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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 Black Narcissus 1947-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Naked 2017-08-11
Known For
Poster of Good Day Live
Poster of The Preacher's Wife
Poster of Waiting to Exhale
Poster of Class Act
Movie Naked Carol 2017-08-11
Movie Caged No More Aggie 2016-01-15
Movie Norm of the North Tamecia (voice) 2016-01-15
Series The Carmichael Show Cynthia Carmichael 2015-08-26
Movie The Sound and the Fury Dilsey 2015-10-23
Movie Welcome to Me Barb Vaughn 2014-09-05
Movie Doc Mcstuffins: A Little Cuddle Goes A Long Way Hallie 2014-03-17
Movie You're Not You 2014-10-10
Series White Album 2 Shirlee Gupta 2013-10-06
Movie Khumba Mama V (voice) 2013-07-18
Movie Saving Westbrook High Doris 2013-10-20
Series The Client List Georgia Cummings 2012-04-08
Movie Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Addie Collins 2012-10-09
Movie In the Hive Mrs. Inez 2012-12-14
Movie Madea's Big Happy Family Shirley 2011-04-22
Movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Delta (voice) 2011-02-01
Movie Jumping the Broom Mrs. Taylor 2011-05-06
Series State of Georgia Honey Dupree 2011-06-29
Movie Lottery Ticket Grandma 2010-08-20
Movie Death at a Funeral Cynthia 2010-04-15
Movie For Colored Girls Juanita / Green 2010-11-05
Series Party Down Unknown 2009-03-20
Movie My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Miss Roberts 2009-09-06
Series Eli Stone Patti Dellacroix 2008-01-31
Movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua Delta (voice) 2008-10-03
Movie El Greco 2007-01-01
Movie This Christmas Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield 2007-11-27
Series Dr. Steve-O Sister Doris 2007-10-01
Movie Rollin' with the Nines M. Pearl McGuire 2006-04-21
Movie Dirty Laundry Evelyn 2006-07-15
Movie Dreamgirls Jazz Singer 2006-12-25
Series Grey's Anatomy Adele Webber 2005-03-27
Movie King's Ransom Miss Gladys 2005-04-22
Series Everybody Hates Chris Unknown 2005-09-22
Series Supernatural Missouri Moseley 2005-09-13
Movie Woman Thou Art Loosed Cassey Jordan 2004-09-30
Movie Crash Shaniqua Johnson 2004-09-10
Series Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
Series Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
Series Half & Half Unknown 2002-09-23
Movie Kingdom Come Marguerite Slocumb 2001-04-11
Movie I Am Sam Margaret Calgrove 2001-12-28
Series Good Day Live Unknown 2001-09-17
Series Girlfriends Unknown 2000-09-11
Series Strong Medicine Unknown 2000-07-23
Series Boston Public Marla Hendricks 2000-10-23
Movie What Women Want Flo the Doorwoman 2000-12-15
Movie Funny Valentines Dearie B. 1999-02-14
Series The PJs 1999-01-10
Movie Jackie's Back! Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend) 1999-06-14
Movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Ruby Dandridge 1999-08-21
Movie Love Kills Sylvia Finkelstein 1999-10-04
Series Family Law Reese Wilson 1999-09-20
Movie The Big Lebowski Stevie Rallen 1998-03-06
Movie Down in the Delta Zenia 1998-12-25
Series Ally McBeal Unknown 1997-09-08
Movie The Price of Kissing Jackee 1997-04-01
Movie Clover Everleen 1997-09-10
Movie Lover Girl Leticia / 'Coco' 1997-09-11
Series Moesha Unknown 1996-01-23
Movie The Preacher's Wife Beverly 1996-12-13
Series Promised Land Unknown 1996-09-17
Movie Waiting to Exhale Gloria 'Glo' Matthews 1995-12-22
Series Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
Movie The American Clock 1993-01-02
Movie Amos & Andrew Ula 1993-03-05
Movie Class Act Blade's Mom 1992-06-05
Series Love & War Unknown 1992-09-21
Movie Livin' Large! Nadine Biggs 1991-09-20
Movie Caged Fear Judy 1991-01-01
Movie Stanley & Iris Bertha 1990-02-09
Movie Sticky Fingers Diane 1988-05-06
Series Murphy Brown Unknown 1988-11-14
Series Special Branch Reese Wilson 1969-09-17
Movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Unknown 1962-10-31
Movie Black Narcissus 1947-01-01