|Full Name:||Lynn Butler-Smith|
|Date of Birth:||May 6, 1953|
|Birth Place:||Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.|
Whitfield was born Lynn Butler-Smith in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the daughter of Jean (née Butler), an officer of a finance agency, and Valerian Smith, a dentist. Lynn Whitfield is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.