Jo Marie Payton
American actor
Jo Marie Payton
Jo Marie Payton is an American television actress, and singer, who starred most notably as Harriette Winslow on the ABC sitcom, Family Matters, and its parent series Perfect Strangers. From 2001 to 2005 Jo Marie Payton provided the voice for Suga Mama Proud on Bruce W. Smith's The Proud Family, which reunited her with her former co-star Orlando Brown. The role earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination in 2005.
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  • 2012
    Age 61
    In 2012 she was in the GMC TV movie special From This Day Forward.
    More Details Hide Details Payton is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. In 1999, she released a jazz album, Southern Shadows. She has been married and divorced three times, and has a daughter with first husband Marc France. In 2004, in an effort to help raise funds for Virginia Union University, she wrote letters to alumni urging them to donate money in amounts from $18.65 to $186,500, in honor of the University's founding date of 1865.
  • 2009
    Age 58
    In August 2009, she appeared on Meet the Browns as Shirley Van Owen.
    More Details Hide Details She recently hosted her own show on the Hometeam Network, Second Chance with Jomarie Payton.
  • 2005
    Age 54
    In 2005, Payton co-hosted the 15th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards with Glynn Turman.
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    In 2005, Jo Marie Payton provided the voice of Suga Mama in The Proud Family Movie.
    More Details Hide Details Her other television credits include Desperate Housewives, Reba, Girlfriends, Wanda at Large, Judging Amy, The Parkers, Will & Grace, The Hughleys, 7th Heaven, Moesha, The Jamie Foxx Show, 227, Silver Spoons, Small Wonder and The New Odd Couple. She also appeared in the Canadian TV mini series The Rev as Mama.
  • 2003
    Age 52
    In 2003, Payton and her daughter appeared on a Mother's Day episode of Lingo, playing against fellow TV mom Meredith Baxter and her daughter.
    More Details Hide Details Baxter and her daughter won.
  • 2002
    Age 51
    In 2002, she appeared on the "TV Moms" episode of the Anne Robinson version of The Weakest Link, and was the third one voted off.
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  • 1997
    Age 46
    Payton left Family Matters partway through its final season, appearing for the last time on December 19, 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Her character was played by Judyann Elder in the show's remaining eight episodes.
  • 1989
    Age 38
    Her performance was so well received by audiences that she was given her own sitcom, Family Matters, in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Continuing her character Harriette Winslow from Perfect Strangers, she played a mother in an African-American middle-class family living in Chicago.
  • 1987
    Age 36
    Jo Marie's big break came when she was cast as the elevator operator on the ABC sitcom Perfect Strangers in 1987.
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    Her character actually originated on the sitcom Perfect Strangers in a recurring role as an elevator operator from 1987 to 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Audiences liked the Harriette Winslow character so much that the character was spun off into her own show.
  • 1950
    Jo Marie Payton was born on August 3, 1950, in Albany, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details In later years, her family moved to Opa-locka, Florida and she completed high school at North Dade Jr./ Sr. High School in Bunche Park, Florida and Miami Carol City Senior High School in Dade County, Florida. She graduated from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia and continued to donate, host charitable events, and support her alma mater while also continuing her education and making a successful career. From 1989 to 1997, Payton won over television audiences as Harriette Winslow, a wife and mother, on the situation comedy Family Matters.
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