Jean Louisa Kelly

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Jean Louisa Kelly
Born(1972-03-09) March 9, 1972 (age 42)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)James Pitaro (m. 1997)
Jump to: navigation, search
"Jean Kelly" redirects here. For other uses, see Jean Kelly (disambiguation).
Jean Louisa Kelly
Born(1972-03-09) March 9, 1972 (age 42)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)James Pitaro (m. 1997)

Jean Louisa Kelly (born March 9, 1972) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Kim Warner on the television sitcom Yes, Dear (2000–06).


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.



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 1Video


1994Breathing LessonsDaisyMovie
1994One More MountainMary GravesMovie
1995TadJulia TaftMovie
1996Harvest of FireRachelMovie
1996Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel RidersPrincess Gwenevere (voice)Main role (10 episodes)
1997Homicide: Life on the StreetSarah LangdonEpisode: "Kaddish"
1997Stolen Women: Captured HeartsSarah WhiteMovie
1998Ruby BridgesJane ColesMovie
1998Day Lincoln Was Shot, TheThe Day Lincoln Was ShotLucy Lambert HaleMovie
1998Law & OrderCoral GalvinEpisode: "Scrambled"
1998/99Mad About YouDiane3 episodes
1999Cyberstalking, TheThe CyberstalkingHolly MoonMovie
1999Cold FeetShelley SullivanMain role (8 episodes)
2000–06Yes, 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 GreenMovie
2010Glades, TheThe GladesBeckyEpisode: "A Perfect Storm"
2010Burn NoticeEmilyEpisode: "Blind Spot"
2010–13Hero FactoryNatalie Breez / OperatorRecurring role; 6 episodes
2011Paul the Male MatchmakerDarla2 episodes
2011CSI: MiamiAmy WellsEpisode: "Stoned Cold"
2012CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationSheila DeMarcusEpisode: "Code Blue Plate Special"
2014Zoe GoneDet. Patricia HendersonLifetime movie


  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. 

External links[edit]