Loretta Devine (born August 21, 1949) is an American stage, film and television actress best known for her roles on Boston Public, Grey's Anatomy, and Eli Stone. She also provided her voice for the stop motion animated television series The PJs. Devine's most notable films are Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife, I Am Sam, Urban Legend, Crash, Woman Thou Art Loosed, For Colored Girls, and This Christmas. She is an Emmy Award winning actress. She is currently part of the main cast of the Lifetime drama The Client List in the role of Georgia Cummings. Devine was born in Houston, Texas. Her mother, Eunice O'Neal (nee Toliver), was a beautician, and her father, James Devine, worked as a laborer. She grew up in the Acres Homes area of Houston.