Loretta Devine Biography (1949?-)

Born August 21, 1949 (some sources say 1953), in Houston, TX; daughter of James (a laborer) and Eunice (a beautician; maiden name, O'Neal) Devine. Addresses: Agent: Writers & Artists Agency, 19 West 44th St., Suite 1000, New York, NY 10036-6095.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer, director
Birth Details
August 21, 1949?
Houston, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Minister, Godsong, La Mama Etc., New York City, 1977
  • (Broadway debut) Dionne, Hair--Revival, Biltmore Theatre, 1977
  • Soloist, Langston Hughes, AMAS Repertory Theatre, 1977
  • Title role, Karma, Richard Allen Center, New York City, 1977
  • Gloria, Verandah, New Dramatists, 1977
  • Soloists, Seasons Reasons, Henry Street Settlement Playhouse, NewYork City, 1977
  • Yenta lady, A Broadway Musical, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Loretta, Miss Truth, Apollo Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Bones, Circle in the Square, New York City, 1978
  • Ms. Dabney, Mahalia, Henry Street Settlement Playhouse, 1978
  • Virtue, The Blacks, Richard Allen Center, New York City, 1978
  • Young Mary, Comin' Uptown, Winter Garden Theatre, New York City, 1979
  • Jewel, Lion and the Jewel, Lincoln Center, New York City, 1980
  • Precious, Dementos, City Center, New York City, 1980
  • Lorell Robinson, Dreamgirls, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • The Casting of Kevin Christian, Shepherd Street Art Gallery, 1983
  • Mermaid, Gotta Getaway!, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1984
  • Janeen Earl-Taylor, Long Time Since Yesterday, Henry Street Settlement Playhouse, New York City, 1985
  • Lilly, Big Deal, Broadway Theater, New York City, 1986
  • Lala, Wigs, and model, The Colored Museum, Public Theaters/Susan Stein Shiva Theater, New York City, 1986
  • Delia, Spunk, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1990
  • Billy Holiday, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Old GlobeTheatre, San Diego, CA, then Little Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, 1991
  • Holly Day, Rabbit Foot, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Los Angeles, 1991
  • Charlesetta, East Texas Hot Links, The Met, Los Angeles, 1991
  • Soloist, Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein Tribute, Embassy Theatre, 1991
  • Soloist, Big Moments on Broadway, Kennedy Center Opera House, Washington, DC, 1991
  • Also appeared as Cissy, Woman from the Town, and in Midsummer Night's Dream and The Hot Mikado,1990.
  • Stage Director
  • Who's Got His Own, Black Arts Center, Houston, TX, 1972
  • El Majj Malik, Black Arts Center, 1972
  • Black Cycle, Black Arts Center, 1973
  • The Warning: A Theme for Linda, Black Arts Center, 1973
  • Nigger's Still Your First Name, Black Arts Center, 1974
  • Black Girl, Black Arts Center, 1974
  • Shoes, Black Arts Center, 1974
  • Film Appearances
  • Ms. Benson (schoolteacher), Anna to the Infinite Power, 1983
  • Verna McLaughlin, Little Nikita (also known as The Sleepers), Columbia, 1987
  • Diane, Sticky Fingers, Spectrafilm, 1988
  • Bertha, Stanley and Iris, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988
  • Judy, Oklahoma Hotel, EAE, 1990
  • Nadine Biggs, Living Large! (also known as The Tapes of DexterJackson), Samuel Goldwyn, 1991
  • Blade's mom, Class Act, Warner Bros., 1991
  • Judy, Caged Fear (also known as Hotel Oklahoma), 1992
  • Ula, Amos and Andrew, 1993
  • Nichols's secretary, The Hard Truth, 1994
  • Gloria Matthews, Waiting to Exhale, 1995
  • Beverly, The Preacher's Wife, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Pigfoot Mary, Hoodlum, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1997
  • Coco, Lover Girl (also known as Lover Girls), Bedford Entertainment, 1997
  • Jackee, The Price of Kissing, Price of Kissing, L.l.c., 1997
  • Zenia, Down in the Delta, Miramax, 1998
  • Reese Wilson, Urban Legend (also known as Mixed Culture andUrban Legends), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1998
  • Sylvia Finkelstein, Love Kills, 1998
  • Voice of Raul's mother, Alyson's Closet (short), TracksterPictures, 1998
  • Floria, The Breaks, Artisan Entertainment, 1999
  • Principal, Operation Splitsville, Cineville, Inc., 1999
  • Michelle, Lillie, Universal, 1999
  • Health counselor, Punks, e2 Filmworks, 2000
  • Reese Wilson, Urban Legends: Final Cut (also known as Leyendadurbanas: Corte final and Legendes urbaines 2), Columbia/Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2000
  • Flo, What Women Want, Paramount, 2000
  • Book of Love, Artisan Entertainment, 2000
  • Kingdom Come, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2000
  • I Am Sam, New Line Cinema, 2001
  • Delores, Baby of the Family, 2001
  • Film Song Performer
  • "He's All over Me,"The Preacher's Wife, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Stevie Rallen, A Different World, NBC, 1987-88
  • Aunt Loretta Fontaine, Sugar and Spice, CBS, 1988
  • Ellie, Simple Folks, CBS, 1992
  • Mo'Nique, UPN, 1999-2000
  • Voice of Muriel Stubbs, The PJs, Fox, then The WB, 2000
  • Marla Hendricks, Boston Public, Fox, 2000-
  • Miniseries
  • Anne Maude Carter, The Murder of Mary Phagan, NBC, 1988
  • Movies
  • Thelma, Parent Trap III, NBC, 1989
  • Miss Mary, Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault (alsoknown as Rebound), HBO, 1996
  • Everleen, Clover, 1997
  • Connie Harper, Don King: Only in America, HBO, 1997
  • Dearie B., Funny Valentines, 1999
  • Snookie Tate, Jackie's Back! (also known as Jackie's Back: Portrait of a Diva), Lifetime, 1999
  • Ruby Dandridge, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, HBO, 1999
  • Evelyn Walker, Freedom Song, TNT, 2000
  • Connie Travers, Best Actress, E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • Specials
  • The Colored Museum, PBS, 1986
  • Irene, The American Clock (also known as Arthur Miller's The American Clock), 1993
  • Herself, Intimate Portrait: Lela Rochon, Lifetime, 2001
  • Episodic
  • Lydia, Amen, NBC, 1988
  • Nurse Hawking, "The Bitch's Back," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1990
  • Juror, Cop Rock, Fox, 1990
  • Nurse Tilda, STAT, Disney, 1991
  • Valerie Hall, "Hard Bargains," Reasonable Doubts, NBC, 1991
  • Marla Melrose, "Close Encounters," Picket Fences, CBS, 1995
  • Mrs. Duncan, "Reality Check," Ned and Stacey, Fox, 1995
  • Tonya Hawkins, "Amazing Grace: Parts 1 & 2," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • Cult leader, Linc's, 1999
  • Sean's mother, Clueless, UPN, 1999
  • Steph, "It Takes Two," Moesha, UPN, 1999
  • Gloria Rivers, "Playing God," Family Law, CBS, 2000
  • Nora Mills, "I Will Survive," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2000
  • Pilots
  • Cheryl Kelly, "Sirens," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS, 1987
  • Lorraine, Heart and Soul, ABC, 1989
  • Aunt Charlotte, In the House, NBC, 1991
  • Valerie Hall, Reasonable Doubts, NBC, 1991
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Pilots
  • Wrote Managing the Hunks (unsold).

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Contemporary Black Biography, 2000. Volume 24, Gale Group,
    Periodicals
    • Essence, April, 2001, p. 75.

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