Ward in 2010
|Born||Sela Ann Ward
July 11, 1956
Meridian, Mississippi, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, author, producer, spokesperson|
|Spouse(s)||Howard Sherman (m. 1992)|
Sela Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956) is an American actress, author, producer and spokesperson, perhaps best known for her television roles as Teddy Reed on the American TV series Sisters (1991–96) and as Lily Manning on Once and Again (1999–2002). She had a recurring role in the Fox medical drama House as Stacy Warner (2005-2006: 2012). She starred in the CBS police drama CSI: NY as Jo Danville (2010-2013).
Ward was born in Meridian, Mississippi to Annie Kate (née Boswell), a housewife who died of ovarian cancer on February 12, 2002, and Granberry Holland "G.H." Ward, Jr., an electrical engineer who died on January 13, 2009. Ward is the eldest of four children with a sister, Jenna, and two brothers, Brock and Granberry (Berry) III.
While working in New York City as a storyboard artist for multimedia presentations, the 5'7" (170 cm) Ward began modeling to supplement her income. She was recruited by the Wilhelmina agency and was soon featured in television commercials promoting Maybelline cosmetics. Ward eventually moved to California to pursue acting and landed her first film role in the Burt Reynolds vehicle, The Man Who Loved Women, released in 1983. Her first regular role in a television drama series, as a beautiful socialite on Emerald Point N.A.S., followed in the same year. Ward subsequently played variations on the same character in films and television guest spots throughout the 1980s, most notably opposite Tom Hanks in 1986's Nothing in Common and as the lead in the failed series pilot Cameo By Night, whose script was written by Chris Carter. This pattern persisted until she aggressively pursued, and won, the role of the bohemian alcoholic Teddy Reed on Sisters, for which she received her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994.
Ward won a CableACE Award for her portrayal of the late television journalist Jessica Savitch in the 1995 TV movie Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story. But capitalizing on her accolades proved difficult as they coincided with a surge in films and programming marketed primarily at teenagers.
In 1995, Ward was passed over for a Bond girl role, learning that even though then-Bond Pierce Brosnan was 42, the casting director said "What we really want is Sela, but Sela ten years ago". In response, she developed and produced a documentary, The Changing Face of Beauty, about American obsession with youth and its effect on women. Later on, Ward would voice the part of former model turned villain Page Monroe in an episode (Calendar Girl) of The New Batman/Superman Adventures, which focused primarily on the media's (sometimes callous) obsession with youth.
Ward succeeded actress Candice Bergen as commercial spokesperson for Sprint's long distance telephone service from 1999 until 2002, when landline long distance promotions fell out of favor. She also appeared on Frasier as supermodel/zoologist Kelly Easterbrook in the fifth season opener ("Frasier's Imaginary Friend"). When she read for the role of Lily Brooks Manning on the series Once and Again, its creators (Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz of thirtysomething fame) initially deemed Ward "too beautiful" for the average single mother to identify with. After landing the part, she received her second lead actress Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for her efforts.
In 2004, she played the role of a private investigator, Bobbi Bacha of Blue Moon Investigations, in the TV movie Suburban Madness, the story of a dentist who ran over her cheating orthodontist husband with her Mercedes. The same year, she also appeared in the hit movie The Day After Tomorrow. In 2005, she began a recurring role in the Fox dramatic series House as Stacy Warner, the hospital's former attorney, who also happens to be the ex-partner of the protagonist, Dr. Gregory House (played by British actor Hugh Laurie). In 2006, Ward's character was written off the show. She made her last guest appearance in the House series finale titled "Everybody Dies" which aired on Monday, May 21, 2012, as one of House's hallucinations and an attendant of his funeral.
Ward was originally offered both the role of Megan Donner on CSI: Miami and Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives, but turned both down. The parts later went to Kim Delaney and Teri Hatcher, respectively. Ward said she did not want another lead role in an hour-long series due to the time away from her family it would require. She developed and produced a pilot for a half-hour situation comedy (in which she would also star) for CBS' 2006 season but it was not selected by the network for its roster.
In July 2010, Ward signed on to star in the police drama CSI: NY, at the start of the seventh season playing Jo Danville, "an experienced investigator from Washington, D.C., whose work is driven by her empathy for the victim". Ward remained on the show until the end of the ninth and final season in February 2013.
While attending the University of Alabama, Ward dated Bob Baumhower, an All-America defensive tackle for coach Bear Bryant's football team. Baumhower went on to an All-Pro career with the Miami Dolphins and played in two Super Bowls.
On May 23, 1992, Ward married actor Howard Sherman. They have a son, Austin Ward Sherman (born May 13, 1994) and a daughter Anabella Raye Sherman (born May 30, 1998).
After meeting two foster children during a holiday trip home to Mississippi in 1997, Ward decided to meet a broader need for abused and neglected children by initiating and partially funding the creation of an emergency shelter for those awaiting placement in foster homes. Housed on a 30-acre (120,000 m2) property once used as a Masonic-owned and -operated orphanage, the Hope Village for Children opened in Ward's home town of Meridian in January 2002 and is intended to serve as a pilot for a nationwide network of similar shelters. Hope Village currently has a capacity for 44 residents and serves an average of 200 children per year.
|1983||Man Who Loved Women, TheThe Man Who Loved Women||Janet Wainwright|
|1985||Rustlers' Rhapsody||Colonel's Daughter|
|1986||Nothing in Common||Cheryl Ann Wayne|
|1987||Hello Again||Kim Lacey|
|1987||Cameo By Night||Jennifer/Cameo||Television film|
|1990||Rainbow Drive||Laura Demming||Television film|
|1993||Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive||Helen Kimble|
|1995||Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story||Jessica Savitch||Television film
CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
|1996||My Fellow Americans||Kaye Griffin|
|1997||Stories of Courage: Two Women||Marie-Rose Gineste||Television film|
|1999||Runaway Bride||Pretty Woman in Bar|
|2000||Catch a Falling Star||Sydney Clark||Television movie|
|2004||Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights||Jeannie Miller|
|2004||Day After Tomorrow, TheThe Day After Tomorrow||Dr. Lucy Hall|
|2004||Suburban Madness||Bobbi Bacha||Television movie|
|2006||Guardian, TheThe Guardian||Helen Randall|
|2009||Stepfather, TheThe Stepfather||Susan Harding|
Awards and nominations
- "US: Sela Ward joins CSI: NY". The Spy Report (Media Spy). July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.
- Sela Ward Biography
- Ward, Sela (October 2003). Homesick: A Memoir. HarperEntertainment. p. 15. ISBN 0-06-098907-6.
- "Why Sela Ward won't return to television"
- Goldberg, Lesley (May 10, 2013). "CBS Cancels CSI: NY, Vegas, Rules of Engagement, Golden Boy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
- Guideposts Magazine
- Hope Village for Children
- Google Maps
- DFW.com "Five questions with Sela Ward, the newest cast member of CSI: NY"
- Ward, Sela (October 15, 2002). Homesick: A Memoir. HarperEntertainment. ISBN 0060989076.
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