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Birth name Lynn Butler-SmithNationality USABirth 6 may 1953Lynn Whitfield (née Butler—Smith; born May 6, 1953) is an American actress and producer. She began her acting career in television and theatre, before progressing to supporting roles in film. She won an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and received Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance as Josephine Baker in the HBO biographical drama film The Josephine Baker Story (1991).
(65 years) at Baton Rouge (USA
Whitfield spent her career after breakthrough performance as Josephine Baker playing the leading roles in a number of made for television movies in 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), and The Women (2008). Whitfield also starred in a number of smaller movies in 2000s and 2010s. In 2015, she began starring as villainous Lady Mae Greenleaf in the upcoming Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf. Whitfield has won five NAACP Image Awards.
Whitfield was married two times. Her first husband was Vantile Whitfield from 1974 to 1978. From 1990 to 1992, she was married to director Brian Gibson. They had a daughter named Grace Gibson and divorced in 1992.