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Lynn Whitfield is a Actor American born on 15 february 1953 at Baton Rouge (USA)

Lynn Whitfield

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Birth name Lynn Butler-Smith
Nationality USA
Birth 15 february 1953 (71 years) at Baton Rouge (USA)

Lynn 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).

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.

Best films

Head of State (2003)

Usually with

50 Cent
50 Cent
(2 films)
Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry
(1 films)
Chris Rock
Chris Rock
(1 films)
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Filmography of Lynn Whitfield (34 films)

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Nappily Ever After, 1h38
Directed by Haifaa al-Mansour
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Sanaa Lathan, Ernie Hudson, Lyriq Bent, Ricky Whittle, Lynn Whitfield, Camille Guaty
Roles Paulette Jones
Rating64% 3.2291753.2291753.2291753.2291753.229175
La vie semble sourire à Violet Jones, une jeune femme qui, a priori, a tout réussi : elle travaille dans le monde de la publicité et a un petit ami, jeune interne en médecine ambitieux et séduisant. La quête de perfection, qui constitue le thème fondamental du film, a ses origines dans le rapport qu'entretient Violet avec sa mère depuis son enfance : elles sont à la fois complices et prisonnières dans un rôle de princesses. En effet, la mère lisse inlassablement la chevelure de sa fille; signe de perfection, le lissage est, pour Violet et sa mère, un impératif qui conditionne leur quotidien. Jamais de laisser-aller ou de désinvolture; Violet, angoissée, affiche un éternel sourire, et prévoit tout, anticipe tout... jusqu'aux fiançailles auxquelles elle s'attend dur comme fer, ayant trouvé dans un placard une petite boîte cadeau qui ressemble fort à ce qui cacherait la bague tant désirée...C'était sans compter le destin qui, au détour d'un malencontreux arrosage, va faire basculer la vie de Violet et remettre en question ses certitudes; sa recherche d'une élégance irréprochable va stopper net, et ce sera pour elle l'occasion de faire une belle rencontre... celle avec elle-même.
Lap Dance
Lap Dance (2014)

Genres Drama
Actors Carmen Electra, Ali Cobrin, Robert James Hoffman III, James Remar, Stacey Dash, Briana Evigan
Roles Momma Pearl
Rating46% 2.302452.302452.302452.302452.30245
The film is described as a modern-day Indecent Proposal, and it revolves around Monica (Ali Cobrin), an aspiring actress who, in order to care for her cancer-stricken father, makes a pact with her fiancé to take a job as an exotic dancer. However, once the pact is broken, the couple's lives are changed forever. The film was released theatrically on December 5th, 2014 by Entertainment One domestically.
30 Days in Atlanta, 1h51
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Films about immigration
Actors Ramsey Nouah, Richard Mofe Damijo, Desmond Elliot, Vivica A. Fox, Lynn Whitfield, Karlie Redd
Roles Clara
Rating56% 2.815752.815752.815752.815752.81575
In the city of Lagos, Nigeria, Warri-based Nigerians, Akpors (Ayo Makun), an impulsive but funny young man and his more reserved, learned cousin, Richard (Ramsey Nouah), an I.T. consultant are invited to a luxurious real estate showcase party sponsored by a businessman and realtor, Dr. Johnson Adetola Briggs (Majid Michel) with his wife (Juliet Ibrahim) in new Lekki Gardens Estate, Lagos. Akpors unexpectedly wins a 30 day prize trip to Atlanta, U. S. A. for a couple in the raffle draw. Akpors decides to go with his cousin on the trip. On hearing about their winning, Richard's former girlfriend, Ese (Mercy Johnson) whom he recently broke up with, decides to reconcile with him in order to seize the opportunity to follow him to the United States. Richard suspects her motive and declines to her advances and plea for reconciliation. They proceed to make travel arrangements. Richards' mum (Racheal Oniga), a smoked-fish trader, is only amused when Richard reports Ese's glaring intentions stating that his American trip is already stale news. He gives her a laptop with Skype software installed and internet connection so that she can communicate with him at will, with uncle James' assistance. His mum is elated to learn of such a gadget.
Battlefield America
Directed by Chris Stokes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Dance films, Musical films
Actors Gary Anthony Sturgis, Marques Houston, Chris Trousdale, Valarie Pettiford, Kristen Quintrall, Lynn Whitfield
Roles Ms. Parker
Rating26% 1.3258351.3258351.3258351.3258351.325835
A young successful man, Sean Lewis finds himself with the task of turning a group of misfit kids into a team so they can compete in the underground dance competition circuit. With no dance ability, he hires a dance instructor to help him out, while also trying to juggle this responsibility with his work. He then found himself falling for Sara, who runs the community centre for the kids.
Mama, I Want to Sing!, 1h35
Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright
Origin USA
Genres Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Ciara, Lynn Whitfield, Patti LaBelle, Hill Harper, Billy Zane, Ben Vereen
Roles Lillian Winter
Rating47% 2.373992.373992.373992.373992.37399
Amara Winter (Ciara), a beautiful and charismatic young singer, is on the verge of stardom. Raised in the church by her father, Reverend Dr. Kenneth Winter (Marvin Winans) and mother, Lillian Winter (Lynn Whitfield), Amara and her younger brother Luke (Kevin Phillips) have a very strong bond. After her father's untimely death, her mother is thrust into the limelight in the role as preacher, a daring move that ultimately catapults her to the top of the gospel world. Paralleling her mother's success, Amara soon becomes a huge star in her own right, taking the R&B world by storm.
All Things Fall Apart, 1h50
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about cancer
Actors 50 Cent, Mario Van Peebles, Ray Liotta, Lynn Whitfield, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Ambyr Childers
Roles Bee
Rating54% 2.7048652.7048652.7048652.7048652.704865
L'histoire vraie d'un joueur de football américain atteint d'un cancer dans le médiastin supérieur.
All Things Fall Apart
Directed by Mario Van Peebles
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Sports films, American football films
Actors 50 Cent, Ray Liotta, Mario Van Peebles, Lynn Whitfield, Ambyr Childers, Elizabeth Rodriguez
Roles Bee
Rating54% 2.7048652.7048652.7048652.7048652.704865
Deon is a football player who suffers a deadly disease. However, despite receiving love and praise for his entire life due to his athletic ability, he is still a good person who loves his family and is willing to share the glory on the football field. His mother Bee is incredibly proud, his younger brother Sean is understandably jealous, and Bee’s boyfriend/Deon’s surrogate father Eric sees the football star as a winning lottery ticket. Even though Deon is fighting cancer he still tries to finish what he started.
The Rebound, 1h34
Directed by Bart Freundlich
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Catherine Zeta-Jones, Justin Bartha, Kelly Gould, Art Garfunkel, Jake Cherry, John Schneider
Roles Laura Reilly
Rating63% 3.15173.15173.15173.15173.1517
A housewife and mother of two, Sandy (Catherine Zeta-Jones), discovers that her husband has been unfaithful. After a hasty divorce, she leaves home and goes to New York City with her young son and daughter. There, they begin a new life. Sandy rents an apartment above a coffee house and befriends one of the waiters, Aram Finklestein (Justin Bartha). Aram, at 25, is not sure what he wants to do with his life although he has a college degree and a tendency toward Women's Studies and Feminism. He decides to babysit Sandy's children and becomes their full-time nanny. He develops a close-knit relationship with the children; and a chemistry starts to brew between Aram and Sandy, ensuing in an awkward sexual encounter that the children come to know about.
The Women
The Women (2008)
, 1h54
Directed by Diane English
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Candice Bergen
Roles Glenda Hill
Rating50% 2.5004552.5004552.5004552.5004552.500455
Clothing designer Mary Haines lives in a beautiful suburban Connecticut home with her wealthy financier husband Steven and their 11-year-old daughter Molly. Her best friend since college, Sylvie Fowler, is the editor of a prominent fashion magazine that dictates the latest in taste and style for New York City fashionistas. When Sylvie learns Steven is involved with Crystal Allen, a perfume salesgirl in Saks Fifth Avenue, from chatty manicurist Tanya, she confides in the ever-pregnant Edie Cohen but hesitates to tell Mary, who discovers the news from the same woman after getting a manicure herself. Despite her mother Catherine's exhortation to keep quiet about what she knows, Mary confronts Crystal first, in a lingerie store, and then Steven, before asking for a divorce.
Madea's Family Reunion, 1h47
Directed by Tyler Perry
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Blair Underwood, Tyler Perry, Lynn Whitfield, Jenifer Lewis, Rochelle Aytes, Boris Kodjoe
Roles Victoria
Rating53% 2.6588452.6588452.6588452.6588452.658845
While planning her family reunion, the pistol-packing grandma, Madea (Tyler Perry), must contend with the other dramas on her plate, including the runaway who has been placed under her care and her troubled nieces, half-sisters Lisa and Vanessa. Her niece Lisa is engaged and has an abusive fiancé and informs her mother but is ignored due to her mother's greed. Vanessa is trying to find love while struggling to forgive her mother for allowing her stepfather to rape her numerous times in her younger teen years. Madea is on to help fix their problems and help them realize who they are.
The Cheetah Girls 2, 1h37
Directed by Kenny Ortega
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Téléfilm musical, Children's films
Actors Raven-Symoné, Adrienne Houghton, Sabrina Bryan, Kiely Williams, Belinda, Lynn Whitfield
Roles Dorothea Garibaldi
Rating50% 2.5355652.5355652.5355652.5355652.535565
The movie begins in Manhattan, three years after the first movie, where the Cheetah Girls have just completed their junior year and are performing at a Graduation Party for the Manhattan Magnet's Class of 2006 ("The Party's Just Begun").
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, 1h34
Directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Jamie Foxx, Lynn Whitfield, Lee Thompson Young, CCH Pounder, Brenden Jefferson, Maestro
Roles Barbara Becnel
Rating62% 3.1469253.1469253.1469253.1469253.146925
L'histoire vraie de Stan "Tookie" Williams, chef du gang Crips de Los Angeles qui, arrêté et condamné à mort pour meurtres, devint un apôtre de la non-violence en prison. Le dangereux gangster sera même pressenti à plusieurs reprises pour le Prix Nobel de la Paix.
Head of State, 1h35
Directed by Chris Rock
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Politique, Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Chris Rock, Lynn Whitfield, Tracy Morgan, Bernie Mac, Dylan Baker, Wes Johnson
Roles Debra Lassiter
Rating55% 2.750642.750642.750642.750642.75064
Mays Gilliam is an alderman of the 9th Ward in Washington D.C.. After being fired from his post and dumped by his girlfriend, Kim, Mays is surprisingly chosen as the party candidate for the presidency (after his party's original presidential and vice-presidential nominees die when their two separate planes crash into each other) to run against sitting vice-president Brian Lewis. Assuming the election was already lost, the party decided to pick a likable but unwinnable minority candidate to improve their chances in the next presidential election. At first, Mays feels he will not be able to succeed as President because he would be representing the entire African-American populace, and does not want to do anything to mess it up. However, Mays begins to rise in the polls after his brother persuades him to speak out for what he believes. He begins to talk about issues such as welfare, money, society, etc. After Lewis runs a series of attack ads including one saying Mays supports cancer, Mays begins to fight back using what he claimed was "kissing" his opponent (taken from Bugs Bunny-Elmer Fudd cartoons). A part of this strategy includes dubbing a videotape of Osama bin Laden saying he hates America but loves Brian Lewis. This strategy gains Mays even more points in the polls. As voting day draws closer, Mays eventually learns the reason why he was chosen as the party candidate, and fires some disloyal campaign operatives (although they reconciled with him afterwards), as well as choosing his brother as his running mate. He later has a debate with his opponent in which he manages to win the crowd over by speaking truth about the American life. Finally, Mays ends up winning the election and the presidency. The film ends with a shot of Mount Rushmore with Mays Gilliam's head added; complete with bling.