Today we celebrate mega talented Hollywood star Lynn Whitfield!
As we celebrate the Emmy winning star’s big day, let’s take a trip down memory lane:
Born in 1953, the eldest of four children, a graduate from Howard University, Lynn made her film debut in the movie Doctor Detroit (1983) after which she bagged a number of support roles in Silverado (1985), The Slugger’s Wife (1985), Jaws: The Revenge (1987), and Dead Aim (1987).
On television, she worked her way up to the top landing lead and co-star roles in The George McKenna Story (1986) co-starring Denzel Washington, Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (1986) opposite Howard E. Rollins Jr. and Oprah Winfrey’s historical miniseries The Women of Brewster Place (1989), Equal Justice (1990) among others.
However the talented act got her big break after starting as Josephine Baker in the HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story (1991),
Whitfield also earned an NAACP Image Award in 1992 for her role in the miniseries Stompin’ at the Savoy (1992), she later appeared in Pauly Shore’s comedy In the Army Now (1994) and went back to series TV alongside Bill Cosby in the short-lived The Cosby Mysteries (1994).
The late 90s saw Lynn achieve even more fame with roles in the films A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996) with Martin Lawrence and Gone Fishin’ (1997) with “Silverado” co-star Danny Glover. She also earned excellent reviews for her supporting work in Eve’s Bayou (1997)
On the TV front, she has made guest appearances in “Boston Public,” “Strong Medicine,” a recurring role in “Without a Trace,” “Shark,” “Flash Forward,” How to Get Away with Murder,” “Hit the Floor,” “Mistresses” . More recently, she starred as Lady Belle Greenleaf in the dramatic series Greenleaf (2016).
Formerly married to Vantile Whitfield, she got divorced in the late 70s. Lynn later married British director Brian Gibson in 1990, by whom she has a daughter, Grace. They parted ways in 1992.
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