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Birth Name: Loretta Devine

Birth Place: Houston, TX

Birthday: August 21, 1949, Leo

Profession: Actor, Singer

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Fast Facts

  • Got her start in Broadway productions of Hair, Dreamgirls and Bob Fosse's Big Deal.
  • Has appeared in several David E. Kelley TV series, including Ally McBeal, Boston Public and Boston Legal.
  • Has earned multiple NAACP Image Awards, including wins for her work in Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife and Boston Public.
  • Appeared in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls as a jazz singer; Devine originated the role of Lorrell Robinson during the show's first run on Broadway.
  • Wrote and performed in the one-woman show Pieces of Me in 2011.
  • Received the Pan African Film Festival's Life Time Achievement Award in 2012.
  • Supports the Amazing Grace Conservatory, a performing arts center for at-risk youth.

Awards

  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee

College

  • University of Houston, Houston, TX (BA in Speech, 1971); Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (MFA in Theater, 1976)