Lynn Whitfield Biography, Age, Husband, Daughter, Movies, TV Show

Lynn Whitfield Biography

Lynn Whitfield is an American actress and producer. She started her acting career in television and theatre, before she moved to supporting roles in film. Lynn won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance as Josephine Baker in the HBO biographical drama film The Josephine Baker Story (1991).
She made her breakthrough performance as Josephine Baker playing the leading roles in a number of made for television movies in the 1990s, and had several starring roles in films, include performances in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Gone Fishin’ (1997), Eve’s Bayou (1997), Stepmom (1998), Head of State (2003), Madea’s Family Reunion (2006) and The Women (2008). Whitfield also starred in a number of smaller movies in the 2000s and 2010s.  She began starring as villainous Lady Mae Greenleaf in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf in 2016. She has won five NAACP Image Awards.

Lynn Whitfield Age | How Old Is Lynn Whitfield

Lynn was born on May 6, 1953 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is 65 years old as of 2018.

Lynn Whitfield Family | Lynn Whitfield Parents | Lynn Whitfield Young | Jean Butler Lynn Whitfield

Lynn was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She is the daughter of Jean who is African-American, an officer of a finance agency, and Valerian Smith -who is Creole, a dentist. Lynn is the eldest of four children and a third-generation BFA graduate from Howard University.
Her  father who was a dentist  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. First she gathered attention on the stage by studying and performing with the Black Repertory Company in Washington, D.C.
In 1974 Lynn married one of the company’s co-founders and pioneers of black theatre, playwright/director/actor Vantile Whitfield . Eventually she 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.

Lynn Whitfield Husband |  Brian Gibson And Lynn Whitfield

Lynn was married two times. From 1974 to 1978 she was married to her first husband Vantile Whitfield . She was married to director Brian Gibson from 1990 to 1992 and had a daughter, Grace.

Who Is Lynn Whitfield Married To

After the two divorce Lynn has not yet been married again.

Grace Gibson Lynn Whitfield | Lynn Whitfield Daughter

Lynn’s daughter Grace Gibson is an actress, known for Black Nativity (2013), All Eyez on Me (2017) and Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. (2018).

Lynn Whitfield Movies

Year

Title

Role

2018
Nappily Ever After
Paulette Jones
2017
Espionage Tonight
Sydney Greenstreet
Solace
Irene
2016
Prayer Never Fails
Loral Hess
2015
Curve Ball
Dr. Layne
The North Star
Miss Grace
2014
Blood Lines
Vivian
30 Days in Atlanta
Immigration Lawyer
Take the Spotlight
Lap Dance
Momma Pearl
2013
Lonely Boy
Dr. Christine Nolan
24 Hour Love
Cynthia
King’s Faith
Vanessa
Act Like You Love Me
Harriett
Someone to Love
Sophia Brent
The Last Letter
Lorraine
2012
Battlefield America
Ms. Parker
Redemption of a Dog
Francine
Training to Be A Superhero
MiMi Jakes
2011
Mama, I Want to Sing!
Lillian Winter
The Rebound
Laura
All Things Fall Apart
Bee
2008
Kings of the Evening
Gracie
The Women
Glenda Hill
2006
Madea’s Family Reunion
Victoria Breaux
Confessions
Dr. Page
2003
Head of State
Debra Lassiter
2000
A Time for Dancing
Linda Derricks
1998
Stepmom
Dr. P. Sweikert
1997
Gone Fishin’
Angie
The Planet of Junior Brown
Mrs. Brown
Eve’s Bayou
Roz Batiste
1996
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
Brandi Web
1994
In the Army Now
Sgt. Ladd
1987
Dead Aim
Sheila Freeman
Jaws: The Revenge
Louisa
1985
The Slugger’s Wife
Tina Alvarado
Silverado
Rae Johnson
1983
Doctor Detroit
Thelma Cleland

Lynn Whitfield  Tv Shows

Year

Title

Role

2016–present
Greenleaf
Lady Mae Greenleaf
2015-2016
Mistresses
Marjorie
2015
Fear Files
Madame Mabry
2015
Chasing Life
Karen Callahan
2014–15
How to Get Away with Murder
Mary Walker
2014
Hit the Floor
Vanessa Howard
2014
For the Love of Lockwood
Madame Mabry
2014
My Other Mother
Mary Jo
2013
The Dempsey Sisters
Olivia Norman
2012
Somebody’s Child
Constance
2012
Prodigy Bully
Angela Washington
2011
FlashForward
Anastasia Markham
2006
The Cheetah Girls 2
Dorothea Garibaldi
2006
Shark
Anita Astin
2004
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story
Barbara Becnel
2004
Strong Medicine
Dr. Marshall
2003
The Cheetah Girls
Dorothea Garibaldi
2002–06
Without a Trace
Paula Van Doren
2001
A Girl Thing
Nia Morgan
2001
Boston Public
Louanna Harper
1999
The Color of Courage
Minnie McGhee
1999
Deep in My Heart
Corinne Burrell
1999
Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story
Lori Jackson
1999
Love Songs
Jean Simpson
1998
The Wedding
Corinne Coles
1997
Martin
Ellen
1997
Touched by an Angel
Dr. Serena Hall
1996
Sophie & the Moonhanger
Sophie
1994–95
The Cosby Mysteries
Barbara Lorenz
1994
State of Emergency
Dehlia Johnson
1994
Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story
Bobbie Mallory
1993
Taking the Heat
Carolyn Hunter
1992
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Esther
1991
The Trials of Rosie O’Neill
1991
Equal Justice
Maggie Mayfield
1991
The Josephine Baker Story
Josephine Baker
1991
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story
Natala
1990
Matlock
Angela Page
1989
The Women of Brewster Place
Lucielia “Ciel” Turner
1988
St. Elsewhere
Annie Callan
1988
HeartBeat
Dr. Cory Banks
1986
Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI
Johnnie Mae Gibson
1986
The George McKenna Story
Bobbie Maxwell
1986
The New Mike Hammer
Della Marvel
1986
Tall Tales & Legends
Pollie Ann
1985
Cagney & Lacey
Eleanor Taggart
1985
Miami Vice
Odette Ribaud
1985
The Fall Guy
Jeanne
1983–85
This Is the Life
Norma
1983
Matt Houston
Val
1982
American Playhouse
Woman in the bath
1981
Hill Street Blues
Jill Thomas

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Lynn Whitfield Thin Line

Lynn was cast as a female lead opposite Martin Lawrence in the dark romantic comedy film, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate in 1996 .  During it  filming, Lawrence was 12 years younger than Lynn, who was then 42. The film earned over $35 million against a budget of $8 million.

Lynn Whitfield Net Worth

Lynn has an estimated net worth of $3 million dollars.

Lynn Whitfield Greenleaf

Lynn was cast in series regular role of main villain in the Oprah Winfrey Network original scripted drama series Greenleaf  in 2015 about unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch.

Lynn Whitfield Madea’s Family Reunion

She co-starred in theTyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)