Loretta Devine



Place of birth:

Houston, Texas, USA:


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).

Film Credits

The Trap (2019)
as Mama Jay
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)
as Herself
The Doc McStuffins Christmas Special (2018)
as Hallie
Jingle Belle (2018)
as Emory Simons
Urban Legacy: The Story Behind Urban Legend (2018)
Behind the Movement (2018)
as Jo Ann Robinson
Naked (2017)
as Carol
Chapter & Verse (2017)
as Miss Maddy
36 Hour Layover (2016)
as Ms Carey
Brett Gelman's Dinner in America (2016)
as Herself
Grandma's House (2016)
Caged No More (2016)
as Aggie
Norm of the North (2016)
as Tamecia (voice)
The Sound and the Fury (2015)
as Dilsey
Back to School Mom (2015)
as Meghan Graham
You're Not You (2014)
Welcome to Me (2014)
as Barb Vaughn
Doc Mcstuffins: A Little Cuddle Goes A Long Way (2014)
as Hallie
A Very Larry Christmas (2013)
as Mrs. Claus
Saving Westbrook High (2013)
as Doris
Khumba (2013)
as Mama V (voice)
In the Hive (2012)
as Mrs. Inez
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2012)
as Addie Collins
Politics of Love (2011)
as Shirlee Gupta
Jumping the Broom (2011)
as Mrs. Taylor
Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)
as Shirley
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (2011)
as Delta (voice)
For Colored Girls (2010)
as Juanita / Green
Lottery Ticket (2010)
as Grandma
Death at a Funeral (2010)
as Cynthia
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)
as Miss Roberts
Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)
as Delta (voice)
First Sunday (2008)
as Sister Doris
This Christmas (2007)
as Shirley Ann "Ma'Dere" Whitfield
Dreamgirls (2006)
as Jazz Singer
Dirty Laundry (2006)
as Evelyn
King's Ransom (2005)
as Miss Gladys
Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004)
as Cassey Jordan
Crash (2004)
as Shaniqua Johnson
I Am Sam (2001)
as Margaret Calgrove
Kingdom Come (2001)
as Marguerite Slocumb
What Women Want (2000)
as Flo the Doorwoman
Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000)
as Reese Wilson
Best Actress (2000)
as Connie Travers
Freedom Song (2000)
as Evelyn Walker
Love Kills (1999)
as Sylvia Finkelstein
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999)
as Ruby Dandridge
Jackie's Back! (1999)
as Snookie Tate (Jackie's Childhood Friend)
Funny Valentines (1999)
as Dearie B.
Down in the Delta (1998)
as Zenia
Urban Legend (1998)
as Reese Wilson
Lover Girl (1997)
as Leticia / 'Coco'
Clover (1997)
as Everleen
Hoodlum (1997)
as Pigfoot Mary
The Price of Kissing (1997)
as Jackee
The Preacher's Wife (1996)
as Beverly
Waiting to Exhale (1995)
as Gloria 'Glo' Matthews
Amos & Andrew (1993)
as Ula
The American Clock (1993)
Class Act (1992)
as Blade's Mom
Livin' Large! (1991)
as Nadine Biggs
Caged Fear (1991)
as Judy
Stanley & Iris (1990)
as Bertha
Sticky Fingers (1988)
as Diane
HeadShop ()
as Jeanette
Always & 4Ever ()
as Elda