HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 12:  Actress Margaret Avery attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 3rd annual Governors Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 12, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

Margaret Avery


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.