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As we sit here tonight, the national conversation continues to build momentum.It is calling upon women to demand change for the things that are most important in life." Hitting the runway Thursday in an effort to spotlight the initiative were Tatyana Ali, Zuri Hall, Melissa Joan Hart, Grace Helbig, Liz Hernandez, Adrienne Bailon Houghton, Kathy Ireland, Maye Musk, Elizabeth Rohm, Marion Ross, Lea Salonga, Rachel Lindsay, Niki Taylor, Kate Walsh, Lynn Whitfield, Ce Ce Winans and Ginger Zee.

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On television, Whitfield had recurring roles on Boston Public and Without a Trace in the 2000s.

From 2014 to 2015, she appeared in the ABC legal drama, How to Get Away with Murder as villainous Mary Walker.

So, to be part of a great cause with a bunch of great women was like, 'Yes, sign me up!

'" icon Whitfield said in a separate, backstage interview that her beloved grandmother's death from a heart attack at the age of 55 is a constant reminder for her to take care of herself, primarily by eating well, and to pass that message on to others.

In 2015, Whitfield was cast in series regular role of main villain in the Oprah Winfrey Network original scripted drama series Greenleaf about unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch.

Whitfield plays the leading role of Lady Mae Greenleaf, the imperious Minister's wife and power and money hungry matriarch of the family.

Whitfield also appeared in The Women (2008), The Rebound (2009) and Mama, I Want to Sing (2011), and had many roles in a low-profile B-Movies.

She also starred as Dorothea Garibaldi in both Disney Channel films The Cheetah Girls and The Cheetah Girls 2.

Whitfield achieved wide recognition in the title role of The Josephine Baker Story (1991), portraying the American who became a Folies Bergère star, a French Resistance fighter during World War II, and a civil rights activist. In his review, Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly said: "Whitfield is exceptionally good as the legendary singer-dancer who came to prominence in the ’20s for her throaty singing and her notorious "banana dance" – a wiggly little number executed while wearing nothing except a skirt of real bananas." Whitfield won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role, and said this gave her "the greatest sense of accomplishment and realization of my vision.

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