Lynn Whitfield
American actor
Lynn Whitfield
Lynn Whitfield is an American actress. Whitfield began her acting career in television and theatre, before progressing to supporting roles in film. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special and a NAACP Image Award for her performance as Josephine Baker in the HBO movie The Josephine Baker Story (1991).
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The 'Barbershop' writers took great pains to make 'The Next Cut' current and to avoid worn-out tropes
LATimes - 11 months
The formula for so-called black films is both specific and ill-defined: Jenifer Lewis, Lynn Whitfield or Loretta Devine lead a mostly black cast, with Taye Diggs or Morris Chestnut in there somewhere; Spike Lee or Tyler Perry is writer, director and star; every character hides their purse around...
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The Latest Addition To Marvin Gaye's Biopic?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
As thousands of families continue to welcome neglected children and teens into their homes each year, Lynn Whitfield’s forthcoming role in Nicholas DiBella’s “King’s Faith” aims to highlight those acts of benevolence by way of America’s foster care system. The drama, which is set to hit select theaters a week before National Foster Care Month, tells the story of a troubled 18-year-old, Brendan King (played by Crawford Wilson), who is trying to leave his past street life behind before it jeopardizes his new relationship with an adopted family (played by Whitfield and James McDaniel). During a recent interview with the Huffington Post, the Howard University alum turned Emmy Award-winning actress opened up about her role as Vanessa Stubbs and her thoughts on the increasing number of African-American women landing lead roles on network television. Congratulations on your latest film, “King’s Faith.” Can you talk about your role as Vanessa Stubbs? The film itself is abou ...
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Marvin Gaye Theater Production Set To Begin
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The untold story of Motown legend Marvin Gaye will be the topic of the forthcoming theatrical drama “My Brother Marvin,” producers announced Tuesday. The production, which focuses on Gaye's relationship with his family as told by his sister Zeola “Sweetsie” Gaye, was directed by Clifton Powell, who also plays the role of Marvin’s father, and stars actors Tony Grant, as Marvin during his younger years; Keith Washington, as Marvin during his latter years; and Emmy Award-winning actress Lynn Whitfield, as Marvin’s mother. “Through the years, I became taken aback and disappointed with everything that had been written, said and published about my family, especially my brother Marvin that wasn’t accurate,” Zeola Gaye said in a press release. “In the play, I simply wanted to set the record straight. I wanted to leave a true account about Marvin the man and our family. People need to know what really happened and Marvin would want his fans to really know what happened. We ar ...
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Casting Call for Bucks County Movie
Doylestown-Buckingham-New Britai - over 4 years
The anticipated production of The North Star, a feature film to be shot on location in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, will be holding its Major Casting Call Sunday June 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 22 South Main Street in Doylestown.  Actor/Producer, Clifton Powell (Ray, Norbert, Rush Hour, Friday After Next) will be in attendance along with Writer/Director Thomas Phillips, Executive Producer Dave DeLellis and the Producing team of Jesse James Jackson, Jr. and Nathan File of Jersey Style Films Inc.  Thus far, Powell has cast Lynn Whitfield (HBO’s Josephine Baker Story), Michael Jai White (Spawn, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?), Michael Rappaport (Hitch, The 6th Day) and Keith David (Platoon, Crash, The Thing, ATL). The North Star, a dramatic depiction of the perilous journey to freedom made by two escaped slaves, is set in 1850 during the time of the Underground Railroad. It is the story of passionate men and women, black and white, risking their lives to save those fle ...
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Entertaining, but not historically accurate - Houma Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Patricia Richardson ("Home Improvement" and "Strong Medicine") plays the wife of a Ku Klux Klan member who plans to target their maid (Lynn Whitfield "The Cheetah Girls" and "The Josephine Baker") and her family
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Hollywood Star Is A Hit In Summer School - 13WHAM-TV
Google News - over 5 years
It was Lynn Whitfield's idea to visit students at Freddie Thomas. She is filming "King's Faith" in Rochester and wanted a chance to talk to kids about the importance of staying in school and pursuing their dreams. Whitfield is a strong proponent of
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Independent film shoot closes portion of Parkway - News 10NBC
Google News - over 5 years
The crew plans to film through August and hope to have it in theaters in the fall of 2012. You may recognize some of the actors in the movie including Lynn Whitfield and James McDaniel who starred in NYPD Blue
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Wendell James Returns to Off Broadway in "Sex, Relationships and Sometimes ... - News Junky Journal (press release)
Google News - over 5 years
... Forest Whitaker, Brook Shields, Macy Gray, The Black Eyed Peas, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Loretta Devine, Alfre Woodard, Niecy Nash, Lynn Whitfield and Omarosa. Wendell is currently taping “Talking with Wendell” for television scheduled to air this fall
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Viola Davis' Controversial Serial Killer Role (Worse Than “The Help”?) - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Angela Bassett, Macy Gray, Thandie Newton, Keshia Knight, Rosario Dawson, Lynn Whitfield, Vivica Fox, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Taraji P. Henson, just to name a few, has played the parts of women I wouldn't want my daughter to emulate
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Viola Davis' Controversial Serial Killer Role (Worse Than 'The Help'?) - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Can I count the ways in which, Halle, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, Macy Gray, Thandie Newton, Keshia Knight, Rosario Dawson, Lynn Whitfield, Vivica Fox, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Taraji P. Henson, just to name a few, has played the parts of women I
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Does Anyone Rememeber 'The Cosby Mysteries'? (Does Anyone Care?) - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
And Cosby had a love interest in the show played by Lynn Whitfield. So what went wrong? Simple, it was BORRRRRRING! The show limped along amiably with occasional stops every ten minutes or so along the way, so Cosby could do his patented shtick
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The 13th Annual SF Black Film Festival - Beyond Chron
Google News - over 5 years
17‚ 2011 The San Francisco Black Film Festival returns this Friday, June 17 and opening with several new films, including the Mario Van Peebles directed "Things Fall Apart" starring Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson III, Ray Liotta, and Lynn Whitfield
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Celebrities shine for San Francisco Black Film Festival June 17-19 - San Francisco Bay View
Google News - over 5 years
Photo: "Black, White and Blues" Facebook page “The San Francisco Black Film Festival,” June 17-19, opens with the Mario Van Peebles directed film, “Things Fall Apart,” starring Curtis (50 Cent) Jackson III, Ray Liotta and Lynn Whitfield
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Josephine Baker Was Born Today… Watch 'The Josephine Baker Story' Starring ... - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Since then, there's really been only 1 true attempt to tell her story on film - the 1991, HBO movie, The Josephine Baker Story, which starred Lynn Whitfield as Baker. Whitfield would go on to win an Emmy Award for her performance!
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Photo Coverage: NFT 40th Reunion Awards Starry Gala Arrivals - Broadway World
Google News - almost 6 years
This special event saluting NFT, for 40 years a seminal force in Black Theater, was co-hosted by Randall Pinkston (CBS News) and Lynn Whitfield. Chairmen for the event were Laurence Fishburne, John Morning and Susan Taylor. The Honorary Chair was Dr
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'Things Fall Apart' movie review: 50 Cent wrestles with mortality - Examiner.com
Google News - almost 6 years
... Ice-T.) Rapper 50 Cent plays Deon, an elite football player whose every heroic move on the gridiron is followed closely by his superfan mother Bee (Lynn Whitfield), her longtime boyfriend Eric (Van Peebles) and numerous salivating football scouts
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BIO Premieres 'Celebrity Ghost Stories' & 'Celebrity Close Calls' on June 18 - TVbytheNumbers
Google News - almost 6 years
... Peter Fonda, Louis Gossett Jr., Pam Grier, Tiffany, Brooke Burns, Jena Malone, Mindy McCready, Bret Michaels, Ty Murray, Lou Diamond Phillips, Annie Potts, Elisabeth Rohm, Parker Stevenson, Charlene Tilton, Lynn Whitfield and Elliot Yamin
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lynn Whitfield
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 62
    In 2016, she began starring as villainous Lady Mae Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf.
    More Details Hide Details Whitfield has won five NAACP Image Awards. Whitfield was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the daughter of Jean (née Butler), an officer of a finance agency, and Valerian Smith, a dentist. She is the eldest of four children and a third-generation BFA graduate from Howard University. Her dentist father was instrumental in developing Lynn's initial interest in acting as he was a prime figure in forming community theater in her native Baton Rouge.
  • 2015
    Age 61
    In 2015, Whitfield was cast in series regular role of main villain in the Oprah Winfrey Network original scripted drama series Greenleaf about unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch.
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  • 2014
    Age 60
    From 2014 to 2015, she appeared in the ABC legal drama, How to Get Away with Murder as villainous Mary Walker.
    More Details Hide Details She also had the recurring role on Hit the Floor, and appeared as a April's (Rochelle Aytes) abusive mother on Mistresses.
  • FORTIES
  • 1998
    Age 44
    In 1998, Whitfield had supporting role of oncologist in the comedy-drama film, Stepmom.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000s, Whitfield had many supporting roles on television and film. She co-starred in the Chris Rock's comedy film, Head of State (2003), and Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion (2006). Whitfield also appeared in The Women (2008), The Rebound (2009) and Mama, I Want to Sing (2011), and had many roles in a low-profile B-Movies. She also starred as Dorthea Garibaldi in both Disney Channel films The Cheetah Girls and The Cheetah Girls 2. On television, Whitfield had the recurring roles on Boston Public and Without a Trace in 2000s.
  • 1997
    Age 43
    In 1997, she co-starred opposite Danny Glover and Rosanna Arquette in the comedy film Gone Fishin', appeared in the supporting role in the Canadian drama The Planet of Junior Brown, and played the mother of Jurnee Smollett's title character in the critically acclaimed independent drama Eve's Bayou.
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  • 1996
    Age 42
    In 1996, Whitfield was cast as a female lead opposite Martin Lawrence in the dark romantic comedy film, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of filming, Lawrence was 12 years younger than Whitfield, who was then 42. The film grossed over $35 million against a budget of $8 million.
  • 1994
    Age 40
    She also had the series regular role on the short-lived NBC detective series The Cosby Mysteries from 1994 to 1995, and later guest starred on Martin and Touched by an Angel.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 36
    From 1990 to 1992, she was married to director Brian Gibson and had a daughter, Grace.
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  • 1988
    Age 34
    She also was regular cast member in the short-lived 1988 ABC female-driven medical drama series, HeartBeat alongside Kate Mulgrew, Laura Johnson, and Gail Strickland.
    More Details Hide Details Whitfield achieved wide recognition in the title role of The Josephine Baker Story (1991), portraying the American who became a Folies Bergère star, a French Resistance fighter during World War II, and a civil rights activist. The HBO biopic required her to age from 18 to 68. She In a highly publicized casting call, Whitfield was chosen over hundreds of women. In the movie, she appeared nude on-screen. In a his review, Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly said: "Whitfield is exceptionally good as the legendary singer-dancer who came to prominence in the ’20s for her throaty singing and her notorious "banana dance" – a wiggly little number executed while wearing nothing except a skirt of real bananas." Whitfield won an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role, and said this gave her "the greatest sense of accomplishment and realization of my vision. It absolutely called upon everything I thought I could do at that point." She also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film nomination and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1983
    Age 29
    In 1983, she appeared in the comedy film Doctor Detroit (1983), playing the supporting role of Thelma Cleland.
    More Details Hide Details She later co-starred in films The Slugger's Wife, Silverado, and Jaws: The Revenge. She also starred in the television films The George McKenna Story opposite Denzel Washington, Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI as a title character, and in the ABC miniseries The Women of Brewster Place alongside Oprah Winfrey and Cicely Tyson.
  • 1981
    Age 27
    Whitfield made her professional screen debut in the NBC critically acclaimed serial drama, Hill Street Blues as Jill Thomas in 1981.
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  • 1977
    Age 23
    She eventually moved to New York and appeared off-Broadway in such shows as The Great Macdaddy and Showdown before earning acclaim in the 1977 Los Angeles production of the landmark play 'for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf' co-starring alongside Alfre Woodard.
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  • 1974
    Age 20
    First garnering attention on the stage by studying and performing with the Black Repertory Company in Washington, D.C, she married one of the company's co-founders and pioneers of black theatre, playwright/director/actor Vantile Whitfield in 1974.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1953
    Born
    Born on May 6, 1953.
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