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Jean Smart
Jean Smart (2008).jpg
at the HBO Post-Emmys Party, Pacific Design Center, September 2008
BornJean Elizabeth Smart
(1951-09-13) September 13, 1951 (age 62)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Richard Gilliland (1987-present; 2 children)
Website
Official website
 
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Jean Smart
Jean Smart (2008).jpg
at the HBO Post-Emmys Party, Pacific Design Center, September 2008
BornJean Elizabeth Smart
(1951-09-13) September 13, 1951 (age 62)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
OccupationActress
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Richard Gilliland (1987-present; 2 children)
Website
Official website

Jean Elizabeth Smart (born September 13, 1951) is an American film, television, and stage actress. She is a three-time Emmy Award winner and a Tony Award nominee.

Smart began her career in regional theatre in Seattle and played Lady Macbeth at the Pittsburgh theatre in 1980. She made her Broadway debut in the 1981 production of Piaf, playing Marlene Dietrich. The same year, she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for the Off-Broadway play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove. In 2000, she starred in the Broadway revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner and was nominated for the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

On television, she became known for her role as Charlene Frazier Stillfield in the first five seasons of the CBS sitcom Designing Women (1986-1991). In 1992, she played the title role in the TV movie Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story. Her other TV roles include Sherry Reagan in The District (2000-2004), Lana Gardener in Frasier (2000-2001), for which she won two Emmy Awards in 2000 and 2001, and Martha Logan in 24 (2006-2007). In 2008, she won a third Emmy for her role as Regina Newly in the sitcom Samantha Who? (2007-2009). Her film appearances include The Brady Bunch Movie (1995), The Odd Couple II (1998), Sweet Home Alabama (2002) and Bringing Down the House (2003).

Early life[edit]

Smart was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kay and Douglas Smart,[1][2] a teacher.[3] The second of four children, she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was thirteen. She is a 1969 graduate of Ballard High School, located in Seattle; it was there that she gained an interest in acting in the drama program. She graduated from the University of Washington Professional Actors Training Program with a BFA.[1] Smart is a member of the University of Washington chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.[4]

Career[edit]

After graduating from college, Smart began her career appearing in regional theater while still living in Seattle (Seattle Repertory Theater, Ashland (Oregon) Shakespeare festival, etc.).[1] She moved to NYC in the mid 1970s with college friend and fellow actress, Elizabeth Wingate (Lavery), and began working in Off-Broadway and professional regional productions almost immediately. In 1980 she appeared as Lady Macbeth at the Pittsburgh Public Theater opposite Tom Atkins as Macbeth and Keith Fowler as Macduff. She made her Broadway debut portraying Marlene Dietrich in the 1981 play Piaf, a role which she would later reprise for the 1984 television version.[1] Also in 1981, Smart was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.[1]

Smart after her Emmys win in 2008.

She began working in television in several smaller to mid-size guest parts in the late 1970s and early 1980s, appearing in such shows as The Facts of Life, Alice, and Remington Steele among several others.[1] Her big break came when she was cast in the starring role of Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the comedy series Designing Women from 1986 to 1991.[1] After leaving Designing Women, her work mostly concentrated within made-for-TV movies and smaller- to mid-size roles in films. Notably she portrayed serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in the TV movie, Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992), Ory Baxter in a television version of The Yearling (1994), Sally Brewton in the television miniseries Scarlett (1995), and Mrs. Dittmeyer in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995).[5] In 1995 Smart landed her own series, High Society, which co-starred Mary McDonnell, which lasted only 13 episodes.[1] In 1998, Smart co-starred with Nancy McKeon in another short-lived CBS sitcom, Style & Substance. Other roles during the 1990s included Dana Colby in Steve Martini's Undue Influence (1998), Holly in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple II (1998), and Deborah Sloane in Guinevere (1999) among others.[1]

In 2000, Smart's career took a turn for the better when she landed the role of Lorna Lynley (later renamed Lana Gardner) on the hit show Frasier. She went on to win two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2001 she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Man Who Came to Dinner. Soon after she landed roles in several high profile films including Stella Kay Perry in the film Sweet Home Alabama,[6] Kate Sanderson in Bringing Down The House,[7] and Carol in Garden State. She also provided the voice of the alcoholic chain-smoking, Pickles Oblong, on The Oblongs, and played the role of Supervisor of Detectives and ex-wife to Chief Jack Mannion of the Metropolitan Police Department on The District.[8]

From 2002 to 2007 she voiced Dr. Ann Possible in Kim Possible,[9] and in 2004, she was cast in a lead role in the short-lived Center of the Universe, her fourth CBS sitcom, this one co-starring John Goodman and Olympia Dukakis.[10]

In January 2006, Smart joined the cast of 24, playing the mentally unstable First Lady of the United States, Martha Logan, to actor Gregory Itzin's President Charles Logan.[11] She received back-to-back Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for the role in 2006 and 2007.

Smart won the 2008 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for portraying Samantha's overbearing mother in the sitcom Samantha Who?,[12] which she played from 2007 to 2009. She later was cast as Hawaii Governor Pat Jameson during the first season of the CBS-TV remake of Hawaii Five-0.[13]

In 2012, Smart was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Harry's Law.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Smart is married to actor Richard Gilliland, whom she met while working on the set of Designing Women (he played J.D. Shackelford, the boyfriend of Annie Potts' character, Mary Jo Shively). They have a son, Connor Douglas (born 1989)[1] and a daughter, Bonnie Kathleen (adopted as a baby from China in May 2009). Gilliland played Captain Stan Cotter on 24 while Smart later played First Lady Martha Logan on the same series.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979GangstersUnknown
1979Before and AfterUnknownTV movie
1983ReggieJoan Reynolds6 episodes
1983Teachers OnlyShari13 episodes
1984Single Bars, Single WomenVirgeTV movie
1984Maximum SecurityDr. Allison Brody3 episodes
1984PiafMarlene DietrichTV movie
1984FlashpointDoris
1984ProtocolElla
1986Fire with FireSister Marie
1986A Fight for JennyValerie ThomasTV movie
1986-1991Designing WomenCharlene Olivia Frazier Stillfield120 episodes
1987Place at the TableSusan SingerTV movie
1987Project XDr. Criswell
1991A Seduction in Travis CountyKarenTV movie
1991Locked Up: A Mother's RageCathyTV Movie
1992Baby TalkNarrator
1992MistressPatricia
1992Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos StoryAileen WuornosTV movie
1992Just My ImaginationPally ThompsonTV movie
1993Homeward Bound:
The Incredible Journey
Kate
1993Batman: The Animated SeriesHelen VentrixEpisode: "See No Evil"
1994The Yarn PrincessMargaret ThomasTV movie
1994The YearlingOra Baxter
1994ScarlettSally Brewton3 episodes
1995The Brady Bunch MovieDena Dittmeyer
1995A Stranger in TownRoseTV movie
1995-1996High SocietyElinore 'Ellie' Walker13 episodes
1996Edie and PenWendy the Waitress
1997Undue InfluenceDana ColbyTV movie
1998Style & SubstanceChelsea Stevens13 episodes
1998The Odd Couple IIHolly
1998A Change of HeartElaine MitchellTV movie
1999GuinevereDeborah SloaneNominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
2000Forever FabulousLoreli Daly
2000Snow DayLaura Brandston
2000Disney's The KidDeidre Lefever
2000The Man Who Came to DinnerLorraine SheldonTV movie
2000Static ShockMaggie FoleyEpisode: "Sons of the Fathers"
2000-2004The DistrictDetective Sherry Regan14 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2001The OblongsPickles Oblong8 episodes
2002-2007Kim PossibleDr. Ann Possible40 episodes
2000-2001FrasierLana Gardener7 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (2000, 2001)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Guest Appearance in a Series
2002Sweet Home AlabamaStella Kay Perry
2002-2003In-LawsMarlene Pellet15 episodes
2003Bringing Down the HouseKate Sanderson
2004Audrey's RainAudrey WalkerTV movie
2003Killer Instinct: From the Files
of Agent Candice DeLong
Candice DeLongTV movie
2004Garden StateCarol
2004I Heart HuckabeesMrs. Hooten
2004Balto III: Wings of ChangeStella
2004-2005Center of the UniverseKate Barnett12 episodes
2004A Very Married ChristmasEllen GriffinTV movie
2006Whisper of the HeartAsako Tsukishima
2006-200724Martha Logan24 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2007Tales from EarthseaUnknown
2007Lucky YouMichelle Carson
2007-2009Samantha Who?Regina Newly35 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
2008American Dad!Miriam BullockEpisode: "One Little Word"
2008Hero WantedMelanie McQueen
2010Life As We Know ItHolly's motherUncredited
2010Youth in RevoltEstelle Twisp
2010-2011Hawaii Five-0Governor Pat Jameson4 episodes
2010PsychGillian TuckerEpisode: "Chivalry Is Not Dead...But Someone Is"
2011$h*! My Dad SaysRosemary Penworth4 episodes
2011A Royal RomanceThe Duchess of CornwallTV movie
2011-2012Harry's LawRoseanna Remmick7 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2013Call Me Crazy: A Five FilmClaireTV Movie
2013Hot in ClevelandBess (Victoria's Sister)Guest Star
2014Halt and Catch FireLouLu LutherfordEpisode: "High Plains Hardware"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Jean Smart- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "seattletimes.com". Seattletimes.nwsource.com. Retrieved 2010-07-21. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Jean Smart Biography (1952?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2010-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Jean Smart Biography". TV.com. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Brady Bunch Movie". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sweet Home Alabama (2002)". Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Bringing Down the House". About.com. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Kuklenski, Valerie (February 26, 2001). "`The District' Gets Smart -- Jean Smart". Orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "DR. ANN POSSIBLE". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Fonseca, Nicholas (Dec 13, 2004). "Smart and Soul". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ Keck, William (1/9/2006). "Fox's '24' makes Smart move". USA Today. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "JEAN SMART 'SAMANTHA WHO?'; Roles of the Season, Maybe a Lifetime". New York Times. June 8, 2008. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ Collis, Clark (March 10, 2010). "Jean Smart says 'Aloha' to 'Hawaii Five-O' remake". EW. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Primetime Emmy Awards". Retrieved November 16, 2012. 

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