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Loretta Devine

 
Birth Place:
Houston, TX, USA
Bio:
Loretta Devine is an actress and singer. She is known for her roles on stage and in television and film. She is best known for roles including Lorrell Robinson in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, the long-suffering Gloria Matthews in the film Waiting to Exhale, and her recurring role ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: August 21, 1949 (72)

Birth Place: Houston, TX, USA

Bio:
Loretta Devine is an actress and singer. She is known for her roles on stage and in television and film. She is best known for roles including Lorrell Robinson in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, the long-suffering Gloria Matthews in the film Waiting to Exhale, and her recurring role ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Regional (US)]
West Coast Revival, 2005
Missy Judson
  [Off-Broadway]
1994
Charlesetta
  [Off-Broadway]
1986
Model/La Wanda/Lady in Plaid/LaLa
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1986
Lilly
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Lorrell Robinson
Lorrell Robinson [Replacement]
Lorrell Robinson [Replacement]
Lorrell Robinson
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Mary (Younger)
Young Mary
  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1978
Smoke & Fire Back-Up Singers
Theatre Party Associate
Smoke & Fire Back-Up Singer
Ensemble
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Ensemble
Stan's Lady
Stan's Lady/ Ensemble
  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1977
Member of the Tribe

Photos

Loretta Devine Photo

Loretta Devine

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Date:
11/13/2017
Actors Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Jerrod C Photo

Actors Amber Stevens West, Lil Rel Howery, David Alan Grier, Loretta Devine, Jerrod Carmichael and Producers Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and Ravi Nandan

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Date:
05/23/2017

 

Stage

Performances
  [Regional (US)]
West Coast Revival, 2005
Missy Judson

  [Off-Broadway]
1994
Charlesetta

  [Off-Broadway]
1986
Model/La Wanda/Lady in Plaid/LaLa

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1986
Lilly

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1981
Lorrell Robinson

Lorrell Robinson [Replacement]

Lorrell Robinson [Replacement]

Lorrell Robinson

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1979
Mary (Younger)

Young Mary

  [Broadway]
Broadway Transfer, 1978
Smoke & Fire Back-Up Singers

Theatre Party Associate

Smoke & Fire Back-Up Singer

Ensemble

  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Ensemble

Stan's Lady

Stan's Lady/ Ensemble

  [Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1977
Member of the Tribe

Loretta Devine Biography

Loretta Devine is an actress and singer. She is known for her roles on stage and in television and film. She is best known for roles including Lorrell Robinson in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls, the long-suffering Gloria Matthews in the film Waiting to Exhale, and her recurring role as Adele Webber on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2011.

Loretta Devine Awards and Nominations

 
Helen Hayes Awards - 1995 - Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical
Loretta DevineHot Mikado

Loretta Devine News

VIDEO: Peacock Shares DAYS OF OUR LIVES: BEYOND SALEM Trailer Photo VIDEO: Peacock Shares DAYS OF OUR LIVES: BEYOND SALEM Trailer
by Michael Major - Jun 28, 2022

Peacock has shared the trailer for DAYS OF OUR LIVES: BEYOND SALEM. In an epic, action-packed tale that spans the entire globe, from Monte Carlo to Hong Kong, beloved characters from Days of our Lives once again go “Beyond Salem!” as they trade the comforts of home for an adventure of a lifetime!

Peacock Rounds Out Casting for Chapter 2 of DAYS OF OUR LIVES: BEYOND SALEM Photo Peacock Rounds Out Casting for Chapter 2 of DAYS OF OUR LIVES: BEYOND SALEM
by Michael Major - Jun 2, 2022

The second chapter of DAYS OF OUR LIVES: BEYOND SALEM will include the returns of Eileen Davidson as Kristen DiMera and Christopher Sean as Paul Narita. This next iteration will also feature Loretta Devine as Angela, Vince Van Patten as Phil Hellworth, Tanner Stine as Joey Johnson, Abigail Klein as Stephanie Johnson, and more.

Jennifer Holliday & Loretta Devine to Talk DREAMGIRLS on FRIDAY NIGHT VIBES Photo Jennifer Holliday & Loretta Devine to Talk DREAMGIRLS on FRIDAY NIGHT VIBES
by Michael Major - May 26, 2022

This week Jennifer Holliday and Loretta Devine will sit down on Friday Night Vibes to discuss their experience working on 'Dreamgirls' with Tiffany Haddish and co-host Deon Cole. Additionally, super fan Diimond Meeks will perform 'And I Am Telling You' on the episode. Holliday and Devine starred in the original Broadway production of the musical.

Loretta Devine, Misty Copeland & More Join Disney's EUREKA! Photo Loretta Devine, Misty Copeland & More Join Disney's EUREKA!
by Michael Major - May 26, 2022

Also joining the cast in recurring guest roles are Ellie Kemper ('Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt') as the school librarian, Chee; Jack McBrayer ('30 Rock') as a pet kanga bird; Ryan Michelle Bathé ('The Endgame') as Barry's mom, Sierra; and Wendell Pierce ('Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan') as Barry's father, Cliff.

The History of FOR COLORED GIRLS... and its Journey on Stage and Screen Photo The History of FOR COLORED GIRLS... and its Journey on Stage and Screen
by Stephi Wild - Apr 24, 2022

This production marks the first Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange's piece, however, it has had quite the life on stage and screen. Today, we're taking you through the production history of for colored girls... to learn more about its journey back to Broadway!

Ariana DeBose, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Nominated for 53rd NAACP Imag Photo Ariana DeBose, Cynthia Erivo, Lin-Manuel Miranda & More Nominated for 53rd NAACP Image Awards
by Michael Major - Jan 18, 2022

Today, the full list of nominees for the “53rd NAACP Image Awards” were announced. Nominees included Ariana DeBose, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Encanto, Cynthia Erivo, Audra McDonald, Respect, Taraji P. Henson, Tituss Burgess, Jennifer Hudson, Billy Porter, Denzel Washington, and more. Check out the full list of nominees now!

Broadway Streaming Guide: Holiday Edition- Where to Watch Zoey's Extraordinary Christ Photo Broadway Streaming Guide: Holiday Edition- Where to Watch Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas & More New Releases!
by Michael Major - Nov 26, 2021

As we welcome the most wonderful time of the year, Broadway fans will have much to be joyful about as dozens of Broadway stars appear in holiday films throughout the season. From Annie Live to Zoey's Extraordinary Christmas, see where Broadway stars will be appearing this holiday season. Check out our complete guide on where and when to watch your favorite Broadway stars in a hoiday film this season! 

Netflix Announces Third & Final Season of FAMILY REUNION Photo Netflix Announces Third & Final Season of FAMILY REUNION
by Michael Major - Oct 18, 2021

The final season will consist of 10 episodes from new show runners Adrienne Carter and Arthur Harri. The cast of the series includes Loretta Devine, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Anthony Alabi, Talia Jackson, Jordyn Raya James, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, and Cameron J. Wright. Plus, watch the trailer for the latest season!

BWW Interview: Original DREAMGIRL Jennifer Holliday Toasting TO LIFE Photo BWW Interview: Original DREAMGIRL Jennifer Holliday Toasting TO LIFE
by Gil Kaan - Sep 16, 2021

Coinciding with DREAMGIRLS 40th Anniversary, DREAMGIRLS’ original Effie Jennifer Holliday will perform her concert HERE’S TO LIFE at The Wallis October 9, 2021. Had the chance to chat with Jennifer of her current LIFE, her signature song, and her one-upping lockdown.

Encore Presentation of JUDGMENT DAY Announced, Starring Jason Alexander, Patti LuPone Photo Encore Presentation of JUDGMENT DAY Announced, Starring Jason Alexander, Patti LuPone, Santino Fontana & More
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 13, 2021

BSC has announced the encore presentation of last summer’s audience favorite, Rob Ulin’s JUDGMENT DAY, directed by Matthew Penn (“Law & Order,” “Orange Is the New Black,” BSC’s Typhoid Mary, 10x10 New Play Festival) and starring Tony Award winners Jason Alexander, Patti LuPone, Santino Fontana and Grammy Award winner Michael McKean.

Loretta Devine Videos

VIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale! VideoVIDEO: Watch Broadway Unite for the BROADWAY BACKWARDS Finale!
by Stage Tube - Apr 1, 2021

“You Will Be Found” by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul is performed by Jenn Colella, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Cast Amy Adams, James Monroe Iglehart, Cheyenne Jackson, L Morgan Lee, Raymond J. Lee, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Ruthie Ann Miles, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and many more!

VIDEO: Netflix Shares Inside The Writers Room Of FAMILY REUNION Clip VideoVIDEO: Netflix Shares Inside The Writers Room Of FAMILY REUNION Clip
by Stage Tube - Jul 22, 2019

Family Reunion writers Adrienne Carter, Anthony C. Hill, Sa'Rah Jones and Hank Jones discuss their collective experiences bringing to life Loretta Devine's M'Dear, the dualities that come with living in a racial America and reaching back to help new writers break into Hollywood.

VIDEO: OWN Shares the Trailer for New Romantic Drama LOVE IS_ VideoVIDEO: OWN Shares the Trailer for New Romantic Drama LOVE IS_
by Macon Prickett - May 15, 2018

Michele Weaver (“Illicit”) and Will Catlett (“Black Lightning”) star in OWN's new romantic drama “Love Is__,” from award-winning producers Mara Brock Akil (“Girlfriends,” Being Mary Jane,” “The Game”) and Salim Akil (“Black Lightning”). Set primarily in 1990's Los Angeles against the backdrop of Black Hollywood, “Love Is__” follows Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett), a couple from seemingly opposite worlds, as they chase their dreams and learn to follow their hearts. Told from the perspective of the couple's present-day selves, the romantic drama also revisits the social issues and vibrant black culture of that time reflecting on how it all aligned to shape the couple they have become nearly 20 years later -- a power couple navigating a complex set of social codes while also balancing successful careers and a beautiful family. Drawing inspiration from creators Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil's own relationship journey, the series explores the highs, the lows, and the magic of falling (and staying) in love.

BWW TV: Chatting with The Stars Of S.T.A.G.E. 2016
by Michael Sterling - Jun 28, 2016

The Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event (S.T.A.G.E.) Benefit titled Sondheim 5, took place June 18th at Beverly Hills' beautiful Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in benefit of AIDS Project Los Angeles.  The much anticipated event, was once again directed by David Galligan.  Michael Orland served as Musical Director, with Choreography by Lee Martino; and BroadwayWorld TV's own Michael Sterling was on hand to talk to the stars just prior to their first of two performances.

STAGE TUBE: Sheryl Lee Ralph and Loretta Devine Talk 35th Anniversary of DREAMGIRLS
by Stage Tube - May 25, 2016

Sheryl Lee Ralph and Loretta Devine talk about the 35th Anniversary of DREAMGIRLS at the Ford Theatre, July 10th at 8pm.  Watch the video posted on their Facebook page below!

STAGE TUBE: Original DREAMGIRLS Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph Grab Breakfast, Talk 'UNDER THE STARS' Concert
by Stage Tube - May 5, 2016

Original DREAMGIRLS Jennifer Holliady and Sheryl Lee Ralph grabbed breakfast and chatted on Facebook Live about their upcoming concert in Los Angeles. Check out what they had to say in the video below!

STAGE TUBE: Behind-the-Scenes With Hal Linden, Peter Marshall, Doris Roberts, James Barbour and More in Actors Fund's TRADITION
by Stage Tube - Dec 11, 2014

The Actors Fund presents a very special MUSICAL MONDAY withMichael Childers Presents: ' TRADITION, THE JEWISH LEGACY OF BROADWAY' tonight, November 17, 2014. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m., followed by dessert reception with the performers.

STAGE TUBE: ONE NIGHT ONLY Cast Sings 'Hello, Dolly!' with Carol Channing at the McCallum
by Stage Tube - Apr 26, 2013

Michael Childers' ONE NGHT ONLY performed on April 24 at the McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts, with special guest Carol Channing. Watch the cast sing 'Hello, Dolly!' below!

STAGE TUBE: Jennifer Love Hewitt Belts it Out In CLIENT LIST Promo
by Stage Tube - Feb 7, 2013

'Riley Parks' is back!! Lifetime's hit drama series THE CLIENT LIST, starring and executive produced by Golden Globe(R) Award nominee Jennifer Love Hewitt, will return for its long-awaited second season on Sunday, March 10, at 10:00pm ET/PT. Leading up to THE CLIENT LIST's return, Lifetime will air mini-marathons of the series' first season on Sunday, March 3, and Sunday, the 10th. Last year THE CLIENT LIST propelled Lifetime to number one in the Sunday 10:00pm time period among Women 18+. In the video below, Jennifer Love Hewitt sings a special 'Woman' promo for the show. The video is currently #6 on iTunes. Check it out below!

STAGE TUBE: 2012 BET AWARDS Pay Tribute to Whitney Houston
by Stage Tube - Jul 2, 2012

In honor of the untimely passing of music icon Whitney Houston, the 2012 BET AWARDS pulled together an unprecedented pairing of today's divas, family members, friends, and cast mates for an emotional tribute that even brought BET AWARDS 12 double-winner Beyonce to tears. View the moving tribute to Whitney Houston below!


Loretta Devine Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Loretta Devine been in?
Loretta Devine has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

How many West End shows has Loretta Devine been in?
Loretta Devine has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Loretta Devine been nominated for?
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Hot Mikado .