Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield – 5th Annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon – Arrivals – Beverly Hills Hotel – Beverly Hills, CA, USA, 2012 – Keywords: Orientation: Portrait Face Count: 1 – False – Photo Credit: Andrew Evans / PR Photos

Birth Name: Lynn Butler-Smith

Place of Birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.

Date of Birth: February 15, 1953

Ethnicity: African-American, Louisiana Creole [African, French]

Lynn Whitfield is an American actress and producer. She began working in television and theatre, before progressing to supporting roles in film.

Lynn is the daughter of Valeria Jean (Butler), an officer of a finance agency, and Valerian E. Smith, a dentist. Lynn is of African-American and Louisiana Creole descent.

Lynn has a daughter, actress Grace Gibson, with her former husband, English-born director Brian Gibson. Her surname is from her first husband, Vantile Whitfield.

Lynn’s paternal grandfather was named Dr. Dennis E. Smith (the son of Lewis Smith and Lucy). Dr. Dennis was born in West Virginia.

Lynn’s paternal grandmother was Willia/Willa Gertrude Hundley (the daughter of Halbrook B. Hundley and Ethel Julia Owens). Willia was born in West Virginia. Halbrook was the son of William Hundley and Jennie. Ethel was the daughter of Samuel Owens and Sarah.


Lynn’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –
Lynn’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Lynn’s father –

Marriage record of Lynn’s paternal great-grandparents, Halbrook B. Hundley and Ethel Julia Owens –

6 Responses

  1. Mixed Kidd says:

    Her birthday is February 15

  2. Mixed Kidd says:

    correction: In the source link, it also says she is Cherokee Native American too.

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