Margaret Avery was born in Mangum, Oklahoma. Her family moved to San Diego, CA when she was young and it was during her high school years that she developed a taste for acting. After graduating from San Francisco State University, she went into teaching and moonlighted as a singer.

Margaret eventually moved to Los Angeles where she took a job as a substitute teacher. During this time she was signed by an agent who cast her in various commercials. She landed a stage role in the play “Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie” for which she won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. Other plays she appeared in include “The Revolution” and “Sistuhs.”

Margaret has guest starred in “The New Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Kojak,” “Sanford and Son,” “Kolchak: The Night Stalker,” “The Rookies,” “Baby I’m Back,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Miami Vice,” “Spenser: For Hire,” “Roc” and “Bones.” She had a recurring role in “Harry O.” She also starred in the series “A.E.S. Hudson Street.”

Margaret’s film credits include “Cool Breeze,” “Hell Up in Harlem,” “Which Way Is Up,” “Scott Joplin,” “White Man’s Burden” and “The Color Purple,” for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Shug Avery.

Margaret's film credits include the following:

Check out the following sites for additional information about Margaret:

Margaret Avery@Internet Movie Database
Margaret Avery@Wikipedia
Sister, I'm Sorry
The Oscar Site