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Jackée Harry Biography: Inside The Life Of The Black American Actress



A television actor, comedian, and personality Jackée Harry was born Jacqueline Yvonne Harry on August 14, 1956, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Flossie Harry from Trinidad and Warren Harry. She was the youngest of five children raised in Harlem, New York, after her family relocated there.


At the age of 14, Harry joined New York’s Harriet Beecher Stowe Junior High School’s drama club and played the role of “King” in the school’s production of The King and I. Harry graduated from New York City’s High School of Music and Art, where she studied acting and music. Her primary instrument was voice, with a focus on opera.

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She then enrolled at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus, where she specialized in education and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. Harry taught history at Brooklyn Technical High School for two years before leaving to pursue her passion in the theater. In 1977, Harry made his professional acting debut as the nurse in Going Through Changes at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn.

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Harry played Lily Mason in the daytime soap opera Another World, which aired on NBC in 1983. The following year, in 1984, she starred in the NBC sitcom television series 227 as Sandra Clark, a fussy neighbor who lives around a nosy but warm-hearted housewife. This role earned her an Emmy in 1987 for “Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series,” making her the first African American to do so.

In 1989, Harry starred in The Women of Brewster Place, based on Gloria Naylor’s novel. Harry married Elgin Charles Williams, a hairstylist from San Antonio, Texas, on December 1, 1996. They married in Beverly Hills, California, and had a son named Frank Brown. Their marriage was brief, and it ended in divorce.

In 1999, Harry won the NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series” for her role as Lisa Landry in Sister, Sister, which starred twins Tia and Tamera, a role she initially refused to play because she felt her character was too young and sexy to be a mother and fashion designer. Brenda Harry Free-Man, her sister, persuaded her otherwise.

In 2006, Jackée Harry appeared as a guest artist on several shows, including the television series Everybody Hates Chris as Vanessa, the gossipy hair salon owner. Furthermore, Harry returned to soap operas in 2021 as Paulina Price, the wealthy businesswoman on Days of our Lives.



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