With a career that spans over 30 years, Lynn Whitfield's contributions to film and American theater have earned her a spot among the industry's most revered talents. She's both an Emmy and four-time NACCP Image Award recipient, having gained prominence in films such as Eve's BayouMadea's Family ReunionThe Josephine Baker Story and the classic miniseries, The Women of Brewster Place. The veteran thespian also garnered acclaim with her role in Ntozake Shange's 1982 film adaptation of her Broadway hit For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.  (Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Images for BET)