In 1986 & 1988, Jess was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Daytime for her role in the television show Capitol.
Jess studied at the Toronto Workshop Productions' Repertory Theater.
In 1989, Jess was nominated for a Soap Opera Digest Award in the category of Outstanding Villianess: Daytime for her role as Jill Abbott on The Young and the Restless.
Jess has brown hair and brown eyes.
Jess is married to John W James, a renowned grief recovery authority and co-author of the best seller The Grief Recovery Handbook. Jess donates her time to the Grief Recovery Help Line.
Jess stands at 5 feet 7 inches or 1.70 millimeters.
Even though three other people have played Jill Abbott she is the only one to win an Emmy for the role.
Jess has been married to John W. James since 1980. They have had one son named Cole and a daughter named Allison.
Jess: (on her husband) Before (John), I had always gone for bohemian, rock and roll types. John didn't fit the image; he was straighter.
Jess (on keeping fit): I enjoy swimming. I'm not really good at regimented workouts and going to the gym. The pool is at my house. For me, swimming is almost all pleasure.