Actress Jackee Harry turned 62 years old two days ago - and she looks fantastic. No, she looks better than Fantastic.
Jackée began her career as a history teacher a Brooklyn High School, but left after two years to pursue a career in acting. She made her professional acting debut in 1973 in Richard Wesley's Goin' Through Changes; not long afterward, she made her Broadway debut in A Broadway Musical as Melinda Bernard.
In 1983, Jackée made her television debut opposite Morgan Freeman in the daytime soap opera Another World. A year later, she landed her iconic role of Sandra Clark on the NBC sitcom 227. After departing 227 in 1989, she starred opposite Oprah Winfrey in the critically acclaimed adaptation of Gloria Naylor's novel The Women of Brewster Place.
Jackée also made guest appearances on Amen, Designing Women, Dave's World, Hollywood Squares, 7th Heaven, and That's So Raven, before joining the cast of Everybody Hates Chris in 2006.
More recently Jackée has starred in The First Family on Centric and has had a recurring role on BET's Let's Stay Together.
Harry was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1956, and raised in Harlem, New York, to an Afro-Trinidadian mother and African-American father, Harry began studying acting at the High School of the Performing Arts in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. She was an American History teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School before beginning a career on the New York stage.
Harry became the first African American to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for 227 in 1987. She won NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Sister, Sister two consecutive years in 1999 and 2000.