Loretta Devine born August 21, 1949 is an American film and television actress known for her roles on Boston Public, Grey’s Anatomy, and Eli Stone. She also provided her voice for the Stop Motion animated television series The PJs. Devine is a five-time NAACP Image Award winner.
Devine was born in Houston, Texas. Her mother Eunice O’Neal (nee Toliver) was a beautician, and her father James Devine worked as a laborer.She grew up in the Acres Home area of Houston. She was very active on the pep squad, and performed in talent shows, at George Washington Carver High School.
Devine graduated from the University of Houston in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama and Brandeis University in 1976 with a MFA in Theater. Devine is a member of The Epsilon Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Devine appeared in the 1978 flop A Broadway Musical, which closed after one performance. She captured attention in Dreamgirls a Broadway musical loosely based on the history of The Supremes in which she originated the role of Lorrell Robinson (a fictional character based on Mary Wilson). It premiered on December 20, 1981 and ran for over 1500 performances; it eventually won six Tony awards. Minor roles for Devine followed in films such as Little Nikita and Stanley & Iris. She has a cameo performance in the film version of Dreamgirls.
She was a repertory character in the play The Colored Museum with Vickilyn Reynolds. They both went on to play sisters in the short-lived TV series Sugar and Spice. During the period between the play and the series, Devine appeared in the first season of the TV series A Different World as Stevie Rallen, dormitory director at fictional Hillman College.
In 1995, she landed a high-profile role as Gloria Matthews in Waiting to Exhale joined in the cast by Whitney Houston, Gregory Hines, and Angela Bassett, among others. The role earned her an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress as did her next movie The Preacher’s Wife her second movie with Houston and Hines.
In 2000, Devine took on the role of impassioned high school teacher Marla Hendricks on the Fox TV drama Boston Public. Devine won three more Image Awards for her work in the series. She also continued to work in film, playing prominent roles in Urban Legend, Urban Legends: Final Cut, and I Am Sam.
In 1973 Devine married Lamar Tyler. They had one son James Lawrence Tyler. Devine and Tyler separated in 1980 and divorced on January 4, 2008 after 28 years of separation.
Devine has two grandchildren: Gregary James Tyler born 2005 and Lorraine Faye Tyler born 2009.
In April 2001 the former lecturer became engaged to financial expert Glenn Marshall. Lorretta Devine is married to Glenn Marshall.
Devine earned yet another Image Award nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her work in the 2004 film Woman Thou Art Loosed. She also appeared in the 2005 Academy Awards Best Picture winning film Crash. She also plays Rochelle’s mother Maxine who’s always picking on her on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.
In 2007 she appeared in This Christmas a Screen Gems production co-starring Delroy Lindo, Mekhi Phifer, and Regina King. Devine also appeared in Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Richard Webber’s wife Adele Webber. She also played Patti on Eli Stone an ABC television series which began airing in 2008. In 2009, Devine played the character of Jeanette in the rejected pilot for the David E. Kelly television series that was supposed to air on NBC, Legally Mad. She recently starred in Cold Case.
Interview with Loretta Devine for “Lottery Ticket” Aug 16, 2010 Reel Rave is the online destination for interviews with today’s biggest movie stars talking about today’s biggest movies.
November 5, 2010 “For Colored Girls” Adapted from a 1970s stage show and based on a collection of poems, “For Colored Girls” is now hitting the big screen, written and directed by Tyler Perry and starring a cast that will make your head spin.
February 14, 2011 TV Fanatic Loretta Devine, who has played Adele Webber since the beginning on Grey’s Anatomy, returns this week for the first of five episodes in her character’s latest story arc.
April 1, 2011 USA WEEKEND Loretta Devine is busy with a recurring role on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and parts in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family (opening April 22) and Jumping the Broom (opening May 6). At 61, time and age have given her perspective. “Instead of trying make everything happen, I’m sort of living now with a little flow.
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Deadline February 22, 2011 Hollywood EXCLUSIVE: ABC Family’s newly picked up comedy series The Great State of Georgia is recasting one of the leads. Veteran Loretta Devine is joining the cast of the sitcom, which centers on Georgia (Raven Symone), an exuberant curvy performer from the south, and her science geek best friend Jo (Majandra Delfino) who try to make headway in New York City. Devine will play the flamboyantly effusive Aunt Honey, a Southern grande dame in a silk Open robe and fur-trimmed mules, who is Georgia and Jo’s landlady and a dear friend of Georgia’s late mother.