Jean Louisa Kelly
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|Jean Louisa Kelly|
|Born||Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Spouse(s)||James Pitaro (m. 1997)|
Before attending college, she already had roles in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim's Into the Woods (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, 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) and Little Red Light (2003). 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.
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.
Her father was a high school English teacher and her mother taught piano. Jean attended Easton High School, located in Easton, Maryland. Kelly graduated in 1994 from Columbia University's Columbia College with a B.A. in English.
She married James Pitaro in 1997.
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.
|1989||Uncle Buck||Tia Russell|
|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|
|2003||Little Red Light||Amanda Meyer||Short film|
|2010||Public Access||Nancy||Short film|
|2013||1000 to 1||Video|
|1994||One More Mountain||Mary Graves||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|
|2015||Sin City Saints||Bernice Pope||Yahoo Studios|
- "College Grad Is Someone to Watch", Columbia University Record, Vol. 21, No. 19, March 8, 1996.
- "Jean Louisa Kelly, James A. Pitaro". The New York Times. May 25, 1997.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jean Louisa Kelly.|
- Official website
- Self magazine interview transcript (June 2005)
- March 1996 article in the Columbia University Record
- Jean Louisa Kelly at the Internet Movie Database
- Jean Kelly at the Internet Broadway Database