Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

Highest Rated: 88% Chapter & Verse (2015)

Lowest Rated: 0% Naked (2017)

Birthday: Aug 21, 1949

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

A classically trained actress-singer with soulful eyes and a lilting voice, Loretta Devine was a professional actor for nearly 20 years before rising to prominence through her co-starring turn in the hit film "Waiting to Exhale" (1995). After years of theater study and a period working as a stage director at Houston's Black Arts Center, Devine began acting professionally on and off-Broadway in productions such as "Hair" and "Dreamgirls" in the late 1970s. Early TV and film appearances included a year-long stint on the sitcom "A Different World" (NBC, 1987-1993) and small role in the River Phoenix thriller "Little Nikita" (1988). Working steadily in minor roles in both mediums, Devine broke out with her warm and relatable performance as a single mother in "Waiting to Exhale." She went on to appear in a string of prominent supporting turns in projects like "The Preacher's Wife" (1996), "Down in the Delta" (1998), and "What Women Want" (2000). Regular or recurring roles on television included such shows as "Boston Public" (Fox, 2000-04) and "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ). Other work in film boasted such diverse projects as the screen adaptation of "Dreamgirls" (2006) and director Werner Herzog's psychodrama "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?" (2009). Exceptionally talented, professional and prolific, Devine had become one of Hollywood's most dependable ensemble cast members.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spell Eloise (Character) - 2020
No Score Yet 40% A Sweet Christmas Romance Loretta (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Always & 4Ever Elda (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jingle Belle Emory Simons (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Behind the Movement JoAnn Robinson (Character) - 2018
0% 31% Naked Bride's Mother (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lost Souls Café Unknown (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Other Home Mabel Marbury (Character) - 2017
9% 22% Norm of the North Tamecia (Voice) $17M 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet 36 Hour Layover Ms. Carey (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 50% Grandma's House Margie (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 71% Caged No More Aggie (Character) $3.5K 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Back to School Mom Meghan Graham (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet 100% For the Love of Ruth Unknown (Character) - 2015
88% 92% Chapter & Verse Miss Maddy (Character) $81.9K 2015
22% 32% The Sound & the Fury Dilsey (Character) - 2014
74% 46% Welcome to Me Barb Vaughn (Character) $625.7K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Very Larry Christmas Mrs. Claus (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comeback Dad Malinda (Character) - 2014
48% 70% You're Not You Marilyn (Character) - 2014
44% 43% Khumba Mama V (Voice) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saving Westbrook High Doris (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2013
No Score Yet 77% In the Hive Mrs. Inez (Character) - 2011
38% 74% Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family Shirley (Character) $53.3M 2011
58% 58% Jumping the Broom Mrs. Taylor (Character) $37.3M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie Unknown (Character) - 2011
32% 73% For Colored Girls Juanita/Green (Character) $37.7M 2010
43% 45% Death at a Funeral Cynthia (Character) $42.7M 2010
34% 44% Lottery Ticket Grandma (Character) $24.7M 2010
No Score Yet 44% Politics of Love Shirlee Gupta (Character) - 2010
55% 27% Spring Breakdown Dr. Racine Marguerite (Character) - 2009
49% 44% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Miss Roberts (Character) - 2009
12% 57% First Sunday Sister Doris (Character) $37.9M 2008
40% 52% Beverly Hills Chihuahua Delta (Voice) $94.5M 2008
55% 81% This Christmas Ma Dear (Character) $49.1M 2007
No Score Yet 17% Cougar Club Dolly (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 75% The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life Is Not a Fairy Tale Addie Collins (Character) - 2006
50% 68% Dirty Laundry Evelyn (Character) $20.1K 2006
2% 32% King's Ransom Miss Gladys (Character) $4M 2005
51% 84% Woman Thou Art Loosed Cassie (Character) $6.9M 2004
74% 88% Crash Shaniqua Johnson (Character) $54.6M 2004
No Score Yet 77% Book of Love Unknown (Character) - 2002
28% 72% Kingdom Come Marguerite (Character) $23.2M 2001
35% 87% I Am Sam Margaret Calgrove (Character) $40.3M 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Best Actress Connie Travers (Character) - 2000
9% 20% Urban Legends: Final Cut Reese (Character) $21.5M 2000
50% 80% Punks Health Counselor (Character) $155.2K 2000
No Score Yet 60% Freedom Song Evelyn Walker (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Funny Valentines Dearie B. (Character) - 1999
83% 80% Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Ruby Dandridge (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 80% The Breaks Floria (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 14% Splitsville Principal (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Kills Sylvia Finkelstein (Character) - 1998
79% 70% Down in the Delta Zenia (Character) $5.7M 1998
21% 37% Urban Legend Reese Wilson (Character) $38.1M 1998
No Score Yet 42% The Price of Kissing Jackee (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lover Girl Leticia/"Coco" (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 76% Don King: Only in America Connie Harper (Character) - 1997
43% 65% Hoodlum Pigfoot Mary (Character) $23.5M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clover Everleen (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 94% Rebound -- The Legend of Earl The Goat Manigault Miss Mary (Character) - 1996
60% 52% The Preacher's Wife Beverly (Character) $48.1M 1996
56% 79% Waiting to Exhale Gloria 'Glo' Matthews (Character) $64.2M 1995
17% 31% Amos & Andrew Ula (Character) $9.5M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Oklahoma Judy (Character) - 1992
17% 72% Class Act Blade's Mom (Character) $11.1M 1992
No Score Yet 37% Livin' Large! Nadine Biggs (Character) $5.5M 1991
No Score Yet 55% Parent Trap III Thelma (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 22% Sticky Fingers Diane (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 76% The Murder of Mary Phagan Annie Maude Carter (Character) - 1988
54% 45% Little Nikita Verna McLaughlin (Character) $1.5M 1988
No Score Yet 56% Anna to the Infinite Power Ms. Benson (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Will Unknown (Character) - 1981

TV

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71% No Score Yet CONNECTING... Unknown (Guest Star) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Game On! A Comedy Crossover Event Amelia "M'Dear" McKellan (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2019-2020 2016 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doc McStuffins Hallie (Voice) 2012-2020
No Score Yet 81% Family Reunion M'Dear (Character) 2019-2020
No Score Yet 63% black-ish Lynette (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Couch Surfing Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The DL Hughley Show Guest 2019
80% 91% Love Is... Betty (Character) 2018
18% 60% Living Biblically Estelle (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2018 2015
No Score Yet 85% Supernatural Missouri Mosley (Guest Star) 2017 2005
87% 91% The Carmichael Show Cynthia Carmichael (Character) 2015-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Harvey Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boris & Nicole Show Guest 2015
No Score Yet 29% Sullivan & Son Guest 2014
No Score Yet 92% Psych Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
68% 77% The Client List Georgia Cummings (Character) 2012-2013
No Score Yet 80% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2011-2013 2005-2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Soul Man Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 62% The Cleveland Show Shirley (Guest Voice) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Game Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shake It Up! Judge Marsha Sanders (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet InnerVIEWS With Ernie Manouse Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet State of Georgia Unknown (Character) 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Made in Hollywood Guest 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011
71% 71% Glee Sister Mary Constance (Guest Star) 2011
93% 99% Party Down Diane Ellison (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
60% No Score Yet Eli Stone Patti (Character) 2008-2009
No Score Yet 90% Boston Legal Annabelle Carruthers (Guest Star) 2006-2007
No Score Yet 98% Everybody Hates Chris Maxine (Guest Star) 2006-2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Unknown (Guest Star) 2005-2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boston Public Marla Hendricks (Character) 2000-2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zoe Busiek: Wild Card Unknown (Character) 2004-2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half & Half Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The PJs Muriel Stubbs (Voice) 1999-2001
61% 70% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Clueless Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown (Voice) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Different World Unknown (Guest Star) 1987-1988

QUOTES FROM Loretta Devine CHARACTERS

Gloria Johnson says: Your father's comin' home on Tuesday.

Tarik says: And? First of all, he ain't my father, he's my daddy; there's a big damn difference.

Gloria Johnson says: Would you like to have dinner with us? It's just leftovers. Collard greens and corn bread, some candied yarns, a little potato salad, fried chicken, peach cobbler and a few slice of ham.

Marvin says: I would love to, but I've got so much to do around here. Maybe some other time.

Gloria Johnson says: To be honest, I don't have no business eatin' any of it as big as I am

Marvin says: My wife was a big woman too. I like a woman with some meat on her bones.

Reese Wilson says: I know a good story. It's about a campus serial killer who murders eight people...

Amy Mayfield says: Yeah, I heard that one. It supposedly happened at Pendleton. It's just an urban legend.

Amy Mayfield says: Reese, I must have dropped the tape. Did you see it?

Reese Wilson says: I looked, but I didn't see no tape, just yo' crazy white ass down in the sewer!

Reese Wilson says: Urban legend, my ass.

Reese Wilson says: [after Amy shoots Professor Solomon] That's my sister, baby, and she's a whole lotta woman.

Madea says: See, y'all Christians is somethin'... y'all go pull out that Bible, but y'all don't know which prescripture to use for which situation. You got to find the right prescripture. There's a prescripture that says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." Have you been redeemed by the Lord?

Madea says: See, y'all Christians is somethin'... y'all go pull out that Bible, but y'all don't know which prescripture to use for which situation. You got to find the right prescripture. There's a prescripture that says, 'Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.' Have you been redeemed by the Lord?

Shirley says: yes,

Shirley says: Yes.

Madea says: That's right, so if you've been redeemed by the Lord, and somebody does something to you that you don't like, even yo' kids, you can beat the hell outta them and just say, "So?" So that's what I'm'a do. I'm'a beat the hell outta them and say, "So?" And I'm'a bring them over here 'cause you've been redeemed, aight. It makes perfect sense, don't it? Halleluyer! Halleluyer!

Madea says: That's right, so if you've been redeemed by the Lord, and somebody does something to you that you don't like, even yo' kids, you can beat the hell outta them and just say, 'So?' So that's what I'm'a do. I'm'a beat the hell outta them and say, 'So?' And I'm'a bring them over here 'cause you've been redeemed, aight. It makes perfect sense, don't it? Halleluyer! Halleluyer!

Juanita says: Juanita: I got a real dead loving here for you now, because I don't know anymore how to avoid my own face wet with my tears! Because I had convinced myself that colored girls have no right to sorrow! Frank: I guess this is goodbye. Juanita: Like you've never seen it before.

Juanita says: Juanita: I got a real dead loving here for you now, because I don't know anymore how to avoid my own face wet with my tears! Because I had convinced myself that colored girls have no right to sorrow!

Frank says: I guess this is goodbye.

Juanita says: Like you've never seen it before.

Reese says: Well, after that suicide and what happened to the Mancini girl...now I'm having trouble locating another student, a boy named Damon Brooks. He's been missing for some days now.

Reese says: Well, after that suicide and what happened to the Mancini girl, now I'm having trouble locating another student, a boy named Damon Brooks. He's been missing for some days now.

Dean Adams says: Missing? He's not missing. It's the weekend. He's probably shacked up in some motel...with a girl or a guy or a farm animal. Whatever...Weren't you ever 18?

Dean Adams says: Missing? He's not missing. It's the weekend. He's probably shacked up in some motel, with a girl or a guy or a farm animal. Whatever. Weren't you ever 18?

Reese says: Not that kind of 18.

Paul says: (a police woman and the dean are taking away all the newspapers from the stand) - What do you think you're doing? You can't just come and take every copy here.

Paul says: (a police woman and the dean are taking away all the newspapers from the stand) What do you think you're doing? You can't just come and take every copy here.

Dean Adams says: You're the one that wrote this inflammatory piece of rubbish.

Paul says: Well actually, the fatuous quotes about being deeply shocked and heartsick...are yours, Dean Adams?

Paul says: Well actually, the fatuous quotes about being deeply shocked and heartsick. Are yours, Dean Adams?

Dean Adams says: Let me tell you something, young man. The only lunatic on this campus is you.

Paul says: I'm flattered. Can I quote you on that?

Reese says: I have a quote for you. "U.S. News and World Report"...named Pendleton the safest university in this country. And you best believe, I intend to keep it that way.

Reese says: I have a quote for you. 'U.S. News and World Report', named Pendleton the safest university in this country. And you best believe, I intend to keep it that way.

Paul says: Thank you, Reese. I'll make sure...and stick that in the special school safety edition. (Paul walks over to Natalie and Brenda) ...Hold on a second. How about some interviews, you know? Students react to the tragedy on campus.

Paul says: Thank you, Reese. I'll make sure, and stick that in the special school safety edition. (Paul walks over to Natalie and Brenda) Hold on a second. How about some interviews, you know? Students react to the tragedy on campus.

Brenda says: (smiles) - Okay, I am saddened and moved by--

Brenda says: (smiles) Okay, I am saddened and moved by-

Natalie says: (cuts Brenda off) - This was someone's life. Did you even spend one minute thinking about that?

Natalie says: (cuts Brenda off) This was someone's life. Did you even spend one minute thinking about that?

Paul says: No, I didn't...But because of my story, 3,500 students will...I think that's enough to help me sleep at night.

Paul says: No, I didn't. But because of my story, 3,500 students will. I think that's enough to help me sleep at night.

Reese says: (imitating Coffy on TV) - This is the end of your rotten life you mother fu**ing dope pusher! It was easy for him because he really didn't think it was coming, but it ain't gonna be easy for you 'cause you better believe it's coming!

Reese says: (imitating Coffy on TV) This is the end of your rotten life you mother fu**ing dope pusher! It was easy for him because he really didn't think it was coming, but it ain't gonna be easy for you 'cause you better believe it's coming!

Mrs. Taylor says: This family thinks they are better than us!

Juanita/Green says: "I brought you what joy I found... And I found joy... And then theres that woman who hurt you, and who you left three or four times and then you went back AFTER YOU PUT MY HEART IN THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SHOE... (trembling voice)And I didn't have nothing... So, I went to where somebody had something for me... But none of them were you... I got a real dead loving here for you now..."

Juanita/Green says: I brought you what joy I found, and I found joy. And then theres that woman who hurt you, and who you left three or four times and then you went back after you put my heart in the bottom of your shoe! [trembling voice] And I didn't have nothing. So, I went to where somebody had something for me. But none of them were you. I got a real dead loving here for you now.

Cynthia says: You can't understand death until you've given life.