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.