Jackée Harry

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Jackée Harry
Harry at a December 2010 performance of
The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker
Born Jacqueline Yvonne Harry
(1956-08-14) August 14, 1956 (age 61)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.
Nationality American
Other names Jackée
Education High School of the Performing Arts
C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University
Occupation Actress, singer, comedian, director, television personality
Years active 1982–present
Known for Sandra Clark – 227
Lisa Landry – Sister, Sister
Pauletta Birdsong – The First Family
Home town Harlem, New York
Spouse(s) Elgin Charles Williams (m. 1996–2003)
Children 1[1]
Awards 1987 – 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)
Website Official website

Jacqueline Yvonne Harry (born August 14, 1956), better known by her mononymous stage name Jackée, is an American actress, singer, comedian, director, and television personality.[2] She is best known for her roles as Sandra Clark, the sexy nemesis of Mary Jenkins (played by Marla Gibbs), on the NBC TV series 227 (1985–90), and as Lisa Landry on the ABC/The WB sitcom Sister, Sister (1994–99). She is noted for being the first and currently only African-American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Early life[edit]

Harry was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1956, and raised in Harlem, New York, to an Afro-Trinidadian mother and African-American father, Harry began studying acting at the High School of the Performing Arts in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. She was an American History teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School before beginning a career on the New York stage.



Harry made her Broadway debut in A Broadway Musical, playing a chorine. 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 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. 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.


In 1983, she made her acting debut in Another World as Lily Mason, a role she continued until 1986. In 2003, she was a surprise guest on the Another World Reunion that SOAPnet coordinated and aired. In 1985, Harry began a co-starring role as Sandra Clark, on the NBC sitcom 227. Her mother, Flossie, celebrated her getting the role but died before the show started airing. During the series run, Jackée and Marla Gibbs began feuding privately over who was the series' lead. They have since reconciled and collaborated on a number of projects.[3] 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 adaptation of Gloria Naylor's novel, The Women of Brewster Place. 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. She starred opposite two-time 227 guest-star Della Reese. In 1992, she starred as the assistant coach in Ladybugs. 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. From 1994 until 1999, Harry played Lisa Landry, the adoptive mother of Tia Mowry's character, on the sitcom Sister, Sister.

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. She is starring in Byron Allen's syndicated sitcom The First Family which also features Marla Gibbs in a recurring role. On April 12, 2013, it was announced that she was cast in the episodes "Girl Meets Crazy Hat" and the pilot of Disney sitcom Girl Meets World. Later, she also appeared in "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. She appeared in the 2 Broke Girls episode "and the Sax Problem" in 2016, as Earl's ex and lounge owner.


Harry became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 227 in 1987.[4] She won NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Sister, Sister two consecutive years in 1999 and 2000.

Personal life[edit]

Harry was married to Elgin Charles Williams from 1996 to 2003. They adopted their son, Frank, in 1997.[5]

On January 11, 2016, Harry, along with her former 227 series' lead, and mentor, Marla Gibbs, attended the funeral of Grammy-Award-winning singer Natalie Cole at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles, following her death on December 31, 2015.[6]



Year Film Role Notes
1984 Moscow on the Hudson Woman Uncredited
1984 The Cotton Club Dancer
1986 Alvin Goes Back to School Gina Lipman TV movie
1987 Alf Loves a Mystery Countess TV Movie
1987 The Incredible Ida Early Ida Early TV Movie
1988 Crash Course Edna Savage TV Movie
1988 The Cheech Show Sheila TV Movie
1989 Double Your Pleasure Linda Cavanaugh / Sharlene Cavanaugh TV Movie
1989 Jackée Sandra Clark TV Movie
1989 The Women of Brewster Place Etta Mae Johnson TV Movie
1990 We'll Take Manhattan Yvonne
1992 Ladybugs Julie Benson
1993 Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun Charmayne Direct-to-video
2003 The Nick at Nite Holiday Special Jackée / The Baker TV movie
2004 You Got Served Mama
2006 All You've Got Butt shorts salesman TV movie
2007 The Last Day of Summer Lola the Lobster
2009 Man of Her Dreams Louise Smith Stage play
2009 G.E.D. Mama
2010 Christmas Cupid Vivian TV movie
2010 The Clean Up Woman Jasmine Stage play
2010 Knight to D7 Nurse Hamilton Short film
2011 The Ideal Husband Vivian Peterson TV movie
2011 Nurse Jackée Nurse Jackée Short film
2012 Brother White Veena TV movie
2012 Switchin' the Script Mrs. Shepard
2013 The Coalition Grandmother Hathaway Direct-to-video
2013 The Sins of Deacon Whyles Mom
2013 The Love Letter Josephine TV movie
2013 Forbidden Woman Sheila
2014 Knock 'Em Dead Savannah
2014 The Dirty 30 Linda
2015 The Man in 3B Miss Bertha


Year Title Role Notes
1983–1986 Another World Lily Mason Main role
1985–1989 227 Sandra Clark Main role (Seasons 1-4); recurring role (season 5)
1988–1989 Amen Roxanne Farley / Florence Hawkins 3 episodes
1990 TGIF Lisa
1991–1992 The Royal Family Ruth 'CoCo' Royal Main role, 8 episodes
1992 Designing Women Vanessa Chamberlain Episode: "Shades of Vanessa"
1994 Dave's World Estelle Episode: "Saved by Estelle"
1994–1999 Sister, Sister Lisa Landry Main role, 120 episodes
1995–1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Giant's Wife / Little Bo Peep Voice; episodes: "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Mother Goose"
1996 Married... with Children Lady on show Episode: "Girls Who Wear Glasses"
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"
2006–2009 Everybody Hates Chris Vanessa Recurring role, 26 episodes
2008 The Mighty B! Nurse (voice) Episode: "Bee Patients"
2010 Friends & Lovers Omar's Mother 2 episodes
2011 She's Still Not Our Sister Connie
2011–2013 Let's Stay Together Delores Whitmore Recurring role, 5 episodes
2012–2015 The First Family Pauletta Birdsong Main role, 36 episodes
2012 For Richer or Poorer Mrs. Henderson Episodes: "Ex Files", "The Switch"
Are We There Yet? Jackée Episode: "The Ghost Dog Episode"
2013 Celebrity Ghost Stories Herself (Season 4)
American Dad! Shonteeva's Assistant (voice) Episode: "For Black Eyes Only"
How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Jessoka Episode: "How to Help the Needy"
Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious Mrs. Jordan
2014 Glee Herself Episode: "City of Angels"
Instant Mom Lisa Landry Episode: "Not Your Mother's Day"
One Love Nurse Beverly Episode: "Tea-Ball"
2014–2015 Girl Meets World Evelyn Rand Recurring role, 3 episodes
2015 In the Cut Nadine Main role, 4 episodes
2015 Family Time Gladys Episode: "Hospitality"
Baby Daddy Judge Johnson 3 episodes
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Zizza Episode: "The Buzz on Windblade"
Young & Hungry JoJo Episode: "Young & Christmas"
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"
2018-present Tyler Perry's The Paynes JoAnn Payne Lead role


  1. ^ "Jackée Harry Talks About Her Son Frank, Motherhood And Prioritizing Her Career". Huffington Post. February 26, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ Fearn-Banks, Kathleen (2006). Historical dictionary of African-American television. Scarecrow Press. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-8108-5335-5. 
  3. ^ Jacobs, Damon L. (February 26, 2011). "Exclusive Interview: Jackee Harry's 'Ideal Husband'". We Love Soaps. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ Littleton, Darryl J.; Littleton, Tuezdae (September 1, 2012). Comediennes: Laugh Be a Lady. Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. p. 72. ISBN 978-1-4803-2974-4. 
  5. ^ "Jackée Harry Talks About Her Son Frank, Motherhood And Prioritizing Her Career". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "La Me Ln Chaka Khan Natalie Cole Funeral". Los Angeles Times. January 11, 2016. Retrieved February 18, 2016. 

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