Loretta Devine

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Loretta Devine
LorettaDevineDec10.jpg
Devine in December 2010
Born(1949-08-21) August 21, 1949 (age 65)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Other namesLoretta Tyler
Alma materUniversity of Houston
OccupationActress
Years active1977–present
 
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Loretta Devine
LorettaDevineDec10.jpg
Devine in December 2010
Born(1949-08-21) August 21, 1949 (age 65)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Other namesLoretta Tyler
Alma materUniversity of Houston
OccupationActress
Years active1977–present

Loretta Devine (born August 21, 1949) is an American character actress, best known for her roles as Marla Hendricks in the Fox drama series Boston Public, and for her recurring role as Adele Webber on the Shonda Rhimes' Grey's Anatomy, for which she won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011. In film, Devine appeared in Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife, I Am Sam, Urban Legend, Crash, Woman Thou Art Loosed, For Colored Girls, This Christmas and Jumping the Broom.

Early life[edit]

Devine was born in Houston, Texas. Her mother, Eunice O'Neal (née Toliver), was a beautician, and her father, James Devine, worked as a laborer.[1] She grew up in the Acres Homes area of Houston. She was very active on the pep squad, and performed in talent shows at George Washington Carver High School. Devine graduated from the University of Houston in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama and Brandeis University in 1976 with a MFA in Theater.[2] Devine was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha the Epsilon Lambda Chapter.

Career[edit]

Devine appeared in the 1978 flop A Broadway Musical, which closed after one performance. She captured attention in Dreamgirls, a Broadway musical loosely based on the history of The Supremes, in which she originated the role of Lorrell Robinson (a fictional character based on Mary Wilson). Minor roles for Devine followed in films such as Little Nikita and Stanley & Iris. She has a cameo performance in the film version of Dreamgirls. She was a repertory character in the play The Colored Museum with Vickilyn Reynolds. Devine and Reynolds both went on to play sisters in the short-lived TV series Sugar and Spice. During the period between the play and the series, Devine appeared in the first season of the TV series A Different World as Stevie Rallen, dormitory director at fictional Hillman College.

In 1995, she landed a major role as Gloria Matthews in Waiting to Exhale, opposite Whitney Houston, Gregory Hines, and Angela Bassett. The role earned her an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, as did her next movie, The Preacher's Wife, her second movie with Houston and Hines. She later co-starred opposite Alfre Woodard in Down in the Delta (1998) and Funny Valentines (1999).

From 2000 to 2004, Devine starred as high school teacher Marla Hendricks on the Fox drama series 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 film Crash. In 2007, she appeared in This Christmas, and in the next year had a series regular role on the ABC comedy-drama Eli Stone. Devine also was part of the ensemble casts of two Tyler Perry-directed films For Colored Girls and Madea's Big Happy Family.

Devine had a recurring role in the Shonda Rhimes drama series Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Richard Webber's wife, Adele. In 2011 she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her performance. She was nominated for a second time for her performance in 2012.[3] Devine also won Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Feature Role for Grey's Anatomy in 2012.[4] In 2011, she also starred on the short-lived ABC Family comedy State of Georgia. In 2012, she played Hallie, a nurse, on Playhouse Disney's Doc McStuffins. Later that year she began starring in the Lifetime series The Client List, playing the role of Georgia Cummings, the owner of the massage parlor where the lead character Riley Parks works. The series was cancelled after two seasons.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1981WillN/A
1983Anna to the Infinite PowerMs. Benson
1988The Murder of Mary PhaganAnnie Maude CarterTelevision film
1988Little NikitaVerna McLaughlin
1988Sticky FingersDiane
1989Parent Trap IIIThelmaTelevision film
1989Heart and SoulTonia HarrisShort film
1990Stanley & IrisBertha
1990Sugar and SpiceLoretta Fontaine
1990Cop RockJuror
1991Livin' LargeNadine Biggs
1992Caged FearJudy
1992Class ActBlade's mom
1993Amos & AndrewUla
1993The American ClockIreneTelevision film
1994The Hard TruthNichols' secretary
1995Waiting to ExhaleGloria MatthewsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1996ReboundMiss MaryTelevision film
1996The Preacher's WifeBeverlyNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
1997The Price of KissingJackee
1997HoodlumPigfoot Mary
1997CloverEverleenTelevision film
1997Lover GirlLeticia
1997Don King: Only in AmericaConnie HarperTelevision film
1999LillieMichelle
1999Operation SplitsvillePrincipal
1999Funny ValentinesDearie B.Television film
1999The BreaksFloria
1999Jackie's Back!Snookie TateTelevision film
1999Introducing Dorothy DandridgeRuby DandridgeTelevision film
2000PunksHealth counselor
2000Freedom SongEvelyn WalkerTelevision film
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2000Best ActressConnie TraversTelevision film
2000Urban Legends: Final CutReese Wilson
2000What Women WantFlo the Doorwoman
2001Kingdom ComeMarguerite SlocumbNominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2001I Am SamMargaret Calgrove
2002Baby of the FamilyDelores
2002Book of LoveN/A
2003Zoe Busiek: Wild CardN/A
2004Woman Thou Art LoosedCassey JordanNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2004CrashShaniqua JohnsonNominated—Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
2005King's RansomMiss Gladys
2006Dirty LaundryEvelyn
2006Life Is Not a Fairy TaleAddie CollinsTelevision film
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
2006DreamgirlsJazz singer
2007Cougar ClubDolly
2007This ChristmasMa'DereNominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2008First SundaySister Doris
2008Beverly Hills ChihuahuaDelta
2008Spring BreakdownDr. Marguerite
2009My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?Miss Roberts
2010Legally MadJeanetteTelevision film
2010Death at a FuneralCynthia
2010Lottery TicketGrandma
2010For Colored GirlsJuanita Sims
2010Politics of LoveShirlee Gupta
2011Jumping the BroomPamela Taylor
2011Madea's Big Happy FamilyShirley
2013KhumbaMama V
2014You're Not YouMarilyn
2015Norm of the NorthTameciaFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987CBS Summer PlayhouseCherylEpisode: "Sirens"
1987–1988A Different WorldStevie Rallen10 episodes
1989AmenLydia CummingsEpisode: "Court of Love"
1990Murphy BrownNurse HawkingEpisode: "The Bitch's Back"
1991Great PerformancesJanineEpisode: "The Colored Museum"
1991Reasonable DoubtsValerie HallEpisode: "Hard Bargains"
1992–1993RocCynthia5 episodes
1995Picket FencesMarla MelroseEpisode: "Close Encounters"
1995Ned and StaceyMrs. DuncanEpisode: "Reality Check"
1997Fairy Tales for Every ChildMotherEpisode: "The Golden Goose"
1997Touched by an AngelTonya HawkinsEpisode: "Amazing Grace - Part 1"
1999–2008The PJsMuriel Stubbs42 episodes
1999MoeshaStephEpisode: "It Takes Two"
1999CluelessPhyliss HolidayEpisode: "Graduation"
2000–2004Boston PublicMarla Hendricks80 episodes
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2001, 2003–04)
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Television Series (2003–04)
2000Family LawGloria RiversEpisode: "Playing God"
2000Ally McBealNora MillsEpisode: "I Will Survive"
2003The SystemMrs. Marsha WatersUnsold TV pilot
2003Half & HalfErika2 episodes
2004–2005Wild CardM. Pearl McGuire19 episodes
2005–2013Grey's AnatomyAdele Webber22 episodes
Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2005SupernaturalMissouri MoseleyEpisode: "Home"
2005–2006GirlfriendsJudge Vashti Jackson2 episodes
2006Boston LegalAnnabelle CarruthersEpisode: "The Nutcrackers"
2006–2007Everybody Hates ChrisMaxine3 episodes
2007Boston LegalJudge Victoria ThomsonEpisode: "Oral Contracts"
2008–2009Eli StonePatti Dellacroix25 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
2009Cold CaseChandra Patterson '09Episode: "Soul"
2010Party DownDiane EllisonEpisode: "James Ellison Funeral"
2011GleeSister Mary ConstanceEpisode: "Original Song"
2011State of GeorgiaAunt Honey12 episodes
2012–2014Doc McStuffinsHallie Hippo18 episodes
2012The GameGrandma MackEpisode: "There's No Place Like Home"
2012The Cleveland ShowShirleyEpisode: "Mama Drama"
2012RuPaul's Drag RaceHerselfEpisode: "Snatch Game"
2012Shake It UpJudge MarshaEpisode: "Judge It Up"
2012–2013The Client ListGeorgia Cummings25 episodes

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