Loretta Devine

Loretta Devine

  • Highest Rated: 100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Naked (2017)
  • Birthday: Aug 21, 1949
  • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
  • Born in Houston in 1949, actress Loretta Devine rose to fame on-stage in the original Broadway production of Dreamgirls before parlaying her acclaim into a career in film and television. Her first major onscreen role came in 1987, when she was cast as a resident advisor on the Cosby Show-spin-off A Different World. Though she left the series after the first season, it was far from her final gig as a TV series regular.Throughout the early '90s, Devine appeared in small supporting roles in features films such as Class Act and Amos & Andrew as well as a number of TV guest spots on shows ranging from Roc to Picket Fences. In 1995, Devine's career was given a shot in the arm when she was cast as one of the leads in Waiting to Exhale, an ensemble film that proved to be a success with both critics and audiences. More supporting work followed, and in 2000 she was cast as a lead on David E. Kelley's Fox drama Boston Public, a show that would go on to be nominated for multiple Emmys over the course of its four seasons on the air.Devine's career came full-circle in 2006 when she was cast in a small role in the film adaptation of Dreamgirls, the stage musical that launched her career. The following year, she was cast as a regular on ABC's supernatural legal drama Eli Stone.In 2010 she appeared in the American remake of Death at a Funeral, the comedy Lottery Ticket, and Tyler Perry's ambitious For Colored Girls. In 2011 she appeared in Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, and the next year she had a role on the TV series The Client List.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

100% Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror Actor 2019
No Score Yet Jingle Belle Actor 2018
88% Chapter & Verse Miss Maddy $84.6K 2017
0% Naked Carol 2017
No Score Yet The Lost Souls Cafe Geneva Branch 2017
No Score Yet Grandma's House Margie 2016
No Score Yet Caged No More Aggie 2016
9% Norm of the North Tamecia $12.4M 2016
74% Welcome to Me Barb Vaughn 2015
No Score Yet Back to School Mom Meghan Graham 2015
No Score Yet For the Love of Ruth Naomi Marachond 2015
48% You're Not You Marilyn 2014
22% The Sound And The Fury Dilsey Gibson 2014
No Score Yet Very Larry Christmas Actor 2014
No Score Yet Comeback Dad Malinda 2014
44% Khumba Mama V $91K 2013
No Score Yet Teachers (Saving Westbrook High) Doris Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet In The Hive Mrs. Inez 2012
No Score Yet Politics Of Love Shirlee Gupta 2011
57% Jumping the Broom Mrs. Taylor $37.3M 2011
32% For Colored Girls Juanita/Green $37.8M 2010
35% Lottery Ticket Grandma $24.8M 2010
42% Death at a Funeral Cynthia $16.1M 2010
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Miss Roberts 2010
41% Beverly Hills Chihuahua Delta $94.5M 2008
12% First Sunday Sister Doris $38M 2008
54% This Christmas Shirley Ann Whitfield $49.2M 2007
No Score Yet Cougar Club Dolly 2007
78% Dreamgirls Jazz Singer $103.4M 2006
No Score Yet Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story Addie Collins 2006
50% Dirty Laundry Evelyn 2006
2% King's Ransom Miss Gladys $4M 2005
50% Woman Thou Art Loosed Cassey Jordan $6.9M 2004
74% Crash Shaniqua $55.4M 2004
No Score Yet Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs Actor 2002
35% I Am Sam Margaret Calgrove $40.3M 2001
50% Punks Health Counselor 2001
54% What Women Want Flo $181.5M 2001
28% Kingdom Come Marguerite $22.6M 2001
9% Urban Legends: Final Cut Reese Wilson $21.1M 2000
No Score Yet Freedom Song Evelyn Walker 2000
No Score Yet Love Kills Sylvia Finklestein 1999
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Snookie 1999
No Score Yet The Price of Kissing Jackee 1999
No Score Yet The Breaks Floria 1999
No Score Yet Operation Splitsville Actor 1999
83% Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Ruby 1999
79% Down in the Delta Zenia 1998
19% Urban Legend Reese 1998
43% Hoodlum Pigfoot Mary 1997
No Score Yet Lover Girl Coco 1997
60% The Preacher's Wife Beverly 1996
No Score Yet Rebound: The Legend of Earl the Goat Manigault Miss Mary 1996
56% Waiting to Exhale Gloria 1995
20% Amos & Andrew Ula 1993
17% Class Act Blade's Mom 1992
No Score Yet Caged Fear Judy 1992
No Score Yet Livin' Large Nadine 1991
33% Stanley & Iris Bertha 1990
No Score Yet Parent Trap III Thelma 1989
No Score Yet The Murder of Mary Phagan Annie Maude Carter 1988
58% Little Nikita Verna McLaughlin 1988
No Score Yet Sticky Fingers Diane 1988
No Score Yet Anna to the Infinite Power Mrs. Benson 1984

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

91% black-ish
2014
Lynette
  • 2019
67% Family Reunion
2019
M'Dear
  • 2019
18% Living Biblically
2018
Estelle
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
86% The Carmichael Show
2015-2017
Cynthia Carmichael
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2012
90% Being Mary Jane
2014-2017
Cece
  • 2015
70% Sirens
2014-2015
  • 2015
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Guest Adelle Weber Mrs. Webber Adelle Webber Adele Adele Webber
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
92% Psych
2006-2014
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sullivan & Son
2012-2014
  • 2014
68% The Client List
2012-2013
Georgia Georgia Cummings
  • 2013
  • 2012
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
Judge
  • 2012
No Score Yet Shake It Up
2010-2013
Judge Marsha
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Cleveland Show
2009-2013
Voice
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Soul Man
2012-2016
Della
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Game
2006-2015
  • 2012
  • 2006
No Score Yet State of Georgia
2011
Aunt Honey
  • 2011
No Score Yet Cold Case
2003-2010
Chandra Patterson
  • 2009
60% Eli Stone
2008-2009
Patti
  • 2009
  • 2008
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Judge Victoria Thomson
  • 2007
95% Everybody Hates Chris
2005-2009
Maxine
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Girlfriends
2000-2008
Judge Jackson
  • 2006
  • 2005
88% Supernatural
2005
psychic
  • 2005
No Score Yet Boston Public
2000-2005
Marla Hendricks
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Half & Half
2002-2006
Erika
  • 2003
No Score Yet Strong Medicine
2000-2006
  • 2002
No Score Yet The PJs
1999-2001
Voice
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Nora Mills
  • 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Guest LaTonya Hawkins
  • 1997
82% Picket Fences
1992-1996
Marla Melrose
  • 1995
No Score Yet Roc
1991-1994
Cynthia
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Nurse Hawking
  • 1990
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Stevie Rallen
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Sugar and Spice
1990
Loretta Fontaine

QUOTES FROM Loretta Devine CHARACTERS

Gloria Johnson
Your father's comin' home on Tuesday.
Tarik
And? First of all, he ain't my father, he's my daddy; there's a big damn difference.
Gloria Johnson
Would you like to have dinner with us? It's just leftovers. Collard greens and corn bread, some candied yarns, a little potato salad, fried chicken, peach cobbler and a few slice of ham.
Marvin
I would love to, but I've got so much to do around here. Maybe some other time.
Gloria Johnson
To be honest, I don't have no business eatin' any of it as big as I am
Marvin
My wife was a big woman too. I like a woman with some meat on her bones.
Reese Wilson
I know a good story. It's about a campus serial killer who murders eight people...
Amy Mayfield
Yeah, I heard that one. It supposedly happened at Pendleton. It's just an urban legend.
Amy Mayfield
Reese, I must have dropped the tape. Did you see it?
Reese Wilson
I looked, but I didn't see no tape, just yo' crazy white ass down in the sewer!
Reese Wilson
Urban legend, my ass.
Reese Wilson
[after Amy shoots Professor Solomon] That's my sister, baby, and she's a whole lotta woman.
Madea
See, y'all Christians is somethin'... y'all go pull out that Bible, but y'all don't know which prescripture to use for which situation. You got to find the right prescripture. There's a prescripture that says, "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." Have you been redeemed by the Lord?
Madea
See, y'all Christians is somethin'... y'all go pull out that Bible, but y'all don't know which prescripture to use for which situation. You got to find the right prescripture. There's a prescripture that says, 'Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.' Have you been redeemed by the Lord?
Shirley
yes,
Shirley
Yes.
Madea
That's right, so if you've been redeemed by the Lord, and somebody does something to you that you don't like, even yo' kids, you can beat the hell outta them and just say, "So?" So that's what I'm'a do. I'm'a beat the hell outta them and say, "So?" And I'm'a bring them over here 'cause you've been redeemed, aight. It makes perfect sense, don't it? Halleluyer! Halleluyer!
Madea
That's right, so if you've been redeemed by the Lord, and somebody does something to you that you don't like, even yo' kids, you can beat the hell outta them and just say, 'So?' So that's what I'm'a do. I'm'a beat the hell outta them and say, 'So?' And I'm'a bring them over here 'cause you've been redeemed, aight. It makes perfect sense, don't it? Halleluyer! Halleluyer!
Juanita
Juanita: I got a real dead loving here for you now, because I don't know anymore how to avoid my own face wet with my tears! Because I had convinced myself that colored girls have no right to sorrow! Frank: I guess this is goodbye. Juanita: Like you've never seen it before.
Juanita
Juanita: I got a real dead loving here for you now, because I don't know anymore how to avoid my own face wet with my tears! Because I had convinced myself that colored girls have no right to sorrow!
Frank
I guess this is goodbye.
Juanita
Like you've never seen it before.
Reese
Well, after that suicide and what happened to the Mancini girl...now I'm having trouble locating another student, a boy named Damon Brooks. He's been missing for some days now.
Reese
Well, after that suicide and what happened to the Mancini girl, now I'm having trouble locating another student, a boy named Damon Brooks. He's been missing for some days now.
Dean Adams
Missing? He's not missing. It's the weekend. He's probably shacked up in some motel...with a girl or a guy or a farm animal. Whatever...Weren't you ever 18?
Dean Adams
Missing? He's not missing. It's the weekend. He's probably shacked up in some motel, with a girl or a guy or a farm animal. Whatever. Weren't you ever 18?
Reese
Not that kind of 18.
Paul
(a police woman and the dean are taking away all the newspapers from the stand) - What do you think you're doing? You can't just come and take every copy here.
Paul
(a police woman and the dean are taking away all the newspapers from the stand) What do you think you're doing? You can't just come and take every copy here.
Dean Adams
You're the one that wrote this inflammatory piece of rubbish.
Paul
Well actually, the fatuous quotes about being deeply shocked and heartsick...are yours, Dean Adams?
Paul
Well actually, the fatuous quotes about being deeply shocked and heartsick. Are yours, Dean Adams?
Dean Adams
Let me tell you something, young man. The only lunatic on this campus is you.
Paul
I'm flattered. Can I quote you on that?
Reese
I have a quote for you. "U.S. News and World Report"...named Pendleton the safest university in this country. And you best believe, I intend to keep it that way.
Reese
I have a quote for you. 'U.S. News and World Report', named Pendleton the safest university in this country. And you best believe, I intend to keep it that way.
Paul
Thank you, Reese. I'll make sure...and stick that in the special school safety edition. (Paul walks over to Natalie and Brenda) ...Hold on a second. How about some interviews, you know? Students react to the tragedy on campus.
Paul
Thank you, Reese. I'll make sure, and stick that in the special school safety edition. (Paul walks over to Natalie and Brenda) Hold on a second. How about some interviews, you know? Students react to the tragedy on campus.
Brenda
(smiles) - Okay, I am saddened and moved by--
Brenda
(smiles) Okay, I am saddened and moved by-
Natalie
(cuts Brenda off) - This was someone's life. Did you even spend one minute thinking about that?
Natalie
(cuts Brenda off) This was someone's life. Did you even spend one minute thinking about that?
Paul
No, I didn't...But because of my story, 3,500 students will...I think that's enough to help me sleep at night.
Paul
No, I didn't. But because of my story, 3,500 students will. I think that's enough to help me sleep at night.
Reese
(imitating Coffy on TV) - This is the end of your rotten life you mother fu**ing dope pusher! It was easy for him because he really didn't think it was coming, but it ain't gonna be easy for you 'cause you better believe it's coming!
Reese
(imitating Coffy on TV) This is the end of your rotten life you mother fu**ing dope pusher! It was easy for him because he really didn't think it was coming, but it ain't gonna be easy for you 'cause you better believe it's coming!
Mrs. Taylor
This family thinks they are better than us!
Juanita/Green
"I brought you what joy I found... And I found joy... And then theres that woman who hurt you, and who you left three or four times and then you went back AFTER YOU PUT MY HEART IN THE BOTTOM OF YOUR SHOE... (trembling voice)And I didn't have nothing... So, I went to where somebody had something for me... But none of them were you... I got a real dead loving here for you now..."
Juanita/Green
I brought you what joy I found, and I found joy. And then theres that woman who hurt you, and who you left three or four times and then you went back after you put my heart in the bottom of your shoe! [trembling voice] And I didn't have nothing. So, I went to where somebody had something for me. But none of them were you. I got a real dead loving here for you now.
Cynthia
You can't understand death until you've given life.