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.
Sela: I always carry Evian bottle and sunscreen.
Sela: I have a strong belief in God..I find religion to be a very personal thing... I am also very spiritual.
Sela: If I wasn't an actress I would run a fortune 500 company.
Sela: We need to embrace whatever age we are and own it.
Sela: We live inauthentically and do violence to ourselves when we lie about how old we are.