Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine


  • Known For: Acting
  • Birthday: 21-08-1949
  • Gender: Female
  • Place of Birth: Houston, Texas, USA
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  • Popularity: 9.08
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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).




Year Movie Character
2007 This Christmas as Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield
2016 Grandma's House
2013 Saving Westbrook High as Doris
2006 Dirty Laundry as Evelyn
2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed as Cassey Jordan
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family as Shirley
2012 In the Hive as Mrs. Inez
1999 Funny Valentines as Dearie B.
2017 Chapter & Verse as Miss Maddy
1999 The Breaks as Floria
2020 Spell as Eloise
1981 Will
2022 Doc McStuffins: The Doc Is 10! as Hallie (voice)
1995 Waiting to Exhale as Gloria Matthews
2010 For Colored Girls as Juanita / Green
2011 Politics of Love as Shirlee Gupta
2014 Doc Mcstuffins: A Little Cuddle Goes A Long Way as Hallie
2015 Back to School Mom as Meghan Graham
2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story as Addie Collins
2019 The Trap as Mama Jay
2019 A Sweet Christmas Romance as Loretta
2015 For the Love of Ruth as Naomi
2014 Comeback Dad as Malinda
2021 Christmas in Harmony as Mama
1970 All I Didn't Want for Christmas
1999 Love Kills as Sylvia Finkelstein
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut as Reese
2010 Lottery Ticket as Grandma
2008 First Sunday as Sister Doris
1991 Livin' Large! as Nadine Biggs
2011 Jumping the Broom as Mrs. Taylor
1997 Lover Girl as Leticia / 'Coco'
1997 Clover as Everleen
2001 Kingdom Come as Marguerite Slocumb
2000 Freedom Song as Evelyn Walker
2016 Caged No More as Aggie
2015 The Sound and the Fury as Dilsey
2017 Naked as Carol
2018 Behind the Movement as Jo Ann Robinson
2019 Postmarked as Hattie
2022 Mack & Rita as Sharon
2023 A Snowy Day in Oakland as Jeanette
1998 Urban Legend as Reese Wilson
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge as Ruby Dandridge
1997 The Price of Kissing as Jackee
1998 Down in the Delta as Zenia
2013 A Very Larry Christmas as Mrs. Claus
2020 Always and Forever as Elda
2018 Jingle Belle as Emory Simons
2018 The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special as Hallie
1970 Urban Legend as Reese
1996 The Preacher's Wife as Beverly
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done as Miss Roberts
2001 I Am Sam as Margaret Calgrove
2016 Brett Gelman's Dinner in America as Herself
2019 Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror as Self
1983 Anna to the Infinite Power as Mrs. Benson
2021 Queen Bees as Sally
1992 Class Act as Blade's Mom
2013 Khumba as Mama V (voice)
2000 Best Actress as Connie Travers
2016 No Regrets as Ms Carey
2002 Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs
2019 A Family Reunion Christmas as Amelia 'M'Dear' McKellan
2007 Cougar Club as Dolly
1997 Don King: Only in America as Connie Harper
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua as Delta (voice)
1988 Sticky Fingers as Diane
1991 Caged Fear as Judy
1990 Stanley & Iris as Bertha
1999 Jackie's Back! as Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend)
1988 Little Nikita as Verna McLaughlin
1997 Hoodlum as Pigfoot Mary
2005 King's Ransom as Miss Gladys
2021 The Starling as Velma
1989 Parent Trap III as Thelma
2010 Death at a Funeral as Cynthia
2014 You're Not You as Marilyn
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 as Delta (voice)
2018 Urban Legacy: The Story Behind Urban Legend as Self
2015 Welcome to Me as Barb Vaughn
2000 What Women Want as Flo
2016 Norm of the North as Tamecia (voice)
2006 Dreamgirls as Jazz Singer
1993 Amos & Andrew as Ula
2018 Sierra Burgess Is a Loser as Ms. Thomson
2021 Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age as Self
2005 Crash as Shaniqua Johnson
2009 Spring Breakdown as Dr. Marguerite
1993 The American Clock
Photo Name Department
2002 Half & Half (2 episode)
2008 Eli Stone (26 episode) as Patti Dellacroix
2003 Wild Card (36 episode) as M. Pearl McGuire
2005 Grey's Anatomy (16 episode) as Adele Webber
1994 Touched by an Angel (1 episode) as Tonya Hawkins
2005 Supernatural (3 episode) as Missouri Moseley
2004 Boston Legal (2 episode) as Judge Victoria Thomson
1990 Sugar and Spice (7 episode)
2012 The Client List (25 episode) as Georgia Cummings
1987 A Different World (22 episode) as Stevie Rallen
2000 Boston Public (81 episode) as Marla Hendricks
2005 Everybody Hates Chris (1 episode)
1997 Ally McBeal (1 episode)
2003 Cold Case (1 episode) as Chandra Patterson (2009)
2000 Girlfriends (3 episode)
1988 Murphy Brown (1 episode) as Nurse Hawking
1996 Moesha (1 episode)
2000 Strong Medicine (1 episode)
1999 The PJs (44 episode)
1999 Family Law (1 episode)
1996 Promised Land (1 episode) as Tonya Hawkins
1990 Cop Rock (1 episode)
1970 Legally Mad (1 episode) as Jeanette Harris
2009 Party Down (1 episode)
2011 State of Georgia (12 episode) as Honey Dupree
2012 Doc McStuffins (246 episode) as Nurse Hallie (voice)
2015 The Carmichael Show (32 episode) as Cynthia Carmichael
2019 Family Reunion (44 episode) as M'Dear
2009 Glee (1 episode) as Sister Mary Constance
2014 black-ish (3 episode) as Lynette
2014 Sirens (2 episode) as Hank's Mother
1992 Love & War (1 episode)
2010 Shake It Up (1 episode) as Marsha Sanders
2006 Psych (1 episode) as Melba Birdson
1971 Great Performances (1 episode) as Janine
2019 Tamron Hall (1 episode) as Self - Guest
2020 P-Valley (9 episode) as Ernestine
2009 RuPaul's Drag Race (1 episode) as Self - Guest Judge
1991 Roc (4 episode) as Cynthia
1991 Roc (1 episode)
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1 episode) as Mother (voice)
2021 Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem (5 episode) as Angela
2019 A Black Lady Sketch Show (1 episode) as Marrier
2018 Summer Camp Island (1 episode) as Sea Cow (voice)
2020 Secret Celebrity RuPaul's Drag Race (1 episode) as Fabulosity

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