Jean Smart

BirthDay:

13 Sep 1951

BirthPlace:

Seattle, Washington, USA

BirthName:

Jean Elizabeth Smart

Bio:

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). 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), in which she played a mentally disabled mom, and the TV remake of The Yearling (1994), 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 92 credits )

The Accountant (2016) Rita Blackburn
The Shadowman (2016) Evette
Bad Internet (2016)  President Powers (1 episode, 2016)
Mr. Robinson (2015)  Jeanette
Highly Evolved Human (2015) (1 episode, 2015)
Miss Meadows (2014) Mother Meadows
Warren (2014) Claire Cavanee
Halt and Catch Fire (2014)  LouLu Lutherford (1 episode, 2014)
Sirens (2014)  Johnny's Mother (2 episodes, 2014)
Fargo (2014)  Floyd Gerhardt (10 episodes, 2015)
Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce (2014)  Katherine Miller (5 episodes, 2015-2016)
The McCarthys (2014)  Lydia (1 episode, 2015)
Waking (2013) Dr. Hinton
Getting On (2013)  Arlene Willy-Weller (2 episodes, 2014)
Hope Springs (2012) Eileen, Kay's Friend
The Flipside (2012) (1 episode, 2012)
Harry's Law (2011)  D.A. Roseanna Remmick (7 episodes, 2011-2012)
Life as We Know It (2010) Holly's Mother (uncredited)
Barry Munday (2010) Carol Munday
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)  Governor Pat Jameson (5 episodes, 2010-2011)
Hot in Cleveland (2010)  Bess (1 episode, 2013)
The Talk (2010)  Herself - Guest (3 episodes, 2011-2012)
$#*! My Dad Says (2010)  Rosemary Pernworth (4 episodes, 2011)
Youth in Revolt (2009) Estelle Twisp
Woke Up Dead (2009)  Meryl Greene (1 episode, 2009)
Hero Wanted (2008) Melanie McQueen
The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Lucky You (2007) Michelle Carson
Samantha Who? (2007)  Regina Newly (35 episodes, 2007-2009)
Psych (2006)  Gillian Tucker (1 episode, 2010)
American Dad! (2005)  Miriam Bullock (1 episode, 2008)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Herself (1 episode, 2009)
Robot Chicken (2005)  Leonard's Wife / ... (1 episode, 2007)
I Heart Huckabees (2004) Mrs. Hooten
Garden State (2004) Carol
Center of the Universe (2004)  Kate Barnett (12 episodes, 2004-2005)
24Inside (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
The Tony Danza Show (2004)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Bringing Down the House (2003) Kate Sanderson
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Herself (2 episodes, 2006-2008)
Sweet Home Alabama (2002) Stella Kay Perry
Kim Possible (2002)  Dr. Ann Possible / ... (41 episodes, 2002-2007)
In-Laws (2002)  Marlene Pellet (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
24 (2001)  Martha Logan (25 episodes, 2006-2007)
The Oblongs (2001)  Pickles Oblong (8 episodes, 2001)
The Kid (2000) Deirdre Lafever
Snow Day (2000) Laura Brandston
The District (2000)  Detective Sherry Regan (14 episodes, 2000-2004)
Static Shock (2000)  Mrs. Foley (1 episode, 2000)
Life & Cooking (2000)  Herself (1 episode, 2006)
Forever Fabulous (1999) Loreli Daly
Guinevere (1999) Deborah Sloane
The Directors (1999)  Herself (2 episodes, 2008)
The Martin Short Show (1999)  Herself (1 episode, 1999)
The Odd Couple II (1998) Holly
Style & Substance (1998)  Chelsea Stevens (13 episodes, 1998)
Hercules (1998) (1 episode, 1999)
The View (1997)  Damon (1 episode, 2004)
Edie & Pen (1996) Wendy the Waitress
Hey Arnold! (1996)  Phoebe's Mother / ... (2 episodes, 1997-2004)
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Herself (1 episode, 2000)
Whisper of the Heart (1995) Asako Tsukishima (voice)
The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) Mrs. Dena Dittmeyer
High Society (1995)  Elinore 'Ellie' Walker (13 episodes, 1995-1996)
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993) Kate
Frasier (1993)  Lana Gardner / ... (7 episodes, 2000-2001)
The Pink Panther (1993) (1 episode, 1993)
Mistress (1992) Patricia Riley
Batman: The Animated Series (1992)  Helen Ventrix (1 episode, 1993)
Vicki! (1992)  Herself (1 episode, 1992)
Baby Talk (1992) Narrator
Charlie Rose (1991)  Herself - Guest (1 episode, 2006)
One on One with John Tesh (1991)  Herself (1 episode, 1991)
The Pat Sajak Show (1989)  Herself (2 episodes, 1989)
Project X (1987) Dr. Criswell
Biography (1987)  Herself (1 episode, 2010)
Fire with Fire (1986) Sister Maria
Designing Women (1986)  Charlene Frazier Stillfield (120 episodes, 1986-1991)
Lime Street (1985) (1 episode, 1985)
Protocol (1984) Ella
Flashpoint (1984) Doris
Maximum Security (1984)  Dr. Allison Brody / ... (3 episodes, 1984)
Goodnight, Beantown (1983)  Darlene (1 episode, 1983)
Reggie (1983)  Joan Reynolds (6 episodes, 1983)
Remington Steele (1982)  Gloria Blyer (1 episode, 1985)
Newhart (1982)  Herself (uncredited) (1 episode, 1990)
Teachers Only (1982)  Shari (13 episodes, 1983)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Herself (6 episodes, 2006-2010)
Hoodlums (1980) Carol
The Facts of Life (1979)  Ellen Slater (1 episode, 1984)
Alice (1976)  Nurse Raquel (1 episode, 1984)
Another World (1964)  Woman on Bus (1 episode, 1981)

Producer ( 1 credit )

Miss Meadows (2014) co-executive producer