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Margaret Avery

Biography

Academy Honor nominated actress who also played a memorable part within the 1985 film THE COLOUR Purple. She analyzed at SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA State University or college and received a qualification in education. She’s worked with at an increased risk teens and battered ladies in LA. She was wedded to Robert Gordyn Hunt from 1973 to 1980 plus they experienced one daughter collectively. She starred in Tyler Perry’s 2008 film Meet up with the Browns.

Quick Facts


Full Name Margaret Avery
Date Of Birth January 20, 1944
Place Of Birth Mangum, OK
Profession Movie Actress
Education San Francisco State University
Nationality American
Spouse Robert Gordyn
Children Aisha Hunt
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Movies The Color Purple, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Magnum Force, Which Way Is Up?, Meet the Browns, Hell Up in Harlem, White Man's Burden, The Return of Superfly, Scott Joplin, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, The Lathe of Heaven, Cool Breeze, For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story, Cyborg 3: The Recycler, Something Evil, Waitin' to Live, Lord Help Us, Heat Wave, Love Kills, Second to Die, Riverbend, The Sky Is Gray, The Set-Up, Terror House, Proud Mary, Lightning In A Bottle, Mardi Gras for the Devil, Louis Armstrong: Chicago Style, Blueberry Hill, Night Trap, Single Women Married Men, Extrospection, The Roots of Roe, Being Mary Jane
TV Shows 413 Hope St., The Jacksons: An American Dream, Being Mary Jane
Star Sign Aquarius

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#Fact
1She waged a controversial personal campaign for an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress in The Color Purple (1985), highlighted by her taking out an ad in an industry trade magazine. A born-again Christian, she wrote the ad in the vernacular of her character, "Shug", and made her plea directly to God. Many Academy members, reputedly including the film's director Steven Spielberg, were put off by this approach and by her using her professed faith to campaign for an award. She still received the nomination (lost to Anjelica Huston, but many still speculate that her approach, which came across as simultaneously sanctimonious and disingenuous, led to her being overlooked, if not out-and-out shunned, by the motion picture industry ever since.
2While still a teenager, she joined the civil-rights campaign known as the Freedom Riders.
3She was cast in the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple (1985) just after Tina Turner turned it down and because Steven Spielberg had previously worked with her on the television film Something Evil (1972).
4Has one daughter, Aisha.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Symposium2017Short completedWoman
Road to Redemptionpost-productionKadija (rumored)
Being Mary Jane2013-2015TV SeriesHelen Patterson
Single Ladies2012TV Series
Extrospection2009ShortAnna (as Margret Avery)
Meet the Browns2008Sarah
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins2008Mama Jenkins
Exodus2007/IRobbed Tourist
Lord Help Us2007VideoDorinda Thomas
Waitin' to Live2006Pearline Loggins
Bones2005TV SeriesIvy Gillespie
JAG2005TV SeriesIndira Diamond
10-8: Officers on Duty2003TV SeriesRita Armstrong
Second to Die2002Insurance Agent
Wie stark muß eine Liebe sein1998TV MovieMary McMillian
Love Kills1998Moon
413 Hope St.1997TV SeriesDenise Thomas
Walker, Texas Ranger1997TV SeriesMabel Jarvis
Die Gang1997TV SeriesGlenda Otero
White Man's Burden1995Megan Thomas
The Set Up1995Olivia Dubois
Cyborg 3: The Recycler1994VideoDoc Edford
Lightning in a Bottle1993Dr. Sierheed
Night Trap1993Miss Sadie
Time Trax1993TV SeriesMrs. Shaw
Jack's Place1992TV SeriesKathleen
Roc1992TV SeriesHelen
The Cosby Show1992TV SeriesLeah
The Jacksons: An American Dream1992TV SeriesMartha Scruse
MacGyver1991TV SeriesRegina Jeffries
The Return of Superfly1990Francine
Heat Wave1990TV MovieRoxie Turpin
CBS Schoolbreak Special1990TV SeriesMary Jones
Amen1990TV SeriesJuanita Mannings
Riverbend1989Bell Coleman
Single Women Married Men1989TV MovieGrace Williams
Knightwatch1989TV SeriesCouncilwoman Slane
Blueberry Hill1988Hattie Cale
Crime Story1988TV SeriesIris Marshall
Rags to Riches1987TV SeriesCelia Richards
Bustin' Loose1987TV Series
Spenser: For Hire1987TV SeriesCallie Braxton
Miami Vice1987TV SeriesSally Cordoba
The Color Purple1985Shug Avery
Murder, She Wrote1985TV SeriesDixie
T.J. Hooker1984TV SeriesMrs. Daniels
American Playhouse1983TV SeriesDottie
The Powers of Matthew Star1982TV SeriesApril
Trapper John, M.D.1981TV SeriesSharon Henderson
The Sky Is Gray1980TV MovieRosemary
The Lathe of Heaven1980TV MovieHeather LeLache
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh1979Toby Millman
Baby, I'm Back1978TV SeriesRacine Parks
Scott Joplin1977TV MovieBelle Joplin
Which Way Is Up?1977Annie Mae
A.E.S. Hudson Street1977TV SeriesNurse Sawyer
Harry O1974-1976TV SeriesRuby Dome / Ginnie Adams
Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style1976TV MovieAlma Rae
The Rookies1972-1975TV SeriesStacy Brooks / Marly Walker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker1975TV SeriesRuth Van Galen
Sanford and Son1975TV SeriesDenise
Marcus Welby, M.D.1974TV SeriesJulie
Kojak1974TV SeriesLula
Ironside1973TV SeriesBartender
Magnum Force1973Prostitute
The New Dick Van Dyke Show1973TV SeriesPam Harris / Nurse Wilkinson
Hell Up in Harlem1973Sister Jennifer
An Eye for an Eye1973Nurse
Terror House1972Edwina (as Margret Avery)
Cool Breeze1972Lark
Something Evil1972TV MovieIrene

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cultivating a Classic: The Making of 'The Color Purple'2003Video documentary short special thanks
The Color Purple: The 'Musical'2003Video documentary short special thanks
A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting 'The Color Purple'2003Video documentary short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unsung Hollywood2016TV Series documentaryHerself
Apollo Night LA2015TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Co Host
Actor's Day in LA2015TV SeriesHerself
BET Awards 20142014TV SpecialHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
BET Awards 20132013TV SpecialHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The Florence Henderson Show2008TV SeriesHerself - guest
BET Awards 20062006TV SpecialHerself
The Black Movie Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
The Color Purple: The 'Musical'2003Video documentary shortHerself
A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting 'The Color Purple'2003Video documentary shortHerself
The Roots of Roe1993TV Movie documentaryLetters to Margaret Sanger (voice)
Àngel Casas Show1987TV SeriesHerself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Color Purple (1985)


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