Margaret Avery

Margaret Avery

actress, producer, soundtrack

Margaret Avery was born on Jan 20, 1944 in USA. Margaret Avery's big-screen debut came with Cool Breeze directed by Barry Pollack in 1972. Margaret Avery is known for Being Mary Jane directed by Salim Akil, Gabrielle Union stars as Mary Jane Paul and Lisa Vidal as Kara. Margaret Avery has got 1 awards and 1 nominations so far. The most recent award Margaret Avery achieved is Massachusetts Independent Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Margaret Avery plays is Grand-Daddy Day Care which will be released on Feb 05, 2019.

Slender, attractive actress Margaret Avery, spellbinding in her role of Shug in Steven Spielberg's La couleur pourpre (1985), is certainly no "one-hit wonder". Although filmgoers may be able to trace her back only to that once-in-a-lifetime part, Margaret has been a talented player on the large and small screens for well over three decades.Born on January 20, 1944, in Mangum, Oklahoma, the daughter of a Navy man, she was raised in San Diego, California, where she completed high school. Margaret demonstrated a certain passion for acting while in her teens but decided to pursue a more stable career in teaching. Graduating from San Francisco State University, she joined the Los Angeles public school system as a substitute teacher, but the "acting bug" continued to nibble away at her. She auditioned for commercials on the sly and managed to also segued into stage work and singing jobs. Her early 1970s L.A. plays included "Revolution", "Sistuhs", and 1973's "Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?", the last for which she nabbed the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. Her skills as an actress helped her to move into TV roles, appearing in such established 1970s and 1980s series as The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971), Kojak (1973), Sanford and Son (1972), Dossiers brûlants (1974), The Rookies (1972), Baby... I'm Back! (1977), Arabesque (1984), Deux flics à Miami (1984), Spenser (1985), a recurring part in Harry O (1973), and a regular role in the short-lived series A.E.S. Hudson Street (1977).Her film career ignited during the popular "blaxploitation" era. She somehow managed to avoid the pitfalls of many a black actress of that time, however, despite her sexy and revealing roles in her first two films, Cool Breeze (1972) starring Thalmus Rasulala and Lincoln Kilpatrick, and Casse dans la ville (1973), in which she found herself in the clutches of brawny former footballer Fred Williamson. Margaret carried on with Magnum Force (1973) (as a hooker) and the comedies Which Way Is Up? (1977) and The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979), establishing herself as a solid, reliable actress.Music was never far away from Margaret as attested by her roles in Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style (1976), starring Ben Vereen as "Satchmo", and Scott Joplin (1977), which showcased Billy Dee Williams. However, it was her riveting supporting turn as the drug-riddled, fly-by-night singer Shug Avery in La couleur pourpre (1985) that put her on the map. Stories have long circulated that Spielberg wanted a star singer in the role and that Margaret received the role only after both Patti LaBelle and Tina Turner were approached and turned it down. She had previously worked with Spielberg in her first TV movie La chose (1972). He remembered her from this and cast her. Earning an Academy Award nomination for "Best Supporting Actress", it was expected that her career would hit major cinematic heights. Unfortunately, Margaret didn't make another film for three years, when she played a jazz singer in the little-seen Blueberry Hill (1988) with Carrie Snodgress.On TV she continued to grace episodes of Amen (1986), Cosby Show (1984), Roc (1991), JAG (1995), MacGyver (1985), Bones (2005), enhanced such commendable made-for-TV movies as Emeutes en Californie (1990) with Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones, and has been seen sporadically in films. She co-starred in The Return of Superfly (1990) -- a nod to her old blaxploitation days--Par acquis de conscience (1993), White Man (1995) with John Travolta, the Mario Van Peebles feature Love Kills (1998)Into the millennium, Margaret has been seen in Waitin' to Live (2006), directed by Travolta's brother, Joey Travolta; Le retour de Roscoe Jenkins (2008) as well as Meet the Browns (2008) with Martin Lawrence and Angela Bassett, respectively; the crime drama Proud Mary (2018) and the family comedy Grand-Daddy Day Care (2019). She also appearing regularly alongside Gabrielle Union and Richard Roundtree on BET's Being Mary Jane (2013).Divorced (74-80) from director Robert Gordon Hunt, Margaret has one daughter, Aisha.

  • Birthday

    Jan 20, 1944
  • Place of Birth

    Mangum, Oklahoma, USA
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Known For


1 wins & 1 nominations

Massachusetts Independent Film Festival
Best Actress Short
Winner - Festival Prize
Symposium (2017)

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TV Shows