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A classically trained actress-singer with soulful eyes and a lilting voice, Loretta Devine was a professional actor for nearly 20 years before rising to prominence through her co-starring turn in the hit film "Waiting to Exhale" After years of theater study and a period working as a stage director at Houston's Black Arts Center, Devine began acting professionally on and off-Broadway in productions such as "Hair" and "Dreamgirls" in the late s. Working steadily in minor roles in both mediums, Devine broke out with her warm and relatable performance as a single mother in "Waiting to Exhale. Exceptionally talented, professional and prolific, Devine had become one of Hollywood's most dependable ensemble cast members. View All Photos
She had a role in the series Everybody Hates Chris as Rochelle's mother. Devine was born in Houston , Texas. Devine has worked extensively on Broadway. Her Broadway debut was in in a musical called A Broadway Musical , which closed after 14 previews and only one performance on December 21, She captured attention in her second Broadway show, called Comin' Uptown, which featured Gregory Hines. She rose to stardom in Dreamgirls , a smash Broadway musical loosely based on the history of The Supremes , in which she originated the role of Lorrell Robinson a fictional character based on Mary Wilson.