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December 11, 2020

'227' Star Jackée Harry Proudly Announces She Is Joining the Cast of 'Days of Our Lives'

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Jackée Harry recently revealed a piece of exciting news for her fans. The "227" star announced that she would be joining the cast of the hit series "Days of Our Lives."

"227" actress Jackée Harry announced during her guest appearance on the "Today" show that she will be joining the cast of the hit NBC series "Days of Our Lives."

The 64-year-old comedian said she would be playing the role of a "fabulous woman" but did not give additional details. She also lauded the show for the diversity of its cast.

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A BRAND NEW STORYLINE

The "Sister, Sister" star will entertain the show's fans as successful and outspoken Paulina, who comes to Salem to reunite with her family. The actress said:

"I don't want to give away the storyline because it's a brand new storyline [involving] African Americans."

Harry, mother of one, will begin joining the set for filming this month. The episodes she will be part of are set to be released in March next year.

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A HIGHLY-SUCCESSFUL SHOW

"Days of our Lives," which has had close to 14,000 episodes, is one of the world's longest-running scripted television programs. It premiered in November 1965.

The drama series revolves around the Horton and Brady families in a town called Salem. It received several Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series in April 2018.

But accepting the role turned out to be a decision she will never regret.

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STARRING IN A HOLIDAY MOVIE

Apart from "Days of our Lives," the Emmy Award-winning actress also stars in the OWN holiday movie, "A Christmas for Mary," alongside Morgan Dixon and Vivica A. Fox.

Meanwhile, the celebrated actress earlier revealed that she almost declined the iconic role of Lisa Landry on "Sister, Sister," which also starred twins Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley.

Harry said she did not want to play a mom, so she was not keen on joining the series. The beloved series ran for six seasons before it went off the air in 1999.

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HER RISE TO STARDOM

But accepting the role turned out to be a decision she will never regret. She said that she later became comfortable with the role, adding that actors always need to transition.

Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and raised in Harlem, New York, Harry made her television debut in the daytime soap opera, "Another World," opposite Morgan Freeman. 

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Her breakthrough came the following year when she landed her iconic role of Sandra Clark on the NBC sitcom "227." The role catapulted Harry to stardom.

She became the first African American to bag an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She has since used her voice for advocacy, including reparations for Black Americans.

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