Soap opera fans are in for a treat! Award winning actress Jackée Harry announced Wednesday that she is returning to daytime television.
The Sister 2 Sister star shared that she would be joining “Days of Our Lives” during an interview with Today Show hosts Hoda and Jenna.
“You know I’m playing a fabulous woman, you know that. But I don’t want to give away the storyline because it’s a brand new storyline with African Americans,” Jackée said.
She told the talk show hosts that the soap opera has always been a leader in cultural diversity and inclusiveness, which is why she decided to join the cast.
I’m joining Days Of Our Lives and I have another big project you’ll hear about soon 😘 #AskJackee
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) December 16, 2020
As a pioneer in black television, Jackée rose to fame in the 80s on the legendary TV show “227,” for which she received an Emmy Award in 1987 for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. It remains the first and only time the award has been won by an African American. Jackée played the loud mouth sexy neighbor Sandra, which led her to be typecast for years to come, which eventually hurt her chances of landing more dramatic roles.
In 1989, Jackée finally got a chance to show off her serious acting skills with an all-star cast in the made for TV mini-series, the “Women of Brewster Place,” starring Oprah Winfrey, Cicely Tyson, Robin Givens and Lynn Whitfield.
In the 90s, she reached a younger audience on the hit show “Sister Sister” with twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowery.
In her latest role, Jackée will play Paula, a mom who is returning home with her daughter to reconnect with her family.
“I don’t want to give away the storyline, but I have a daughter and you know there ain’t nothing but trouble in River City,” she explained.
Sounds like we will get some of the sass and flash that we have all come to love from Ms. Harry and we can’t wait!
— TODAY with Hoda & Jenna (@HodaAndJenna) December 8, 2020