Lynn Whitfield was born on May 6, 1953 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is an American actress.
Biography and Career
Lynn Whitfield was born on May 6, 1953 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and she is an American actress. She began her acting career in television and theatre before progressing to supporting roles in the films.
She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special and a NAACP Image Award for her performance as Josephine Baker in the television movie The Josephine Baker Story. She also won NAACP Image awards for her work in Touched by an Angel, The Planet of Junior Brown and Redemption: the Stan Tookie Williams Story.
Her film work includes performances in A Thin Line between Love and Hate, Eve's Bayou and The Cheetah Girls. She was the d
aughter of Jean and Valerian Smith, a dentist. Lynn Whitfield is an Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.
She had a series of television appearances before her film career began, including playing Jill Thomas in the award winning series Hill Street Blues. After gaining attention on stage in Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Whitfield appeared in supporting roles in various films like, Doctor Detroit and Silverado She gained wider success by starring in the television films, The George McKenna Story, Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI.
She also achieved international recognition in the title role of The Josephine Baker Story in 1991, the HBO biopic requiring her to age from 18 to 68. She portrayed the American Folies Bergere star who became a Resistance fighter during WWII and civil rights activist. In a highly publicized casting call she was chosen over more than 500 women.
She also won an Emmy Award for her role. She then appeared in Eve's Bayou as the head of a prosperous, socially prominent black family in Louisiana. She returned to a similar milieu as snobby Martha's Vineyard matron Corinne Coles in the ABC miniseries The Wedding.
Birth Name: Lynn Butler-Smith
Birth: May 6, 1953
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