Jackée Harry

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

(1956-08-14) August 14, 1956 (age 63)
Other namesJackée
Education High School of the Performing Arts
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
OccupationActress, singer, comedian, director, television personality
Years active1978–present
Known forSandra Clark – 227
Lisa Landry – Sister, Sister
Home town Harlem, New York
Elgin Charles Williams(m. 19962003)
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 a black 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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Marla Gibbs Actress, singer

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NBC American television and radio network

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Early life

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]

Winston-Salem, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Winston-Salem is a city in and the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina, United States. With a 2018 estimated population of 246,328 it is the second largest municipality in the Piedmont Triad region, the fifth most populous city in North Carolina, the third largest urban area in North Carolina, and the eighty-ninth most populous city in the United States. With a metropolitan population of 676,673 it is the fourth largest metropolitan area in North Carolina. Winston-Salem is home to the tallest office building in the region, 100 North Main Street, formerly the Wachovia Building and now known locally as the Wells Fargo Center.

Afro-Trinidadians and Tobagonians are people from Trinidad and Tobago who are largely of West African and Sub-Saharan descent. Social interpretations of race in Trinidad and Tobago are often used to dictate who is of African descent. Mulatto-Creole, Zambo, Pardo, Quadroon or Octoroon were all racial terms used to measure the amount of African ancestry someone possessed in Trinidad and throughout Latin American and Caribbean history.

Long Island University university in Brooklyn, New York, United States

Long Island University (LIU) was founded on the principle of educating and empowering men and women from all walks of life. Through our mission of Access and Excellence, the LIU community remains committed, above all else, to the educational needs and interests of our diverse student body. LIU strives to cultivate and expand academic, professional, artistic and co-curricular opportunities, enabling students to realize their full potential as ethically grounded, intellectually vigorous, and socially responsible global citizens.



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]

<i>A Broadway Musical</i> musical

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Billie Holiday American jazz singer and songwriter

Eleanora Fagan, better known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz singer with a career spanning nearly thirty years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and music partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational skills.

Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill is a play with music by Lanie Robertson, recounting some events in the life of Billie Holiday. The play originally premiered in 1986 at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and soon played Off-Broadway. The play opened on Broadway in 2014.


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Harry in 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.

<i>Another World</i> (TV series) American television soap opera

Another World is an American television soap opera that aired on NBC from May 4, 1964, to June 25, 1999. It was created by Irna Phillips along with William J. Bell, and was produced by Procter & Gamble Productions at NBC Studios, 1268 East 14th Street in Brooklyn.

<i>227</i> (TV series) television program

227 is an American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as Mary Jenkins, a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and housewife, and lower floor neighbors Sandra Clark and Pearl Shay.

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]

Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist

Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire, and has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. She has also been sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.

The Women of Brewster Place is an American television miniseries that was broadcast on March 19 and 20, 1989 on ABC. The miniseries is based upon the critically acclaimed 1982 novel of the same name by Gloria Naylor. It was produced by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions with a teleplay by Karen Hall.

Gloria Naylor American novelist

Gloria Naylor was an American novelist, known for novels including The Women of Brewster Place (1982), Linden Hills (1985) and Mama Day (1988).

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.

UPN Former American broadcast television network

The United Paramount Network (UPN) was an American broadcast television network that launched on January 16, 1995. The network was originally owned by Chris-Craft Industries and United Television; Viacom turned the network into a joint venture in 1996 after acquiring a 50% stake in the network, and subsequently purchased Chris-Craft's remaining stake in 2000. In December 2005, UPN was spun off to CBS Corporation when Viacom split into two separate companies.

The CW American broadcast television network

The CW Television Network is an American English-language free-to-air television network that is operated by The CW Network, LLC, a limited liability joint venture between CBS Corporation, the former owners of United Paramount Network (UPN); and AT&T, whose WarnerMedia subsidiary is the parent company of Warner Bros., former majority owner of The WB. The network's name is an abbreviation derived from the first letters of the names of its two parent corporations.

<i>Everybody Hates Chris</i> television series

Everybody Hates Chris is an American period sitcom that is based on the troubled teenage experiences of comedian Chris Rock during the 1980s. The show is set between 1982 and 1987, although Rock himself was a teenager between 1978 and 1984, having been born in 1965. The show's title parodies the hit CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.


Harry became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 227 in 1987. [17] She 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 was married to Elgin Charles Williams from 1996 to 2003. [20] They adopted their son, Frank, in 1997. [21]



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
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


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, 120 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–present Tyler Perry's The Paynes JoAnn PayneLead role
2019 The Cool Kids LorraineEpisodes: "Funeral Crashers", "Vegas, Baby!"

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