February 15, 1953
68 years old
5 ft 3 in | 160 cm tall
34-26-35 in | 86.5-66-89 cm
52 kg | 115 lbs
6 US | 36.5 EU
Lynn Whitfield was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, on February 15, 1953, is an American actress.
Young Lynn Whitfield first started performing on stage, with the Black Repertory Company in Washington, D.C.
She made her big screen debut in comedy film Doctor Detroit (1983) in role as Thelma Cleland.
She got her television debut in NBC police procedural series Hill Street Blues (1981) in role as Jill Thomas.
Her breakthrough performance came as Josephine Baker in HBO biographical film The Josephine Baker Story (1991).
She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film for her role as Josephine Baker in HBO biographical film The Josephine Baker Story (1991), also she won two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television Movie.
She won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-series) for her role as Mrs. Brown in drama film The Planet of Junior Brown (1997).
She won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special and the Black Reel Award for Best Actress for her role as Barbara Becnel in biographical crime drama film Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004).
She won the Los Angeles Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast for her role as Irene in drama movie Solace (2017).
She was nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as Roz Batiste in southern gothic drama film Eve's Bayou (1997).
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series for her role as Corinne Coles in romantic drama movie The Wedding (1998).
Silverado (1985) Western opposite Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn and Kevin Costner
Doctor Detroit (1983) comedy with Dan Aykroyd, Howard Hesseman and Donna Dixon
Head of State (2003) comedy opposite Chris Rock, Bernie Mac and Dylan Baker
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) romantic comedy with Martin Lawrence and Regina King
Gone Fishin' (1997) comedy opposite Joe Pesci and Danny Glover
Hard Lessons (1986) biographical drama with Denzel Washington and Akosua Busia
Confessions (2006) crime drama opposite Tamala Jones and Bokeem Woodbine
Nappily Ever After (2018) romantic comedy with Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson and Lyriq Bent
Vacation Friends (2021) buddy comedy in role as Suzanne, opposite Annabelle John Cena, Lil Rel Howery and Yvonne Orji
She won three NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and the Gracie Award for Actress in a Supporting Role - Drama for her role as Lady Mae Greenleaf in Oprah Winfrey Network mystery drama television series Greenleaf (2016-2020).
She won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Dr. Serena Hall in CBS fantasy drama television series Touched by an Angel (1997), in episode "Amazing Grace" (Parts 1 & 2).
The Cosby Mysteries (1994-1995) NBC mystery drama series in role as Barbara Lorenz
Boston Public (2001) Fox drama series in role as Louanna Harper
Without a Trace (2002-2006) CBS police procedural drama series in role as Paula Van Doren
Are We There Yet? (2012) TBS sitcom in role as Pamela "Pam" Washington
How to Get Away with Murder (2014-2015) ABC legal thriller series in role as Mary Walker
Chasing Life (2015) ABC drama series in role as Karen Callahan
Mistresses (2015-2016) ABC soap opera in role as Marjorie
Graduated from Howard University.
Has two younger sisters and a younger brother.
Has African American and Native American ancestry.
Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Lives in a New York Townhome on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
She dated Don Johnson (1976) and Kweisi Mfume (1970-1972).
She was married to:
Brian Gibson (1990-1992) they had a daughter, Grace
Vantile Whitfield (1974-1978)