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      Jo Marie Payton

      Jo Marie Payton

      Highest Rated: 20% The Little Mermaid (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 20% The Little Mermaid (2018)

      Birthday: Aug 3, 1950

      Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, USA

      Payton has gained some measure of celebrity playing Harriet Winslow, first as a recurring character--the sarcastic elevator operator at the newspaper office on the goofy "buddy" sitcom "Perfect Strangers" (ABC, 1987-89)--and subsequently as a regular, the long-suffering Mom who must endure the increasingly cartoonish antics of her blowhard husband and oddball neighbor (the infamous Steve Urkel) on the hit sitcom "Family Matters," a role she vacated in 1997 after the series moved from ABC to CBS. Ironically, though her character was ostensibly the original spur for the spin-off, Payton has been somewhat shunted aside by the phenomenal success of her young co-star Jaleel White as Urkel. Even before this happened, however, her on-screen husband Carl (Reginald VelJohnson) was emphasized over her. Later, the interplay between Urkel and Carl became the focus when the stylized nerd shared the spotlight at all. Perhaps Payton's qualities are more those of a supporting player than a star. In any event, she has been working steadily for about a decade.

      Highest rated movies

      The Little Mermaid

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Momma Said Come Home for Christmas Dolly Roundtree (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conundrum: Secrets Among Friends Mrs. Dumas (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Family Matters Christmas Henrietta (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 33% A Very Charming Christmas Town Estelle (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 27% Christmas Made to Order Rachel (Character) - 2018
      20% 25% The Little Mermaid Lorene (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jerico Maebell (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 47% The Flight Before Christmas Marie (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet From This Day Forward Elena (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 67% The Proud Family Suga Mama (Voice) - 2005
      No Score Yet 64% Gas Loretta (Character) - 2004

      TV

      Credit
      100% 26% The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Suga Mama (Voice) 2022-2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blaze and the Monster Machines Grandma Ninja (Voice) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mann & Wife Unknown (Character) 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doctors Guest 2013
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Charlene (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Reba Grandma Ruby (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Girlfriends Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big House Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 43% The Proud Family Suga Mama (Voice) 2001-2004
      50% No Score Yet Wanda at Large Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Parkers Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hughleys Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      54% No Score Yet The Ellen Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 88% Will & Grace Mrs. Freeman (Guest Star) 1999-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Moesha Unknown (Guest Star) 1996 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jamie Foxx Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Matters Unknown (Character) 1989-1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perfect Strangers Unknown (Character) 1987-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Frank's Place Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Odd Couple Unknown (Character) 1982-1983