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).

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).

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 88

Birthday 1949-08-21

Place of Birth Houston, Texas, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Legally Mad(2 episodes) as Jeanette Harris
Always & 4Ever as Elda
HeadShop as Jeanette
2018 Behind the Movement as Jo Ann Robinson
2017 Naked as Carol
2017 Chapter & Verse as Miss Maddy
2016 36 Hour Layover as Ms Carey
2016 Brett Gelman's Dinner in America as Herself
2016 Grandma's House
2016 Caged No More as Aggie
2016 Norm of the North as Tamecia (voice)
2015 The Sound and the Fury as Dilsey
2015 The Carmichael Show(32 episodes) as Cynthia Carmichael
2015 Back to School Mom as Meghan Graham
2014 You're Not You
2014 Welcome to Me as Barb Vaughn
2014 Doc Mcstuffins: A Little Cuddle Goes A Long Way as Hallie
2013 A Very Larry Christmas as Mrs. Claus
2013 Saving Westbrook High as Doris
2013 Khumba as Mama V (voice)
2012 In the Hive as Mrs. Inez
2012 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story as Addie Collins
2012 The Client List(25 episodes) as Georgia Cummings
2012 Doc McStuffins(189 episodes) as Nurse Hallie
2011 Politics of Love as Shirlee Gupta
2011 State of Georgia(12 episodes) as Honey Dupree
2011 Jumping the Broom as Mrs. Taylor
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family as Shirley
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 as Delta (voice)
2010 For Colored Girls as Juanita / Green
2010 Lottery Ticket as Grandma
2010 Death at a Funeral as Cynthia
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done as Miss Roberts
2009 Party Down(1 episode)
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua as Delta (voice)
2008 Eli Stone(36 episodes) as Patti Dellacroix
2008 First Sunday as Sister Doris
2007 This Christmas as Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield
2006 Dreamgirls as Jazz Singer
2006 Dirty Laundry as Evelyn
2005 Everybody Hates Chris(1 episode)
2005 Supernatural(3 episodes) as Missouri Moseley
2005 Crash as Shaniqua Johnson
2005 Grey's Anatomy(16 episodes) as Adele Webber
2004 Boston Legal(2 episodes)
2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed as Cassey Jordan
2003 Cold Case(1 episode)
2003 Wild Card(36 episodes) as M. Pearl McGuire
2002 Half & Half(2 episodes)
2001 I Am Sam as Margaret Calgrove
2001 Kingdom Come as Marguerite Slocumb
2000 What Women Want as Flo the Doorwoman
2000 Boston Public(82 episodes)
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut as Reese Wilson
2000 Girlfriends(3 episodes)
2000 Strong Medicine(1 episode)
2000 Best Actress as Connie Travers
2000 Freedom Song as Evelyn Walker
1999 Love Kills as Sylvia Finkelstein
1999 Family Law(1 episode)
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge as Ruby Dandridge
1999 Jackie's Back! as Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend)
1999 Funny Valentines as Dearie B.
1999 The PJs(44 episodes)
1998 Down in the Delta as Zenia
1998 Urban Legend as Reese Wilson
1997 Lover Girl as Leticia / 'Coco'
1997 Clover as Everleen
1997 Ally McBeal(1 episode)
1997 Hoodlum as Pigfoot Mary
1997 The Price of Kissing as Jackee
1996 The Preacher's Wife as Beverly
1996 Promised Land(1 episode) as Tonya Hawkins
1996 Moesha(1 episode)
1995 Waiting to Exhale as Gloria 'Glo' Matthews
1994 Touched by an Angel(2 episodes) as Tonya Hawkins
1993 Amos & Andrew as Ula
1993 The American Clock
1992 Love & War(1 episode)
1992 Class Act as Blade's Mom
1991 Livin' Large! as Nadine Biggs
1991 Caged Fear as Judy
1990 Cop Rock(1 episode)
1990 Sugar and Spice(7 episodes)
1990 Stanley & Iris as Bertha
1988 Murphy Brown(1 episode)
1988 Sticky Fingers as Diane
1987 A Different World(144 episodes) as Stevie Rallen

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