Avery, Margaret

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Avery, Margaret


Born in Mangum, OK; married Robert Gordon Hunt (a director; divorced); children: Aisha. Education: Graduated from the University of California at Berkeley.


Agent—Artists Agency, 10000 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Contact—P.O. Box 3493, Los Angeles, CA 90078.


Actress. The Potters Field Theatre Company, New York City, member of company, 1979; Zodiac Theatre, Los Angeles, CA, founder (with Robert Gordon Hunt); performer in Las Vegas with the Nicholas Brothers; toured Japan and Indonesia as a singer. Previously worked as a teacher and a singing waitress.

Awards, Honors:

Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Award, outstanding performance by an actress, 1972, for Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?; Image Award, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 1977, for Scott Joplin; best actress nomination, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films, 1980, for The Lathe of Heaven; Academy Award nomination, best supporting actress, 1986, for The Color Purple.


Film Appearances:

Edwina, Terror House (also known as Terror at Red Wolf Inn, Club Dead, Terror on the Menu, and The Folks at Red Wolf Inn), Scope III/Far West, 1972.

Lark, Mercer's mistress, Cool Breeze, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972.

Call girl, Magnum Force, Warner Bros., 1973.

Nurse, The Psychopath (also known as An Eye for an Eye), Brentwood, 1973.

Sister Jennifer, Hell Up in Harlem, American International, 1973.

Belle Joplin, Scott Joplin, Universal, 1977.

Annie Mae, Which Way Is Up?, Universal, 1977.

Toby Millman, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh, United Artists, 1979.

Shug Avery, The Color Purple, Warner Bros., 1985.

Hattie Cole, Blueberry Hill, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988.

Bell Coleman, Riverbend, Intercontinental, 1989.

Francine, The Return of Superfly, Triton/Vidmark, 1990.

Miss Sadie, Night Trap (also known as Mardi Gras for the Devil), Prism Entertainment, 1993.

Dr. Sierheed, Lightning in a Bottle, 1994.

Megan Thomas, White Man's Burden (also known as White Man), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995.

Olivia Dubois, The Set Up, 1995.

Doc Edford, Cyborg 3: The Recycler (also known as Cyborg 3 and Cyborg 3: The Creation), Warnervision Entertainment, 1995.

Moon, Love Kills, 1998.

Second to Die, 2001.

Pearline Loggins, Waitin' to Live, 2002.

Insurance agent, Second to Die, New Concorde Home Entertainment, 2002.

Herself, "The Color Purple": The Musical (documentary short), 2003.

Herself, A Collaboration of Spirits: Casting and Acting "The Color Purple" (documentary short), 2003.

Dorinda Thomas, Lord Help Us, Image Entertainment, 2007.

Welcome to Home Roscoe Jenkins, Universal, 2008.

Meet the Browns, Lionsgate, 2008.

Television Appearances; Series:

Denise Thomas, 413 Hope St., Fox, 1997.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Martha, The Jacksons: An American Dream (also known as The Jackson Five), ABC, 1992.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Irene, Something Evil, CBS, 1972.

Alma Rae, Louis Armstrong—Chicago Style, ABC, 1976.

Heather LeLache, The Lathe of Heaven, PBS, 1980.

Rosemary, The Sky Is Gray, 1980.

Dottie, For Us, the Living (also known as For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story), PBS, 1983.

Grace Williams, Single Women, Married Me, CBS, 1989.

Roxie Turpin, Heat Wave (also known as Burn, Baby, Burn), TNT, 1990.

Mrs. Donelly, Face of Evil, 1996.

Mary McMillian, Wie Stark mub eine liebe sein, 1998.

Television Appearances; Specials:

The 58th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1986.

Mary Jones, "Malcolm Takes a Shot," CBS Schoolbreak Specials, CBS, 1990.

Voice of letters to Margaret Sanger, The Roots of Roe, 1993.

The Set Up, Showtime, 1995.

An African American Salute to the Academy Awards, 1998.

The Black Movie Awards (also known as The 2005 Black Movie Awards), TNT, 2005.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Marly Walker, "The Informant," The Rookies, 1972.

Pam Harris and Nurse Wilkinson, The New Dick Van Dyke Show, 1973.

Bartender, "The Last Payment," Ironside (also known as The Raymond Burr Show), 1973.

Ginnie Adams, "Eyewitness," Harry O, ABC, 1974.

Lula B. Perry, "You Can't Tell a Hurt Man How to Holler," Kojak, 1974.

Denise, "Strange Bedfellows," Sanford and Son, NBC, 1975.

Ruby Dome, "Elegy for a Cop," Harry O, ABC, 1975.

Ruth Van Galen, "The Sentry," Kolchak: The Night Stalker, 1975.

Ruby Dome, "Anatomy of a Frame," Harry O, ABC, 1975.

Stacy Brooks, "Reign of Terror," The Rookies, 1975.

Ruby Dome, "Mister Five and Dime," Harry O, ABC, 1976.

Ruby Dome, "Ruby," Harry O, ABC, 1976.

Nurse Sawyer, A.E.S. Hudson Street, ABC, 1978.

Rachine Parks, "Lucky 15 Maybe," Baby, I'm Back, 1978.

Sharon Henderson, Trapper John, M.D., 1979.

April, "The Accused," The Powers of Matthew Star, 1982.

"For Us, the Living," American Playhouse, PBS, 1983.

Dixie, "Jessica Behind Bars," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985.

CeeCee Richards, "Marva in the Key of Cee," Rags to Riches, NBC, 1987.

Sally Cordova, "The Afternoon Plane," Miami Vice, NBC, 1987.

Callie Braxton, "One for My Daughter," Spenser: For Hire, 1987.

Iris Marshall, "Moulin Rouge," Crime Story, NBC, 1988.

Iris Marshall, "Seize the Time," Crime Story, NBC, 1988.

Councilwoman Slane, Knightwatch, ABC, 1989.

Juanita Mannings, "Deacon's Dilemma," Amen, 1990.

Helen, "The Lady Killer," Roc, Fox, 1991.

Regina Jeffries, "Gunz 'n Boyz," MacGyver, 1991.

Leah, "Clair's Reunion," The Cosby Show, NBC, 1992.

Kathleen, "Romance Takes a Curtain Call," Jack's Place, 1992.

Mrs. Shaw, "The Price of Honor," Time Trax, 1993.

Mabel Jarvis, "The Neighborhood," Walker, Texas Ranger (also known as Walker), CBS, 1997.

Joanne Adams, Leaving L.A., 1997.

Denise Thomas, 413 Hope Street, 1997.

Rita Armstrong, "A Hard Day's Night," 10-8: Officers on Duty (also known as 10-8 and 10-8: Police Patrol), ABC, 2003.

Indira Diamond, "Unknown Soldier," JAG, CBS, 2005.

Ivy Gillespie, "The Man in the Fallout Shelter," Bones, Fox, 2005.

Television Work; Movies:

Assistant (to the producer), For Us, the Living (also known as For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story), PBS, 1983.

Stage Appearances:

Revolution, Center Theatre Group, New Theatre for Now, Los Angeles, 1972.

Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie?, Zodiac Theatre, Los Angeles, 1972.

Love Letters, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1991.

Also appeared in Sistuhs, Los Angeles Actors' Theatre, Los Angeles.