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Margaret Avery Biography, Wiki 2017

Margaret Avery was born on the 20th January 1944, in Mangum, Oklahoma USA, and is an award-winning film, theatre, and television actress, possibly best known for playing Shug Avery in Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple” (1985), a film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Her career began in 1972.

Have you ever wondered how rich Margaret Avery is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Avery’s net worth is as high as $3 million, an amount earned largely through her successful career in acting.

Margaret Avery Net Worth $3 Million

Margaret Avery was the daughter of a Navy man, which is why her family relocated from Oklahoma to San Diego, California when she was little. There, she finished Point Loma High School, and then earned a degree in education from San Francisco State University. For a while she worked as a substitute teacher, but her love of acting drove her to auditions in her spare time. Her first roles were in commercials, though soon enough she managed to find work on stage. She appeared in several Los Angeles plays during the 1970s, including “Revolution” and “Sistuhs”, while for her turn in 1972 “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?” she won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress.

Following this success, Margaret’s on-screen career also began that same year, when she joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s television movie “Something Evil” (1972), as well as appearing in her first Blaxploitation film “Cool Breeze” (1972). Since then, she has made several movies in that genre, but avoided typecasting by playing a range of other roles as well. She appeared in the sequel to “Dirty Harry” (1971) called “Magnum Force” (1973), once again starring Clint Eastwood, followed by the Richard Pryor comedy “Which Way Is Up?” (1977), and the biographical movie “Scott Joplin” (1977), in which she played opposite Billy Dee Williams.

Avery’s most successful role to date came in 1985, when she was cast by Steven Spielberg once again, this time to play the complex role of singer Shug Avery in the critically acclaimed drama “The Color Purple”, alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Oprah Winfrey. For this role, Margaret received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, though she lost to Anjelica Huston. Though gaining considerable praise as an actress, her career stalled after that, and in the following years she mostly guest-starred in various television shows, such as “Miami Vice” (1987), “MacGyver” (1991), and “The Cosby Show” (1992).

Lately, Margaret returned to the big screen, starring in the ensemble comedy film “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins” (2008), with Martin Lawrence, Michael Clarke Duncan, Mo’Nique, and James Earl Jones, as well as in “Tyler Perry Meets the Browns” (2008), which starred Angela Basset. She also landed the recurring role in the hit drama series “Being Mary Jane” (2013-2017), playing the mother of the titular character. She continues to be active, starring in the short film “Symposium” in 2017.

Regarding her personal life,Margaret was married to Robert Gordon Hunt from 1974 to 1980, and with him she has one daughter, Aisha. When she is not acting, she dedicates her time to helping at-risk teenagers, and advocating for battered women.



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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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#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.


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