• Lynn Whitfield is an American actress and producer
• She was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to an African-American and a Creole father
• She became known for her performance in the biographical film “The Josephine Baker Story”
• She joined the drama series “Greenleaf” in mid-2018, playing the role of Lady Mae Greenleaf
• As of late 2018, her net worth is estimated to be over $3 million.

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Net Worth$3 million
Date Of BirthMay 6, 1953
SpouseBrian Gibson, Vantile Whitfield
FactModeled a Millenium Creation outfit designed by Anand Jon at the NYC 2000 fashion show in Times Square on September 13, 1999.

Who is Lynn Whitfield?

Born Lynn Butler-Smith, on the 6th of May 1953, she is an American actress and producer who became known for her performance as the title character in the biographical film “The Josephine Baker Story.” As of mid-2018, she is playing the role of Lady Mae Greenleaf in the series “Greenleaf” on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Lynn Whitfield’s Early Life

Whitfield was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the eldest of four children, and a daughter of Jean Butler, an officer of a finance agency, and Valerian Smith, a dentist. Her mother is an African-American while her father is Creole making her half Native American. Whitfield is also a third-generation graduate of BFA from Howard University, but attributes her passion for acting to her dad, who was one of the persons who formed the community theatre in their home in Baton Rouge. To continue feeding her passion, she attended and performed at the Black Repertory Company in Washington D.C.

Lynn Whitfield’s Career

Whitfield’s career started in the late ‘70s when she moved to New York, and began acting in off-Broadway shows including “Showdown” and “The Great Macdaddy.” She gained acclaim when she joined the Los Angeles production of “for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf.” Her early years as an actress helped establish both her career and her net worth. When the ‘80s came, Whitfield ventured into television, debuting in “Hill Street Blues” in 1981 playing the role of Jill Thomas. She also appeared in various films, including “Doctor Detroit”, “The Slugger’s Wife”, and “Jaws: The Revenge.”

Whitfield received her big acting career break in 1991, when she starred in the HBO biographical film “The Josephine Baker Story” playing the titular role of the FoliesBergère actress who became a French Resistance fighter during the Second World War, as well as a civil rights activist. Her transformation from being an 18 year old all the way to becoming a 68 year old woman in the movie gained her praise from her fans, the critics, and even award-giving bodies, earning a Whitfield a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. The success of the film not only catapulted her ito fame but also immensely increased her net worth.

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Lynn Whitfield’s Present Career

After the success of “The Josephine Baker Story”, Whitfield has appeared in many more films, including “A Thin Line Between  Love and Hate”, “Eve’s Bayou”, and “Stepmom.” She also appeared in “Head of State”, “Madea’s Family Reunion”, “The Rebound” and “Mama, I Want to Sing,” all of which have helped increase her wealth. During the late 2000’s, Whitfield went back to television and appeared in recurring roles in “Boston Public”, “Without a Trace”, and “How to Get Away with Murder” playing the villainous role of Mary Walker.

Today, Whitfield is still actively working as an actress, recently joining the drama series “Greanleaf” of the Oprah Winfrey Network in mid-2018, playing the role of the lead antagonist, Lady Mae Greanleaf, the money-loving matriarch of the Greenleaf family. The series also stars Keith David, Kim Hawthorne, Merle Dandrige and Oprah Winfrey – Winfrey even personally chose her to play the role of Lady Mae.

Lynn Whitfield’s Body Measurement

In terms of her body measurement, Whitfield is 5ft 3ins (1.60m.) tall, and weighs 136lbs (62 kgs). Her vital statistics are 34-24-34 inches – her hair color is light brown and her eyes are dark brown.

Lynn Whitfield’s Net Worth

As of late 2018 and based on authoritative sources, Whitfield’s net worth is reported to be over $3 million, acquired from her years working as an actress, appearing in countless television shows and movies.

Lynn Whitfield’s Personal Life

In terms of her personal life, Whitfield is currently single, but has actually been married twice, firstly to Vantile Whitfield from 1974 to ’78, then in 1990 to director Brian Gibson, but after having a daughter together, named Grace their relationship ended in 1992.  Grace has followed her mother’s footsteps in becoming an actress, appearing in movies “Black Nativity”, “All Eyez on Me”, and “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.”

General Info

Full NameLynn Whitfield
Net Worth$3 million
Salary$3 million
Date Of BirthMay 6, 1953
Height1.61 m
ProfessionFilm producer, Actor
EducationHoward University


SpouseBrian Gibson, Vantile Whitfield
ChildrenGrace Gibson
ParentsJean Butler, Valerian Smith
SiblingsValerian Butler-Smith, Shawne Langston, Kimberlegh Butler-Smith


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's Series or Special, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television M...
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Black Movie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
MoviesA Thin Line Between Love and Hate, The Josephine Baker Story, Eve's Bayou, Madea's Family Reunion, Head of State, Jaws: The Revenge, The Women of Brewster Place, Doctor Detroit, Mama, I Want to Sing!, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, The Cheetah Girls, Gone Fishin', The Rebound, Silverado...
TV ShowsThe Cosby Mysteries, Equal Justice, Greenleaf, HeartBeat (US)

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1Lives in a New York Townhome on Manhattan's Upper East Side. [2004]
2Gave birth to her 1st child at age 38, a daughter Grace Ginson on Augst 2, 1991. Child's is her 2nd husband, Brian Gibson.
3She is of Cherokee descent.
4Her younger brother's name is Valerian (Pepper) Butler-Smith.
5She is a member of the Links Inc.
6Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
7She has two younger sisters and a younger brother.
8Modeled a Millenium Creation outfit designed by Anand Jon at the NYC 2000 fashion show in Times Square on September 13, 1999.
9Daughter of Valerian Smith




Stompin' at the Savoy1992TV MovieEsther
The Trials of Rosie O'Neill1991TV Series
Equal Justice1991TV SeriesMaggie Mayfield
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story1991TV MovieNatala
The Josephine Baker Story1991TV MovieJosephine Baker
Matlock1990TV SeriesAngela Page
American Playhouse1982-1990TV SeriesWoman in the Bath
Heartbeat1988-1989TV SeriesDr. Cory Banks
The Women of Brewster Place1989TV SeriesCiel
St. Elsewhere1988TV SeriesAnnie Callan
Dead Aim1987Sheila Freeman
Jaws: The Revenge1987Louisa
Tall Tales & Legends1986TV SeriesPollie Ann
The New Mike Hammer1986TV SeriesDelia Marvel
The George McKenna Story1986TV MovieBobbie Maxwell
Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI1986TV MovieJohnnie Mae Gibson
The Fall Guy1985TV SeriesJeanne
Miami Vice1985TV SeriesOdette Ribaud
The Slugger's Wife1985Tina Alvarado
Cagney & Lacey1985TV SeriesEleanor Taggart
This Is the Life1985TV Series
Matt Houston1983TV SeriesVal
Doctor Detroit1983Thelma Cleland
Hill Street Blues1981TV SeriesJill Thomas
Espionage Tonight2016post-productionSydney Greenstreet
Deaf Ghostpre-productionYonda
Greenleaf2016-2017TV SeriesLady Mae Greenleaf / Mae Greenleaf
Mistresses2015-2016TV SeriesMarjorie
Hit the Floor2014-2016TV SeriesVanessa Howard / Jelena's mother, Vanessa Howard
The North Star2016Miss Grace
Prayer Never Fails2016Loral Hess
Curveball2015Dr. Lane
Chasing Life2015TV SeriesKaren Callahan
Fear Files2015TV MovieMadam Mabry (segment "For the Love of Lockwood Too")
For the Love of Lockwood Too2015TV Mini-SeriesMadame Mabry
How to Get Away with Murder2014-2015TV SeriesMary Walker
Lap Dance2014Momma Pearl
30 Days in Atlanta2014
Family Time2014TV SeriesDonna
The Fright Night Files2014TV MovieMadame Mabry
My Other Mother2014TV MovieMary Jo
Take the Spotlight2014
Blood Lines2014Vivian
For the Love of Lockwood2014TV SeriesMadame Mabry
The Dempsey Sisters2013Olivia Norman
The Last Letter2013Lorraine
And Then There Was You2013Sophia Brent
Act Like You Love Me2013Harriett
King's Faith2013Vanessa
24 Hour Love2013Cynthia
Lonely Boy2013/IDr. Christine Nolan
Training to Be A Superhero2012ShortMiMi Jakes
Are We There Yet?2012TV SeriesMother-in-Law 2012
Redemption of a Dog2012Francine
Somebody's Child2012TV MovieConstance
Battlefield America2012Ms. Parker
Prodigy Bully2012TV MovieAngela Washington
All Things Fall Apart2011Bee
Mama I Want to Sing2011Lillian Winter
Flashforward2009TV SeriesAnastasia Markham
The Rebound2009Laura Reilly
The Women2008/IGlenda Hill
Kings of the Evening2008Gracie
Shark2006TV SeriesAnita Astin
The Cheetah Girls 22006TV MovieDorthea
Confessions2006/IDr. Page
Without a Trace2002-2006TV SeriesPaula Van Doren
Madea's Family Reunion2006Victoria
The Book of Daniel2006TV SeriesElena
Strong Medicine2004TV SeriesDr. Marshall
Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story2004TV MovieBarbara Becnel
The Cheetah Girls2004TV MovieDorothea Garibaldi
The Cheetah Girls2003TV MovieDorothea
Head of State2003Debra Lassiter
Lost in Oz2002TV MovieBellaridere
A Time for Dancing2002Linda
Boston Public2001TV SeriesLouanna Harper
A Girl Thing2001TV MovieNia Morgan
Love Songs1999TV MovieJean Simpson (segment "Love Song for Jean and Ellis, A")
Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story1999TV MovieLori Jackson
Deep in My Heart1999TV MovieCorrine Burrell
Stepmom1998Dr. P. Sweikert
The Color of Courage1998TV MovieMinnie McGhee
The Wedding1998TV MovieCorinne Coles
Eve's Bayou1997Roz Batiste
The Planet of Junior Brown1997Mrs. Brown
Gone Fishin'1997Angie
Promised Land1997TV SeriesDr. Serena Hall
Touched by an Angel1997TV SeriesDr. Serena Hall
Martin1997TV SeriesEllen
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate1996Brandi
Sophie & the Moonhanger1996TV MovieSophie
The Cosby Mysteries1994-1995TV SeriesBarbara Lorenz
In the Army Now1994Sgt. Ladd
Thicker Than Blood: The Larry McLinden Story1994TV MovieBobbie Mallory
State of Emergency1994TV MovieDehlia Johnson
The Cosby Mysteries1994TV MovieBarbara Lorenz
Taking the Heat1993TV MovieCarolyn Hunter


Deaf Ghostexecutive producer pre-production
Training to Be A Superhero2012Short producer
Redemption of a Dog2012co-producer


Unsung Hollywood2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Ageism in Hollywood2016TV MovieHerself
Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHerself
Home & Family2016TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHerself
The View2016TV SeriesHerself
The Real2016TV SeriesHerself
5TH NAFCA: African Oscar2015TV MovieHerself / Nominated / Best Actress in supporting role Diaspora Film
Jimmy Goes to Nollywood2015DocumentaryHerself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Wendy Williams Show2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Kiss and Tell: The History of Black Romance in Movie2012Documentary
Celebrity Close Calls2011TV SeriesHerself
Way Black When: Primetime2011TV SeriesHerself
The Mo'Nique Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Black Girls Rock2010TV MovieHerself
The 2006 Black Movie Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
37th NAACP Image Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
Tavis Smiley2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tyra Banks Show2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
36th NAACP Image Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Biography2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The Daily Show1997-2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Intimate Portrait1998-1999TV Series documentaryHerself / Narrator
5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
30th NAACP Image Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
29th NAACP Image Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
Essence Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Co-Host
28th NAACP Image Awards1997TV SpecialHerself
27th NAACP Image Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
Saturday Night Special1996TV SeriesHerself
The 17th Annual CableACE Awards1995TV SpecialHerself
The 1995 ESPY Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards1993TV Special
The 14th Annual American Black Achievement Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special and Presenter
Live with Kelly and Michael1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Ebony/Jet Showcase1991TV SeriesHerself
Behind the Scenes with 'Jaws: The Revenge'1987TV Movie documentaryHerself


Won Awards

2005Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Actress, Network/Cable TelevisionRedemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic SpecialRedemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
2005Acting and Activism AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsRedemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story (2004)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/SpecialThe Planet of Junior Brown (1997)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesTouched by an Angel (1994)
1994Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieI'll Fly Away (1991)
1993Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Mini-Series or Television MovieThe Josephine Baker Story (1991)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialThe Josephine Baker Story (1991)

Nominated Awards

2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Television or Mini-Series Performance, FemaleSomebody's Child (2012)
2006Black Movie AwardBlack Movie AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleMadea's Family Reunion (2006)
2004BET Comedy AwardBET Comedy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Box Office MovieHead of State (2003)
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTelevision: Best Supporting ActressThe Cheetah Girls (2003)
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth/Children's ProgramThe Cheetah Girls (2003)
2004Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Dramatic PerformanceThe Cheetah Girls (2003)
2000Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsNetwork/Cable - Best ActressLove Songs (1999)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Television Movie/Miniseries/Dramatic SpecialDangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story (1999)
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-SeriesThe Wedding (1998)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesThe Color of Courage (1998)
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Motion PictureEve's Bayou (1997)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Josephine Baker Story (1991)
1992CableACECableACE AwardsActress in a Movie or MiniseriesThe Josephine Baker Story (1991)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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