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Jackée Harry Biography

Birth Name:
Jacqueline Yvonne Harry
Birth Place:
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States

Fast Facts

  • Family moved to New York City's Harlem when she was 9
  • At 14, she landed the role of the King in an all-girls production of The King and I
  • Taught American History at Brooklyn Technical High School for two years
  • In 1987, became the first African-American to win an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
  • Filmed a pilot for her own series, Jackee, following her success on 227; the pilot was never picked up, but aired as an episode of 227
  • In a 2013 episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories, she claims that when she was a child, the spirit of her late uncle saved her from an attack by a home invader


  • 1989Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1987Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: winner