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Lynn Whitfield      

Actress & Star of OWN's "Greenleaf"

Lynn Whitfield is an Iconic Emmy winning actress. In her most recent role, she stars as the matriarch, Lady Mae Greenleaf who honors tradition at all costs in the OWN family drama series, Greenleaf from playwright/showrunner Craig Wright and executive producer Oprah Winfrey. Greenleaf reunites Lynn with Oprah as on-screen sisters who will go head to head. This is their third time collaborating following the television movies, The Women of Brewster Place and The Wedding.

Whitfield is an Emmy Award winner for Best Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for her portrayal of Josephine Baker in HBO’s, The Josephine Baker Story. She was the second woman of color to win this award. Whitfield also received a Golden Globe nomination for this performance. Lynn is a four-time NAACP Award winner and has received numerous award nominations for her role in The Cheetah Girls.

Lynn had recurring appearances on ABC’s, Mistresses and has previously co-starred on numerous television series including ABC’s, How To Get Away With Murder, FlashFoward,HeartBeat, Chasing Life, VH1’s Hit the Floor, Fox’s Boston Public, and CBS’ Without a Trace.

She has appeared in feature films include the award-winning Eve’s Bayou, A Thin Line Between Love and Hate, Taking the Heat, Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion, Stepmom, and in Head of State.

Whitfield received her BFA from Howard University and joined the theatre company, D.C. Black Repertory following her graduation. She later moved to New York City and performed in several off-Broadway shows including the acclaimed 1977 Los Angeles production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf opposite Alfre Woodard.

She is a longstanding member of The Creative Coalition and she actively campaigns to defy the stereotypes of women of color and change the dialogue of what it means to be a black actress in Hollywood.

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