Equally at home on stage or on screen, Emmy® Award-winning actress Loretta Devine has created some of the most memorable roles in theatre, film and television. Devine first captured national attention in the role of "Lorrell," one of the three original Dreamgirls in Michael Bennett’s classic award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. She followed that performance with a fiery portrayal of "Lillian" in Bob Fosse’s critically acclaimed stage production Big Deal. Subsequent work in George C. Wolfe’s Colored Museum and Lady Day at Emerson Bar and Grill, cemented Devine’s status as one of the most talented and versatile stage actresses.
Film roles soon followed including a poignant turn as a single mother opposite Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett and Gregory Hines in "Waiting to Exhale," which earned her an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress. Devine also won an NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Penny Marshall’s "The Preacher’s Wife." She also received an IFP "Spirit" Award nomination for Best Actress for her work in "Women Thou Art Loosed." Devine was featured in the Academy Award®-winning film "Crash" and the hit movie "Dreamgirls." Additional film credits include appearances in the successful "Urban Legend" franchise, "I Am Sam," opposite Michelle Pfeiffer and Sean Penn, "Kingdom Come," "What Women Want," "Punks," "Hoodlums," "Down in the Delta" and "Stanley and Iris."
Devine also appeared in "Sticky Fingers," "Amos and Andrew," "The Breaks," "The Price of Kissing," "Lover Girl," "Class Act," "Living Large," "Caged Fear," "Little Nikita" and "Dirty Laundry." In 2009, she co-starred in "This Christmas" and "First Sunday," both of which opened at #1 at the box office. Additionally, Devine voiced the character of "Delta," the chocolate brown toy poodle in "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" for Disney, starring Drew Barrymore.
In 2010, Devine appeared in the remake of "Death at a Funeral" with Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and Danny Glover and Lottery Ticket. Last year, she was seen in the film "For Colored Girls," directed by Tyler Perry, "Jumping the Broom" and "Madea’s Big Happy Family." Devine can next be seen alongside Oscar winner Hilary Swank where she portrays a patient who suffers from ALS disease in "You’re Still You."
On television, Devine can be seen in her Emmy winning role as "Adele" the chief’s wife on ABC’s hit medical drama "Grey’s Anatomy" and she currently voices the character, "Hallie the Hippo," on Disney Junior’s #1 animated series, "Doc McStuffins," for which she won a 2013 NAACP Image Award. She has had starring roles on numerous series including "Eli Stone" and "Boston Public," for which she received three NAACP Image Awards. Devine’s additional credits include series roles in "A Different World" and Lifetime Television’s "Wild Card." She also starred in the highly rated Lifetime Original Movie "The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale." Devine also provided the voice of "Muriel Stubbs" on the beloved animated series, "The PJ’s."
Devine graduated from the University of Houston and later received a Master of Fine Arts in Theater Arts from Brandeis University. She also received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from The University of Houston and will receive a distinguished alumni award from The University of Houston this spring.
Devine currently resides in Los Angeles.