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Jackée Harry
Jackee H.
General Information
Gender: Female
Age: 60
Hair Color: Black
Birthday: August 14, 1956
Family & Friends
Other Information
Series Information
First episode: City of Angels
Last episode: City of Angels
Portrayer: Herself

Jacqueline Yvonne "Jackée" Harry, born August 14, 1956, better known mononymously as Jackée, is an American actress and television personality, best known for her roles as Sandra Clark, the sexy neighbor on the TV series 227, and as Lisa Landry, on the sitcom, Sister, Sister. She is noted for being the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Personal life

Harry was born to the late Flossie Harry in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (and raised in Harlem, New York).[1] She has a sister, Brenda, and three brothers.

She graduated from the High School of Music and Art and earned a degree at Long Island University. Harry taught at history at Brooklyn Technical High School for two years.

Harry had been married four times[2] once to an unnamed musician till 1984 after four years and to Elgin Charles Williams for seven years till 2003. Harry and Wiliams adopted a son, Frank (born in 1993)[3], in 1997.[4]

Career

Theatre

Harry made her Broadway debut in A Broadway Musical, playing a chorine. 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 Emersons 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, a play based on William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.

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.

Television

In 1983, she made her acting debut in Another World as Lily Mason, a role she continued until 1986. In 2003, she was a surprise guest on the Another World Reunion that SOAPnet coordinated and aired.

In 1985, Harry began a co-starring role opposite Marla Gibbs as the apartment building vamp, "Sandra Clark", on the NBC sitcom 227. Her mother, Flossie, celebrated her getting the part but died before the show aired. During the series run, Jackée and Gibbs began feuding privately over who was the series lead. They have since reconciled and collaborated on a number of projects together.

Harry became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. 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 adaptation of Gloria Naylor's novel, The Women of Brewster Place. In 1991, she joined the cast of The Royal Family after the star, Redd Foxx, unexpectedly died. She starred opposite 2-time 227 guest-star Della Reese.

In 1992, she starred as the assistant coach in Ladybugs. 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.

From 1994 until 1999, Harry played Tia Mowry's character's adoptive mother, Lisa Landry, on the sitcom, Sister, Sister. She won an NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for two consecutive years in 1999 and 2000. First on ABC, the series moved to the WB network until it ended. She had a recurring role as Vanessa on The CW series Everybody Hates Chris and currently has a recurring role on the BET Series Let's Stay Together. 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 pilot for Girl Meets World.

She reunited with Sister, Sister co-star Tia Mowry in an episode of Instant Mom, Meredith Baxter also guest starred. The episode aired in 2014. Harry guest starred on the American cooking show, Chopped, in the appropriately titled "Sitcom Moms" in 2015. Tichina Arnold (Every Hates Chris), Besty Randle (Boy Meets World) and JoMarie Payton (Family Matters) also guest starred.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1983 Another World Lily Mason 1983 - 1986
1984 The Cotton Club Dancer
Moscow on the Hudson Woman uncredited
1985 227 Sandra Clark 1985 - 1989 (99 episodes)
1986 Alvin Goes Back to School Gina Lipman TV movie
1987 Alf Loves a Mystery Countess TV movie; credited as Jackee Harry
The Incredible Ida Early Ida Early TV movie
1988 Crash Course Edna Savage TV movie; credited as Jackée
The Cheech Show Sheila TV movie
Amen Roxanne Farley/Florence Hawkins 1988 ("A Slight Case of Murder (1) and (2)")
1989 ("Don't Rain on My Shower"); credited as Jackee
1989 Double Your Pleasure LindaCavanaugh/Sharlene Cavanaugh TV movie
Jackée Sandra Clark TV movie; credited as Jackée
The Women of Brewster Place Etta Mae Johnson TV movie
1990 We'll Take Manhattan Yvonne TV movie
ABC TGIF Lisa
1991 The Royal Family Ruth 'CoCo' Royal 1991 - 1992 (8 episodes)
1992 Designing Women Vanessa Chamberlain ("Shades of Vanessa")
Ladybugs Julie Benson
1993 Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun Charmayne video; credited as Jackee
1994 Dave's World Estelle ("Saved by Estelle")
Sister, Sister Lisa Landry 1994 - 1999 (120 episodes)
1995 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Giant's Wife voice ("Jack and the Beanstalk")
1996 Unhappily Ever After Ms. Blake, guidance counselor ("Girls Who Wear Glasses")
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Darcy Green/Louise Lutrelle ("Used Hearts")
2003 The Nick at Nite Holiday Special Jackée, The Baker
7th Heaven Ms. Beane ("It's Not Always About You")
2004 You Got Served Mama
2005 One on One Sherri St. Croix ("Waiting for Huffman")
That's So Raven Dava ("Goin' Hollywood")
2006 All You've Got Butt Short Salesman
Everybody Hates Chris Vanessa 2006 - 2009 (25 episodes)
2007 The Last Day of Summer Lola The Lobster TV movie; credited as Jackee Harry
2008 The Mighty B! Nurse voice; ("Bee Patients")
2009 G.E.D. Mama
Man of Her Dreams Louise Smith
2010 The Clean Up Woman Jasmine
Christmas Cupid Vivian TV movie
Friends & Lovers Omar's Mother ("Episode #1.3", "Episode #1.4")
Inside the Business of Acting herself ("Jackee Harry: Part 1/2/3/4"); credited as Jackee Harry
Knight to D7 Nurse Hamilton short
2011 She's Still Not Our Sister Connie
Nurse Jackée Nurse Jackée short
The Ideal Husband Vivian TV movie; credited as Jackee Harry
Let's Stay Together Delores Whitmore 2011 - 2013 (4 episodes)
2012 The First Family Pauletta 2012 - 2015 (35 episodes)
Brother White Veena
For Richer or Poorer Mrs. Henderson ("The Switch", "Ex Files"); credited as Jackee Harry
Are We There Yet? Jackée ("The Ghost Dog Episode")
JD Lawrence's the Clean Up Woman Jasmine TV movie
The Coalition Grandmother Hathaway
Switchin' the Script Mrs. Shepard
2013 Forbidden Woman Sheila
The Love Letter Josephine TV movie
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious Mrs. Jordan
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Jessoka ("How to Help the Needy"); credited as Jackee
The Sins of Deacon Whyles Mom
American Dad! ("For Black Eyes Only")
2014 Girl Meets World Evelyn Rand 2014 ("Girl Meets World" and "Girl Meets Crazy Hat")
2015 ("Girl Meets Demolition")
Knock 'em Dead Savannah
Instant Mom ("Not Your Mother's Day")
Glee Herself ("City of Angels")
Family Time ("Hospitality")
One Love Nurse Beverly ("Tea-Ball")
2015 Young & Hungry JoJo ("Young & Christmas")
The Man in 3B Miss Bertha
In the Cut Nadine Weaver TV movie
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Zizza voice ("The Buzz on Windblade")
Baby Daddy Judge Johnson ("Lowering the Bar")
Ladies Book Club Mrs. Roxanne Charles TV movie; post-production

Trivia

  • Jackée guest starred in an episode of Instant Mom with Glee guest star, Meredith Baxter.

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