Lynn Whitfield was born on May 6, 1953 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University. After graduation she appeared in such Off Broadway plays as "The Great MacDaddy" and "Showdown."

Lynn was a series regular in "Heartbeat" and "The Cosby Mysteries" and she had recurring roles in "Equal Justice," "Boston Public" and more recently "Without A Trace." She's made guest appearances in such tv shows as "Hill Street Blues," "Cagney & Lacey," "Matlock" and "Martin."

She made her feature film debut in the movie "Doctor Detroit." She has since appeared in such films as "Silverado," "A Thin Line Between Love and Hate" and "Eve's Bayou." Her television movie appearances include "Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI," "The Women of Brewster Place," "Stompin at the Savoy" and "The Color of Courage."

Lynn's breakthrough role happened in the 1991 HBO cable movie "The Josephine Baker Story." She won an Emmy award for her performance.

Lynn has been married twice: to Vantile Whitfield, a founder of the D.C. Black Repertory and "Josephine Baker" director Brian Gibson from 1990 to 1992. Lynn's daughter Grace is from her marriage to Gibson.

Lynn's film credits include the following:

Check out the following sites for additional information about Lynn:

Lynn Whitfield@Internet Movie Database
Lynn Whitfield@The Broadway Theater Archive
The Women of Brewster Place
Lynn Whitfield@Wikipedia

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