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Loretta Devine Biography

Birth Name:
Loretta Devine
Birth Place:
Houston, Texas, United States
Actor, singer

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


  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2005Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated