On this day in comedy on August 21, 1949 Actress, Loretta Devine was born in Houston, Texas!
Following several appearances on Broadway, Devine was first introduced to the television audience on the NBC sitcom, A Different World. In 2011she starred in the short-lived comedy for ABC Family, State of Georgia and she played Hallie on Playhouse Disney’s Doc McStuffins. She’s been seen on Amen, Roc, The PJs, Moesha, Clueless, Half & Half, Girlfriends, Everybody Hates Chris and The Carmichael Show with David Alan Grier.
Devine also made her formidable presence known in films. She enhanced projects merely by showing up. A Tyler Perry favorite, she was featured in For Colored Girls and Madea’s Big Happy Family. She brought her talent to Parent Trap III, Livin Large, Class Act (with Kid N Play), Amos & Andrew, Dirty Laundry, First Sunday, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Lottery Ticket and Death at a Funeral.
The versatile Devine has received multiple NAACP Award nominations and wins for her dramatic work (Eli Stone, The Preacher’s Wife, Waiting to Exhale, Grey’s Anatomy, Boston Public, Clueless, Cougar Club, Life is not a Fairy Tale, Woman Thou Art Loose, What Women Want) as well as comedic. In 2012 Devine won the Gracie Allen Award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Feature Role.
By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton