Jean Louisa Kelly

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Jean Louisa Kelly
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Born (1972-03-09) March 9, 1972 (age 42)
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) James Pitaro (m. 1997)
Website
jeanlouisakelly.com

Jean Louisa Kelly (born March 9, 1972) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Kim Warner on the television sitcom Yes, Dear (2000–06).

Career[edit]

Before attending college, she already had roles in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim's Into the Woods[1] (as Snow White and understudy to Red Riding Hood) and as Tia Russell in the film Uncle Buck with John Candy. She also took roles in college productions, including with the Barnard College Gilbert and Sullivan Society.

After graduation from college, Kelly became well known in the mid-1990s for a series of television commercials she did for MCI long distance,[1] in which she played a telephone operator who challenged AT&T. In 1995, she starred as Louisa in the musical film The Fantasticks with Joey McIntyre and Joel Grey, although the film was shelved until 2000. The same year, she appeared in her most prominent role since Tia, as Rowena Morgan, the muse for the title character of Mr. Holland's Opus. Other films followed in the 1990s. Later starring roles in films have included Landfall (2001), Little Red Light (2003) and Aspects of Love (2005). Kelly appeared Off Broadway at the York Theatre as the title role in Paul McKibbins and B.T. McNicholl's The It Girl, based on the 1927 movie It. She also appeared in the York's "Mufti" series as Lois Lane in It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman.

In 1996, Kelly voiced the title role in the second season of the animated series Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders. After several made-for-TV movies, Kelly's broadest exposure came from her roles in situation comedies, first guest starring in such shows as Mad About You, and then as a cast member of the short-lived NBC version of Cold Feet. From 2000 to 2006, she starred as Kim Warner on the long-running sitcom Yes, Dear. On April 30, 2006, she guest starred in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy and has continued to guest star in television dramas.

Also in 2010, she was cast in a guest starring role in an episode of the television spy drama Burn Notice—playing a widow who had been swindled out of her life savings by a con man.

Personal life[edit]

She was born in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Her father was a high school English teacher and her mother taught piano. Jean attended Easton High School, located in Easton, Maryland.[1] Kelly graduated in 1994 from Columbia University's Columbia College with a B.A. in English.

She married James Pitaro in 1997.[2]

As of 2010, Kelly resides in Los Angeles. She is close friends with Jennifer Garner, and was the host of the baby shower for Garner's daughter Violet Anne Affleck. She also interviewed Garner for Self magazine in 2005.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Uncle Buck Tia Russell
1992 American Shaolin Maria
1995 Fantasticks, TheThe Fantasticks Luisa Bellamy
1995 Mr. Holland's Opus Rowena Morgan
1998 Origin of the Species Laura
1999 Stranger in the Kingdom, AA Stranger in the Kingdom Athena Allen
2001 Landfall Marguerite Harris
2003 Little Red Light Amanda Meyer Short film
2010 Locked Away Chloe
2010 Public Access Nancy Short film
2013 1000 to 1 Video

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Breathing Lessons Daisy Movie
1994 One More Mountain Mary Graves Movie
1995 Tad Julia Taft Movie
1996 Harvest of Fire Rachel Movie
1996 Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders Princess Gwenevere (voice) Main role (10 episodes)
1997 Homicide: Life on the Street Sarah Langdon Episode: "Kaddish"
1997 Stolen Women: Captured Hearts Sarah White Movie
1998 Ruby Bridges Jane Coles Movie
1998 Day Lincoln Was Shot, TheThe Day Lincoln Was Shot Lucy Lambert Hale Movie
1998 Law & Order Coral Galvin Episode: "Scrambled"
1998/99 Mad About You Diane 3 episodes
1999 Cyberstalking, TheThe Cyberstalking Holly Moon Movie
1999 Cold Feet Shelley Sullivan Main role (8 episodes)
2000–06 Yes, Dear Kim Warner Main role (122 episodes)
2001 Ally McBeal Lisa Episode: "The Ex-Files"
2006 Grey's Anatomy Rose Ward Episode: "Blues for Sister Someone"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Jennifer Quinlan / Nora Sutherland Episode: "First Do No Harm"
2008 Eli Stone Julie Lazer Episode: "Heal the Pain"
2008 Gary Unmarried Beth Episode: "Gary and Allison Brooks"
2009 Surviving Suburbia Melissa Mann Episode: "Desperate Housewife"
2009 Three Gifts, TheThe Three Gifts Cherie Green Movie
2010 Glades, TheThe Glades Becky Episode: "A Perfect Storm"
2010 Burn Notice Emily Episode: "Blind Spot"
2010–13 Hero Factory Natalie Breez / Operator Recurring role; 6 episodes
2011 Paul the Male Matchmaker Darla 2 episodes
2011 CSI: Miami Amy Wells Episode: "Stoned Cold"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sheila DeMarcus Episode: "Code Blue Plate Special"
2014 Zoe Gone Det. Patricia Henderson Lifetime movie

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "College Grad Is Someone to Watch", Columbia University Record, Vol. 21, No. 19, March 8, 1996.
  2. ^ "Jean Louisa Kelly, James A. Pitaro". The New York Times. May 25, 1997. 

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