More Loretta Devine Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Woman Thou Art Loosed)Most recently, Devine co-starred in the critically acclaimed feature I Am Sam opposite Sean Penn and Michelle Pfeiffer. Her next film project is Baby of the Family and Book of Love. Other film credits include Kingdom Come where she received an NAACP nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, What Women Want, Urban Legends: Final Cut, Down In The Delta, The Preacher's Wife and Waiting to Exhale where she won an Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.
In television, Devine has starred on the FOX-TV drama Boston Public for three seasons and has won NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini Series or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Support Actress in a Drama Series. Other television credits include Freedom Song, Lillie, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Funny Valentines and The PJ's" with Eddie Murphy.
A seasoned thespian, Devine received critical acclaim for her work on Broadway, and is best remembered for her role as a member of the sultry and sassy trio in Dream Girls.
Bio courtesy Magnolia Pictures for "Woman Thou Art Loosed" (01-Dec-2004)
Biography #3Urban Legends: Final Cut marks the return of Loretta Devine to the role of campus security guard ‘Reese,' who became an audience favorite in Urban Legend.
Her impressive list of film credits includes such films as Maya Angelou's Down in the Delta, with Alfre Woodard and Wesley Snipes; Bill Duke's Hoodlum, with Lawrence Fishburne; Martin Ritt's Stanley & Iris, with Robert DeNiro; and Richard Benjamin's Little Nikita, opposite Sidney Poitier, to name a few.
Devine received her first NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her performance in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale. She also starred in Penny Marshall's The Preacher's Wife, with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston, which garnered her a second NAACP Image Award.
Her television career was launched when she was cast as Stevie Rallen, dorm director on A Different World. She then went on to star in her own show, Sugar and Spice, in 1991 for NBC. Devine went on to star in numerous television movies and miniseries including Eriq La Salle's Rebound, Clover, Don King: Only In America and Jackie's Back. She starred as Ruby Dandridge in the critically acclaimed HBO movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, with Halle Berry, as well as in E! Channel's first movie Best Actress and TNT's Freedom Song, opposite Danny Glover.
Presently, she is the voice of Muriel in Eddie Murphy's animated cartoon The PJ's.
A native of Houston, Texas, Devine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston and her Master of Fine Arts/Theatre from Brandeis University in Massachusetts. On the New York stage, she originated the roles of ‘Lorell' in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls and ‘Lillian' in Bob Fosse's Big Deal. Devine currently resides in Los Angeles.
Bio courtesy Sony Pictures Entertainment (01-Jan-2000)