Jean Smart

Jean Smart


Seattle, Washington, USA

Birth Name

Jean E. Smart


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This Seattle native received her B.A. from the University of Washington. She began her acting career as a theatrical stage actress. After relocating to New York City, she landed roles on Broadway in "Last Summer at Bluefish Cove" and "Piaf". Her Broadway performances later landed her some television…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Jean won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series playing Regina Newly on Samantha Who?.

    • In 2006-2007, Jean was nominated 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series playing Martha Logan on 24.

    • In 1998, she portrayed the wife of a man who announces he's gay in the Lifetime television movie Change of Heart.

    • Jean made her film debut with the film Flashpoint in 1984.

    • She has a son named Connor Douglas Gilliland, who was born on October 25, 1989.

    • In 2000-2001, Jean won 2 Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series playing Lorna Lenley and Lana Gardner on Frasier. In 2001, Jean nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series playing Sherry Regan on The District

    • An article was published on her in "TV Guide" (USA) 13 February 2006, Vol. 54, Iss. 7, pg. 34-35, by David Hochman, "Smart Moves".

    • She gave an interview for "Entertainment Weekly" (USA) 17 December 2004, Vol. 1, Iss. 797, pg. 71, by Fonseca, Nicholas, "Smart and Soul".

    • In July 2005, she appeared as Mrs. Erlynne in the Oscar Wilde play Lady Windemere's Fan at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

    • She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

    • She originally planned to be a veterinarian, but got interested in theater during her senior year in high school.

    • She is the second of four children. Her parents were a teacher and a homemaker.

    • Jean was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2006 for her role in 24.

    • Jean admits to secretly wanting to portray Lady MacBeth on stage.

    • In 2003, Jean's father died of Alzheimer's.

    • In the summer of 2005, Jean was featured in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan.

    • On October 1st 2005, Jean joined many celebrities to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief at the national gala fundraising telethon, Mississippi Rising.

    • In December 2005, Jean starred in Steven Speilberg's film Munich.

    • Jean and her husband Richard Gilliland hosted a video called Baby Talk which guides new parents through all the aspects of new baby care.

    • Jean's husband, Richard Gilliland, played Mary Jo's boyfriend J.D. Shackleford on Designing Women.

    • Beginning in January 2006, Jean Smart will portray the new First Lady, Martha Logan on the TV series 24.

    • In 1992, Jean portrayed Aileen Wuronos, America's first female serial killer, in the telefilm Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story.

    • She made her professional debut in 1975 at the prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

    • Jean portrayed real life FBI agent Candace DeLong in the 2003 Lifetime movie Killer Instinct.

    • Jean received a B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of Washington.

    • Jean was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at age 13 and is actively involved in raising awareness.

    • Jean met and married actor Richard Gilliland during their run on Designing Women in 1987.

    • She appeared in the original cast of the 1979 Broadway show, Piaf, as well as the PBS television version.

    • Jean was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2000 for her scene-stealing role in Guinevere.

    • Jean received a Tony nomination in 2001 for her role on Broadway in The Man Who Came to Dinner.

    • In 2001, Jean was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for her role as Sherry Regan on The District.

  • Quotes

    • Jean: People treat me differently when they recognize me as Martha Logan. They whisper, 'Ooo, it's her!' They treat me like, well, the First Lady, which is nice but can mess with your head. I embarrassed myself at a New York hotel this summer. I got off the elevator and started down the hall to a sign that said PRESIDENTIAL SUITE and thought to myself, 'Awwe, they shouldn't have.' In fact, they didn't. But my room was very nice anyway and I got a big laugh out of it.


    And I thank k you
  • Jean Smart was one of the ultimate powerhouses on 24 by far!

    Jean Smart was one of the ultimate powerhouses on 24 by far! Not only was she a powerhouse and a great character on 24 (other than jack) she was one of the hardiest characters to "make" by a landslide! This character that she had to play was an emotionally unstable person that was always either crying, and not only was she just emotionally unstable everyone around here didn't believe her with anything that she said nor did they be nice to her when around her, they all treated he like she was a child and she was crazy! Just reading that right there you get confused because you probably would think that not just anyone could play that part. What your thinking now is completely true, not anyone could play that part Jean Smart Is one of my favorite actresses and she played the part to perfection!moreless