‘227’ Jacke Harry on Her Adopted Son: It Was Love at First Sight – AmoMama

Jacke Harry, the actress and comedian better known for her roles in '90s series like "227" and "Sister, Sister," is the proud mother of a 26-year-old adopted son. She once opened up about her desire of wanting to be a mom, and why her career comes first despite having a child.

Jacke Harrys career spans over 40 years, and she has over 80 acting credits in film and television. Not to mention she was the first African American actress to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1987 for her role as Sandra Clark on 227.

The 63-year-old, known for her bubbly personality, has always put her career first, and she has no qualms in admitting that. However, Harry also wanted to be a mom, but with two failed marriages in her record, it wasnt that easy.


On an episode of Oprahs Where Are They Now series, Jacke once recalled how the last time she went on Winfreys talk show the media mogul asked her if she wanted a child.

Harry said yes, but Oprah assured her that feeling would pass. I said, no, it wont, and she said, it will, only because she knew I was a career woman, Harry recalled.

Jacke admits Winfreys logic made sense because, to this day, she puts her acting career first, and that is a choice she made years ago. But still, Harrys desire to be a mom didnt go away.

She considered getting a sperm donor at first, but the entire process of getting to find out the genetic line of the donor to make sure there was no insanity in the family was too much work.

Jacke married celebrity hairstylist Elgin Charles in 1996, and the following year they decided to adopt a son, Frank.

When I saw him, it was love at first sight, Harry said of her son. He was like eight months, and I couldnt even see his face, but it was instant.


Jackes son Frank is now a 26-year-old graduate of Beverly Hills High and a professional boxer.

Hes also a father of two with his girlfriend Aubrey son Kydyn Elias, born in 2017, and daughter Lyv Ivonne, born in September 2019.

Although his parents divorced in 2003, Frank maintains a close relationship with both of them, mainly because Jacke and Elgin kept living together for years after their separation, and they claim to be best friends.

Talking about his mom years ago, Frank said the best part of having a famous mother was bragging about it to his friends.

Whenever I talk about whos my mom they ask really? Thats your mom? Shes funny, and I just laugh and say yeah, thats my mom, Frank stated.

He added that hes very proud of saying hes Jacke Harrys son and claimed he loves her very much.


Like Harry, Elgin Charles is also a celebrity on his own accord.

He appeared on the VH1 reality show Beverly Hill Fabulous, and is the owner of a highly acclaimed beauty salon in Beverly Hills, where his client list includes people like Lala Anthony, The Kardashians, Serena Williams, Gabrielle Union, and Tia & Tamera Mowry.

For years, people speculated that Jacke and Elgins marriage didnt work out because he was interested in men. However, when he came out as a bisexual man in 2018, Elgin assured his separation from Harry was a consequence of growing apart.

Jacke and I are cool. Jacke and I are good friends. We were married. Our marriage was real, Elgin told The Advocate. I'm still there for her. She's still there for me. We have a son together. We love each other very much."

And continued:

Theres a different kind of love there. It's not an eros love where it's sexual. But it's love, where you're making sure someone's OK, and you're there for them."

Elgin also revealed he was scared of coming out to Frank, but when he finally mustered the courage, his son said: Dad, I love you regardless. You, my daddy, you know. Just live your life. Be free.

Its a testament to the great upbringing Frank had thanks to Jacke and Elgin, and hopefully, hell get to pass down the same values to his children with the help of their forever fierce grandmother.

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