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Loretta Devine

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).

Loretta Devine Movies : Filmography

Norm of the North

Norm of the North

Released: 2016  

The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury

Released: 2015  

You're Not You

You're Not You

Released: 2014  

Welcome to Me

Welcome to Me

Released: 2014  

Doc Mcstuffins: A Little Cuddle Goes A Long Way

Doc Mcstuffins: A Little Cuddle Goes A Long Way

Hallie

Released: 2014  

Saving Westbrook High

Saving Westbrook High

Doris

Released: 2013  

Khumba

Khumba

Released: 2013  

In the Hive

In the Hive

Released: 2012  

Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story

Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story

Addie Collins

Released: 2012 Rated: NC-17 

Politics of Love

Politics of Love

Shirlee Gupta

Released: 2011  

Jumping the Broom

Jumping the Broom

Mrs. Taylor

Released: 2011 Rated: PG-13 

Madea's Big Happy Family

Madea's Big Happy Family

Shirley

Released: 2011 Rated: PG-13 

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Delta (voice)

Released: 2011 Rated:

For Colored Girls

For Colored Girls

Juanita / Green

Released: 2010 Rated:

Lottery Ticket

Lottery Ticket

Grandma

Released: 2010 Rated: PG-13 

Death at a Funeral

Death at a Funeral

Cynthia

Released: 2010 Rated:

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Miss Roberts

Released: 2009 Rated:

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Delta (voice)

Released: 2008 Rated: PG 

First Sunday

First Sunday

Sister Doris

Released: 2008 Rated: PG-13 

This Christmas

This Christmas

Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield

Released: 2007 Rated: PG-13 

Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls

Jazz Singer

Released: 2006  

Dirty Laundry

Dirty Laundry

Evelyn

Released: 2006 Rated: PG-13 

Crash

Crash

Shaniqua Johnson

Released: 2005 Rated:

Woman Thou Art Loosed

Woman Thou Art Loosed

Cassey Jordan

Released: 2004  

I am Sam

I am Sam

Margaret Calgrove

Released: 2001 Rated: PG-13 

Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come

Marguerite Slocumb

Released: 2001 Rated: PG 

What Women Want

What Women Want

Flo the Doorwoman

Released: 2000 Rated: PG-13 

Urban Legends: Final Cut

Urban Legends: Final Cut

Reese Wilson

Released: 2000  

Best Actress

Best Actress

Connie Travers

Released: 2000  

Freedom Song

Freedom Song

Evelyn Walker

Released: 2000  

Love Kills

Love Kills

Sylvia Finkelstein

Released: 1999  

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Introducing Dorothy Dandridge

Ruby Dandridge

Released: 1999 Rated: PG-13 

Jackie's Back!

Jackie's Back!

Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend)

Released: 1999  

Funny Valentines

Funny Valentines

Dearie B.

Released: 1999  

Down In The Delta

Down In The Delta

Zenia

Released: 1998  

Urban Legend

Urban Legend

Reese Wilson

Released: 1998 Rated:

Lover Girl

Lover Girl

Released: 1997  

Clover

Clover

Everleen

Released: 1997  

Hoodlum

Hoodlum

Pigfoot Mary

Released: 1997  

The price of Kissing

The price of Kissing

Released: 1997  

The Preacher's Wife

The Preacher's Wife

Beverly

Released: 1996 Rated: PG 

Waiting to Exhale

Waiting to Exhale

Gloria 'Glo' Matthews

Released: 1995 Rated:

Amos & Andrew

Amos & Andrew

Ula

Released: 1993 Rated: PG-13 

The American Clock

The American Clock

Released: 1993  

Class Act

Class Act

Blade's Mom

Released: 1992  

Livin' Large!

Livin' Large!

Nadine Biggs

Released: 1991 Rated:

Caged Fear

Caged Fear

Judy

Released: 1991  

Stanley & Iris

Stanley & Iris

Bertha

Released: 1990 Rated: PG-13 

Sticky Fingers

Sticky Fingers

Diane

Released: 1988