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Margaret Avery

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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
1 She 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.
2 While still a teenager, she joined the civil-rights campaign known as the Freedom Riders.
3 She 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).
4 Has one daughter, Aisha.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Symposium 2017 Short completed Woman
Road to Redemption post-production Kadija (rumored)
Being Mary Jane 2013-2015 TV Series Helen Patterson
Single Ladies 2012 TV Series
Extrospection 2009 Short Anna (as Margret Avery)
Meet the Browns 2008 Sarah
Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins 2008 Mama Jenkins
Exodus 2007/I Robbed Tourist
Lord Help Us 2007 Video Dorinda Thomas
Waitin' to Live 2006 Pearline Loggins
Bones 2005 TV Series Ivy Gillespie
JAG 2005 TV Series Indira Diamond
10-8: Officers on Duty 2003 TV Series Rita Armstrong
Second to Die 2002 Insurance Agent
Wie stark muß eine Liebe sein 1998 TV Movie Mary McMillian
Love Kills 1998 Moon
413 Hope St. 1997 TV Series Denise Thomas
Walker, Texas Ranger 1997 TV Series Mabel Jarvis
Die Gang 1997 TV Series Glenda Otero
White Man's Burden 1995 Megan Thomas
The Set Up 1995 Olivia Dubois
Cyborg 3: The Recycler 1994 Video Doc Edford
Lightning in a Bottle 1993 Dr. Sierheed
Night Trap 1993 Miss Sadie
Time Trax 1993 TV Series Mrs. Shaw
Jack's Place 1992 TV Series Kathleen
Roc 1992 TV Series Helen
The Cosby Show 1992 TV Series Leah
The Jacksons: An American Dream 1992 TV Series Martha Scruse
MacGyver 1991 TV Series Regina Jeffries
The Return of Superfly 1990 Francine
Heat Wave 1990 TV Movie Roxie Turpin
CBS Schoolbreak Special 1990 TV Series Mary Jones
Amen 1990 TV Series Juanita Mannings
Riverbend 1989 Bell Coleman
Single Women Married Men 1989 TV Movie Grace Williams
Knightwatch 1989 TV Series Councilwoman Slane
Blueberry Hill 1988 Hattie Cale
Crime Story 1988 TV Series Iris Marshall
Rags to Riches 1987 TV Series Celia Richards
Bustin' Loose 1987 TV Series
Spenser: For Hire 1987 TV Series Callie Braxton
Miami Vice 1987 TV Series Sally Cordoba
The Color Purple 1985 Shug Avery
Murder, She Wrote 1985 TV Series Dixie
T.J. Hooker 1984 TV Series Mrs. Daniels
American Playhouse 1983 TV Series Dottie
The Powers of Matthew Star 1982 TV Series April
Trapper John, M.D. 1981 TV Series Sharon Henderson
The Sky Is Gray 1980 TV Movie Rosemary
The Lathe of Heaven 1980 TV Movie Heather LeLache
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 Toby Millman
Baby, I'm Back 1978 TV Series Racine Parks
Scott Joplin 1977 TV Movie Belle Joplin
Which Way Is Up? 1977 Annie Mae
A.E.S. Hudson Street 1977 TV Series Nurse Sawyer
Harry O 1974-1976 TV Series Ruby Dome / Ginnie Adams
Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style 1976 TV Movie Alma Rae
The Rookies 1972-1975 TV Series Stacy Brooks / Marly Walker
Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1975 TV Series Ruth Van Galen
Sanford and Son 1975 TV Series Denise
Marcus Welby, M.D. 1974 TV Series Julie
Kojak 1974 TV Series Lula
Ironside 1973 TV Series Bartender
Magnum Force 1973 Prostitute
The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1973 TV Series Pam Harris / Nurse Wilkinson
Hell Up in Harlem 1973 Sister Jennifer
An Eye for an Eye 1973 Nurse
Terror House 1972 Edwina (as Margret Avery)
Cool Breeze 1972 Lark
Something Evil 1972 TV Movie Irene

Thanks

Thanks

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

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unsung Hollywood 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Apollo Night LA 2015 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Co Host
Actor's Day in LA 2015 TV Series Herself
BET Awards 2014 2014 TV Special Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
BET Awards 2013 2013 TV Special Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2010 TV Series Herself
The Florence Henderson Show 2008 TV Series Herself - guest
BET Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Herself
The Black Movie Awards 2005 TV Special Herself
The Color Purple: The 'Musical' 2003 Video documentary short Herself
A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting 'The Color Purple' 2003 Video documentary short Herself
The Roots of Roe 1993 TV Movie documentary Letters to Margaret Sanger (voice)
Àngel Casas Show 1987 TV Series Herself
The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1986 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Color Purple (1985)


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