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Jackeé Harry 'Used to Hate Myself' While Playing Sandra in '227'

Monica Otayza
Jun 06, 2019
08:49 P.M.
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Jackee Harry of "227" reveals that she hated herself while playing Sandra on the hit show decades ago. In a recent interview, she shares that she was "sad for a good five years."

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Jackee Harry is one of the most iconic black pop culture actresses, known for many roles in her long career. What solidified her place in the industry, however, was her portrayal of Sanda Clark in the 1980s sitcom "227."

"I don’t want to get too deep about it because I’ve come to grips with it. But I was sad for a good five years straight.”

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While this could have easily been her best work yet, as iconic roles are often loved by their actors and actresses, Jackee says that she used to hate herself for the role she played. 

A Role is just a role

"I used to hate myself; the fact that I was just doing a part. I didn't know it would last this long. After it was over, I thought it would be gone."

Unfortunately for Harry, she became known for playing Sandra, despite her first goal while working on it was to be a working actress, not necessarily to reach Hollywood and become a huge star. 

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“The goal is to be a working actress, not to go to Hollywood,” Harry continued. “I had down-to-earth dreams, not [dreams of] being a character. I don’t want to get too deep about it because I’ve come to grips with it. But I was sad for a good five years straight.”

Jackee Harry Today

Until now, Jackee continues to work as an actress. Other than "227," she's worked on projects like "Sister, Sister," and now, "Pride and Prejudice: Atlanta." 

Her current role is Mrs. Bennett, a mother of five daughters whom she wants to be wedded to good families. It is a new adaptation and modern version of the classic Jane Austen novel. 

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