Jean Smart
Robert Trachtenberg
United States
2022

Jean
Smart

Smart, who had once been known for roles on sitcoms such as “Designing Women,” kept busy throughout the 2000s and 2010s with high-profile roles in series including “24.” Then came critically acclaimed, high-visibility roles on “Fargo” and “Watchmen” that earned her Emmy nominations. And then in 2021, Jean Smart won the Emmy for lead comedy actress for HBO Max’s “Hacks” and a nod for limited-series supporting actress in “Mare of Easttown.” It was the one-two punch of those two shows that cemented a “Jeanais­sance.” Heading into 2022, Smart was a shoo-in to repeat in lead comedy actress, which she did. Next up, in addition to a third season of “Hacks,” she appears in Damien Chazelle’s 1920s-set Holly­wood tale “Babylon.” She’s also busy ramping up development for her own shingle, SmartAngel Entertainment, including the fact-based script “Miss Macy.”  

Career

  • WATCHMEN
  • HACKS
  • MARE OF EASTTOWN

Education

  • University of Washington - Seattle (WA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2021 Variety500 Honoree
  • Comedy Impact
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Brendan Fraser and Jean Smart to Star in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life' Table Read Benefit for the Ed Asner Family Center (EXCLUSIVE)

Brendan Fraser and Jean Smart to Star in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life' Table Read Benefit for the Ed Asner Family Center (EXCLUSIVE)

Happy holidays, indeed!Brendan Fraser, Jean Smart, Seth Rogen, Fred Armisen and Ken Jeong will star in this year’s virtual table read of “It’s a Wonderful Life," benefitting the Ed Asner Family Center, on Dec. 11. The cast also includes JK Simmons, Jim Beaver, Brent Spiner, Phil LaMarr, Chelsea Darnell and Ben Mankiewicz.“As the parents of autistic children, [my husband] Matt and I saw a desperate need to create a safe and welcoming community for Special Needs families,” Ed Asner Family Center...

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