Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield

Highest Rated: 82% Eve's Bayou (1997)

Lowest Rated: 0% Jaws the Revenge (1987)

Birthday: May 06, 1953

Birthplace: Not Available

Scion of an achievement-oriented Baton Rouge clan with roots in southern black aristocracy, toothsome, energetic leading lady Lynn Whitfield first watched the likes of Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and Bette Davis in "All About Eve" from the vantage of her grandmother's lap, attired in mink-trimmed frocks and seeing no reason she could not some day play those same types of roles. After gaining attention on the stage as one of the young women of color in Ntozake Shange's poetic panorama of the black female experience, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf," Whitfield began appearing in supporting roles in such films as "Doctor Detroit" (1982) and "Silverado" (1985) but did not achieve real success until starring in television films ("The George McKenna Story," "Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI," both CBS 1986) and miniseries (the acclaimed "The Women of Brewster Place" ABC 1989). Whitfield vaulted to international attention in the title role of "The Josephine Baker Story" (1991), the HBO biopic requiring her to age from 18 to 68 to portray the Follies Bergere star turned Resistance and civil rights fighter. In a highly-publicized search that rivaled that of the hunt for Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind," she beat out more than 500 women considered world-wide for the role and won an Emmy, achieving "the greatest sense of accomplishment and realization of my vision. It absolutely called upon everything I thought I could do at that point." Her triumph as Baker, however, proved both a blessing and a curse as she became so closely identified with the Jazz Age legend that other opportunities were slow to come along. Whitfield had worked as a regular in two ABC series ("Heartbreak" and "Equal Justice") prior to playing Baker, and the dearth of good offers encouraged her to return to the small screen opposite Bill Cosby in "The Cosby Mysteries" (NBC, 1994-95). Gradually, the parts started coming her way again, and though critical response to such vehicles as "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" and "Gone Fishin'" (both 1996) was tepid, these features increased her exposure. Whitfield roared back into the winner's column with "Eve's Bayou" (1997), her part as head of a prosperous, socially prominent black family in Louisiana drawing heavily on her blue-blooded Baton Rouge upbringing. She returned to a similar milieu as snobby Martha's Vineyard matron Corinne Coles in the ABC miniseries "The Wedding" (1998), executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, who had also executive produced the earlier "The Women of Brewster Place." Certainly, these last two roles, along with that of Josephine Baker, are the kinds of parts Whitfield envisioned for herself as that little Louisiana princess so many years ago.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales From the Hood 3 Marie Benoit (Character) - 2020
71% 73% Nappily Ever After Paulette Jones (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 100% Solace Irene (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Espionage Tonight Sydney Greenstreet (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 89% Prayer Never Fails Loral Hess (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 25% Curveball Dr. Layne (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fright Night Files Madame Mabry (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The North Star Miss Grace (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Other Mother Mary Jo (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 39% Act Like You Love Me Harriett (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 25% And Then There Was You Sophia Brent (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 68% King's Faith Vanessa (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet 24 Hour Love Cynthia (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dempsey Sisters Olivia Norman (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 62% Lonely Boy Dr. Christine Nolan (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 60% The Redemption of a Dog Francine (Character),
Producer
- 2012
No Score Yet 36% The Last Letter Lorraine (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trace Vivian (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Somebody's Child Constance Rivers (Character) - 2012
8% 53% Battlefield America Ms. Parker (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 57% Things Fall Apart Bee (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 65% Mama, I Want to Sing Lillian Winter (Character) - 2010
14% 38% The Women Glenda Hill (Character) $26.9M 2008
73% 57% Kings of the Evening Grace Marigold (Character) $98.7K 2007
26% 94% Madea's Family Reunion Victoria (Character) $63.2M 2006
No Score Yet 52% Confessions of a Call Girl Dr. Page (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 83% Redemption Barbara Becnel (Character) - 2004
71% 49% The Cheetah Girls Dorothea (Character) - 2003
30% 47% Head of State Debra Lassiter (Character) $37.8M 2003
No Score Yet 61% A Girl Thing Nia Morgan (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 75% A Time for Dancing Linda Derricks (Character) - 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Elizabeti's Doll Narrator - 2000
No Score Yet 0% The Color of Courage Minnie McGhee (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 77% Deep in My Heart Corrine Burrell (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 50% Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story Lori Jackson (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 67% Love Songs Jean Simpson (Character) - 1999
45% 75% Stepmom Dr. P. Sweikert (Character) $91M 1998
4% 37% Gone Fishin' Angie (Character) $19.7M 1997
82% 90% Eve's Bayou Roz Batiste (Character) $14.8M 1997
No Score Yet 67% The Planet of Junior Brown Mrs. Brown (Character) - 1997
12% 77% A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Brandi Web (Character) $34.8M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sophie and the Moonhanger Sophie (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 33% State of Emergency Dehlia Johnson (Character) - 1994
6% 44% In the Army Now Sgt. Ladd (Character) $28.9M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cosby Mysteries Barbara Lorenz (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story Bobbie Mallory (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Taking the Heat Carolyn Hunter (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stompin' at the Savoy Esther (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 71% The Josephine Baker Story Josephine Baker (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story Natala (Character) - 1991
0% 15% Jaws the Revenge Louisa (Character) $18.8M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mace Sheila Freeman (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 52% The George McKenna Story Bobbie Maxwell (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI Johnnie Mae Gibson (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Johnnie Gibson Story Johnnie Mae Gibson (Character) - 1986
76% 80% Silverado Rae Johnson (Character) - 1985
33% 40% Doctor Detroit Thelma Cleland (Character) - 1983

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 72% Greenleaf Lady Mae Greenleaf (Character) 2016-2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tamron Hall Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2020 2018
No Score Yet 86% The Resident Josephine Okeke (Guest Star) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pickler & Ben Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister Circle Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Real Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steve Harvey Guest 2017
No Score Yet 63% Mistresses Unknown (Guest Star) 2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Today Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2016
75% 92% Chasing Life Karen Callahan (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fatal Attraction Host,
Narrator
2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2013
80% 77% FlashForward Anastasia Markham (Guest Star) 2009
52% No Score Yet Shark Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2006 2003-2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strong Medicine Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boston Public Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Martin Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1988-1990 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet HeartBeat Dr. Cory Banks (Character) 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fall Guy Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trauma Center Teri Baylor (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Jill Thomas (Guest Star) 1981

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