Jayne Kennedy

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Jayne Kennedy
Jayne Kennedy 1980.JPG
Kennedy c. 1980
Jayne Harrison

Other namesJayne Kennedy Overton
EducationWickliffe High School
  • Actress
  • model
  • sportscaster
  • television personality
  • producer
  • writer
  • philanthropist
Years active1969–1990
PredecessorMarlynn Singleton
SuccessorKaren M. Haus
Leon Isaac Kennedy
(m. 1971; div. 1982)
Bill Overton (m. 1985)
AwardsNAACP Image Award – (1982) Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Body and Soul)

Jayne Kennedy Overton (née Harrison) is an American television personality, actress, model, corporate spokeswoman, producer, writer, public speaker, philanthropist, beauty pageant titleholder and sports broadcaster. Kennedy won a 1982 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture award for her performance as Julie Winters in the 1981 film Body and Soul co-starring alongside her then–husband Leon Isaac Kennedy.

Personal life[edit]

A year after high school, Harrison met Leon Isaac Kennedy, a DJ and a struggling actor/writer. They married in 1971. Motown singer/songwriter Smokey Robinson served as best man at their wedding. They later divorced in 1982. In 1985, Kennedy married actor Bill Overton. They have four children: his daughter Cheyenne (1982) and their three daughters Savannah Re (b. November 20, 1985), Kopper Joi (b. May 17, 1989) and Zaire Ollyea (b. September 15, 1995).[2]


  • Group Marriage — Judy (1973)
  • Ironside episode "The Last Payment" (TV series, 1973)
  • Banacek episode "Rocket to Oblivion" (TV series, 1974)
  • Sanford and Son season 4 episode 5 "There'll be some changes made" (TV series, 1974)
  • The Six Million Dollar Man episode: "The Song and Dance Spy" (TV series, October 5, 1975)
  • Let's Do It Again — Girl at Factory (1975)
  • The Rockford Files episode: "Foul on the First Play" (TV series, 1976)
  • The Muthers — Serena (1976)
  • Big Time — Shana Baynes (1977)
  • Wonder Woman Episode: "Knockout" (TV series, October 14, 1977)
  • Fighting Mad (aka Death Force) — Maria Russell (1978)
  • Mysterious Island Of Beautiful Women — Chocolate (TV movie, 1979)
  • Chips episode: "Kidnap" (TV series, 1980)
  • Chips episode: "Mitchell and Woods" (TV series, 1981)
  • The Love Boat various episodes (TV series, 1981)
  • Body and Soul — Julie Winters (NAACP Image Award, Best Actress) (1981)
  • Diff'rent Strokes episode: "The Moonlighter" (TV series, 1983)
  • Benson episode: "Three on Mismatch" (TV series, 1986)
  • 227 episode: "Washington Affair" (TV series, November 1, 1986)


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