Margaret Avery is an American actress best remembered for her Academy Award nominated role as Shug in the critically acclaimed film, The Color Purple (1985). Born in 1944, the Oklahoma native graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Education before embarking to Los Angeles to begin her acting career. Avery achieved early local success with a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for the stage play, Does A Tiger Wear A Necktie (1975). Her big break however, came when The Color Purple was released and afterwards she saw her star begin to rise. In 1992, she played the role of Katherine Jackson in the much-hyped The Jacksons: An American Dream television movie and also made a number of guest appearances on hit shows such as The Cosby Show and JAG. Avery's career continues to flourish with motherly roles in movies such as Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008) and the television show, Meet the Browns.