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Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Rust Orange, Teal
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Show You Better Than I Can Tell You.

Birthplace

Born:
8/14/1956
Birth Location:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
EntertainmentMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Actress

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Rust Orange, Teal
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Show You Better Than I Can Tell You.

Birthplace

Born:
8/14/1956
Birth Location:
Winston-Salem
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Biography

Jackée Harry was born Jacqueline Yvonee Harry on August 14, 1956 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but was raised in Harlem, New York, by her mother Flossie Harry. At the age of fourteen, Harry landed the lead role of the “King” in her school’s production of The King and I. After graduating from New York City’s High School of Music and Art, Harry attended the University of Long Island in Brooklyn, New York, where she earned her B.A. degree in education.

Harry began her career as a history teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School. After two years of teaching, she departed from her profession and pursued a career in acting. Harry received acting lessons at the Henry Street Settlement on the Lower East Side in New York City and made her acting debut in 1973, with a small part in a play written by Richard Wesley. She then starred in A Broadway Musical as a chorus girl. In 1983, Harry made her television debut by acting opposite the then-unknown Morgan Freeman in the daytime soap opera, Another World.

In 1985, Harry found her signature role, starring as “Sandra Clark” on the NBC sitcom 227. As the breakout star of the show, she 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 at television pilot for her entitled Jackée. After leaving the cast of 227 in 1989, Harry starred opposite Oprah Winfrey in the adaptation of Gloria Naylor’s novel, The Women of Brewster Place. In 1991, Harry was a part of an all-star cast that included Redd Foxx and Della Reese when she played the role of “Ruth ‘CoCo’ Royal” in The Royal Family. From 1994 to 1999, Harry starred as the adoptive mother of Tia and Tamera Mowry’s characters in the ABC sitcom, Sister, Sister and won NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for two consecutive years in 1999 and 2000.

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 classic The Comedy of Errors. Harry appeared on the second season of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club in 2005, where she lost a total of thirty-nine pounds over 100 days. Her achievement marked one of the top weight losses in the history of the show. Harry’s other television credits include guest appearances on Amen, Designing Women, Dave’s World, Hollywood Squares, 7th Heaven, That’s So Raven and Everybody Hates Chris.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jackee Harry's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jackee Harry lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jackee Harry describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jackee Harry describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jackee Harry describes her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jackee Harry describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jackee Harry recalls her early life in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jackee Harry describes the Harlem neighborhood of New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jackee Harry describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jackee Harry describes her early education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jackee Harry describes her relationship with her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jackee Harry remembers the Riverdale Girls School in the Bronx, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jackee Harry describes her experiences of religion
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Jackee Harry remembers Junior High School 136 in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Jackee Harry remembers her introduction to acting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jackee Harry remembers her friendship with Norvalla Nelson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jackee Harry recalls her admission to the High School of Performing Arts in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jackee Harry describes her start at the High School of Performing Arts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jackee Harry remembers the assassinations of the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jackee Harry remembers her first boyfriend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jackee Harry recalls her peers at the High School of Performing Arts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jackee Harry remembers the Henry Street Settlement in New York City
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jackee Harry describes her early acting career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Jackee Harry remembers Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jackee Harry remembers teaching at Brooklyn Technical High School in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jackee Harry recalls working as a dresser on Broadway, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jackee Harry recalls working as a dresser on Broadway, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jackee Harry remembers the national tour of 'The Wiz'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jackee Harry remembers her principal role in 'A Broadway Musical'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jackee Harry talks about 'Eubie!'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jackee Harry describes her marriage to Jerry Jemmott
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jackee Harry describes the rehearsals for 'New Orleans'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jackee Harry describes her role on 'Another World'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jackee Harry remembers her divorce from Jerry Jemmott
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jackee Harry remembers her audition for '227'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jackee Harry describes the filming of '227'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jackee Harry remembers starring in 'The Women of Brewster Place'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jackee Harry reflects upon her divorce
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jackee Harry describes her television career in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jackee Harry remembers the death of Redd Foxx
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jackee Harry talks about her mentors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jackee Harry recalls starring in 'Sister, Sister'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jackee Harry talks about her roles on 'That's So Raven' and 'Celebrity Fit Club'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jackee Harry describes her work on 'Everybody Hates Christ' and 'Damn Yankees'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jackee Harry reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jackee Harry describes her advice for aspiring actors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jackee Harry describes her hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jackee Harry reflects upon her life and values
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Jackee Harry reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Jackee Harry talks about the importance of history