Jean Smart Wikipedia

Jean Smart
Jean Smart (2008).jpg
at the HBO Post-Emmys Party, Pacific Design Center, September 2008
BornJean E. Smart

(1951-09-13) September 13, 1951 (age 62)

Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Richard Gilliland (1987-present; 2 children)
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Jean E. Smart (born September 13, 1951) is an American film, television, and stage actress. She is known for her comedic roles, one of the best known being her role as Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. She later gained critical acclaim for dramatic work, with her portrayal of Martha Logan on 24.

Smart recently appeared as Regina Newly on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who? from 2007 to 2009, which garnered the actress an Emmy Award in 2008. She played Governor Pat Jameson during the first season of the CBS-TV remake of Hawaii Five-0.


    Early life

    Smart was born in Seattle, Washington, the daughter of Kay and Douglas Smart, a teacher. 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. Smart is a member of the University of Washington chapter of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.


    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.). 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. Before long 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. Also in 1981, Smart was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Off-Broadway play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove.

    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. 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. 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). In 1995 Smart landed her own series, High Society, which co-starred Mary McDonnell, which lasted only 13 episodes. 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.

    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, Kate Sanderson in Bringing Down The House, 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.

    From 2002 to 2007 she voiced Dr. Ann Possible in Kim Possible, 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.

    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. 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?, 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.

    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.

    Personal life

    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) 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.


    1979Before and AfterUnknownTV movie
    1983ReggieJoan Reynolds6 episodes
    1983Teachers OnlyShari13 episodes
    1984Single Bars, Single WomenVirgeTV movie
    1984Maximum SecurityDr. Allison Brody3 episodes
    1984PiafMarlene DietrichTV movie
    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
    1992Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos StoryAileen WuornosTV movie
    1992Just My ImaginationPally ThompsonTV movie
    1993Homeward Bound:

    The Incredible Journey
    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"

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