Sela Ward Biography

Birthday: 1956-07-11
Place of Birth: Meridian, Mississippi USA
Height: 5' 7½" (1.71 m)
Wiki Biography: Hallelujah for Sela. Everyone's favorite "Sister" was born Sela Ann Ward, on July 11, 1956, in Meridian, Mississippi. Sela's parents were Granberry Holland (an electrical engineer) and Annie Kate Ward; the 3 younger children in the family are Jenna (1957), Berry (1959) and Brock (1961). "Sela" is a Hebrew word that means "rock, boulder, cliff." Sela graduated from the University of Alabama in 1977, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art and advertising; Sela was also a cheerleader for the Crimson Tide football team, a Homecoming Queen and a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Sela moved to New York to work for an advertising agency. Responding to a friend's suggestion that she was tall (5'7") and pretty enough to try modeling, Sela began a highly successful career with the Wilhelmina Agency. Sela's first gig was in the Pepsi advertising department, and her first commercial was for Maybelline. After appearing in 20 national TV commercials, Sela moved to L.A. and got her first TV role in "Emerald Point N.A.S." (1983); she dated tall costar Richard Dean Anderson for 3 years (which is much longer than the TV series lasted). Sela's movie break came by appearing with Burt Reynolds in the film The Man Who Loved Women (1983), and by now her acting career was established. But perhaps Sela is best known for starring in the TV series "Sisters" (1991), which ran for 6 seasons. The series was a big hit with women, and if the males in the audience stuck around after the steamy (literally) opening sauna sequence, they too would discover a series with fascinating writing and story plots, with Sela as "Teddy"-- in the fashion industry she began her first company, which she wanted to call Teddy Wear. In 1992 and 1994, Sela got the Golden Globe nomination for best lead actress in a drama series; in 1994, she won an Emmy Award and, in 1996, the Screen Actors Guild Award. During the series' run, Sela married Howard Sherman (May 23, 1992 - present). They had two children: Austin Ward (May 13, 1994), Anabella Raye (May 30, 1998). Still very much a pretty woman, Sela appeared in Runaway Bride (1999) as Pretty Bar Woman. In 2000, Sela won her 2nd Emmy award, this time for work in "Once and Again" (1999).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Emerald Point N.A.S. 1983 Drama
Nothing In Common Cheryl Ann Wayne 1986 Comedy
Sisters Theodora 'Teddy' Reed Margolis Falconer Sorenson 1991 - 1996
The Fugitive Helen Kimble 1993 Action
Once and Again Lily Manning 1999 - 2002 Drama
The Guardian Helen Randall 2006 Action
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Nothing in Common Cheryl Ann Wayne 1986 0
Steele Justice Tracy 1987 Action, Drama
Hello Again Kim Lacey 1987 Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
The Guardian Helen Randall 1990 Game Show, 0
The Fugitive Helen Kimble 1993 Action, Adventure, Crime
My Fellow Americans 1996 Adventure, Comedy
54 Billie Auster 1998 Drama, History
Passion's Way Anna Leath 1999 Drama, Romance
The Badge 2002 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Jeannie Miller 2004 0
The Day After Tomorrow Dr. Lucy Hall 2004 Action, Adventure, Drama
The Stepfather Susan Harding 2009 Mystery, Thriller