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Jean Smart was born on September 13, 1951 in Seattle.
She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 13.
She made her professional debut in 1975, performing in "Much Ado About Nothing" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
In 1986, she first appeared in what may be her best known role: as Charlene Frazier in "Designing Women."
She met her husband Richard Gilliland while working on "Designing Women." He was guest starring as another character's boyfriend.
She made her Broadway debut in 1981, playing Marlene Dietrich on Broadway in "Piaf."
She's a much-in-demand TV actress, with credits on "Hawaii Five-O," "24," "The District," "Samantha Who?" and many more. She's won three Emm…
She has a special fondness for "Frasier," noting "I've never seen a cast so much in love with each other. David Hyde Pierce would sit down a…
Though she's appeared in dozens of TV shows, you can also see her in the feature films "Sweet Home Alabama," "Munich," and "Garden State."
She and her husband adopted their child, Bonnie, from China in spring 2009.
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