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Loretta Devine


Loretta Devine was born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas, to Eunice O'Neal (née Toliver), a beautician, and James Devine, who worked as a laborer. Loretta grew up in the Acres Home area of Houston and later enrolled at the University of Houston, where she earned a a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama, and later Brandeis University where she ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 13 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Crash
Crash Shaniqua
(2004)
I Am Sam
I Am Sam Margaret Calgrove
(2001)
Boston Public
Boston Public Marla Hendricks
(2000-2004)
Death at a Funeral
(2010)

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 2017 Naked (post-production)
Brides Mother
 2016 No Regrets
Ms Carey
 2016 Grandma's House
Margie
 2016 Caged No More
Aggie
 2016 Norm of the North
Tamecia (voice)
 2015 Chapter & Verse
Miss Maddy
 2015 For the Love of Ruth
Naomi
 2015 Back to School Mom
Meghan Graham
 2014 You're Not You
Marilyn
 2014 The Sound and the Fury
Dilsey
 2014 Welcome to Me
Barb Vaughn
 2014 Comeback Dad
Malinda
 2013 Khumba
Mama V (voice)
 2011 Politics of Love
Shirlee Gupta
 2009 Spring Breakdown
Dr. Marguerite
 2007 This Christmas
Ma'Dere Whitfield
 2006 Dreamgirls
Jazz Singer
 2006/I Dirty Laundry
Evelyn
 2005 King's Ransom
Miss Gladys
 2004/I Crash
Shaniqua
 2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed
Cassey Jordan
 2002 Baby of the Family
Delores
 2001 Kingdom Come
Marguerite Slocumb
 2000 Punks
Health Counselor
 1999 Lillie
Michelle
 1999 The Breaks
Floria
 1999 Funny Valentines
Dearie B.
 1998 Down in the Delta
Zenia
 1998 Love Kills
Sylvia Finkelstein
 1997 Lover Girl
Leticia / 'Coco'
 1997 Hoodlum
Pigfoot Mary
 1997 The Price of Kissing
Jackee
 1994 The Hard Truth
Nichols' secretary
 1993 Amos & Andrew
Ula
 1992 Class Act
Blade's Mom
 1991 Livin' Large!
Nadine Biggs
 1991 Caged Fear
Judy
 1990 Stanley & Iris
Bertha
 1988 Sticky Fingers
Diane
 1988 Little Nikita
Verna McLaughlin
 1983 Anna to the Infinite Power
Ms. Benson (Schoolteacher)
 1981 Will
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CD: Narrated "Inspired By . . . The Bible Experience". See more »

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Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Graduated from the University of Houston in 1971 with a BA in Speech and Drama and Brandeis University in 1976 with a MFA in Theater. See more »

Trademark:

Sweet, soft spoken voice

Star Sign:

Leo

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