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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 Always & 4Ever
Latest Project:
Pelicula Behind the Movement 2018-02-11
Known For
Poster of State of Georgia
Poster of Lottery Ticket
Poster of Party Down
Poster of Caso abierto
Pelicula Always & 4Ever Elda 2019
Pelicula Behind the Movement Jo Ann Robinson 2018-02-11
Pelicula Desnudo Carol 2017-08-11
Series Legally Mad Jeanette Harris 2017
Pelicula Norman del norte Tamecia (voice) 2016-01-14
Pelicula Caged No More Aggie 2016-01-15
Pelicula Grandma's House 2016-04-29
Pelicula Back to School Mom Meghan Graham 2015-02-14
Series The Carmichael Show Cynthia Carmichael 2015-08-26
Pelicula The Sound & the Fury Dilsey 2015-10-23
Pelicula Doc Mcstuffins: A Little Cuddle Goes A Long Way Hallie 2014-03-17
Pelicula Welcome to Me Barb Vaughn 2014-09-05
Pelicula No eres tú 2014-10-10
Pelicula Khumba Mama V (voice) 2013-07-18
Pelicula A Very Larry Christmas Mrs. Claus 2013-12-31
Series Doctora Juguetes Nurse Hallie 2012-03-23
Series The Client List Georgia Cummings 2012-04-08
Pelicula Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Addie Collins 2012-10-09
Pelicula In the Hive Mrs. Inez 2012-12-14
Pelicula Madea's Big Happy Family Shirley 2011-04-22
Pelicula Un chihuahua en Beverly Hills 2 Delta (voice) 2011-02-01
Pelicula Dos familias y una boda Mrs. Taylor 2011-05-06
Series State of Georgia Honey Dupree 2011-06-29
Pelicula Politics of Love Shirlee Gupta 2011-08-26
Pelicula Un funeral de muerte Cynthia 2010-04-15
Pelicula Lottery Ticket Grandma 2010-08-20
Pelicula For Colored Girls Juanita / Green 2010-11-05
Pelicula My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Miss Roberts 2009-09-06
Series Party Down Unknown 2009-03-20
Pelicula Atraco en la iglesia Sister Doris 2008-01-11
Series Eli Stone Patti Dellacroix 2008-01-31
Pelicula Un chihuahua en Beverly Hills Delta (voice) 2008-10-03
Pelicula Vaya navidades Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield 2007-11-27
Pelicula Dirty Laundry Evelyn 2006-07-15
Pelicula Dreamgirls Jazz Singer 2006-12-25
Series Anatomía de Grey Adele Webber 2005-03-27
Pelicula Crash (Colisión) Shaniqua Johnson 2005-05-06
Series Sobrenatural Missouri Moseley 2005-09-13
Series Todo el mundo odia a Chris Unknown 2005-09-22
Series Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
Pelicula Woman Thou Art Loosed Cassey Jordan 2004-09-30
Series Zoe, Factor sorpresa M. Pearl McGuire 2003-08-02
Series Caso abierto Unknown 2003-09-28
Series Half & Half Unknown 2002-09-23
Pelicula Yo soy Sam Margaret Calgrove 2001-12-28
Pelicula Kingdom Come Marguerite Slocumb 2001-04-11
Pelicula Best Actress Connie Travers 2000-03-18
Series Doctoras de Filadelfia Unknown 2000-07-23
Pelicula Freedom Song Evelyn Walker 2000-02-27
Series Girlfriends Unknown 2000-09-11
Pelicula ¿En qué piensan las mujeres? Flo the Doorwoman 2000-12-15
Series Boston Public 2000-10-23
Pelicula Leyenda urbana 2 Reese Wilson 2000-09-19
Series The PJs 1999-01-10
Pelicula Funny Valentines Dearie B. 1999-02-14
Pelicula Love Kills Sylvia Finkelstein 1999-10-04
Series Leyes de familia Unknown 1999-09-20
Pelicula Dorothy Dandridge: La estrella que se enfrentó a Hollywood Ruby Dandridge 1999-08-21
Pelicula Jackie's Back! Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend) 1999-06-14
Pelicula Leyenda urbana Reese Wilson 1998-09-25
Pelicula Down in the Delta Zenia 1998-12-25
Pelicula Hampones Pigfoot Mary 1997-08-27
Pelicula El precio del amor Jackee 1997-04-01
Series Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
Pelicula Lover Girl Leticia / 'Coco' 1997-09-11
Pelicula Clover Everleen 1997-09-10
Series Moesha Unknown 1996-01-23
Series Promised Land Unknown 1996-09-17
Pelicula La mujer del predicador Beverly 1996-12-13
Pelicula Esperando un respiro Gloria 'Glo' Matthews 1995-12-22
Series Tocados por un ángel Unknown 1994-09-21
Pelicula The American Clock 1993-01-02
Pelicula ¡Atrapen al ladrón! ¿Al Blanco o al Negro? Ula 1993-03-05
Pelicula Class Act Blade's Mom 1992-06-05
Series Love & War Unknown 1992-09-21
Pelicula Caged Fear Judy 1991-01-01
Pelicula Reportero por los pelos Nadine Biggs 1991-09-20
Pelicula Cartas a Iris Bertha 1990-02-09
Series Cop Rock Unknown 1990-09-26
Series Sugar and Spice 1990-03-30
Pelicula Sticky Fingers Diane 1988-05-06
Series Murphy Brown Unknown 1988-11-14
Series A Different World Stevie Rallen 1987-09-24