Veteran actress Lynn Whitfield is an eminent name in American entertainment, often remembered for appearing as the legendary ‘Josephine Baker’ in the 1991 HBO biographical film, ‘The Josephine Baker Story’. The career-defining role portraying the former African-American star was a performance close to her heart and Lynn went on to win a Primetime Emmy Award for the same.
As a professional actress who has dedicated years of her life to the industry, Lynn has been associated with several other well-received Hollywood ventures like ‘A Thin Line Between Love and Hate’, ‘Sophie & the Moonhanger’ and ‘The Wedding’.
Lynn Whitfield Net Worth
The 66-year-old actress continues to remain unstoppable with her never-ending love and dedication towards her work. Today, Lynn is a household name, appearing on several prominent television ventures. In 2019, Lynn is all set to make an appearance on the TV show ‘The Resident’ playing the character of Josephine Okeke.
The 5 feet & 5 inches (1.65 metres) tall actress has secured an exceptional place in the entertainment sector and in the hearts of her fans. Today she enjoys the luxurious lifestyle of a celebrity with a stupendous fortune of $3 million.
Lynn Whitfield Bio: Ethnicity, Parents, Early Life
Lynn is the daughter of African-American parents, Valerian Smith and Jean Butler. Lynn’s father was a dentist and theater actor. She was raised amongst her three other siblings, younger sisters Kimberlegh Butler-Smith and Shawne Langston and younger brother, Valerian Butler-Smith. Lynn’s birthplace is Baton Rouge in Louisiana, where she was born on the 6th of May, 1953.
Lynn began her acting career with the Black Repertory Company in Washington D.C. and eventually went on to do Broadway shows such as The Great Macdaddy, Showdown and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Her passion for acting was inspired by her father who was an active participant at the local theatre.
In 1979, Lynn was fortunate to join a talent development program by the Columbia Pictures and soon, her acting talents got noticed in Hollywood. Her first big Hollywood break came with the film, ‘Doctor Detriot’, in 1983. Today the prolific actress has more than 101 projects credited to her career.
Lynn Whitfield Married Life, Husbands, Divorce
Despite her established professional life, Lynn’s personal life has not proved as successful. The versatile actress has lived through two failed marriages. Lynn’s first marriage was to Vantile Whitfield, a playwright, director and actor by profession. Lynn was not the first woman in Vantile’s life. His earlier marriages were with Barbara Ann Grant and Barbara Ellen Cobbs.
Vantile and Lynn tied the knots in 1974 and lived with each other for a span of four years. Following their divorce, Vantile went on to marry his final wife, Loretta Collins Argrett.
In 1990, Lynn married for a second time and this time the relationship lasted for her a brief two years. Lynn’s second husband was Brian Gibson, with whom she has a beautiful daughter named Grace Gibson.
After her second divorce, Lynn devoted herself to being a doting mother to her only child, Grace, who is now 27. After losing former husband, Brian, to bone cancer in 1994, Lynn had to raise her daughter single-handedly. Today, Grace, like her mother, has established herself as a successful singer, actor and dancing professional.