Person Details

Birthday: 1949-08-21 22:20:56

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Houston, Texas, USA

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Movie Involvements: 34

TV Involvements: 8


Most Famous Work

Biography

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 Famous Work

Supernatural
Average
8

Supernatural

(2005) Missouri Moseley
Grey's Anatomy
Average
7

Grey's Anatomy

(2005) Adele Webber
Crash
Average
7

Crash

(2004) Shaniqua Johnson
Touched by an Angel
Average
7

Touched by an Angel

(1994) Tonya Hawkins
I Am Sam
Average
8

I Am Sam

(2001) Margaret Calgrove
The Client List
Average
6

The Client List

(2012) Georgia Cummings
Dreamgirls
Average
7

Dreamgirls

(2006) Jazz Singer
Urban Legends: Final Cut
Average
5

Urban Legends: Final Cut

(2000) Reese Wilson

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2019 Amelia 'M'Dear' McKellan
Loretta
M'Dear
Mama Jay
Elda
N/A
2018 Hallie
Emory Simons
N/A
Jo Ann Robinson
2017 Carol
Miss Maddy
2016 Ms Carey
Herself
N/A
N/A
Aggie
Tamecia (voice)
2015 Dilsey
Cynthia Carmichael
Meghan Graham
2014 N/A
Lynette
Barb Vaughn
Hallie
N/A
2013 Mrs. Claus
Doris
Mama V (voice)
2012 Mrs. Inez
Georgia Cummings
Nurse Hallie (voice)
2011 Shirlee Gupta
Honey Dupree
Mrs. Taylor
Shirley
Delta (voice)
2010 Juanita / Green
Grandma
Cynthia
2009 Miss Roberts
Sister Mary Constance
N/A
2008 Delta (voice)
Patti Dellacroix
Sister Doris
2007 Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield
2006 Jazz Singer
Addie Collins
Evelyn
2005 N/A
Missouri Moseley
Miss Gladys
Adele Webber
2004 N/A
Cassey Jordan
Shaniqua Johnson
2003 N/A
M. Pearl McGuire
2002 N/A
N/A
2001 Margaret Calgrove
Marguerite Slocumb
2000 Flo the Doorwoman
Marla Hendricks
Reese Wilson
N/A
N/A
Connie Travers
Evelyn Walker
1999 Sylvia Finkelstein
N/A
Ruby Dandridge
Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend)
Floria
Dearie B.
N/A
1998 Zenia
Reese Wilson
1997 Leticia / 'Coco'
Everleen
N/A
Pigfoot Mary
Jackee
1996 Beverly
Tonya Hawkins
N/A
1995 Gloria 'Glo' Matthews
1994 Tonya Hawkins
1993 Ula
N/A
1992 N/A
Blade's Mom
1991 Nadine Biggs
Judy
1990 N/A
N/A
Bertha
1988 N/A
Diane
1987 Stevie Rallen
N/A
Jeanette Harris
Jeanette
Naomi
Year Character Movie/Tv

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