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Loretta Devine's Career in Pictures

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Loretta Devine Life on Screen

Loretta Devine's Amazing Career on Screen

Loretta Devine is one of Hollywood's true veterans. She's done Broadway, TV and Movies and kept us entertained all along the way. Devine got her start in the early '80s and ever since then she's been delivering laugh after laugh on both the big and small screen. Today, she's being honored at ESSENCE's Black Women in Hollywood event. Take a look back at some of Devine's most memorable roles...

Boston Public

In the beloved drama Devine played Marla Hendricks, a social studies teacher trying to do right by her students despite the odds.

Waiting to Exhale

Devine played sassy single mom, Gloria Matthews in the now iconic movie co-starring Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett and Lela Rochon.

Kingdom Come

"Kingdom Come" was a joy to watch and Ms. Devine delivered a great performance. With LL Cool J, Whoopi Goldberg, Vivica A. Fox and Jada Pinkett Smith, there wasn't much down time.

Grey's Anatomy

Loretta plays Dr. Webber's wife, Adele on 'Grey's Anatomy.' And even on this drama filled show, she manages to bring a bit of sass to the TV screen.

This Christmas

Comedy seems to be Devine's strong suit. In 2007, she certainly brought the Whitfield family many laughs on their first family gathering in four years.

First Sunday

Devine's played Sister Doris in 2008's "First Sunday" and did a fantastic! It seems in every film, Loretta plays the cheerful upbeat woman who brings a smile to your face.

Death at a Funeral

The comedic thresh-hold broke when Loretta Devine joined the cast of "Death at a Funeral" starring Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence. Devine played the grieving widow who seemed to have a zinger for every moment.

Lottery Ticket

Who can forget the laughs Devine brought to the screen in 2010's hit "Lottery Ticket."

For Colored Girls

Devine gave a hell-of-a performance in Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls." The star studded film received rave reviews from critics and fans alike.

Jumping the Broom

This coming Mother's Day weekend, Loretta Devine will star alongside fellow Black Women in Hollywood honoree Angela Bassett in "Jumping the Broom." This comedy will sure get the laughs rolling in the theater.

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