Sela Ward

Sela Ward


7/11/1956, Meridian, Mississippi, USA

Birth Name

Sela Ann Ward


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Sela Ann Ward was born in Meridian, Mississippi on July 11, 1956. She is the daughter of Granberry Holland Ward and Annie Kate Ward. Her father died in January, 2009 and her mother died of ovarian cancer in 2002. She has two brothers, Brock and Granberry, Jr., and…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Sela was nominated for many awards for her role on Sisters. In 1994, she won the Emmy for "Outstanding Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series". In 1993, she was nominated for a Golden Globe for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Drama Series". In 1996, she was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series".

    • After Hurricane Katrina, Sela's son Austin, who was 11 at the time, started his emergency preparedness kits company with help from her and his dad; profits go to Hope Village for Children.

    • Sela initiated and partially funded the creation of an emergency shelter for children who are awaiting placement in foster homes, called Hope Village. Hope Village is on a 30-acre property once used as a masonic orphanage, and was opened in her hometown of Meridian, MS in January, 2002. In 2005, it housed, educated, and counseled more than 140 children.

    • Sela took over as spokesperson for the Sprint long distance telephone service commercial campaign from Candice Bergan, from 1999 to 2002.

    • Sela took the role of Billie Auster in the historical drama 54 in 1998, with Ryan Phillipe and Mike Myers, based on the New York 70s hotspot.

    • Sela appeared alongside vetran actors Jack Lemon, Dan Akroyd, and Lauren Bacall in the political comedy My Fellow Americans, as Kaye Griffin in 1996.

    • Sela was planning on becoming a stewardess or a model after graduating from college, but her fear of flying forced her to choose the modeling.

    • Sela reaped many awards for her role as the divorced Lily Manning in the family drama series Once and Again, including an Emmy, Golden Globe, and a Viewers for Quality Television Award. Her nominations included one for a Screen Actors Guild Award, Two Golden Globes, and an Emmy.

    • Sela received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Jessica Savitch in the television biopic Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story in 1995. Her performance earned her a CableACE Award, as well as nominations for an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award.

    • Sela turned down the role of Megan Donner on CSI: Miami in 2002.

    • Sela appeared in a music video for the Muppets' version of the Fine Young Cannibals hit 'She Drives Me Crazy'.

    • Sela appeared in Runaway Bride as a pretty woman in the bar in 1999.

    • Sela moved to New York after high school to do storyboards for an advertising agency, but soon started to model. After appearing in a few commercials, she moved to Los Angeles to break into movies. Her first break came only two weeks later when she won the part in The Man Who Loved Women opposite Burt Reynolds in 1983.

    • Sela sold her 11,600 square foot French Norman-Style mansion that boasts 7 bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a screening room, tennis court, library, sauna, gym, 2 guest houses, and a swimming pool to Madonna.

    • Sela authored Homesick: A Memoir, which was published by Reagan Books in 2000.

    • Sela passed on the role of Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives, Teri Hatcher's role, because she didn't want to sign a six year contract after just finishing her run on Once and Again.

    • Sela is the executive producer of the Lifetime documentary Beauty & Aging in America in 2000.

    • Sela studied Art & Advertising at the University of Alabama, where she was a cheerleader and Homecoming Queen.

    • Sela is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and an initiated sister of Chi Omega Fraternity.

    • Sela married her husband, venture capitalist Howard Sherman on May 30, 1998. They have a son named Austin, born in 1996, and a daughter named Anabella, born in 1998.

    • Sela's first gig was in the Pepsi advertising department, and her first commercial was for Maybelline.

    • Measurements: 34-24-34 (from her first modeling card).

    • Sela Ward's mother, Annie, died in early 2002 while battling ovarian cancer. Sela's father, Granberry, is still alive but battling cancer as well.

    • She was turned down for the part of a Bond Girl, reportedly because the director thought she was too old.

    • Her name is biblical meaning hallelujah or amen.

    • She dated her Emerald Point N.A.S. co-star Richard Dean Anderson who played her brother on the series.

  • Quotes

  • Too old and bad expressions. Now that she is apart of this show, my husband and I will not be watching. The same thing happened when she joined House, we stopped watching that too.moreless

    Sorry, never have liked her. Unfortunately she was ok when she was younger, but the same thing happened when she came to the program, House, I just don't like her, she has this sour expression on her face that is a turn off. I'm sure she is a good person, but my husband and I just don't care for her as a likable and beleivable actor. Also her dress, she is too old to try to wear some of the things they have her in, she is an attractive woman, but again its this kind of stuck up expression she has on her face. I don't know, sorry can't stand her and will miss not watching the show. I miss the Greek lady, we really liked her.moreless
  • I hope the show succeeds Good Luck to the cast and crew! Personally I would like to see Sela Ward in another role other than this one, but I'm sure with some changes I think she will excel in this role.moreless

    Extremely talented actress. Award winning. I have followed some of her work. However I think this current role may not be suited for her and does not bring out her talented ability asthe wonderful actress that she is.But that may have to due with the writing and the poorly written scripts. I believe that the writing for the show is simply not beliveable, especialy for the New York viewers. Sometimes its embarassing to watch. Actors can only due so much with the material they are given. Some of the scrips are just not plausable. I think the writing difinetly needs to change. I would like to see the show succeed maybe with some changes the cast will excel to unexpected hights and the show will be number one! Good Luck! Celeste.Roth1moreless