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Katheryn Cryer
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Portrayed by Renee Lawless
First appearance Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots
Gender Female
Born 1964[1]
Occupation Heiress/Housewife
Residence Savannah, GA
Parent(s) Mr. Hargrave (Father; deceased)
Child(ren) Wyatt Cryer (Son)
Amanda Cryer (Daughter; deceased)
Carlos Gonzales (Stepson)
Unnamed boy (Stepson)
Sibling(s) Three unnamed siblings[2]
Other Relations Veronica Harrington (Best Friend)

David Harrington (friend)

Jim Cryer (Husband)

 Katheryn Cryer  (neé Hargrave) is a main character on the drama, Tyler Perry's The Haves and The Have Nots. She is portrayed by Renee Lawless


Katheryn is a high society socialite who enjoys playing her role as a wealthy housewife. She tries to manage the affairs of her household and her family. She has two children in their 20s, Wyatt and Amanda. She worries about her son who she and her husband had committed to a rehabilitation facility due to drug addiction.

Season OneEdit

Katheryn is the wife of Judge Jim Cryer, a highly powerful Savannah Criminal Courts Judge. She is also the mother of Amanda, a college student; and Wyatt, a former heroin addict, who has been through three stints of rehabilitation. She was born into a wealthy family and dated Jim, despite her father's strenuous objections. As a result of their relationship, Katheryn became pregnant out of wedlock, and married Jim before the child was born.  

When we first meet Katheryn, she is a woman who is living behind a facade.  Her marriage to Jim is more or less a marriage of appearances, as she doesn't even sleep in the same bed with him. Katheryn knows all about Jim's numerous mistresses and flings, and views them as a long line of women who were pretty young and dumb. She refers to all of Jim's mistresses such as Celine and Candace as numbers  (four and nine respectively) as a way to show her contempt for them while.  She does not appear to have a lot of affection for her daughter Amanda and son Wyatt. She sees Wyatt as a disappointment, due to his substance abuse issues, and sees Amanda as much too fragile. When she hires a new maid named Hanna Young, she sees something in this woman that she can trust. As time passes, Hanna and Katheryn forge a solid friendship. 

Another secret that Katheryn is keeping from the family, is that she has breast cancer. Hanna finds out about it, and promises her employer and friend that she won't say anything about it. In fact, Hanna is by her side all the way through the surgery (though Katheryn tells her family she is going on a vacation).

When Candace Young, Hanna's estranged daughter, announces that she had an affair with Jim, Katheryn literally shamed her by calling her Nine, as Candace was the ninth affair that she knew about. 



Jim CryerEdit

Jim is Katherine's husband, though the two are not in a happy marriage and have not been since before the beginning of the series. Katherine's marriage is also apparently loveless and sexless, as the two are shown to no longer even share a bed late in season 1. Katheryn appears to turn a blind eye to Jim's numerous affairs though she is shown to make fun of and assign numbers to them so that they remain "nameless" to her; for instance, she calls Candace Young "Nine", as she is apparently Jim's ninth mistress.

Wyatt CryerEdit

Wyatt is Katheryn and Jim's son, a drug addict who is a source of disdain for both his parents. Katheryn and Jim have repeatedly tried to help Wyatt get clean. Katheryn appears to be very caring towards Wyatt expressing worry when he is involved in a hit and run and even more so when he is arrested in a later episode.

Amanda Cryer Edit

Amanda is Kathryn and Jim's daughter, an easily influenced young college student. Katheryn appears to love her as she does to son, considering her wishy washy and weak minded while at the same time hoping that she isn't being used by candace After going to her father's campaign until she becomes shocked to find out that her daughter committed suicide


Veronica Harrington Edit

Veronica and Kathryn are extremely close friends who appear to have grown up together.  The two are seen sharing breakfast during the first season and talking about their lives and their husbands political careers, which the women appear to manage behind the scenes. Eventually Katheryn changes somewhat and begins to distance herself from Veronica. 

Hanna Young Edit

Hanna is one of  the Cryer's maids, a poor woman whom Katheryn hires in the pilot after a maid already working in the household sets up an interview for her. The two women grow close when Hanna comes into work one day and finds her employer ill. Katheryn reveals she is sick because she has been diagnosed with breast cancer, and Hanna ( a breast cancer survivor herslf) provides her with medinical marijuana to ease her pains. Later, Kathryn goes with Hanna to secretly check herself into the hospital for cancer treatment under the ruse that they are going on a "vacation" together. 


Candace YoungEdit

Candace is Hanna's daughter, Amanda's schoolmate and Jim's former mistress, an escort he met online who initially went by the pseudonym "Candy". To Katheryn, she is "Nine", a nameless, faceless number, so called because she is Jim's ninth known mistress. Kathryn begins to suspect the affair when Amanda brings Candace home with her from college and notices Jim ogling her. When it is confirmed to her she officially gives Candace her number and directly expresses her contempt for the young girl.

Celine GonzalesEdit

A Cryer family maid and another one of Jim's mistresses, Celine has worked for the family for many years and is very trusted, so much so that Katheryn agrees to see Hanna Young for an interview when Celine brings her in. As Celine is another of Jim's many mistresses, Katheryn holds great contempt for her and refers to her as "four" but is unable to fire her due to the maid holding information over the family, unafraid to use it as blackmail knowing the Cryers value their reputations very much. The relationship between these two seems to outweigh the hatred Katheryn holds for Candace. Celine is more direct and blunt than Candace is when dealing with Katheryn as Celine is able to back the matriach down.


  1. April 7, 1979; Katheryn revealed that she 15 on that date when she met Jim and that it had been 35 years since that day.
  2. Playing in the Deep End; Stated by Candace

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