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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 14 August 1956Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
Birth NameJacqueline Yvonne Harry
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jackée Harry was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and reared from the age of nine in Harlem, New York, by her mother, Flossie. At the tender age of fourteen, Jackée landed the lead role of the King in her school's production of The King and I. Upon graduation from New York City's High School of Music and Art with a distinction in Opera, Jackée attended the University of Long Island, where she earned her B.A. degree in education.

Jackée began her career as a history teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School but left after two years to pursue a career in acting. She studied acting at the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side and made her professional acting debut in 1973 in Richard Wesley's Goin' Through Changes; not long afterward, she made her Broadway debut in A Broadway Musical as Melinda Bernard.

In 1983, Jackée made her television debut opposite Morgan Freeman in the daytime soap opera Another World. A year later, she landed her iconic role of Sandra Clark on the NBC sitcom 227. As the breakout star of the series, Jackée became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and was also nominated for a Golden Globe. Her performance on 227 inspired NBC producers to create a television pilot for her entitled Jackée. After departing 227 in 1989, she starred opposite Oprah Winfrey in the critically acclaimed adaptation of Gloria Naylor's novel The Women of Brewster Place.

In 1991, Jackée joined an all-star cast led by Della Reese when she played the role of Ruth 'CoCo' Royal in The Royal Family. From 1994-1999, she starred as the adoptive mother of Tia and Tamara Mowr and y's characters on the ABC/WB sitcom Sister, Sister, winning the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for two consecutive years in 1999 and 2000. Jackée also made guest appearances on Amen, Designing Women, Dave's World, Hollywood Squares, 7th Heaven, and That's So Raven, before joining the cast of Everybody Hates Chris in 2006.

Hollywood success did not lead Jackée to turn her back on theater; in 1994 she returned to the stage as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, and in 2003 she played the role of the Madam in The Boys From Syracuse on Broadway. More recently, Jackée performed before sold-out audiences across the nation in the J.D. Lawrence stage play The Cleanup Woman.

More recently Jackée has starred in The First Family on Centric and has had a recurring role on BET's Let's Stay Together.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ray Hamel

Spouse (2)

Elgin Charles Williams (1 December 1996 - 2003) (divorced) (1 child)
? (1980 - 1984) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

Voluptuous bombshell figure
Natural black hair.
Deep sultry voice.

Trivia (21)

National spokesperson for the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and supports the United Negro College Fund.
Studied acting at the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side, New York City.
Grew up in New York City.
In 1987, she became the very first, and as of 2013, the only African-American actress to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Sandra Clark in "227".
Was second choice to play Oda Mae Brown in Ghost (1990). The first choice, Whoopi Goldberg, was unsure if she could fit the movie into her schedule and Jackee was verbally offered the part. Goldberg, of course, was able to fit it into her work schedule and eventually won the Oscar for her role.
Around the time of the end of "227", Harry briefly dropped her surname (for professional purposes) and went by her first name, Jackée.
Joined the cast of the television series The Royal Family (1991) after the sudden death of its star Redd Foxx.
Graduated from the Long Island University.
On the musical stage, she earned much attention for her Billie Holiday interpretation in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill" in 1994.
She tried to segue into her own series after her Emmy-winning success on "227". The first was a spin-off of "227" titled "Jackée". Even though the pilot episode fared well with audiences, and premiered fifth in the ratings on NBC, it was canceled and is now shown as an episode of "227".
She was originally going to join the cast of "Designing Women" in the last season.
Best known by the public for her roles as Sandra Clark on 227 (1985) and as Lisa Landry on Sister, Sister (1994).
Her acting mentor was Marla Gibbs.
Went to see Alaina Reed-Hall in the hospital, before she passed away.
Before she was a successful actress, she was an American History teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York.
Of Trinidadian descent.
In 2013, she appeared on The First Family (2012) starring Christopher B. Duncan, that reunited her with former 227 (1985) co-stars Marla Gibbs and Hal Williams.
Best friend of Alaina Reed-Hall and Della Reese.
Worked with Marla Gibbs's childhood friend, Della Reese, twice on shows: 227 (1985) and The Royal Family (1991).
Like her ex-227 (1985) co-star, Marla Gibbs, who played Florence Johnston on The Jeffersons (1975), her 227 (1985) character was originally only supposed to be on for 13 episodes, but proved to be so popular, she stayed on as a regular, until she left the show in 1989.
Left her role on 227 (1985), in the middle of the last season, to star-in her own spin-off show that failed.

Personal Quotes (7)

[on landing her first leading theatrical role at 14]: I took my curtain call and they screamed and cheered and I got hooked.
[Of gaining celebrity status on 227 (1985), for which she won an Emmy in 1987]: It was great -- it was the best time of my life, actually, I wouldn't trade it for the world.
Well, I looked fabulous, it was hard work singing and dancing, lifting that leg up, that fan kick. It reminded me of the days when I really used to work for a living.
[on her comeback to television]: I'm trying like heck -- it ain't easy. You've gotta come up with a concept and we haven't found one yet.
[on her departure from 227 (1985) and her on- and off-screen rumoured feud with Marla Gibbs, who played Mary Jenkins]: When Sandra took off and I took off with her, the truth is it did indeed create a lot of tension. There were problems on Marla's part, which was truly ridiculous because she had all the power. It was her show. Maybe the problem stemmed from the fact that from the beginning Marla wanted someone else for the part, but the network insisted on me. They were all pushing Sandra, and they were pushing me. That changed when I got big, maybe too big, in Marla's eyes. Not that Marla and I ever had any arguments. She was never rude to me, and we always remained cordial. But on the biggest night of my life, when I won my Emmy, not only wasn't there a party given for me, but there was also not a flower or a word of congratulations. Ever. There was nothing, and that hurt. Afterward, my part got less and less each week, and it became clear to me that it was time to leave so I did.
[When she wanted to know if she was feuding with series' star Marla Gibbs, who played Mary Jenkins]: That was true at the time, she and I sensed we have the greatest friends. We've come full circle, and by that I mean, I talked about it honestly and woman-to-woman, and she didn't have to but she said, 'People putting things to her heads and telling her things that, she was believing in them,' and she said, 'She finally come to me, to talk to me, and we got it all straight.' We are the best buds, me, her and Alaina Reed [who recently passed away] and the fabulous Regina King.
[Of Marla Gibbs]: That Marla Gibbs was the star of it. She's strong. People took it for granted, but she implemented a lot of change on there. She did not hold her tongue. She fought for all of us. She and I are great friends. She and I have come full circle. She's the best person.

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