor2011 Jumping the Broom
as Shirlee Gupta2011 Politics of Love
as Cynthia2010 Death at a Funeral
as Juanita / Green2010 For Colored Girls
as Grandma2010 Lottery Ticket
as Sister Doris2008 First Sunday
as Delta (voice)2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua
as Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield2007 This Christmas
as Jazz Singer2006 Dreamgirls
as Evelyn2006 Dirty Laundry
as Miss Gladys2005 King's Ransom
as Cassey Jordan2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed
as Shaniqua Johnson2004 Crash
as Marguerite Slocumb2001 Kingdom Come
as Margaret Calgrove2001 I Am Sam
as Flo the Doorwoman2000 What Women Want
as Evelyn Walker2000 Freedom Song
as Connie Travers2000 Best Actress
as Reese Wilson2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut
as Ruby Dandridge1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
as Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend)1999 Jackie's Back!
as Floria1999 The Breaks
as Sylvia Finkelstein1999 Love Kills
as Dearie B.1999 Funny Valentines
as Zenia1998 Down in the Delta
as Reese Wilson1998 Urban Legend
as Jackee1997 The Price of Kissing
as Leticia / 'Coco'1997 Lover Girl
as Everleen1997 Clover
as Pigfoot Mary1997 Hoodlum
as Beverly1996 The Preacher's Wife
as Gloria 'Glo' Matthews1995 Waiting to Exhale
as Ula1993 Amos & Andrew
as Blade's Mom1992 Class Act
as Nadine Biggs1991 Livin' Large!
as Judy1991 Caged Fear
as Bertha1990 Stanley & Iris
as Diane1988 Sticky Fingers

TV Shows/Series with Loretta Devine as Actress(31)

as M'Dear2019 Family Reunion
as Jeanette Harris2019 Legally Mad
as Cynthia Carmichael2015 The Carmichael Show
as Lynette2014 black-ish
as Georgia Cummings2012 The Client List
as Nurse Hallie (voice)2012 Doc McStuffins
as Honey Dupree2011 State of Georgia
as Sister Mary Constance2009 Glee
as Patti Dellacroix2008 Eli Stone
as Adele Webber2005 Grey's Anatomy
as Missouri Moseley2005 Supernatural
as M. Pearl McGuire2003 Wild Card
as Marla Hendricks2000 Boston Public
1999 The PJs
as Tonya Hawkins1996 Promised Land
1996 Moesha
as Tonya Hawkins1994 Touched by an Angel
as Stevie Rallen1987 A Different World

Additional Information

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Full Name: Loretta Devine
Born: Sunday, 08/21 1949 (August) in Houston (current age: 70 years + 180 days)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: University of Houston, Brandeis University
Member of: Alpha Kappa Alpha
Loretta Devine frequently works together with these people:
Jenifer Lewis (9x, Actress)
Kurt Fuller (9x, Actor)
Steven Culp (8x, Actor)
David E. Kelley (8x, Crew)
Michael Schultz (8x, Crew)
Debbie Allen (8x, Actress)
Vanessa Bell Calloway (7x, Actress)
Peter MacKenzie (7x, Actor)
Arlene Sanford (7x, Crew)
Tyler Perry (6x, Crew)
Peter MacNicol (6x, Actor)
Keith David (5x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:12430, Added: 05/06/2018, Last updated: 02/10/2020