Fall 1997
Volume II
Issue 4

Alluring Lynn
by Ian Spelling

Lynn Whitfield is all about style and grace and, truth be told, shopping for bargains. Gorgeous and talented, Whitfield grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, eventually making it out to L.A., where she found work in such films as Dr. Detroit and Silverado. She then turned up the heat in HBO's The Josephine Baker Story. Whitfield has been busy ever since, acting in TV productions and, unforgettably, as Martin Lawrence's jilted lover in A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. SMOKE tracked down the vacationing Whitfield in the South of France to chat with her about her past, present, and future, as well as women with stogies, her newest film and the best thing she's bought lately.

What's with women and cigars?

You scared the hell out of me in THIN LINE. How do men react to you these days?

JOSEPHINE BAKER and THIN LINE are the two credits for which you're best known. What impact have they had on your career?

What haven't you gotten to do yet as an actress that you're itching to do?

Davis is a social activist known to some. What would be the power of her story?

What made you want to be an actress?

Are you pleased with your career?

Tell us about your latest film, EVE'S BAYOU...

Let's talk about your director, Kasi Lemmons. Not only is she a woman, but she's African American, and a first-time director...

Any interest in directing?

What's life like for you offscreen?

What's the best thing you bought lately?

SMOKE - Fall '97


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