Jean Smart Biography

Birthday: 1951-09-13
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington USA
Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)
Wiki Biography: Blonde, buxom and noticeably tall Seattle native Jean Smart was born on September 13, 1951. Not your average-looking ingénue, she earned her stardom taking another route. Attending the University of Washington after high school, she received her BA degree in fine arts. Her first professional season was with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she performed in "Much Ado About Nothing," among others. During this time she built up a strong resumé in regional theater with such companies as the Hartford Stage Company, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Alaska Repertory Theatre and Alliance Theatre. Her first significant break came with a starring role in the potent, critically-acclaimed lesbian drama "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove," which earned her an Off-Broadway Drama Desk nomination in 1980. She capped this honor with a Los Angeles Drama Critics award in 1983 when she repeated her triumph on the West Coast. Jean made an auspicious Broadway debut in 1981 playing Marlene Dietrich in "Piaf", and it was the subsequent TV taping of that show that brought about Hollywood interest. She struggled for a time in unsuccessful sitcoms ("Teachers Only" (1982), "Reggie" (1983) and "Maximum Security" (1984)) before hitting gold as the feather-brained Charlene Frazier on "Designing Women" (1986). She met future husband Richard Gilliland on the set of the hit show; he played the recurring role of Annie Potts' boyfriend for a few seasons. Jean and Richard's son Connor was born in 1989. Feeling confined and typecast in light material, Jean left the show in 1991 to branch out and drew major acclaim in such made-for-TV movies as Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992) (TV). She gave a chilling portrayal as the well-known serial killer more than a decade before Charlize Theron copped an Oscar for her cinematic version. On the other side of the coin, Jean offered gentle, heartfelt performances in such TV films as The Yarn Princess (1994) (TV), in which she played a mentally disabled mom, and the TV remake of The Yearling (1994) (TV), allowing audiences to rediscover her amazing versatility. On stage she earned a Tony nomination for her delightfully madcap part in the Broadway farce "The Man Who Came to Dinner" opposite Nathan Lane, and on TV won bookend Emmy awards for her guest appearances on the sitcom "Frasier" (1993). Films would never be a reliable venue for Jean, who made her big-screen debut in Flashpoint (1984). She did, however, receive an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her part in Guinevere (1999). Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age 13, Jean has played an active part over the years in public awareness.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Teachers Only 1982 Comedy
Reggie Joan Reynolds 1983 - 1983
Designing Women Charlene Frazier Stillfield 1986 - 1993 Comedy
The Oblongs 2001 - 2002 Drama
Sweet Home Alabama Stella Kay Perry 2002 Comedy
Kim Possible Dr. Ann Possible 2002 - 2007 Adventure
Center of the Universe 2004 Comedy
Samantha Who? Regina Newly 2007 - 2008 Comedy
Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Claire 2013 Drama
When Calls the Heart Frances Tunnecliffe 2014 - 2019 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Fire with Fire Sister Marie 1986
Mistress 1992 Comedy, Drama
Guinevere Deborah Sloane 1994 0, 0
The Brady Bunch Movie Mrs. Dena Dittmeyer 1995
The Odd Couple II Holly 1998 Adventure, Comedy
Forever Fabulous Loreli Daly 1999 Drama, Comedy
Snow Day 2000 0
The Kid Deirdre Lafever 2000 Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Sweet Home Alabama Stella Kay Perry 2002 Comedy, Romance
Bringing Down the House Kate Sanderson 2003 Comedy
Balto III: Wings of Change 2004 Animation, Adventure, Family
Hero Wanted Melanie McQueen 2008 Action, Crime, Drama
Youth in Revolt Estelle Twisp 2010 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Barry Munday Carol Munday 2010 Comedy, Romance
Hope Springs Eileen, Kay's Friend 2012 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Warren Claire Cavanee 2013 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Waking Dr. Hinton 2013 Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Miss Meadows Mother Meadows 2014 0, 0, Game Show