- 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.
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2005, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
- University of Houston, Houston, TX (BA in Speech, 1971); Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (MFA in Theater, 1976)
- Birth Name: Loretta Devine
- Birth Place: Houston, TX
- Profession: Actor, Singer
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He demonstrates the bukkehorn, the tagelharpa and the lyre