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Jean Smart is an American stage, film, and television actress

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BirthdaySeptember 13, 1951
NationalityAmerican
FamousUniversity Of Washington, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StateWashington
SpousesRichard Gilliland (m. 1987)
Known asJean Elizabeth Smart
Childrens Bonnie Kathleen Gilliland, Connor Douglas Gilliland
Universities
  • University Of Washington
Notable Alumnis
  • University Of Washington
Birth PlaceSeattle, Washington, United States
Height176cm
GenderFemale
Sun SignVirgo
Born inSeattle, Washington, United States
Famous asActress

// Famous Actresses

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Who is Jean Smart?

Jean Smart, born as Jean Elizabeth Smart, is an American stage, film, and television actress who has appeared in numerous hit projects till date. She is best recognized for appearing in the plays ‘Piaf’ and ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’. She is also known for playing the roles of Charlene Frazier Stillfield and Lana Gardener on the sitcoms ‘Designing Women’ and ‘Frasier’ respectively. Smart has also impressed the audience with her role of Regina Newley on the ABC drama ‘Samantha Who’. She has guest starred on numerous TV shows including 'Getting On', 'Sirens', 'Veep', 'Scarlett' and 'Maximum Security'. In addition, the American actress has contributed to the silver screen by acting in the movies ‘The Brady Bunch Movie’, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, ’Guinevere’, ‘I Heart Huckabees’, ‘The Accountant’, 'Snow Day', 'Garden State', 'Project X' and ‘Fire with Fire', to name a few. Very few people know that Smart is also a voice actress and is known for voicing the character of Dr. Ann Possible in Disney’s animated action comedy-adventure ‘Kim Possible’. Smart, who is a three-time Emmy Award winner, is a part of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority at the University of Washington. On a personal note, the artiste is a mother of two children. She firmly believes that life offers people to take chances as well as to make changes all the time.

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Childhood & Early Life

Jean Smart was born as Jean Elizabeth Smart on September 13, 1951, in Seattle, Washington, USA to Kay and Douglas Smart. Her parents were a homemaker and a teacher. She has three siblings.

At the age of 13, Smart was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She attended Ballard High School and graduated from there in 1969. It was here that she first became interested in the acting field.

She then attended the University of Washington Professional Actors Training Program and graduated with a BFA.

Career

After graduating from college, Jean Smart started her acting career by appearing in theater productions throughout the Pacific Northwest. In the mid-1970s, she flew over to New York City and began working in Off-Broadway as well as professional regional productions.

From 1980-1981, she acted in the play ‘Last Summer at Bluefish Cove’. Soon after this, she performed in the Broadway production of ‘Piaf,’ appearing as Marlene Dietrich.

In addition to theater, the actress started working in television, playing numerous roles in the late 1970s and early 1980s. She appeared in the shows ‘Reggie’, ‘Teachers Only’, ‘Maximum Security’ as well as in the television films ‘Single Bars, Single Women’ and ‘Piaf’.

During this time, Smart was also featured in the 1984 movies ‘Flashpoint’ and ‘Protocol’. In 1985, she was cast as Charlene Frazier Stillfield in the comedy series ‘Designing Women’. She played this role from the show’s beginning till its fifth season.

In 1986, the American beauty played Sister Marie in the flick ‘Fire with Fire’. Soon after this, she performed in the film ‘Project X’ as well as in the TV movie ‘Place at the Table’.

During 1991 and 1992, she did many television films, such as ‘A Seduction in Travis County’, ‘Locked Up: A Mother's Rage’, ‘Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story’ and ‘Just My Imagination’.

From 1993 to 1999, Smart got the opportunity to act in several films including ‘Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey’, ‘The Brady Bunch Movie’, ‘Edie and Pen’, ‘The Odd Couple II’ and ‘Guinevere’. She was then cast as Lana Gardener in the show ‘Frasier’ in 2000. The same year, she performed in the play ‘The Man Who Came to Dinner’.

Soon after this, she was cast in many high-profile movies including ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and ‘Bringing down the House’. Between 2000 and 2004, Smart also played the role of Supervisor of Detectives on ‘The District’. In 2004, she had a lead role in the series ‘Center of the Universe’ and a supporting one in the flick ‘I Heart Huckabees’ respectively.

In January 2006, the actress joined the cast of the series ‘24’. Between 2006 and 2010, she did numerous movies, such as ‘Lucky You’, ‘Youth in Revolt’, ‘Barry Munday’ and 'Hero Wanted'.

From 2011 to 2012, Smart guest-starred on the television programs ‘$h

! My Dad Says’ and ‘Harry's Law’ respectively. During this time, she also played the role of Eileen in the flick ‘Hope Springs’.

She then played roles in the shows ‘Sirens’ and ‘Getting On’. In 2015, she was cast in the series ‘Fargo’ as well as in ‘Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce’. Since 2017, Smart has been portraying the lead role of Melanie Bird on the series ‘Legion’.

Major Works

Jean Smart voiced the character of Dr. Ann Possible on Disney’s ‘Kim Possible’ from 2002 to 2007. The series was a massive hit among the audience and also received acclaim from the critics.

She played the role of Regina Newly in the drama ‘Samantha Who?’ from 2007 to 2009. Her portrayal of the title character’s overbearing mother earned her the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Awards & Achievements

Jean Smart won two back-to-back Emmys in 2000 and 2001, under the category ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’ for her performance in ‘Frasier.’ She won the third Emmy in 2008 under the same category for ‘Samantha Who?’

In 2016, the actress received the ‘Critics' Choice Television Award’ for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries for her work in ‘Fargo.’

Smart has also earned several nominations for prestigious awards like Drama Desk Award, Tony Award, Independent Spirit Award, Satellite Award and Screen Actors Guild Award.

Personal Life

Jean Smart met her husband Richard Gilliland when the latter guest-starred on ‘Designing Women.’ The two got married in 1987.

The couple has a son, Connor Douglas Gilliland, who was born on October 25, 1989. They also have a daughter, Bonnie Kathleen Gilliland, who was adopted from China in May 2009.

Trivia

Jean Smart often portrays divorcees who are free-willed and libertarian.

At the age of 13, the actress was diagnosed with diabetes.

According to her, she has never met a woman more feminine than Dixie Carter.

// Famous Film & Theater Personalities

Jean Smart awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

2008Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesSamantha Who? (2007)
2001Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesFrasier (1993)
2000Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesFrasier (1993)

Jean Smart biography timelines

  • // 13th Sep 1951
    Jean Smart was born as Jean Elizabeth Smart on September 13, 1951, in Seattle, Washington, USA to Kay and Douglas Smart. Her parents were a homemaker and a teacher. She has three siblings.
  • // 1969
    At the age of 13, Smart was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She attended Ballard High School and graduated from there in 1969. It was here that she first became interested in the acting field.
  • // 1980 To 1981
    From 1980-1981, she acted in the play ‘Last Summer at Bluefish Cove’. Soon after this, she performed in the Broadway production of ‘Piaf,’ appearing as Marlene Dietrich.
  • // 1984 To 1985
    During this time, Smart was also featured in the 1984 movies ‘Flashpoint’ and ‘Protocol’. In 1985, she was cast as Charlene Frazier Stillfield in the comedy series ‘Designing Women’. She played this role from the show’s beginning till its fifth season.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, the American beauty played Sister Marie in the flick ‘Fire with Fire’. Soon after this, she performed in the film ‘Project X’ as well as in the TV movie ‘Place at the Table’.
  • // 1987
    Jean Smart met her husband Richard Gilliland when the latter guest-starred on ‘Designing Women.’ The two got married in 1987.
  • // 25th Oct 1989 To May 2009
    The couple has a son, Connor Douglas Gilliland, who was born on October 25, 1989. They also have a daughter, Bonnie Kathleen Gilliland, who was adopted from China in May 2009.
  • // 1991 To 1992
    During 1991 and 1992, she did many television films, such as ‘A Seduction in Travis County’, ‘Locked Up: A Mother's Rage’, ‘Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story’ and ‘Just My Imagination’.
  • // 2002 To 2007
    Jean Smart voiced the character of Dr. Ann Possible on Disney’s ‘Kim Possible’ from 2002 to 2007. The series was a massive hit among the audience and also received acclaim from the critics.
  • // 2007 To 2009
    She played the role of Regina Newly in the drama ‘Samantha Who?’ from 2007 to 2009. Her portrayal of the title character’s overbearing mother earned her the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.
  • // 2011 To 2012
    From 2011 to 2012, Smart guest-starred on the television programs ‘$h
  • // 2015 To 2017
    She then played roles in the shows ‘Sirens’ and ‘Getting On’. In 2015, she was cast in the series ‘Fargo’ as well as in ‘Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce’. Since 2017, Smart has been portraying the lead role of Melanie Bird on the series ‘Legion’.
  • // 2016
    In 2016, the actress received the ‘Critics' Choice Television Award’ for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries for her work in ‘Fargo.’

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Jean Smart's FAQ

  • What is Jean Smart birthday?

    Jean Smart was born at 1951-09-13

  • Where is Jean Smart's birth place?

    Jean Smart was born in Seattle, Washington, United States

  • What is Jean Smart nationalities?

    Jean Smart's nationalities is American

  • Who is Jean Smart spouses?

    Jean Smart's spouses is Richard Gilliland (m. 1987)

  • Who is Jean Smart childrens?

    Jean Smart's childrens is Bonnie Kathleen Gilliland, Connor Douglas Gilliland

  • What was Jean Smart universities?

    Jean Smart studied at University Of Washington

  • What was Jean Smart notable alumnis?

    Jean Smart's notable alumnis is University Of Washington

  • How tall is Jean Smart?

    Jean Smart's height is 176

  • What is Jean Smart's sun sign?

    Jean Smart is Virgo

  • How famous is Jean Smart?

    Jean Smart is famouse as Actress