Jean Louisa Kelly
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Jean Louisa Kelly
|Born||March 9, 1972 
Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Columbia University (BA)|
|Notable work||Uncle Buck (1989) |
Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)
Yes, Dear (2000–06)
Jean Louisa Kelly is an American actress and singer. After making her film debut as Tia Russell in Uncle Buck (1989) alongside John Candy, she appeared in a wide range of other films including The Fantasticks (1995) and Mr. Holland's Opus (1995). From 2000 to 2006, she portrayed Kim Warner on the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear.
Her first professional paying job was as a kid, starring in "Annie" at the Theater by the Sea in Mantunuck, Rhode Island. She reprised her "Annie" role the following summer at the Candlewood Playhouse in Fairfield, Connecticut. Before attending college, she already had roles in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim's Into the Woods (as Snow White) at the age of 15 and understudy to Rapunzel and Little Red Ridinghood, 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.
In the mid-1990s, after graduating from Columbia University, Kelly became well known 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 Luisa in the musical film The Fantasticks with Joey McIntyre and Joel Grey, although the film was shelved until 2000. The same year, she appeared as Rowena Morgan, the muse for the title character of Mr. Holland's Opus. In the 1990s, other films followed, including “Origin of the Species,” “The Day Lincoln was Shot” and Landfall (2001). Kelly appeared Off Broadway at the York Theatre in 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 "Musicals in 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. In 2006 she guest starred in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy. After her series ended, she guest starred on numerous television shows and starred in movies of the week. She recurred as Bernice Pope in the Yahoo production of Sin City Saints.
She played opposite William Fichtner in the movie “The Neighbor” and opposite John Diehl in “Out of the Wild” in 2015. In 2019 she played opposite Bradley Whitford in “Call of the Wild,” and played Jane Doe/Serena May in the James Wan movie “Malignant."
She released an album of children's music called Color of Your Heart in 2013. In 2015, she released a five-song EP called Willing, and in 2017 she released an album titled "For My Folks", which features a collection of standards.
Kelly appears as Sarah Kazansky - wife of Val Kilmer's character Tom "Iceman" Kazansky - in the 2022 action drama movie Top Gun: Maverick.
Kelly was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, the daughter of J. Joseph Kelly III and Wendy Kelly. Her father was a high school English teacher, and her mother taught piano. She grew up on Linden Street, off Central Street, in Boylston, MA, eventually moving to Maryland when she was a junior in high school, and attended Easton High School in Easton, Maryland. In 1994, Kelly graduated from Columbia University's Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
In 1997, she married James Pitaro. They have two children.
She is close friends with Jennifer Garner, having hosted the baby shower for Garner's daughter Violet Anne Affleck and interviewed Garner for Self magazine in 2005.
|1989||Uncle Buck||Tia Russell|
|1995||The Fantasticks||Luisa Bellamy|
|1995||Mr. Holland's Opus||Rowena Morgan|
|1998||Origin of the Species||Laura|
|1999||A Stranger in the Kingdom||Athena Allen|
|2003||Little Red Light||Amanda Meyer||Short film|
|2010||Public Access||Nancy||Short film|
|2011||Lego Hero Factory: Savage Planet||Waspix||Voice|
|2014||1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story||Tina Weissman||Video|
|2014||Zoe Gone||Detective Patricia Henderson|
|2017||The Bachelors||Barbara Weston|
|2019||Out of the Wild||Jessie King||Drama, Western Movie|
|2020||The Call of the Wild||Katie Miller|
|2021||Malignant||Serena May / Jane Doe|
|2022||Top Gun: Maverick||Sarah Kazansky|
|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||The Day Lincoln Was Shot||Lucy Lambert Hale||Movie|
|1998||Law & Order||Coral Galvin||Episode: "Scrambled"|
|1998/99||Mad About You||Diane||3 episodes|
|1999||The 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||The Three Gifts||Cherie Green||Movie|
|2010||The 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"|
|2013||Chance at Romance||Roz||Hallmark Channel TV movie|
|2013||The Good Mother||Rachel||Television movie|
|2014||Zoe Gone||Det. Patricia Henderson||Lifetime television movie|
|2015||Sin City Saints||Bernice Pope||Yahoo Studios|
|2015||Scream Queens||Delight Ulrich||Episode:"The Final Girl(s)"|
|2017||Can't Buy My Love||Veronica||Movie|
|2017||Major Crimes||Tori Duncan||Episode;"Bad Blood"|
|2017||Law & Order True Crime||Marzi Eisenberg||Episode: "The Menendez Murders: Episode 1"|
|2018||Wisdom of the Crowd||Mrs. Bullock||Episode: "The Tipping Point"|
|2018||The Fosters||Pastor Nicole||2 episodes|
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- ^ Laura. "Actress Jean Louisa Kelly gives birth to second child – a daughter". People. Retrieved December 4, 2019.
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- ^ "Jennifer Garner". Self Magazine. No. July 2005.
- Official website
- March 1996 article in the Columbia University Record
- Jean Louisa Kelly at IMDb
- Jean Kelly at the Internet Broadway Database
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- Actresses from Massachusetts
- Actresses from Worcester, Massachusetts
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- American Congregationalists
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- American musical theatre actresses
- American television actresses
- Columbia College (New York) alumni
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- 20th-century American actresses
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