Jackée Harry

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Jackée Harry
Harry at a December 2010 performance of The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker.
Jacqueline Yvonne Harry

(1956-08-14) August 14, 1956 (age 66)
EducationLong Island University, Post (BA)
  • Actress
  • comedian
  • television personality
Years active1978–present
(m. 1980; div. 1984)

Elgin Charles Williams
(m. 1996; div. 2003)
Awards1987 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sandra Clark (227)
1999 – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Lisa Landry (Sister, Sister)
2000 – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Lisa Landry (Sister, Sister)
WebsiteOfficial website

Jacqueline Yvonne Harry (born August 14, 1956) is an American actress, comedian, and television personality.[1] She is known for her starring roles as Sandra Clark, the nemesis of Mary Jenkins (played by Marla Gibbs), on the NBC TV series 227 (1985–1990), and as Lisa Landry on the ABC/The WB sitcom Sister, Sister (1994–1999). She is noted for being the first African-American to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

She also starred in the 1992 film Ladybugs, opposite Rodney Dangerfield. Since March 2021, she has played Paulina Price on the NBC/Peacock soap opera, Days of Our Lives.


Early life and education[edit]

Harry was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1956 to an Afro-Trinidadian mother and African American father and raised in Harlem, New York.[2] She began studying acting at the High School of the Performing Arts in midtown Manhattan in New York City.[2] Harry graduated from Long Island University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education and worked as a teacher of American history at Brooklyn Technical High School for two years before beginning a career on the New York stage.[3][4][5]



In 1978, Harry made her Broadway debut in A Broadway Musical.[5] 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 Emerson's 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. 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.[6]


Harry attending the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards, August 1988

Harry made her television acting debut in 1983 on Another World as Lily Mason, a role she continued until 1986.[5] In 1984, she made her motion pictures debuts with bit parts in Moscow on the Hudson and The Cotton Club. In 1985, Harry began a co-starring role as Sandra Clark on the NBC sitcom 227.[5][7] Her mother, Flossie, celebrated her getting the role but died before the show started airing. During the series' run, Harry and Marla Gibbs began feuding privately over who was the series' lead. They have since reconciled and collaborated on a number of projects.[8] 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 Women of Brewster Place, an adaptation of Gloria Naylor's novel of the same name.[9] In 1990, she headlined an NBC comedy pilot from Witt/Thomas titled We'll Take Manhattan; it aired as a summer special that year, but did not make it to series. In late 1991, she joined the cast of The Royal Family after the star, Redd Foxx, unexpectedly died.[10] She starred opposite two-time 227 guest-star Della Reese, but the series faltered in the ratings and was not renewed for a second season. In 1992, she starred as the assistant coach in Ladybugs.[11] 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.[12][13] From 1994 until 1999, Harry played Lisa Landry, the adoptive mother of Tia Mowry's character, on the sitcom Sister, Sister.[14]

She had a recurring role as Vanessa on the UPN/The CW series Everybody Hates Chris and had a recurring role on the BET Series Let's Stay Together.[11][15] From 2012 to 2015, she starred in Byron Allen's sitcom The First Family. In 2013, she appeared in the pilot episode of the Disney sitcom Girl Meets World, as well as the episodes "Girl Meets Crazy Hat" and "Girl Meets Demolition". That same year, she also joined Gibbs in the movie Forbidden Woman. In 2014, she made a guest appearance on Instant Mom as her character Lisa Landry.[16] She appeared in the 2 Broke Girls episode "And the Sax Problem" in 2016, as Earl's (Garrett Morris) ex-girlfriend.

On December 8, 2020, during an appearance on Today, Harry announced that she was set to join the cast of the soap opera Days of Our Lives.[17] Harry was cast as Paulina Price, the aunt of established character Lani Price-Grant (Sal Stowers).[18] When the series was renewed for two additional seasons in 2021, Harry was placed on contract with the series.[19] On July 25, 2021, she appeared on Celebrity Family Feud.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Harry has one child and was once married to arranger and conductor Jerry Jemmott.[21] In 1996, Harry married Elgin Charles Williams; they later divorced in 2003.[22] During their marriage, Harry and Williams adopted a son, Frank, in 1997.[23]



Year Film Role Notes
1984 Moscow on the Hudson Jackee
The Cotton Club Susan
1986 Alvin Goes Back to School Gina Lipman TV movie
1987 The Incredible Ida Early Ida Early TV movie
Alf Loves a Mystery Countess TV movie
1988 Crash Course Edna Savage TV movie
The Cheech Show Sheila Mae TV movie
1989 Jackée Sandra Clark TV movie
Double Your Pleasure Linda Cavanaugh/Sharlene Cavanaugh TV movie
1990 We'll Take Manhattan Yvonne Johnson TV movie
1992 Ladybugs Julie Benson
1993 Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun Charmayne Harry Video
1997 Mother Goose: A Rappin' and Rhymin' Special Little Bo Peep (voice) TV movie
2003 The Nick at Nite Holiday Special Jackée, The Baker TV movie
2004 You Got Served Elizabeth "Mama' Smith
2006 All You've Got Pauline TV movie
2007 The Last Day of Summer Lola the Lobster TV movie
2009 Man of Her Dreams Louise Smith
G.E.D. Mama Jones
2010 Christmas Cupid Vivian TV movie
The Clean Up Woman Jasmine
Knight to D7 Nurse Hamilton Short
2011 The Ideal Husband Vivian Peterson TV movie
Nurse Jackée Nurse Jackée Short
Shadow Hills Sonya TV movie
2012 Switchin' the Script Mrs. Shepard
The Coalition Grandmother Bea Hathaway Video
JD Lawrence's the Clean Up Woman Jasmine TV movie
Brother White Veena TV movie
2013 The Sins of Deacon Whyles Mama Whyles
The Love Letter Josephine TV movie
Forbidden Woman Sheila
2014 Knock 'Em Dead Savannah Johnz
The Dirty 30 Linda
2015 The Man in 3B Miss Gina Bertha
2016 Ladies Book Club Mrs. Roxanne Charles TV movie
Just Love Vernette TV movie
Broadcasting Christmas Veronika Daniels TV movie
A Husband for Christmas Erin TV movie
Hail Mary Nurse Wanda TV movie
2017 Cupid's Proxy Olive
Wrapped Up In Christmas Arlene Simons TV movie
2018 It's a Date Allison Cole
When It Comes Around Amina
My Christmas Inn Susan Taylor TV movie
2019 Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta Mrs. Bennet TV movie
The Wrong Tutor Principal Callahan TV movie
Carole's Christmas Iris TV movie
A Family Reunion Christmas Aunt Dot TV movie
Christmas on My Mind Dr. Caroline Albright TV movie
2020 Love in Store Sharon St. Clair TV movie
The Wrong Wedding Planner Ms. Johnson TV movie
The Perfect Mate Mrs. Adams
A Christmas for Mary Deborah TV movie
2021 Deceived by My Mother-In-Law Denise TV movie
Mommy's Deadly Con Artist Denise TV movie
The Wrong Cheer Captain Principal Simpson TV movie
Days of Our Lives: A Very Salem Christmas Paulina Price
2022 Killer Design Dr. Farber TV movie
2023 A Snowy Day in Oakland Mrs. Monroe
Every Breath She Takes Linda Moss TV movie


Year Film Role Notes
1983-86 Another World Lily Mason Main cast
1985-90 227 Sandra Clark Main cast: season 1–4, recurring cast: season 5
1988-89 Amen Roxanne Farley/Florence Hawkins Episode: "A Slight Case of Murder: Part 1 & 2" & "Don't Rain on My Shower"
1989 The Women of Brewster Place Etta Mae Johnson Episode: "Episode #1.1" & "#1.2"
1991-92 The Royal Family Ruth 'CoCo' Royal Main cast
1992 Designing Women Vanessa Chamberlain Episode: "Shades of Vanessa"
1994 Dave's World Estelle Episode: "Saved by Estelle"
1994-99 Sister, Sister Lisa Landry Main cast
1995-97 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Little Bo Peep/Giant's Wife (voice) Episode: "Jack and the Beanstalk" & "Mother Goose"
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Darcy Green / Louise Lutrelle Episode: "Used Hearts"
2003 7th Heaven Ms. Beane Episode: "It's Not Always About You"
2005 That's So Raven Dava Episode: "Goin' Hollywood"
One on One Sherri St. Croix Episode: "Waiting for Huffman"
2006–09 Everybody Hates Chris Vanessa Recurring cast
2008 The Mighty B! Nurse (voice) Episode: "Bee Patients"
2010 Friends & Lovers Omar's Mother Episode: "Episode #1.3 & #1.4"
2011 She's Still Not Our Sister Connie Main cast
2011-13 Let's Stay Together Delores Whitmore Recurring cast
2012 For Richer or Poorer Mrs. Henderson Episode: "Ex Files" & "The Switch"
Are We There Yet? Jackée Episode: "The Ghost Dog Episode"
2012-15 The First Family Pauletta Birdsong Main cast
2013 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself Episode: "Jackee Harry/Louie Anderson/Angie Stone/Richard Burgi"
American Dad! Wanda (voice) Episode: "For Black Eyes Only"
How to Live with Your Parents... Jessoka Episode: "How to Help the Needy"
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious Mrs. Jordan TV series
2014 Glee Herself Episode: "City of Angels"
Instant Mom Lisa Landry Episode: "Not Your Mother's Day"
One Love Nurse Beverly Episode: "Tea-Ball"
Family Time Gladys Episode: "Hospitality"
2014-15 Girl Meets World Evelyn Rand Recurring cast: season 1, guest: season 2
2015 In the Cut Nadine Weaver Main cast: season 1
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Zizza (voice) Episode: "The Buzz on Windblade"
Young & Hungry JoJo Episode: "Young & Christmas"
2015-17 Baby Daddy Judge Earlene Johnson Guest Cast: season 4-6
2016 2 Broke Girls Ruby Episode: "And the Sax Problem"
2017 The Thundermans Officer Bosco Episode: "Orange Is the New Max"
2018 K.C. Undercover Betty/Midge Turner Episode: "The Gammy Files"
Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy Hog Queen Episode: "Hog Hunt"
Malibu Dan the Family Man Mrs. Leopard Episode: "Macaroni and Sneeze"
The Paynes JoAnn Payne Main cast
2019 The Cool Kids Lorraine Episode: "Funeral Crashers" & "Vegas, Baby!"
Live in Front of a Studio Audience Diane Episode: “Norman Lear's All in the Family and The Jeffersons”
A Black Lady Sketch Show Sandra Clark Episode: "3rd & Bonaparte Is Always in the Shade"
Family Reunion Aunt Dot Episode: “A Family Reunion Christmas”[24]
2020-22 For the Love of Jason Patricia Grant Recurring cast
2021 Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! Aunt Elizabeth Episode: "#ThrillaOnTheGrilla"
Pose Jada Episode: "Take Me To Church"
Days of Our Lives: Beyond Salem Paulina Price Main cast: season 1
2021– Days of Our Lives Paulina Price Series Cast
2022 Everything's Trash Zora TV series
Tuca & Bertie Tuca's Mother (voice) Episode: "The Mole"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1987 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 227 Won [25]
1988 Nominated
1989 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated [27]
2016 Nollywood and African Film Critics Awards Best Actress Independent Film The Man in 3B Nominated
1999 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Sister, Sister Won [28]
2000 Won [29]
2021 Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Pose Nominated [30]


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