Lynn Whitfield is an award-winning American actress who came to prominence for her role as Josephine Baker in the film Josephine Baker Story.
She is also credited for her role in the films Madea’s Family Reunion, Stepmom, and Head of State.
She has won awards like NAACP Image Awards, Gracie Awards, and Black Reel Awards.
|Date of Birth:||February 15, 1953|
|Place of Birth:||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States|
|Parents:||Valerian Smith, Jean Butler|
|Siblings:||Valerian Butler-Smith, Shawn Langston, Kimberlegh Butler Smith|
|Husband:||Vantile Whitfield (m. 1974-1978), Brian Gibson (m. 1990-1992)|
|Height:||5 feet 6 inches|
|Net Worth:||$4 million|
Lynn Whitfield was born on February 15, 1953, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. She is the eldest in a family of four children. Her mother Jean Smith Butler is a former president of the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and her father Dr Valerian Smith was a composer who wrote the musicals, The Supper and The Wake. Whitfield graduated from Howard University.
Whitfield began acting professionally in 1981 with a role as Jill Thomas in the NBC serial drama Hill Street Blues. She followed up in 1983 with a role as Thelma Cleland in the comedy film Doctor Detroit. She also featured in the films Silverado, The Slugger’s Wife, and The Women of Brewster Place with Oprah Winfrey.
She came to th limelight for her role in The Josephine Baker Story. She also had a recurring role in the ABC legal drama Equal Justice, alongside Joe Morton. She made appearances in several television movies like Stompin at the Savoy, Vanessa Bell Calloway, State of Emergency, The Wedding, Taking The Heat, The Jasmine Guy.
Whitfield also had several supporting roles on television and films in the 2000s. She made appearances in Head of State, The Rebound, Madea’s Family Reunion, and Mama, I Want to Sing.
She appeared in the romantic comedy film Nappily Ever After, alongside Sanaa Lathan, in 2018. She starred on the Fox medical drama The Resident in 2019, and starred in the comedy film Vacation Friends in 2021.
Lynn Whitefield first got married to Vanile Whitfield from 1974 to 1978. She later got married to director Brian Gibson from 1990 to 1992. They had a daughter together named Grace.
Awards & Nominations
Whitfield has won numerous awards such as:
- NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1998)
- Black Reel Awards for Best Actress, Cable television.
- Women Film Critics Circle Awards for Acting and Activism Award (2005)
- Gracie Awards for Actress in a Supporting Role- Drama (2017)
- NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
Lyn Whitfield is active on social media. She is on Instagram, @mslynnwhitfield.
Lynn Whitfield earns her career as an actress. She has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
Frequently asked questions
Below are some frequently asked questions about Lynn Whitfield:
Who is Lynn Whitfield?
Lynn Whitfield is an American actress who became known for her role as Josephine Baker in the film Josephine Baker Story.
How old is Lynn Whitfield?
She was born on February 15, 1953.
Where is Lynn Whitfield from?
She is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States.
Is Lynn Whitfield married?
She was married to Vantile Whitfield (m. 1974-1978), Brian Gibson (m. 1990-1992)
What is Lynn Whitfield’s Net Worth?
Jacquees has an estimated net worth of $4 million.