Loretta Devine

Birth Place: Houston, TX, USA

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Loretta Devine 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 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.

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Loretta Devine STAGE CREDITS

Encores! Concert Revival Production, 2023
Lucille Wallace

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


Model/La Wanda/Lady in Plaid/LaLa

Original Broadway Production, 1986

Original Broadway Production, 1981
Lorrell Robinson [Replacement]

Lorrell Robinson

Lorrell Robinson [Replacement]

Lorrell Robinson

Original Broadway Production, 1979
Mary (Younger)

Young Mary

Broadway Transfer, 1978

Smoke & Fire Back-Up Singer

Theatre Party Associate

Smoke & Fire Back-Up Singers

Original Off-Broadway Production, 1978
Stan's Lady


Stan's Lady/ Ensemble

Broadway Revival, 1977
Member of the Tribe

Loretta Devine Movies

[1988]Little Nikita Verna McLaughlin

[1988]Sticky Fingers Diane

[1990]Stanley & Iris Bertha

[1991]Caged Fear Judy

[1991]Livin' Large! Nadine Biggs

[1992]Class Act Blade's Mom

[1993]Amos & Andrew Ula

[1994]The Hard Truth NicholsSecretary

[1995]Waiting to Exhale Gloria

[1996]The Preacher's Wife Beverly

[1997]The Price of Kissing Jackee

[1997]Lover Girl Leticia /Coco

[1997]Hoodlum Pigfoot Mary

[1998]Operation Splitsville Principal

[1998]Love Kills Sylvia Finkelstein

[1998]Urban Legend Reese Wilson

[1998]Down in the Delta Zenia

[1999]Funny Valentines Dearie B.

[1999]Lillie Michelle

[1999]The Breaks Floria

[2000]Urban Legends: Final Cut Reese

[2000]Punks Health Counselor

[2000]What Women Want Flo the Doorwoman

[2001]Kingdom Come Marguerite Slocumb

[2001]I Am Sam Margaret Calgrove

[2002]Baby of the Family Delores

[2004]Woman Thou Art Loosed Csey Jordan

[2004]Crash Shaniqua

[2005]King's Ransom Miss Gladys

[2006]Dreamgirls Jazz Singer

[2006]Dirty Laundry Evelyn

[2007]This Christmas Ma Dere Whitfield

[2007]Cougar Club Dolly

[2008]First Sunday Sister Doris

[2008]Beverly Hills Chihuahua Delta

[2009]Spring Breakdown Dr. Marguerite

[2009]My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Ms Roberts

[2010]For Colored Girls Juanita, Green

[2010]Death at a Funeral Cynthia

[2010]Lottery Ticket Grandma

[2011]Madea's Big Happy Family Shirley

[2011]Jumping the Broom Mrs. Taylor

[2011]Politics of Love Shirlee Gupta

[2012]In the Hive Mrs. Inez

[2013]Khumba Mama V

[2013]A Very Larry Christmas Mrs. Claus

[2014]Welcome to Me Barb Vaughn

[2014]The Sound and the Fury Dilsey

[2014]Comeback Dad Malinda

[2014]You're Not You Marilyn

[2015]Back to School Mom Meghan Graham

[2015]For the Love of Ruth Naomi

[2016]Norm of the North Tamecia

[2016]Caged No More Aggie

[2016]Grandma's House Margie

[2016]Chapter & Verse Miss Maddy

[2016]No Regrets Ms Carey

[2017]Another Shot Mabel Marbury

[2017]Naked Carol

[2018]Sierra Burgess Is a Loser Ms. Thomson

[2019]The Trap Mama Jay

[2020]Spell Eloise

[2020]Always and Forever Elda

[2021]The Starling Velma

[2021]Queen Bees Sally Hanson

[2022]Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules Irene

[2022]A Snowy Day in Oakland Jeanette

[2022]Mack & Rita Sharon

[2022]Bull Street Mrs. Big-Gal

Loretta Devine TV Shows

A Different World Stevie Rallen

Boston Legal Judge Victoria Thomson, Annabelle Carruthers

Boston Public Marla Hendricks

Doc McStuffins Hallie

Eli Stone Patti Dellacroix

Everybody Hates Chris Maxine

Girlfriends Judge Vashti Jackson

Grey's Anatomy Adele Webber

P-Valley Ernestine, Ernestine Sayles

Roc Cynthia

Sirens Hank's Mother

Supernatural Missouri Moseley

The Carmichael Show Cynthia Carmichael

The Client List Georgia Cummings

The PJs Muriel Stubbs

Wild Card M. Pearl McGuire

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Loretta Devine News

Photos: Sutton Foster, LaChanze & More Attend PAL JOEY Gala Performance at New York City Center

New York City Center's Pal Joey opened with a benefit performance last week and BroadwayWorld was there! Check out photos from inside the big night.

Review Roundup: PAL JOEY at New York City Center

NEW YORK CITY CENTER is presenting Pal Joey! which just opened with a benefit performance and runs through November 5. Let's see what the critics had to say...

Photos: New York City Center Opens PAL JOEY With Benefit Performance

New York City Center's Pal Joey opened with a benefit performance last night, November 1, and BroadwayWorld was there! Check out photos here!

Video: See Highlights From PAL JOEY at New York City Center

NEW YORK CITY CENTER is presenting Pal Joey! The production opens with a benefit performance on November 1 (through 5), celebrating 80 years at the center or the arts, followed by a gala dinner at the Ziegfeld Ballroom. See video from the show!

Photos: Get a First Look at PAL JOEY at New York City Center

Check out photos of Loretta Devine and the cast of Encores! Pal Joey at New York City Center. Get a sneak peek at the talented performers bringing this classic show to life.

Sheryl Lee Ralph Sets Partial Lineup for �¿DIVAS Simply Singing! With Wayne Brady, Cynthia Erivo & More

Emmy® award-winning and Tony award-nominated actor, singer, producer, philanthropist, and community activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, along with her non-profit charitable organization, The DIVA Foundation, set a star-studded partial lineup of performers and presenters to take the stage at this year’s DIVAS Simply Singing! Raising Health Awareness.

Photos: Go Inside Rehearsals for PAL JOEY at New York City Center

The company of New York City Center's Gala presentation of Pal Joey just met the press and we have photos from big day.

Full Cast Revealed for PAL JOEY at New York City Center Featuring Glover, Ashmanskas, Devine & More

NEW YORK CITY CENTER has unveiled the complete cast for the Annual Gala Presentation Pal Joey. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Video: MAX Releases YOUNG LOVE Animated Series Trailer

Expanding on the Academy Award-winning short “Hair Love,” the cast includes Scott Mescudi (Stephen Love), Issa Rae (Angela Young), Brooke Monroe Conaway (Zuri Young Love), Loretta Devine (Gigi Young), Harry Lennix (Russell Young), Tamar Braxton (Star), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Sheree), Debra Wilson (Additional Voices), and others. Watch the video!

Sheryl Lee Ralph Unveils Transformative Rebranding & Global Expansion of the Diva Foundation

Sheryl Lee Ralph created her charitable organization, The DIVA Foundation, 33 years ago to mobilize resources, fight stigma, fundraise, and deliver urgent messaging around the awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening conditions. The Foundation has launched efforts that harness the power of the arts to amplify awareness.

Videos: Max Reveals First Looks For Upcoming Original Animated Series At San Diego Comic-Con

The Max Original Animation panel hosted at San Diego Comic-Con included exclusive first looks at upcoming animated series coming soon to Max. Watch first look videos from ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE, HARLEY QUINN season four, and YOUNG LOVE.

Wake Up With BWW 7/14: Rob McClure and Maggie Lakis in MRS. DOUBTFIRE Tour, and More!

Top stories: Rob McClure will reprise his role in Mrs. Doubtfire on tour alongside real-life wife Maggie Lakis, Krysta Rodriguez returns to Into the Woods for the final stop of the National Tour, and more!

Loretta Devine Replaces Jennifer Holliday in New York City Center's PAL JOEY

New York City Center announced casting updates for the Annual Gala Presentation Pal Joey. Joining the cast are Loretta Devine (replacing Jennifer Holliday) as nightclub owner Lucille Wallace and Jeb Brown as Tony, the gangster who’s caught her eye.

New Musical DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE Premieres At Black Box Theatre, July 7-16

Anthony D'Juan (3: BLACK GIRL BLUES, DIRECT FROM DEATHROW THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS) directs an intimate journey into the life of a person who finds themselves in a situation they thought could only happen to someone else.

Jennifer Hudson, Viola Davis & More Win NAACP Image Awards - Full List of Winners!

Jennifer Hudson, Viola Davis, Angela Bassett, and more took home NAACP Image Awards over the weekend. Host Queen Latifah also opened the show with a performance of “I’m Gonna Live Til I Die.' Watch the performance and check out the complete list of winners below!

Sheryl Lee Ralph to be Honored at Amas Musical Theatre 54th Annual Gala Benefit Concert

Amas Musical Theatre will celebrate its 54th Anniversary at its annual Gala Benefit Concert, presenting the 2023 “Rosie” Award to Honoree Award-winning actress Sheryl Lee Ralph. See how to purchase tickets!

VIDEO: Tituss Burgess Shares Update on His THE PREACHER'S WIFE Musical

Tituss Burgess has given an update on when his musical adaptation of The Preacher's Wife is coming to Broadway! In 2018, a workshop for the musical was held and starred Ledisi Young, Quentin Earl Darrington, Donald Webber Jr., and Loretta Devine. It was directed by Michael Arden. Watch the new interview clip now!

Michael Butler, Producer Of Broadway's Original HAIR, Passes Away At 95

Michael Butler, famed producer of the musical Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, passed peacefully November 7, 2022 at the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging in Reseda, CA.  He was born November 26, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois.

BETTER NATE THAN EVER, Eden Espinosa, and More Nominated For 2022 Children's & Family Emmys

Nominations have been announced for the first-ever Children's and Family Emmy Awards and some familiar names are among the honorees.

Starz Renews P-VALLEY for Third Season

Based on her play Pussy Valley, creator Katori Hall (Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hot Wing King, Olivier Award-winning The Mountaintop and Broadway's Tina: The Tina Turner Musical) serves as showrunner and executive producer. Dante Di Loreto also serves as an executive producer on the series. Lionsgate Television produces “P-Valley” for STARZ.


Loretta Devine has appeared on Broadway in 5 shows.

Loretta Devine has not appeared in the West End

Loretta Devine has been nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical award at the Helen Hayes Awards for her role in "Hot Mikado".

Loretta Devine's next show will be Pal Joey which opens on 11/1/2023 on Off-Broadway.

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