Margaret Avery

Actress Getting her start on the stage, Margaret Avery made her big screen debut in 1972. She's had a long-lasting career starring in everything from blaxploitation films to hit TV shows. In 1986, the actress/singer was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress category for her performance as Shug Avery in The Color Purple. The San Diego native co-star's in the BET original drama Being Mary Jane.

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Being Mary Jane: Mary Jane Heals

Highlights: Mary Jane’s mother helps her heal. (10/20/2015)

Being Mary Jane: First Look at Season 3 of Being Mary Jane

Sneak Peek: Lisa speaks her truth, but Mama Helen isn’t here for it. (9/1/2015)

Margaret Avery Shares Her Love Advice

"Make sure you're not in love with being in love," she says.

Being Mary Jane: Helen on Kids These Days Being Spoiled

Helen says kids these days are always looking for shortcuts. (3/17/2015)

Being Mary Jane: Patrick’s Gift of “Life” Infuriates Helen

Sneak Peek: Helen lets it be known that she may be ill, but not old. (2/21/2014)

Being Mary Jane: P.J. Gives Helen Some Hope About Her Health

Sneak Peek: P.J.’s got the hook up that’ll make Helen smile. (2/18/2014)
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