Jean Elizabeth Smart was born on 13 September 1951, in Seattle, Washington USA, and is an actress, probably best known for being the lead in the 1980s sitcom entitled “Designing Women”. However, she’s had numerous award-winning performances on stage and television, and all of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Jean Smart? As of early-2017, sources estimate a net worth of over $4 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actress, including starring in the critically acclaimed series “Fargo”. As she continues her career, her wealth will likely increase.
Jean Smart Net Worth $4 million
At only 13 years old, Smart was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She attended Ballard High School, and matriculated in 1969, becoming interested in acting too. She then attended the University of Washington’s Professional Actors Training Program.
After graduating, she appeared in several stage projects, performing mainly in the Pacific Northwest. In the mid-1970s, she moved to New York City, appearing in various off-Broadway productions; iIn 1980 she appeared as Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s play, and would then earn a Drama Desk Award nomination for her performance in the play “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove”. The following year, she appeared in the Broadway production of “Piaf”, playing Marlene Dietrich. Aside from her stage work, she started appearing on TV too, mostly in small roles. Some of her projects include “The Facts of Life” and “Remington Steel”, and she also appeared in the film “Flashpoint”. All of these endeavors were steadily increasing her net worth.
In 1985, Jean was cast in the lead role of Charlene Frazier Stillfield in the series “Designing Women” ; the show ran from 1986 to 1991, after which she started appearing in film roles, firstly in the comedy “Mistress” alongside Robert De Niro, and her performances continued to get critics’ attention. In 1993 she became a part of “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” and would also have a supporting role in “The Brady Bunch Movie” two years later. She was also cast in “High Society”, and the show lasted for 13 episodes. In 1999, she would get the lead role in “Forever Fabulous”, and the following year, she became a part of the series “Frasier”, winning two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Her critical success continued with a Tony Award nomination for her performance in a production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner”, these high profile roles increasing her net worth significantly, including being cast in “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Bringing Down the House”, and “Garden State”.
In 2002, Smart would venture into voice acting with the series “Kim Possible” , in the role of Dr. Ann Possible for the next five years. She also became part of the cast of “24”, receiving back to back Emmy nominations, and actually winning her third Emmy for her performance in “Samantha Who?” In 2015, she joined the second season of the series “Fargo”, which would win her a Critics Choice Television Awar, and the following year combining with John Lithgow and Ben Affleck in the film “The Accountant”.
For her personal life, it is known that Jean has been married to actor Richard Gilliland since 1987 with whom she has a son, and has adopted a daughter.
At age 13, Jean was diagnosed with diabetes. Originally planned to be a veterinarian, but got interested in theater during her senior year in high school. Studied theater at the University of Washington.
She is the 2nd of 4 children. Her parents were a teacher and a homemaker.
Left Designing Women (1986) in 1991 to pursue other projects and to focus on her family.
Appeared in original cast of the Broadway show, "Piaf," 1979. Also appeared at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre, same year.
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