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      Margaret Avery

      Margaret Avery

      Highest Rated: 100% Is That Black Enough for You?!? (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Which Way Is Up? (1977)

      Birthday: Jan 20, 1944

      Birthplace: Mangum, Oklahoma, USA

      Margaret Avery was an American actress born in Mangum, Oklahoma on January 20, 1944. Graduating from San Francisco State University with an education degree in 1965, she began acting in stage productions while working as a substitute teacher. Avery made her debut in the TV movie "Something Evil" (1972), directed by Steven Spielberg. That same year, she made her film debut in "Cool Breeze" (1972), a sign of her prolific work in so-called "Blaxploitation" films to come. Throughout the '70s and early '80s, Avery continued to build up supporting TV and film role credits, such as a one episode appearance on "Sanford and Son" (NBC, 1972-77) in 1975. In 1985, Avery landed her biggest and most widely praised role to date as Shug in "The Color Purple" (1985). After Tina Turner turned down the role, director Spielberg cast Avery after working with her 13 years prior on "Something Evil." She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role, but nevertheless lost after she placed an ad in a trade publication, waging a campaign in order to receive the award. Since "The Color Purple," Avery's roles have been brief appearances in TV shows, mostly, including roles on "The Cosby Show" (NBC, 1984-92) in 1992 and "Walker, Texas Ranger" (CBS, 1993-2001) in 1997. Recently, however, she has received success and praise for her main cast role on the drama "Being Mary Jane" (BET, 2013- ).

      Highest rated movies

      The Color Purple
      Meet the Browns
      Proud Mary
      White Man's Burden
      Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
      Hell up in Harlem
      Which Way Is Up?

      Photos

      WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS, James Earl Jones (back to camera), left front to back: Margaret Avery, Martin Lawrence, Joy Bryant, Michael Clarke Duncan, right front to back: Mo'Nique, Cedric the Entertainer, 2008. ©Universal HELL UP IN HARLEM, Julius W. Harris, Fred 'The Hammer' Williamson, Margaret Avery, D'Urville Martin, 1973. TERROR HOUSE (aka CLUB DEAD; TERROR AT RED WOLF INN; TERROR AT THE RED WOLF INN; TERROR ON THE MENU; THE FOLKS AT RED WOLF INN), Linda Gillen, Arthur Space, Margaret Avery, 1972 MEET THE BROWNS, Jenifer Lewis, Lamman Rucker, Margaret Avery, Frankie Faison, Tamela Mann, David Mann, 2008. ©LionsGate TERROR HOUSE (aka CLUB DEAD; TERROR AT RED WOLF INN; TERROR AT THE RED WOLF INN; TERROR ON THE MENU; THE FOLKS AT RED WOLF INN), John Neilson, Arthur Space, Margaret Avery, Linda Gillen, Janet Wood, Mary Jackson, 1972 TERROR HOUSE (aka CLUB DEAD; TERROR AT RED WOLF INN; TERROR AT THE RED WOLF INN; TERROR ON THE MENU; THE FOLKS AT RED WOLF INN), Janet Wood, Arthur Space, Mary Jackson, Margaret Avery, 1972 THE COLOR PURPLE, from left, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, 1985, ©Warner Bros THE COLOR PURPLE, Margaret Avery (center), 1985, (c) Warner Brothers COLOR PURPLE, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, 1985 THE COLOR PURPLE, Margaret Avery, 1985, © Warner Bros. THE COLOR PURPLE, Margaret Avery, Danny Glover, 1985, (c)Warner Bros. Being Mary Jane, Margaret Avery (L), Richard Roundtree (R), 'Facing Fears', Season 3, Ep. #1, 10/20/2015, ©BET Being Mary Jane, B J Britt (L), Margaret Avery (C), Raven Goodwin (R), 'Signing Off', Season 2, Ep. #12, 04/14/2015, ©BET Being Mary Jane, Margaret Avery (L), Raven Goodwin (R), 'Signing Off', Season 2, Ep. #12, 04/14/2015, ©BET Being Mary Jane, from left: Stephen C. Bishop, Margaret Avery, Richard Roundtree, Richard Brooks, 'Facing Fears', Season 3, Ep. #1, 10/20/2015, ©BET Being Mary Jane, Margaret Avery, 'Signing Off', Season 2, Ep. #12, 04/14/2015, ©BET Being Mary Jane, B J Britt (L), Margaret Avery (R), 'Signing Off', Season 2, Ep. #12, 04/14/2015, ©BET Being Mary Jane, Margaret Avery, 'Line In The Sand', Season 2, Ep. #9, 03/31/2015, ©BET Being Mary Jane, Margaret Avery, 'Season 2', 02/03/2015, ©BET Being Mary Jane, Margaret Avery, 'Sleepless in Atlanta', Season 2, Ep. #4, 02/24/2015, ©BET

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% 63% Is That Black Enough for You?!? Self - 2022
      No Score Yet 80% Block Party Janice (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2022
      No Score Yet 40% Grand-Daddy Day Care Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Holly Day Unknown (Character) - 2018
      25% 45% Proud Mary Mina (Character) $20.2M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Being Mary Jane Helen Patterson (Character) - 2013
      23% 63% Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Mamma Jenkins (Character) $42.2M 2008
      33% 90% Meet the Browns Sarah (Character) $41.9M 2008
      No Score Yet 67% Lord Help Us Dorinda Thomas (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 36% Second to Die Insurance Agent (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 0% Waitin' to Live Pearline Loggins (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 15% The Set Up Olivia Dubois (Character) - 1995
      24% 36% White Man's Burden Megan Thomas (Character) $3.6M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lightning in a Bottle Dr. Sierheed (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 0% Mardi Gras for the Devil Miss Sadie (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 0% The Return of Superfly Francine (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Heat Wave Roxie Turpin (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Riverbend Bell Coleman (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blueberry Hill Hattie Cale (Character) $31.7K 1988
      73% 94% The Color Purple Shug Avery (Character) $93.4M 1985
      No Score Yet 78% For Us, the Living: The Medgar Evers Story Dottie (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sky Is Gray Rosemary (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 72% The Lathe of Heaven Heather LeLache (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 75% Scott Joplin Belle Joplin (Character) - 1977
      20% 82% Which Way Is Up? Annie Mae (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style Alma Rae (Character) - 1975
      22% 50% Hell up in Harlem Sister Jennifer (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet 37% Terror House Edwina (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 0% Cool Breeze Lark (Character) - 1972
      No Score Yet 20% Something Evil Irene (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 72% The Neighborhood Aunt Desiray (Guest Star) 2021
      No Score Yet 77% Being Mary Jane Helen Patterson (Character) 2014-2015 2017 2019
      89% 88% The Quest Eleanor Darnell (Guest Star) 2017
      87% 92% The Carmichael Show Janet (Guest Star) 2017
      90% 83% Bones Ivy Gillespie (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      9% No Score Yet 10-8: Officers on Duty Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      17% No Score Yet 413 Hope St. Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      40% No Score Yet Time Trax Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet 64% The Cosby Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
      No Score Yet 78% MacGyver Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      71% 85% Miami Vice Sally Cordoba (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1974-1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rookies Unknown (Guest Star) 1972 1975
      100% 92% Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sanford and Son Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Lula (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Dick Van Dyke Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1973