Jean Louisa Kelly

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Jean Louisa Kelly
Jeanlouisakelly.jpg
Born(1972-03-09) March 9, 1972 (age 42)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesJean Kelly
OccupationActress/Singer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)James Pitaro (1997-present)
Website
JeanLouisaKelly.com
 
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Jean Louisa Kelly
Jeanlouisakelly.jpg
Born(1972-03-09) March 9, 1972 (age 42)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesJean Kelly
OccupationActress/Singer
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)James Pitaro (1997-present)
Website
JeanLouisaKelly.com

Jean Louisa Kelly (born March 9, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her long-running role as Kim Warner on the television sitcom Yes, Dear.

Career[edit]

Before attending college, she already had roles in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim's Into the Woods[1] (as Snow White and understudy to Red Riding Hood) and as Tia Russell in the film Uncle Buck with John Candy. She also took roles in college productions, including with the Barnard College Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

After graduation from college, Kelly became well known in the mid-1990s for a series of television commercials she did for MCI long distance,[1] in which she played a telephone operator who challenged AT&T. In 1995, she starred as Louisa in the musical film The Fantasticks with Joey McIntyre and Joel Grey, although the film was shelved until 2000. The same year, she appeared in her most prominent role since Tia, as Rowena Morgan, the muse for the title character of Mr. Holland's Opus. Other films followed in the 1990s. Later starring roles in films have included Landfall (2001), Little Red Light (2003) and Aspects of Love (2005). Kelly appeared Off Broadway at the York Theatre as the title role in Paul McKibbins and B.T. McNicholl's The It Girl, based on the 1927 movie It. She also appeared in the York's "Mufti" series as Lois Lane in It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman.

In 1996, Kelly voiced the title role in the second season of the animated series Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. After several made-for-TV movies, Kelly's broadest exposure came from her roles in situation comedies, first guest starring in such shows as Mad About You, and then as a cast member of the short-lived NBC version of Cold Feet. From 2000 to 2006, she starred as Kim Warner on the long-running sitcom Yes, Dear. On April 30, 2006, she guest starred in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy and has continued to guest star in television dramas.

Also in 2010, she was cast in a guest starring role in an episode of the television spy drama Burn Notice—playing a widow who had been swindled out of her life savings by a con man.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Her father was a high school English teacher and her mother taught piano. Jean attended Easton High School, located in Easton, Maryland.[1] Kelly graduated in 1994 from Columbia University's Columbia College with a B.A. in English.

She married James Pitaro in 1997.[2]

As of 2010, Kelly resides in Los Angeles. She is close friends with Jennifer Garner, and was the host of the baby shower for Garner's daughter Violet Anne Affleck. She also interviewed Garner for Self magazine in 2005.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1989Uncle BuckTia Russell
1992American ShaolinMaria
1995Fantasticks, TheThe FantasticksLuisa Bellamy
1995Mr. Holland's OpusRowena Morgan
1998Origin of the SpeciesLaura
1999Stranger in the Kingdom, AA Stranger in the KingdomAthena Allen
2001LandfallMarguerite Harris
2003Little Red LightAmanda MeyerShort film
2010Locked AwayChloe
2010Public AccessNancyShort film
20131000 to 1Post-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1994Breathing LessonsDaisyTV film
1994One More MountainMary GravesTV film
1995TadJulia TaftTV film
1996Harvest of FireRachelTV film
1996Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel RidersPrincess Gwenevere (voice)Main role (10 episodes)
1997Homicide: Life on the StreetSarah LangdonEpisode: "Kaddish"
1997Stolen Women: Captured HeartsSarah WhiteTV film
1998Ruby BridgesJane ColesTV film
1998Day Lincoln Was Shot, TheThe Day Lincoln Was ShotLucy Lambert HaleTV film
1998Law & OrderCoral GalvinEpisode: "Scrambled"
1998Mad About YouDianeEpisodes: "A Pain in the Neck", "The Buried Fight"
1999Mad About YouDianeEpisode: "The Honeymoon"
1999Cyberstalking, TheThe CyberstalkingHolly MoonTV film
1999Cold FeetShelley SullivanMain role (8 episodes)
2000-2006Yes, DearKim WarnerMain role (122 episodes)
2001Ally McBealLisaEpisode: "The Ex-Files"
2006Grey's AnatomyRose WardEpisode: "Blues for Sister Someone"
2008Ghost WhispererJennifer Quinlan / Nora SutherlandEpisode: "First Do No Harm"
2008Eli StoneJulie LazerEpisode: "Heal the Pain"
2008Gary UnmarriedBethEpisode: "Gary and Allison Brooks"
2009Surviving SuburbiaMelissa MannEpisode: "Desperate Housewife"
2009Three Gifts, TheThe Three GiftsCherie GreenTV film
2010Glades, TheThe GladesBeckyEpisode: "A Perfect Storm"
2010Burn NoticeEmilyEpisode: "Blind Spot"
2010-2013Hero FactoryNatalie Breez / OperatorRecurring role (6 episodes)
2011Paul the Male MatchmakerDarlaEpisodes: "Never Give Up on Love", "Fear Can Make Someone Love You"
2011CSI: MiamiAmy WellsEpisode: "Stoned Cold"
2012CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationSheila DeMarcusEpisode: "Code Blue Plate Special"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "College Grad Is Someone to Watch", Columbia University Record, Vol. 21, No. 19, March 8, 1996.
  2. ^ "Jean Louisa Kelly, James A. Pitaro". The New York Times. May 25, 1997. 

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