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Was born at 20 January 1944 (now is 75 years old) in Mangum, Oklahoma, USA

Slender, attractive actress Margaret Avery, spellbinding in her role ofShug in 'Steven Spielberg' 's The Color Purple (1985) , iscertainly no "one-hit wonder". Although filmgoers may be able to traceher back only to that once-in-a-lifetime part, Margaret has been atalented player on the large and small screens for well over threedecades. Born on January 20, 1944, in Mangum, Oklahoma, this daughter of a Navyman was raised in San Diego, California, where she completed highschool in the mid-60s. She demonstrated a certain passion for actingwhile in her teens but decided to pursue a more stable career inteaching.

Graduating from San Francisco State University, she joinedthe Los Angeles public school system as a substitute teacher, but the"acting bug" continued to nibble away at her. Margaret auditioned for commercials on the sly and managed to alsosegued into stage work and singing jobs. Among her early 1970s L. A. plays were "Revolution", "Sistuhs" and 1973's "Does a Tiger Wear aNecktie?", the last for which she nabbed the Los Angeles Drama CriticsAward.

Margaret's sharp 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) , "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (1974) , "The Rookies" (1972) , "Baby, I'm Back" (1977) , "Murder, She Wrote" (1984) , "Miami Vice" (1984) , "Spenser: For Hire" (1985) , a recurring part in "Harry O" (1973) and a regular role in the short-lived series "A. E. S. Hudson Street" (1977) . An entrancing, high-cheek-boned beauty, Margaret's film career ignitedduring the popular "blaxploitation" era.

She somehow managed to avoidthe pitfalls of many a black actress of that time, however, despite hersexy and revealing roles in her first two films, Cool Breeze (1972) starring 'Thalmus Rasulala' and'Lincoln Kilpatrick' , and Hell Up in Harlem (1973) , inwhich 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) , thereby establishingherself as a solid, reliable actress. Music was never far away from Margaret as attest to her strong roles in Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style (1976) (TV) , starring'Ben Vereen' as "Satchmo", and Scott Joplin (1977) (TV) ,which showcased 'Billy Dee Williams' as the ragtime great oppositeher Belle Joplin. However, it was her riveting supporting turn as thedrug-riddled, fly-by-night singer Shug Avery in The Color Purple (1985) that truly put Margaret on the map. Stories have long circulated that Spielberg wanted a star singer in therole and that Margaret received the role only after both'Patti LaBelle' and 'Tina Turner (I)' were approached andturned it down.

Fortunately for Margaret (and filmgoers), she hadpreviously worked with Spielberg in her first TV movie Something Evil (1972) (TV) . He remembered her from this and casther. Receiving an Academy Award nomination for "Best Supporting Actress," itwas expected that her career would hit major cinematic heights. Unfortunately, Margaret didn't make another film for three years, whenshe played a jazz singer in the little-seen Blueberry Hill (1988) with 'Carrie Snodgress' . Since thenMargaret has been productive but has flown well under the radar ofmainstream Hollywood since her "Color Purple" heyday.

On TV she continued to grace episodes of "Amen" (1986) , "The Cosby Show" (1984) , "Roc" (1991) , "MacGyver"(1986) , "JAG" (1989) and "Bones" (2005) , enhanced suchcommendable made-for-TV movies as Heat Wave (1990) (TV) with'Cicely Tyson' and 'James Earl Jones' , and has been seensporadically in films. She co-starred in The Return of Superfly (1990) --a nod to her old blaxploitationdays-- Lightning in a Bottle (1993) , White Man's Burden (1995) with 'John Travolta (I)' , the'Mario Van Peebles' feature Love Kills (1998) , Waitin' to Live (2006) , directed by Travolta's brother'Joey Travolta (I)' and has completed roles in Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins (2008) and Meet the Browns (2008) with 'Martin Lawrence (I)' and'Angela Bassett', respectively. Divorced from director 'Robert Gordon Hunt', Margaret has one daughter,Aisha. In retrospect, one cannot help feel that this extremely capableand captivating actress has been shortchanged by Hollywood, but the sunhas not set as of yet on the career of this remarkable lady. Margaretcurrently Co-Stars alongside Gabrielle Union and Richard Roundtree onBET's #1 Hit Drama 'Being Mary Jane' as Matriarch and Lupus VictimHelen Patterson.

One is anxiously awaiting another film role for Margaret Avery on thelevel of "Color Purple. " It's certainly long overdue. .

There is some small facts about Margaret Avery:
  • Has one daughter, Aisha.
  • She was cast in the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple (1985) just after 'Tina Turner (I)' turned it down and because 'Steven Spielberg' had previously worked with her on the television film Something Evil (1972) (TV) .
  • While still a teenager, she joined the civil-rights campaign known as the Freedom Riders.
  • 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.
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There is the list of movies, where Margaret Avery was taked part:
1 A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting The Color Purple movie A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting The Color Purple 2003 as Herself
2 Single Women Married Men movie Single Women Married Men 1989 as Grace Williams
3 The Color Purple: The Musical movie The Color Purple: The Musical 2003 as Herself
4 10-8: Officers on Duty movie 10-8: Officers on Duty 2003 as Rita Armstrong
5 The Arsenio Hall Show movie The Arsenio Hall Show 2013 as Herself - Guest
6 The New Dick Van Dyke Show movie The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1971 as Pam Harris/Nurse Wilkinson
7 An Eye for an Eye movie An Eye for an Eye 1973 as Nurse
8 BET Awards 2006 movie BET Awards 2006 2006 as Herself
9 BET Awards 2013 movie BET Awards 2013 2013 as Herself
10 BET Awards 2014 movie BET Awards 2014 2014 as Herself
11 Blueberry Hill movie Blueberry Hill 1988 as Hattie Cale
12 Cool Breeze movie Cool Breeze 1972 as Lark
13 Cyborg 3: The Recycler movie Cyborg 3: The Recycler 1994 as Doc Edford
14 Extrospection movie Extrospection 2009 as Anna
15 Heat Wave movie Heat Wave 1990 as Roxie Turpin
16 Hell Up in Harlem movie Hell Up in Harlem 1973 as Sister Jennifer
17 Lightning in a Bottle movie Lightning in a Bottle 1993 as Dr. Sierheed
18 Lord Help Us movie Lord Help Us 2007 as Dorinda Thomas
19 Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style movie Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style 1976 as Alma Rae
20 Love Kills movie Love Kills 1998 as Moon
21 Magnum Force movie Magnum Force 1973 as Prostitute
22 Meet the Browns movie Meet the Browns 2008 as Sarah
23 Night Trap movie Night Trap 1993 as Miss Sadie
24 Riverbend movie Riverbend 1989 as Bell Coleman
25 Scott Joplin movie Scott Joplin 1977 as Belle Joplin
26 Second to Die movie Second to Die 2002 as Insurance Agent
27 Something Evil movie Something Evil 1972 as Irene
28 Terror House movie Terror House 1972 as Edwina
29 The 58th Annual Academy Awards movie The 58th Annual Academy Awards 1986 as Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
30 The Black Movie Awards movie The Black Movie Awards 2005 as Herself
31 The Color Purple movie The Color Purple 1985 as Shug Avery
32 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh movie The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979 as Toby Millman
33 The Jacksons: An American Dream movie The Jacksons: An American Dream 1992 as Martha Scruse
34 The Lathe of Heaven movie The Lathe of Heaven 1980 as Heather LeLache
35 The Return of Superfly movie The Return of Superfly 1990 as Francine
36 The Roots of Roe movie The Roots of Roe 1993 as Letters to Margaret Sanger
37 The Set Up movie The Set Up 1995 as Olivia Dubois
38 The Sky Is Gray movie The Sky Is Gray 1980 as Rosemary
39 Waitin to Live movie Waitin to Live 2006 as Pearline Loggins
40 Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins movie Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins 2008 as Mama Jenkins
There is the list of some articles of Margaret Avery:
  • "Essence" (USA), September 1986, pg. 118-120,140, "Margaret 'Shug' Avery, Beyond 'The Color Purple!'"
  • "Right On!" (USA), May 1986, pg. 46-47, "What a Sweet Role! The Role of 'Shug' in 'The Color Purple' Brings Margaret Avery's Illustrious Career Back to Life"
  • "Jet" (USA), 10 March 1986, pg. 58, by: Aldore Collier, "Margaret Avery Says She 'Couldn't Buy a Job' Before 'The Color Purple'"
  • "Black Stars" (USA), April 1976, pg. 68-73, "Margaret Avery: Anatomy of an Actress"
There is the list of some printed articles of Avery, Margaret:
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1991, Vol. 4, Iss. 5, pg. 8-9, by: staff, "Anatomy Awards 3: Margaret Avery"
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