Image of Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

1949-08-21 Houston, Texas, USA

Image of 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).


A Snowy Day in Oakland Jeanette 2023-01-13
All I Didn't Want for Christmas Lorraine 2022-12-07
Doc McStuffins: The Doc Is 10! Hallie (voice) 2022-03-23
Mack & Rita Sharon 2022-08-12
Christmas in Harmony Mama 2021-10-29
The Starling Velma 2021-09-17
Queen Bees Sally 2021-06-11
Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age Self 2021-08-14
Always and Forever Elda 2020-11-20
Spell Eloise 2020-10-30
A Sweet Christmas Romance Loretta 2019-11-10
The Trap Mama Jay 2019-04-01
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror Self 2019-02-07
Postmarked Hattie 2019-11-08
A Family Reunion Christmas Amelia 'M'Dear' McKellan 2019-12-09
The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special Hallie 2018-12-02
Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Ms. Thomson 2018-09-07
Urban Legacy: The Story Behind Urban Legend Self 2018-11-20
Jingle Belle Emory Simons 2018-11-25
Behind the Movement Jo Ann Robinson 2018-11-15
Naked Carol 2017-08-11
Chapter & Verse Miss Maddy 2017-02-03
Caged No More Aggie 2016-01-15
Norm of the North Tamecia (voice) 2016-01-14
No Regrets Ms Carey 2016-09-24
Brett Gelman's Dinner in America Herself 2016-07-01
Grandma's House 2016-04-29
Welcome to Me Barb Vaughn 2015-05-01
The Sound and the Fury Dilsey 2015-10-23
For the Love of Ruth Naomi 2015-05-09
Back to School Mom Meghan Graham 2015-02-14
Doc Mcstuffins: A Little Cuddle Goes A Long Way Hallie 2014-03-17
Comeback Dad Malinda 2014-06-21
You're Not You Marilyn 2014-10-10
A Very Larry Christmas Mrs. Claus 2013-12-31
Saving Westbrook High Doris 2013-10-20
Khumba Mama V (voice) 2013-07-18
In the Hive Mrs. Inez 2012-12-14
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 Delta (voice) 2011-02-01
Madea's Big Happy Family Shirley 2011-04-22
Politics of Love Shirlee Gupta 2011-08-26
Jumping the Broom Mrs. Taylor 2011-05-06
Lottery Ticket Grandma 2010-08-20
For Colored Girls Juanita / Green 2010-11-05
Death at a Funeral Cynthia 2010-04-15
Spring Breakdown Dr. Marguerite 2009-05-22
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Miss Roberts 2009-12-11
First Sunday Sister Doris 2008-01-11
Beverly Hills Chihuahua Delta (voice) 2008-10-03
This Christmas Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield 2007-11-27
Cougar Club Dolly 2007-01-01
Dreamgirls Jazz Singer 2006-12-25
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Addie Collins 2006-08-19
Dirty Laundry Evelyn 2006-07-15
Crash Shaniqua Johnson 2005-05-06
King's Ransom Miss Gladys 2005-04-22
Woman Thou Art Loosed Cassey Jordan 2004-09-30
Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs 2002-02-14
Kingdom Come Marguerite Slocumb 2001-04-11
I Am Sam Margaret Calgrove 2001-12-28
Freedom Song Evelyn Walker 2000-02-27
Urban Legends: Final Cut Reese 2000-09-22
What Women Want Flo 2000-12-15
Best Actress Connie Travers 2000-03-18
Funny Valentines Dearie B. 1999-02-14
The Breaks Floria 1999-02-26
Jackie's Back! Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend) 1999-06-14
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Ruby Dandridge 1999-08-21
Love Kills Sylvia Finkelstein 1999-10-04
Down in the Delta Zenia 1998-12-25
Urban Legend Reese Wilson 1998-09-25
The Price of Kissing Jackee 1997-04-01
Clover Everleen 1997-09-10
Hoodlum Pigfoot Mary 1997-08-27
Lover Girl Leticia / 'Coco' 1997-09-11
Don King: Only in America Connie Harper 1997-11-15
The Preacher's Wife Beverly 1996-12-13
Waiting to Exhale Gloria Matthews 1995-12-22
The American Clock 1993-01-02
Amos & Andrew Ula 1993-03-05
Class Act Blade's Mom 1992-06-05
Livin' Large! Nadine Biggs 1991-09-20
Caged Fear Judy 1991-05-17
Stanley & Iris Bertha 1990-02-09
Parent Trap III Thelma 1989-04-09
Sticky Fingers Diane 1988-05-06
Little Nikita Verna McLaughlin 1988-03-17
Anna to the Infinite Power Mrs. Benson 1983-01-12
Will 1981-01-01
Urban Legend Reese