Melora Hardin

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Melora Hardin
Melora Hardin LF.jpg
Hardin at the premiere of 27 Dresses, January 2008
Born(1967-06-29) June 29, 1967 (age 47)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Gildart Jackson (m. 1997)
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Melora Hardin
Melora Hardin LF.jpg
Hardin at the premiere of 27 Dresses, January 2008
Born(1967-06-29) June 29, 1967 (age 47)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Gildart Jackson (m. 1997)
Hardin attending the premiere of her movie "YOU", Westwood, CA on May 13, 2009

Melora Diane Hardin (born June 29, 1967) is an American actress and singer, known for her roles as Jan Levinson on NBC's The Office and Trudy Monk on USA's Monk.

Early life[edit]

Hardin was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of acting manager/coach and retired actress Diane (née Hill) and actor Jerry Hardin.[1] She is the sister of Flock CEO Shawn Hardin.[2] She was raised in San Francisco, California, after her family moved there when she was 4 years old. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.



Hardin started her acting career as the young star of the television series Thunder (1977–1978), and has appeared in over 70 movies and television programs since, including two 1981 Little House on the Prairie episodes (as Belinda Stevens in "The Reincarnation of Nellie", Parts 1 and 2) as well as playing Michele Pierson in the 1983 television movie Little House: Look Back to Yesterday. She starred as Baby in the short-lived 1988 television series Dirty Dancing (based on the 1987 film of the same name) and two 1992 episodes of Quantum Leap (as Abigail in "Trilogy," Parts 2 and 3). She co-starred in the 1990 dancing movie Lambada as Sandy. She appeared in Absolute Power (1997) as Christy Sullivan and played Ross's dirty talking love interest in season 1 episode 15 of Friends. She was also originally cast in Back to the Future as Jennifer Parker, but was re-cast after Eric Stoltz (the original Marty McFly) was let go. Hardin was deemed too tall to star alongside Michael J. Fox.


Hardin starred in the 2000-2001 series Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family, and 2004-2009 she played the recurring role of Trudy Monk, the title character's deceased wife, on the USA Network series Monk. She appeared on the series NCIS as former Petty Officer Erin Toner in the episode "The Curse".[3] In 2005, Hardin portrayed Linda Evans in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty.[4][5] Hardin played former corporate manager Jan Levinson in The Office from 2005 to 2011.

Hardin later appeared in the 2006 film Thank You for Smoking, and appears in Hannah Montana: The Movie as Robby Ray's (Billy Ray Cyrus') love interest. The film premiered on April 10, 2009.[6] She played the role of Fantine in the Hollywood Bowl's concert of Les Misérables in Summer 2008.[7] Hardin also appeared in several episodes of the popular web show, Elevator, on YouTube.

Hardin made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the revival of Chicago: The Musical on December 29, 2008. She stayed with the show until February 12, 2009.[8] Hardin was cast as a major character in the NBC drama Outlaw, playing a powerful senior partner of an elite law firm, and the main love interest to the series' protagonist, played by Jimmy Smits.[9] She also played the role of Isabelle Palmer's mother Nancy in the 2014 made-for-television film An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight.

Singing career[edit]

Hardin played a nightclub singer in Disney's The Rocketeer (1991), where she can be heard singing "Begin the Beguine". She also played a major role in the TV movie Tower of Terror, where she sings "Boy of My Dreams."

Hardin sang the National Anthem at the season opening hockey games of the Anaheim Ducks on October 13, 2010,[10] and the Phoenix Coyotes on October 16, 2010.[11] She also sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Dover International Speedway for the AAA 400 on October 2, 2011.

Hardin sang the song "Tiers of Joy" (composed by Austin Wintory) for the Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded soundtrack.



1979North Avenue Irregulars, TheThe North Avenue IrregularsCarmel
1985Papa Was a PreacherJanette
1986Iron EagleKatie
1986Soul ManWhitney Dunbar
1989Big Man on CampusCathy
1989Jeweler's Shop, TheThe Jeweler's ShopMonica
1990LambadaSandy Thomas
1991The RocketeerSouth Seas singer
1993Reckless KellyRobin Banks
1994Pornographer, TheThe PornographerSasha Leon Hoffner
1995ChameleonJill Hallman
1996Undercover Kid, TheThe Undercover KidClyde
1997Absolute PowerChristy Sullivan
1998Erasable YouCalamity
1999Seven GirlfriendsLaura
2000Certain GuysMary Beth
2002Hot Chick, TheThe Hot ChickCarol
2004El padrinoJane
2007Drive ThruMarcia Carpenter
2007Dukes, TheThe DukesDiane
2007Boxboarders!Ruth Keene
2007The ComebacksBarb Fields
2007Violin, TheThe ViolinGertrude BlochShort film
200827 DressesMaureen
200917 AgainPrincipal Jane Masterson
2009Hannah Montana: The MovieLorelai
2011I Melt with YouJane
2012Zombie HamletPam
2012Beauty and the Least: The Misadventures of Ben BanksMary Andrews


1976Police StorySheilaEpisodes: "The Jar: Parts 1 & 2"
1977ThunderCindy PrescottMain role (12 episodes)
1977Cliffwood Avenue Kids, TheThe Cliffwood Avenue KidsMeloraTV series
1978Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatCourtney Chenault1 episode
1979Quincy, M.E.AmandaEpisode: "Never a Child"
1980Diff'rent StrokesEmily MorehouseEpisode: "Skin Deep or True Blue"
1980ABC Afterschool SpecialAmy WarnerEpisode: "What Are Friends For?"
1980HaywireBrooke Hayward, age 11TV film
1980-1981Secrets of Midland HeightsMicki CarrollRegular role (10 episodes)
1981Little House on the PrairieBelinda StevensEpisodes: "The Reincarnation of Nellie: Parts 1 & 2"
1982Quincy, M.E.Abigail "Abby" GarvinEpisode: "Next Stop, Nowhere"
1983Family Tree, TheThe Family TreeTess BenjaminTV series
1983Magnum, P.I.Nancy Perkins GillisEpisode: "Luther Gillis: File #521"
1984Mama MaloneKathleenEpisode: "The Education of Frankie"
1985Best Times, TheThe Best TimesJoy VillafrancoRegular role (6 episodes)
1986HotelBethEpisode: "Heroes"
1988-1989Dirty DancingFrances "Baby" KellermanMain role (11 episodes)
1989Tour of DutyChristine PiersonEpisodes: "Sins of the Father", "Sealed with a Kiss"
1990Shangri-La PlazaAmyTV film
1991Equal JusticeDoris WalshEpisode: "Who Speaks for the Children?"
1992Miles from NowhereTeresaTV film
1992Mann & MachineLouise TrotskyEpisode: "Torch Song"
1992Quantum LeapAbigail FullerEpisodes: "For Your Love", "The Last Door"
1993Moon Over MiamiEmily BookerEpisode: "My Old Flame"
1994Murder, She WroteCindy WarrickEpisode: "Roadkill"
1994Golden GateSusan CarlinoTV film
1994RenegadeLaura McMillanEpisode: "Carrick O'Quinn"
1994MatlockLisa SwiftEpisode: "The Scandal"
1994Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanMolly FlynnEpisode: "Operation Blackout"
1995FriendsCeliaEpisode: "The One with the Stoned Guy"
1995Touched by an AngelLizbethEpisode: "The Big Bang"
1995Diagnosis: MurderSavannah BellowsEpisode: "The New Healers"
1996RenegadeKelly AndersonEpisode: "Paradise Lost"
1996Caroline in the CityBethEpisode: "Caroline and the Bridesmaids"
1997Things That Go BumpChloe GarrettTV film
1997OrleansGina VitelliEpisodes: "Luther's Temptation", "When the Saints Go Marching In"
1997Tower of TerrorClaire PouletTV film
1997Tom Show, TheThe Tom ShowLorraineEpisode: "Tom's First Date"
1998Tom Show, TheThe Tom ShowLorraineEpisode: "The Centerfold"
1998TimecopEdith ThomasEpisode: "Lost Voyage"
1998Pretender, TheThe PretenderWendy DawsonEpisode: "Homefront"
1999PayneDanielle HarrisEpisode: "Gossip Checks In and a Cat Checks Out"
1999Diagnosis: MurderMelanie CooperEpisode: "Trash TV: Part 1"
2000-2001Cover MeBarbara ArnoMain role (24 episodes)
2001Once and AgainSamantha AldrichEpisode: "Moving On"
2002Family GuyPatsy Ramsey (voice)Episode: "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows"
2002Judging AmyRosalie LeavittEpisode: "Roses and Truth"
2003Division, TheThe DivisionCheryl Lynn BrinkmeyerEpisode: "Rush to Judgment"
2003NCISFormer Petty Officer Erin TonerEpisode: "The Curse"
2004Hollywood Mom's Mystery, TheThe Hollywood Mom's MysterySummer RossnerTV film
2004Boston LegalSharon BrantEpisode: "Head Cases"
2004-2009MonkTrudy MonkRecurring role (10 episodes)
2005Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty PleasureLinda EvansTV film
2005-2013Office, TheThe OfficeJan LevinsonRegular role; 46 episodes (10 voice only)
2006Without a TracePamela SeaverEpisode: "Rage"
2006Gilmore GirlsCarolyn BatesEpisode: "Partings"
2006Office: The Accountants, TheThe Office: The AccountantsJan Levinson-GouldEpisode: "The Books Don't Balance"
2008Mom, Dad and HerEmmaTV film
2008Yo Gabba GabbaGuest Appearance (as herself)Children's Show
2010OutlawClaire SaxRecurring role (4 episodes)
2011CSI: MiamiWendy ColtonEpisode: "G.O."
2012-2013Wedding BandRoxie RutherfordMain role (10 episodes)
2013ScandalShelley MeyersEpisode: "Say Hello to My Little Friend"
2014Killer WomenNan ReedEpisode: "Some Men Need Killing"
2014Do It YourselfKayeTV film, post-production
2014TransparentTammyRecurring role (10 episodes)

Produced and directed[edit]

Film and television


  1. ^ "OFFICE AFFAIR". 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "NCIS". Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  4. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (January 1, 2005). "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: If You've Got It, Flaunt It: ABC Trumpets an 80's Hit". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: Credits". Retrieved February 27, 2009. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Stokes Mitchell, McVey, O'Donnell, Michele and More Set for Les Miz at the Bowl". Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  8. ^ ""Office" Star Hardin to Make Broadway Debut in Chicago". Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Melora Hardin Joins NBC's New 'Outlaw'". Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  10. ^ "Pronger trade key to Ducks' rebuilding - NHL". Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  11. ^ "Michael Scott’s ex to sing National Anthem at Coyotes’ home opener | - All Sports. All Phoenix". 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 

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