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Lynn Whitfield

Actress & Star of OWN's "Greenleaf"

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Lynn Whitfield Biography

Lynn Whitfield, one of the most respected members of the African American acting community, was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The first of four children of a dentist-composer father and a housing executive mother, Whitfield credits watching classic movies on television with her late maternal grandmother as an inspiration for her enduring career as a memorable storyteller on multiple platforms.

Today, the Emmy Award-winning actress is well known for the authenticity she brings to her portrayal of women from all walks of life, including her recent tour de force as Lady Mae, the church matriarch-diva in the hit OWN drama, Greenleaf (2016-2020), for which she received the 2017 Gracie Award and two NAACP Image Award wins.

Whitfield is a third generation graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she received a B.F.A. in Theatre and later a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. While training at Howard, she gained stage experience with the D.C. Black Repertory Company and joined the Negro Ensemble Company in New York after graduation. Whitfield’s first national exposure came with her standout performance in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf" on PBS.

Hollywood took notice and Whitfield was signed to Columbia Pictures, making her big-screen debut in Doctor Detroit(1982), The Slugger’s Wife and Silverado (both 1985), followed by televised movies, The George McKenna Story and Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (both CBS, 1986) and the acclaimed Oprah Winfrey-produced miniseries, The Women of Brewster Place (ABC, 1989).Whitfield vaulted to international fame in the HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story (1991), portraying the legendary Paris-based entertainer, French Resistance and Civil Rights fighter. She earned an Emmy Award as “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special or Miniseries,” giving her "the greatest sense of accomplishment and realization of my vision,” she says. But she is proudest of her role as mother to Grace, her actor-musician daughter with former husband, the late Josephine Baker director Brian Gibson.

Returning to the big screen as the unforgettable Brandi in Martin Lawrence’s popular urban revenge saga, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Whitfield went on to score critical success as the beleaguered wife of Samuel L. Jackson in Eve's Bayou (1997), the story of a prominent black Louisiana family filmed near New Orleans. She returned to a similar dramatic milieu in the ABC miniseries, The Wedding (1998), also executive produced by Winfrey. More recently, she was seen on How to Get Away With Murder (ABC, 2015-16) and Oprah’s Master Class (OWN, 2017).

Whitfield has won seven NAACP Image Awards for her work in film and television, including Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story(2004) co-starring Jamie Foxx. She attracted a new generation of fans in two of the Disney Channel's highest rated movies, The Cheetah Girls (2003)and The Cheetah Girls 2(2006). Other select feature film roles include the Chris Rock vehicle, Head of State (2003); Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion (2006); Mama I Want To Sing(2008),a remake of the off-Broadway musical; Kings of the Evening (2008); The Rebound (2010); Things Fall Apart (2011), produced by and co-starring rapper 50 Cent; The Last Letter (2013) opposite Omari Hardwick and Sharon Leal, Kings Faith (2013); Curveball (2015); and Nappily Ever After (2018) with Sanaa Lathan.

Whitfield divides her time between Atlanta, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lynn Whitfield for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lynn Whitfield for your next private or corporate function.
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Lynn Whitfield Biography

Lynn Whitfield, one of the most respected members of the African American acting community, was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The first of four children of a dentist-composer father and a housing executive mother, Whitfield credits watching classic movies on television with her late maternal grandmother as an inspiration for her enduring career as a memorable storyteller on multiple platforms.

Today, the Emmy Award-winning actress is well known for the authenticity she brings to her portrayal of women from all walks of life, including her recent tour de force as Lady Mae, the church matriarch-diva in the hit OWN drama, Greenleaf (2016-2020), for which she received the 2017 Gracie Award and two NAACP Image Award wins.

Whitfield is a third generation graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she received a B.F.A. in Theatre and later a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. While training at Howard, she gained stage experience with the D.C. Black Repertory Company and joined the Negro Ensemble Company in New York after graduation. Whitfield’s first national exposure came with her standout performance in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf" on PBS.

Hollywood took notice and Whitfield was signed to Columbia Pictures, making her big-screen debut in Doctor Detroit(1982), The Slugger’s Wife and Silverado (both 1985), followed by televised movies, The George McKenna Story and Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI (both CBS, 1986) and the acclaimed Oprah Winfrey-produced miniseries, The Women of Brewster Place (ABC, 1989).Whitfield vaulted to international fame in the HBO biopic The Josephine Baker Story (1991), portraying the legendary Paris-based entertainer, French Resistance and Civil Rights fighter. She earned an Emmy Award as “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Special or Miniseries,” giving her "the greatest sense of accomplishment and realization of my vision,” she says. But she is proudest of her role as mother to Grace, her actor-musician daughter with former husband, the late Josephine Baker director Brian Gibson.

Returning to the big screen as the unforgettable Brandi in Martin Lawrence’s popular urban revenge saga, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996), Whitfield went on to score critical success as the beleaguered wife of Samuel L. Jackson in Eve's Bayou (1997), the story of a prominent black Louisiana family filmed near New Orleans. She returned to a similar dramatic milieu in the ABC miniseries, The Wedding (1998), also executive produced by Winfrey. More recently, she was seen on How to Get Away With Murder (ABC, 2015-16) and Oprah’s Master Class (OWN, 2017).

Whitfield has won seven NAACP Image Awards for her work in film and television, including Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story(2004) co-starring Jamie Foxx. She attracted a new generation of fans in two of the Disney Channel's highest rated movies, The Cheetah Girls (2003)and The Cheetah Girls 2(2006). Other select feature film roles include the Chris Rock vehicle, Head of State (2003); Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion (2006); Mama I Want To Sing(2008),a remake of the off-Broadway musical; Kings of the Evening (2008); The Rebound (2010); Things Fall Apart (2011), produced by and co-starring rapper 50 Cent; The Last Letter (2013) opposite Omari Hardwick and Sharon Leal, Kings Faith (2013); Curveball (2015); and Nappily Ever After (2018) with Sanaa Lathan.

Whitfield divides her time between Atlanta, Los Angeles and New Orleans.

Lynn Whitfield Videos

  • Urban Perspectives: The Lynn Whitfield Interview
  • Lynn Whitfield interview on The View

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  • How to book Lynn Whitfield?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Lynn Whitfield for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Lynn Whitfield, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Lynn Whitfield or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Lynn Whitfield?

    Booking fees for Lynn Whitfield, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Lynn Whitfield, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Lynn Whitfield?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Lynn Whitfield for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Lynn Whitfield for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Lynn Whitfield or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Lynn Whitfield or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Lynn Whitfield is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Lynn Whitfield for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Lynn Whitfield generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jameela Jamil, Adrian Anderson, NeNe Leakes, Robin Givens and Beanie Feldstein. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Lynn Whitfield for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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