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Slender, attractive actress Margaret Avery, spellbinding in her role of Shug in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple (1985), is certainly no "one-hit wonder". Although filmgoers may be able to trace her back only to that once-in-a-lifetime part, Margaret has been a talented player on the large and small screens for well over three decades. Born on ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Color Purple Shug Avery
(1985)
Magnum Force Prostitute
(1973)
Being Mary Jane Helen Patterson
(2013-2018)
The Set Up Olivia Dubois
(1995)

Filmography

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  Road to Redemption (completed)
Kadija (rumored)
 2013-2018 Being Mary Jane (TV Series)
Helen Patterson
- MOW Finale (2018) ... Helen Patterson
- Feeling Tested (2017) ... Helen Patterson
- Feeling Destined (2017) ... Helen Patterson
- Feeling Lost (2017) ... Helen Patterson
- Feeling Ambushed (2017) ... Helen Patterson
 2018 Proud Mary
Mina
 2017 The Librarians (TV Series)
Eleanor Darnell
- And the Silver Screen (2017) ... Eleanor Darnell
 2017 The Carmichael Show (TV Series)
Janet
- Gold Diggers (2017) ... Janet
 2017 Symposium (Short)
Woman
 2012 Single Ladies (TV Series)
- Ex-Factor (2012)
 2009 Extrospection (Short)
Anna (as Margret Avery)
 2008 Meet the Browns
Sarah
 2008 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins
Mama Jenkins
 2007/I Exodus
Robbed Tourist
 2007 Lord Help Us (Video)
Dorinda Thomas
 2006 Waitin' to Live
Pearline Loggins
 2005 Bones (TV Series)
Ivy Gillespie
- The Man in the Fallout Shelter (2005) ... Ivy Gillespie
 2005 JAG (TV Series)
Indira Diamond
- Unknown Soldier (2005) ... Indira Diamond
 2003 10-8: Officers on Duty (TV Series)
Rita Armstrong
- A Hard Day's Night (2003) ... Rita Armstrong
 2002 Second to Die
Insurance Agent
 1998 Wie stark muß eine Liebe sein (TV Movie)
Mary McMillian
 1998 Love Kills
Moon
 1997 413 Hope St. (TV Series)
Denise Thomas
- Quentin Goes Home (1997) ... Denise Thomas
- Heartbeat (1997) ... Denise Thomas
- Pilot (1997) ... Denise Thomas
 1997 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
Mabel Jarvis
- The Neighborhood (1997) ... Mabel Jarvis
 1997 Die Gang (TV Series)
Glenda Otero
- Ein teuflischer Plan (1997) ... Glenda Otero
 1995 White Man's Burden
Megan Thomas
 1995 The Set Up
Olivia Dubois
 1994 Cyborg 3: The Recycler (Video)
Doc Edford
 1993 Lightning in a Bottle
Dr. Sierheed
 1993 The Roots of Roe (TV Movie)
Letters to Margaret Sanger (voice)
 1993 Night Trap
Miss Sadie
 1993 Time Trax (TV Series)
Mrs. Shaw
- The Price of Honor (1993) ... Mrs. Shaw
 1992 The Jacksons: An American Dream (TV Series)
Martha Scruse
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Martha Scruse
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Martha Scruse
 1992 Jack's Place (TV Series)
Kathleen
- Romance Takes a Curtain Call (1992) ... Kathleen
 1992 Roc (TV Series)
Helen
- The Lady Killer (1992) ... Helen
 1992 The Cosby Show (TV Series)
Leah
- Clair's Reunion (1992) ... Leah
 1991 MacGyver (TV Series)
Regina Jeffries
- Gunz 'n Boyz (1991) ... Regina Jeffries
 1990 The Return of Superfly
Francine
 1990 Heat Wave (TV Movie)
Roxie Turpin
 1990 CBS Schoolbreak Special (TV Series)
Mary Jones
- Malcolm Takes a Shot (1990) ... Mary Jones
 1990 Amen (TV Series)
Juanita Mannings
- Deacon's Dilemma (1990) ... Juanita Mannings
 1989 Riverbend
Bell Coleman
 1989 Single Women Married Men (TV Movie)
Grace Williams
 1989 Knightwatch (TV Series)
Councilwoman Slane
- Cops: Part 2 (1989) ... Councilwoman Slane
- Cops: Part 1 (1989) ... Councilwoman Slane
 1988 Blueberry Hill
Hattie Cale
 1988 Crime Story (TV Series)
Iris Marshall
- Seize the Time (1988) ... Iris Marshall
- Moulin Rouge (1988) ... Iris Marshall
 1987 Rags to Riches (TV Series)
Celia Richards
- Marva in the Key of Cee (1987) ... Celia Richards
 1987 Bustin' Loose (TV Series)
- Sisters (1987)
 1987 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Callie Braxton
- One for My Daughter (1987) ... Callie Braxton
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Sally Cordoba
- The Afternoon Plane (1987) ... Sally Cordoba
 1985 The Color Purple
Shug Avery
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Dixie
- Jessica Behind Bars (1985) ... Dixie
 1984 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Mrs. Daniels
- Hardcore Connection (1984) ... Mrs. Daniels
 1983 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Dottie
 1982 The Powers of Matthew Star (TV Series)
April
- The Accused (1982) ... April
 1981 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Sharon Henderson
- A Case of the Crazies (1981) ... Sharon Henderson
 1980 The Sky Is Gray (TV Movie)
Rosemary
 1980 The Lathe of Heaven (TV Movie)
Heather LeLache
 1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
Toby Millman
 1978 Baby... I'm Back! (TV Series)
Racine Parks
- Farewell to Boyish Charm (1978) ... Racine Parks
 1977 Scott Joplin (TV Movie)
Belle Joplin
 1977 Which Way Is Up?
Annie Mae
 1977 A.E.S. Hudson Street (TV Series)
Nurse Sawyer
 1974-1976 Harry O (TV Series)
Ruby Dome / Ginnie Adams
- Ruby (1976) ... Ruby Dome
- Mister Five and Dime (1976) ... Ruby Dome
- Anatomy of a Frame (1975) ... Ruby Dome
- Elegy for a Cop (1975) ... Ruby Dome
- Eyewitness (1974) ... Ginnie Adams
 1976 Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style (TV Movie)
Alma Rae
 1972-1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Stacy Brooks / Marly Walker
- Reign of Terror (1975) ... Stacy Brooks
- The Informant (1972) ... Marly Walker
 1975 Kolchak: The Night Stalker (TV Series)
Ruth Van Galen
- The Sentry (1975) ... Ruth Van Galen
 1975 Sanford and Son (TV Series)
Denise
- Strange Bedfellows (1975) ... Denise
 1974 Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV Series)
Julie
- The 266 Days (1974) ... Julie
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Lula
 1973 Hell Up in Harlem
Sister Jennifer
 1973 Ironside (TV Series)
Bartender
- The Last Payment (1973) ... Bartender
 1973 Magnum Force
Prostitute
 1973 The New Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Pam Harris / Nurse Wilkinson
- What Your Best Friend Doesn't Know (1973) ... Pam Harris / Nurse Wilkinson
 1973 An Eye for an Eye
Nurse
 1972 Terror at Red Wolf Inn
Edwina (as Margret Avery)
 1972 Cool Breeze
Lark
 1972 Something Evil (TV Movie)
Irene
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Stage: Appeared in "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?", Los Angeles, CA. NOTE: She won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. See more »

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Alternate Names:

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Trivia:

She was cast in the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple (1985) just after Tina Turner turned it down and because Steven Spielberg had previously worked with her on the television film Something Evil (1972). See more »

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