Jackée Harry

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Jackée Harry
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Harry at a December 2010 performance of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.
Born
Jacqueline Yvonne Harry

(1956-08-14) August 14, 1956 (age 63)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesJackée
Education High School of the Performing Arts
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
  • comedian
  • director
  • television personality
Years active1978–present
Known forSandra Clark – 227
Lisa Landry – Sister, Sister
Home town Harlem, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Jerry Jemmott
(?–?; divorced)
Elgin Charles Williams
(m. 1996;div. 2003)
Children1
Awards1987 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sandra Clark (227)
1999 – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Lisa Landry (Sister, Sister)
2000 – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Lisa Landry (Sister, Sister)
Website Official website

Jacqueline Yvonne Harry (born August 14, 1956), better known by her mononymous stage name Jackée, is an American actress, singer, comedian, director, and television personality. [1] She is best known for her roles as Sandra Clark, the sexy nemesis of Mary Jenkins (played by Marla Gibbs), on the NBC TV series 227 (1985–90), and as Lisa Landry on the ABC/The WB sitcom Sister, Sister (1994–99). She is noted for being the first and only African-American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Biography

Early life and education

Harry was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1956, and raised in Harlem, New York, [2] to an Afro-Trinidadian mother and African-American father. Harry began studying acting at the High School of the Performing Arts in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. [2] Harry graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor of Arts in education. She worked as an American History teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School for two years before beginning a career on the New York stage. [3] [4] [5]

Career

Theater

In 1978, Harry made her Broadway debut in A Broadway Musical . [5] Throughout the 1980s she starred in numerous productions both on and off Broadway, and in national touring productions. In 1994, Harry made her return to the theater by starring as Billie Holiday in the play Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill . Following that stage production, she fulfilled the role of "madam who runs a bordello" in the Broadway musical The Boys from Syracuse . In the mid-2000s, she appeared in stage productions of The Sunshine Boys , Damn Yankees , and A Christmas Carol . She also toured nationally in JD Lawrence's The Clean Up Woman . [6]

Television

Harry attending the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards, August 1988. Jackee88.jpg
Harry attending the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards, August 1988.

In 1983, Harry made her television acting debut in Another World as Lily Mason, a role she continued until 1986. [5] In 2003, she was a surprise guest on the Another World Reunion that SOAPnet coordinated and aired.[ citation needed ] In 1985, Harry began a co-starring role as Sandra Clark, on the NBC sitcom 227 . [5] [7] Her mother, Flossie, celebrated her getting the role but died before the show started airing. During the series run, Harry and Marla Gibbs began feuding privately over who was the series' lead. They have since reconciled and collaborated on a number of projects. [8] Her performance on 227 inspired NBC producers to create a television pilot for her entitled Jackée . Although the pilot episode was a success with audiences, the series did not last and the episode is now shown as an episode of 227.

After leaving 227 in 1989, Harry starred opposite Oprah Winfrey in The Women of Brewster Place , an adaptation of Gloria Naylor's novel of the same name. [9] In 1990, she headlined an NBC comedy pilot from Witt/Thomas titled We'll Take Manhattan; it aired as a summer special that year, but did not make it to series. In late 1991, she joined the cast of The Royal Family after the star, Redd Foxx, unexpectedly died. [10] She starred opposite two-time 227 guest-star Della Reese. In 1992, she starred as the assistant coach in Ladybugs . [11] Harry served as a guest panelist on the 2000 revival of To Tell the Truth and appeared on the second season of VH1's Celebrity Fit Club 2 in 2005. [12] [13] From 1994 until 1999, Harry played Lisa Landry, the adoptive mother of Tia Mowry's character, on the sitcom Sister, Sister . [14]

She had a recurring role as Vanessa on the UPN/The CW series Everybody Hates Chris and had a recurring role on the BET Series Let's Stay Together . [11] [15] She is starring in Byron Allen's syndicated sitcom The First Family , which also features Marla Gibbs in a recurring role. On April 12, 2013, it was announced that she was cast in the episodes "Girl Meets Crazy Hat" and the pilot of Disney sitcom Girl Meets World . Later, she also appeared in "Girl Meets Demolition". That same year, she also joined Gibbs in the movie Forbidden Woman. In 2014, she made a guest appearance on Instant Mom as her character Lisa Landry. [16] She appeared in the 2 Broke Girls episode "And the Sax Problem" in 2016, as Earl's ex and lounge owner.

Awards

In 1987, Harry became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 227. [17] In addition to her Emmy Award, Harry also won NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Sister, Sister two consecutive years in 1999 and 2000. [18] [19]

Personal life

Harry has one child. Harry was once married to arranger and conductor Jerry Jemmott. [20] [ citation needed ] In 1996, Harry married Elgin Charles Williams; they later divorced in 2003. [21] During their marriage, Harry and Williams adopted a son, Frank, in 1997. [22]

Filmography

Film

YearFilmRoleNotes
1984 Moscow on the Hudson WomanUncredited
1984 The Cotton Club Dancer
1986Alvin Goes Back to SchoolGina LipmanTV Movie
1987Alf Loves a MysteryCountessTV Movie
1987The Incredible Ida EarlyIda EarlyTV Movie
1988 Crash Course Edna SavageTV Movie
1988The Cheech ShowSheilaTV Movie
1989Double Your PleasureLinda Cavanaugh / Sharlene CavanaughTV Movie
1989 Jackée Sandra ClarkTV Movie
1989 The Women of Brewster Place Etta Mae JohnsonTV Movie
1990 We'll Take Manhattan Yvonne
1992 Ladybugs Julie Benson
1993Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has BegunCharmayne Direct-to-video
2003The Nick at Nite Holiday SpecialJackée / The BakerTV Movie
2004 You Got Served Mama
2006 All You've Got Butt shorts salesmanTV Movie
2007 The Last Day of Summer Lola the Lobster
2009Man of Her DreamsLouise SmithStage play
2009G.E.D.Mama
2010 Christmas Cupid VivianTV Movie
2010 The Clean Up Woman JasmineStage play
2010Knight to D7Nurse HamiltonShort film
2011The Ideal HusbandVivian PetersonTV Movie
2011Nurse JackéeNurse JackéeShort film
2012Brother WhiteVeenaTV Movie
2012Switchin' the ScriptMrs. Shepard
2013The CoalitionGrandmother HathawayDirect-to-video
2013The Sins of Deacon WhylesMom
2013The Love LetterJosephineTV Movie
2013Forbidden WomanSheila
2014Knock 'Em DeadSavannah
2014The Dirty 30Linda
2015 The Man in 3B Miss Bertha
2016Ladies Book ClubMrs. Roxanne CharlesTV Movie
2016Broadcasting ChristmasVeronika DanielsTV Movie
2016A Husband for ChristmasErinTV Movie
2017Cupid's ProxyOlive
2017Wrapped Up In ChristmasArlene SimonsTV Movie
2018It's a DateAllison Cole
2018When It Comes AroundAmina
2018My Christmas InnSusan TaylorTV Movie
2019Pride & Prejudice: AtlantaMrs. BennetTV Movie
2019The Wrong TutorPrincipal CallahanTV Movie
2019Carole's ChristmasIrisTV Movie
2019Christmas on My MindDr. Caroline AlbrightTV Movie
2020Love in StoreSharon St. ClairTV Movie

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983–1986 Another World Lily MasonMain role
1985–1989 227 Sandra ClarkMain role (Seasons 1–4); recurring role (season 5)
1988–1989 Amen Roxanne Farley / Florence Hawkins3 episodes
1990 TGIF Lisa
1991–1992 The Royal Family Ruth 'CoCo' RoyalMain role, 8 episodes
1992 Designing Women Vanessa ChamberlainEpisode: "Shades of Vanessa"
1994 Dave's World EstelleEpisode: "Saved by Estelle"
1994–1999 Sister, Sister Lisa LandryMain role, 119 episodes
1995–1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Giant's Wife / Little Bo PeepVoice; episodes: "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Mother Goose"
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Darcy Green / Louise LutrelleEpisode: "Used Hearts"
2003 7th Heaven Ms. BeaneEpisode: "It's Not Always About You"
2005 That's So Raven DavaEpisode: "Goin' Hollywood"
One on One Sherri St. CroixEpisode: "Waiting for Huffman"
2006–2009 Everybody Hates Chris VanessaRecurring role, 26 episodes
2008 The Mighty B! Nurse (voice)Episode: "Bee Patients"
2010Friends & LoversOmar's Mother2 episodes
2011She's Still Not Our SisterConnie
2011–2013 Let's Stay Together Delores WhitmoreRecurring role, 5 episodes
2012–2015 The First Family Pauletta BirdsongMain role, 36 episodes
2012For Richer or PoorerMrs. HendersonEpisodes: "Ex Files", "The Switch"
Are We There Yet? JackéeEpisode: "The Ghost Dog Episode"
2013 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself(Season 4)
American Dad! Shonteeva's Assistant (voice)Episode: "For Black Eyes Only"
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) JessokaEpisode: "How to Help the Needy"
Wanda Sykes Presents HerlariousMrs. Jordan
2014 Glee HerselfEpisode: "City of Angels"
Instant Mom Lisa LandryEpisode: "Not Your Mother's Day"
One LoveNurse BeverlyEpisode: "Tea-Ball"
2014–2015 Girl Meets World Evelyn RandRecurring role, 3 episodes
2015 In the Cut NadineMain role, 4 episodes
2015 Family Time GladysEpisode: "Hospitality"
Baby Daddy Judge Johnson3 episodes
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Zizza (voice)Episode: "The Buzz on Windblade"
Young & Hungry JoJoEpisode: "Young & Christmas"
2016 2 Broke Girls RubyEpisode: "And the Sax Problem"
2017 The Thundermans Officer BoscoEpisode: "Orange Is the New Max"
2018 K.C. Undercover Betty/Midge TurnerEpisode: "The Gammy Files"
2018 Tyler Perry's The Paynes JoAnn PayneLead role; 38 episodes
2019 The Cool Kids LorraineEpisodes: "Funeral Crashers", "Vegas, Baby!"
2019 Live in Front of a Studio Audience DianeEpisode: “Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons”
2019 A Black Lady Sketch Show Sandra ClarkEpisode: "3rd & Bonaparte Is Always in the Shade"
2019 Family Reunion Aunt DotEpisode: “A Family Reunion Christmas” [23]
2020–present Tyler Perry's House of Payne JoAnn PayneLead role

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