Lynn Whitfield, with two upcoming films, “Gone Fishin’ ” opposite Joe Pesci and Danny Glover and “Eve’s Bayou” with Samuel L. Jackson, was relatively unknown when she won her 1990-91 Emmy for HBO’s “The Josephine Baker Story.”
“It sounds strange, but when I was 5, I dreamed of winning a big award,” Whitfield says. “When I got the nomination, I was very pregnant and was just hoping I would have the baby before the Emmys. Fortunately my daughter was born 2-1/2 weeks before the awards.
“My parents, professional people from Baton Rouge who weren’t sure about my choice of career, were able to be there. I remember being very nervous and very worried about looking fat.”
Her Emmy, as well as the five others the production garnered (including one for Whitfield’s then-husband, director Brian Gibson), brought new respectability to cable productions. “To this day people come up to me on the street and say, ‘Josephine Baker!’ ”