Birth Name: Lynn Butler-Smith
Place of Birth: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
Date of Birth: May 6, 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 African-American and Louisiana Creole.
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.
Obituary of Lynn’s father – https://old.findagrave.com
Marriage record of Lynn’s paternal great-grandparents, Halbrook B. Hundley and Ethel Julia Owens – https://www.familysearch.org