Loretta Devine


Date Of Birth

August 21, 1949


Loretta Devine is a stage, film, and television actress who is best known for her role on Grey's Anatomy, where she won an Emmy Award for portraying Adele Webber.

Born in Houston, Texas, Devine grew up being active on the pep squad and performed in talent shows at George Washington Carver High School. She graduated from the University of Houston in 1971.

Premiering in 1981, Devine rose to fame in Dreamgirls, a broadway musical based on the history of The Supremes. The show ran for over 1500 performances and eventually won 6 Tony awards.

In 1995, Devine landed a high-profile role as Gloria Matthews in "Waiting to Exhale" alongside Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett. In 2000, she landed the role of high school teacher Marla Hendricks on "Boston Public". Devine continued to work in film, playing roles in "I Am Sam" and the 2005 Academy Awards Best Picture "Crash", among others.

In 2005, Devine starred in Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Richard Webber's wife, Adele Webber. In 2011, she won an Emmy Award for her performance on the show. Devine also became one of the cast members in Lifetime's new original drama, The Client List alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt. Later she landed roles on The Doc Files, Doc McStuffins, Being Mary Jane, and The Carmichael Show, where she currently plays Jerrod Carmichael's loud and proud mother Cynthia.

Place of Birth

Houston, Texas, U.S.



Fun Facts

She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was initiated in Epsilon Lambda Chapter at the University of Houston.


2015-present The Carmichael Show (TV Series)
2016 Caged No More
2016 Norm of the North
2015 Being Mary Jane (TV Series)
2015 Chapter & Verse
2015 King's Quest (Video Game)
2012-2015 Doc McStuffins (TV Series)
2015 For the Love of Ruth
2015 1440 and Counting (Short)
2014-2015 Sirens (TV Series)
2015 Back to School Mom
2014 You're Not You
2014 Turbo FAST (TV Series)
2014 The Sound and the Fury
2014 Welcome to Me
2014 Sullivan & Son (TV Series)
2014 Comeback Dad
2014 Psych (TV Series)
2013 A Very Larry Christmas
2013 Teachers (TV Movie)
2013 The Doc Files (TV Mini-Series)
2013 Khumba
2013 The Get Away (Short)
2012-2013 The Client List (TV Series)
2005-2013 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
2012 In the Hive
2012 The Soul Man (TV Series)
2012 The Cleveland Show (TV Series)
2012 The Game (TV Series)
2012 Shake It Up! (TV Series)
2011 Politics of Love
2011 State of Georgia (TV Series)
2011 Jumping the Broom
2011 Madea's Big Happy Family
2011 Glee (TV Series)
2011 Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Video)
2010 For Colored Girls
2010/I Lottery Ticket
2010 Party Down (TV Series)
2010 Legally Mad (TV Movie)
2010 Death at a Funeral
2009 Cold Case (TV Series)
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
2008-2009 Eli Stone (TV Series)
2009 Spring Breakdown
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua
2008 First Sunday
1999-2008 The PJs (TV Series)
2006-2007 Boston Legal (TV Series)
2007 This Christmas
2007 Cougar Club
2006-2007 Everybody Hates Chris (TV Series)
2006 Dreamgirls
2006 Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (TV Movie)
2006/I Dirty Laundry
2005-2006 Girlfriends (TV Series)
2005 Supernatural (TV Series)
2004-2005 Wild Card (TV Series)
2005 King's Ransom
2004 Crash
2000-2004 Boston Public (TV Series)
2004 Woman Thou Art Loosed
2003 Half & Half (TV Series)
2002 Baby of the Family
2002 Book of Love: The Definitive Reason Why Men Are Dogs
2001 I Am Sam
2001 Kingdom Come
2000 What Women Want
2000 Urban Legends: Final Cut
2000 Ally McBeal (TV Series)
2000 Family Law (TV Series)
2000 Best Actress (TV Movie)
2000 Freedom Song (TV Movie)
2000 Punks
1999 Lillie
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (TV Movie)
1999 Jackie's Back! (TV Movie)
1999 Clueless (TV Series)
1999 Moesha (TV Series)
1999 The Breaks
1999 Funny Valentines
1999 Operation Splitsville
1998 Alyson's Closet (Short)
1998 Urban Legend
1998 Down in the Delta
1998 Love Kills
1997 Don King: Only in America (TV Movie)
1997 Lover Girl
1997 Clover (TV Movie)
1997 Hoodlum
1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
1997 The Price of Kissing
1997 Promised Land (TV Series)
1997 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
1996 The Preacher's Wife
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (TV Movie)
1995 Waiting to Exhale
1995 Ned and Stacey (TV Series)
1995 Picket Fences (TV Series)
1994 The Hard Truth
1993 The American Clock (TV Movie)
1992-1993 Roc (TV Series)
1993 Amos & Andrew
1992 Love & War (TV Series)
1992 Class Act
1991 Reasonable Doubts (TV Series)
1991 Livin' Large!
1991 Caged Fear
1991 Great Performances (TV Series)
1990 Cop Rock (TV Series)
1990 Sugar and Spice (TV Series)
1990 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
1990 Stanley & Iris
1989 Heart and Soul (TV Short)
1989 Parent Trap III (TV Movie)
1988 Amen (TV Series)
1988 Sticky Fingers
1987-1988 A Different World (TV Series)
1988 Little Nikita
1988 The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Mini-Series)
1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
1983 Anna to the Infinite Power
1981 Will


5' 6.5" (169 cm)

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