Melissa Joan Hart
|Melissa Joan Hart|
Hart in August 2011
April 18, 1976 |
Smithtown, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, director, producer|
|Spouse(s)||Mark Wilkerson (m. 2003)|
Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress, television director, and television producer. Hart is known for her title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All (1991–94), the live action version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2003), and Melissa & Joey (2010–15).
Hart has been married to musician Mark Wilkerson since July 19, 2003; together, they have three children.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Business venture
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Accolades
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Hart was born in Smithtown, New York, on Long Island, the first child of Paula, a producer and talent manager, and William Hart, a carpenter, shellfish purveyor, clam hatchery worker, and entrepreneur. Her maternal grandfather Stanley John Voje was a Navy Veteran and Catholic. Melissa grew up in nearby Sayville. Her parents had four other children after Melissa: Trisha, Elizabeth, Brian, and Emily, who are all in acting. Her parents were divorced in the early 1990s, and she moved with her mother and siblings to New York City. In 1994 her mother married television executive Leslie Gilliams, and her father remarried also.
Hart was named after the Allman Brothers song "Melissa", while her middle name, Joan, came from her maternal grandmother. She chose Catherine as her confirmation name when she was in the eighth grade, but does not use it professionally.
Hart has two more half-sisters, Alexandra Gilliams and Samantha Gilliams, who also acted. Her youngest half-sister Mackenzie Hart is not in show business.
Hart's career began at age four when she made a television commercial for a bathtub doll called Splashy. From then on, she appeared regularly in commercials, making 25 of them before the age of five. Other early television work included a small role in the miniseries Kane & Abel in 1985, a guest-starring role in an episode of The Equalizer in 1986, and a starring role alongside Katherine Helmond in the Emmy Award-winning TV movie Christmas Snow, also in 1986. She made a cameo guest appearance on the April 22, 1986 episode of the NBC daytime soap opera Another World. She also auditioned for the lead role Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, losing the role to Danielle Harris.
1991–1994: Clarissa Explains It All
In 1991 Hart landed the starring role on the Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All, a comedy about a teen girl in everyday situations, which was successful during its four-year run. The show brought her four consecutive Young Artist Award nominations, winning three. Her role in the series also led to her starring in the FMV video game Nickelodeon's Director's Lab as a tour guide who takes the player around a movie studio. In 1992, she and Clarissa cast member Jason Zimbler appeared on the game show Nick Arcade as contestants.
Initially, after first being recognized on the streets, Hart felt embarrassed to perform on a children's show while being a teenager. Nevertheless, she was enthusiastic about the role, and "all [she] hoped for that [she] would get to do it for a while."
In 1995, a year after the end of Clarissa Explains It All, Hart filmed a pilot episode for a spin-off show featuring a college-aged Clarissa explaining it all about her foray into the professional world as an intern at a newspaper. As its musical theme, the show featured a slow, jazz version of its predecessor's theme song, and also starred Robert Klein as her boss.
1996–2003: Sabrina, The Teenage Witch
After the television series ended, Hart attended New York University. However, she did not complete her degree, because she earned the title role for the 1996 TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which was followed by the television series of the same name which lasted seven seasons on ABC and The WB. She later collaborated on an animated version that featured Hart voicing the two aunts Hilda and Zelda, and Hart's younger sister Emily Hart starring in the title role. In between times, she also guest-starred on the series Touched by an Angel and starred in several TV movies.
Ventures on the Big-Screen
In 1998, Hart had a small role in film Can't Hardly Wait, shortly afterwards Hart began working on a theatrical film project titled Next to You, in which she alongside Adrian Grenier. Hart asked her then-friend Britney Spears to do a remix of her song "(You Drive Me) Crazy" for the movie's soundtrack. This remix, the Stop Remix was released as a single. To capitalize off its success as a top-ten hit, the name of the movie was changed to Drive Me Crazy. To promote the film, both Hart and Grenier appeared in the song's music video. Around the same time, Spears made a guest appearance as herself on an episode of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Coinciding around the time of the release of Drive Me Crazy, Hart appeared wearing lingerie on the cover of Maxim magazine's October 1999 issue, as well as in a series of photographs and an accompanying article.  Hart maintained her acting career in the 2000s, starring in the film Rent Control, which aired in 2005 on the ABC Family cable network. Hart also continued to star on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch until 2003. In addition, Hart was also a primary voice-actress as a voice actress on Sabrina: The Animated Series which ran 65 episodes from 1999 through 2000 on ABC and UPN. The series produced by Hart's production company Heartbreak Films as well as Archie Comics, Savage Studios, and DIC Entertainment. In addition, Hart's younger sister Emily Hart was the series lead voice-actress.
In 1999, Hart made her directorial debut in an episode of Disney Channel's So Weird called "Snapshot" which guest-starred her sister Emily. Hart directed an episode of Nickelodeon's Taina in 2001. In 2001 and 2002, she directed 6 episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, including the finale of the series sixth season.
After the end of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Hart directed her first movie, a 15-minute live-action short film called Mute (2005), starring her sister Emily. Hart guest-starred on an episode of Law & Order: SVU that aired on October 9, 2007 titled "Impulsive" as a teacher accused of statutory rape. In late 2007, she directed the "Anger Cage" video for her husband Mark Wilkerson's band Course of Nature. She also starred in the ABC Family Original Movie Holiday in Handcuffs, opposite Mario Lopez. The movie premiered on December 9, 2007, and was the highest rated program in the history of the network, with 6.7 million viewers. Hart followed this with another ABC movie with a similar premise, My Fake Fiancé, in 2009.
It was announced on August 17, 2009 that she would compete in season nine of Dancing with the Stars. Hart was paired up with two-time reigning champion, Mark Ballas but she was eliminated from the competition in week six out of a possible ten. Then in 2010, Hart starred as Kelley in a horror thriller film entitled Nine Dead.
2010–present: Melissa & Joey
In 2010, Hart returned to a new weekly television series, starring with Joey Lawrence in the sitcom Melissa & Joey. In the series Hart plays a woman who hires Lawrence as a nanny to help care for her incarcerated sister's children. In the second season, she occupied the director's chair for an episode, for the first time since Sabrina.
In June 2012, St. Martin's Press announced that it had made a deal with Hart to publish her memoir Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life in the fall of 2013. In the memoir, Hart wrote about growing up, being a child actor and her rise to fame, her rebellious teen years, and her efforts to balance a career as an adult with motherhood and family life.
In 2013, Hart attempted to use crowdfunding (via Kickstarter) to fund a romantic comedy movie to be entitled Darci's Walk of Shame, but was only able to garner US$51,605, or just 2.6% of the expected US$2 million goal. Ultimately, the idea was scrapped and the pledged money was returned.
On February 9, 2015, ABC Family decided that it will end Melissa & Joey after its fourth season concludes.
In May 2009, Hart opened a candy shop called SweetHarts in Sherman Oaks, California. Hart commented that it had been her "childhood dream" to own a candy shop. SweetHarts closed in December 2011 due to a lawsuit by a former employee alleging wrongful termination and racial discrimination , as well as other issues, and has since been reopened and operated under the same name by new owners.
On July 19, 2003, Hart married musician Mark Wilkerson. The preparations for the ceremony, which took place in Florence, Italy, were documented in a TV miniseries titled Tying the Knot, produced by Hart's production company, Hartbreak Films. Hart and Wilkerson have three sons: Mason Walter Wilkerson, born in January 2006, Braydon "Brady" Hart Wilkerson, born in March 2008, and Tucker McFadden Wilkerson, born September 2012.
Hart and Wilkerson were featured in People magazine's April 7, 2008 issue, introducing Braydon to the world. Hart wrote a diary, including video entries, to document potty training her son, Mason, for Pull-Ups brand diapers. Hart and her family live in Westport, Connecticut.
Hart and her family are Christians. In an interview, she stated that they attend church every Sunday and pray every night and before every meal.
Hart has expressed her support for the Republican party. On November 5, 2012, the day before Election Day, she sent out a tweet saying that she was endorsing Mitt Romney for president, which spurred backlash from the political left. Her endorsement of Romney became a trending topic and gained Hart 15,000 new Twitter followers.
|1985||ABC Weekend Special||Cindy||Episode: "The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn"|
|1985||Kane & Abel||Florentyna Rosnovski (age 7)||Credited as Melissa Hart|
|1986||Equalizer, TheThe Equalizer||Laura Moore||Episode: "Torn" (credited as Melissa Hart)|
|1986||Another World||Roller-Skater||Episode dated April 22|
|1991–94||Clarissa Explains It All||Clarissa Darling||Lead role (65 episodes)|
|1993||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Daphne||Episode: "The Tale of the Frozen Ghost"|
|1995||Clarissa||Clarissa Darling||Only one episode produced|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Claire Latham||Episode: "Angels on the Air"|
|Episodes: "The Weinerville Election Special"
"The Weinerville New Years Special: Lost In The Big Apple"
|Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Sabrina Spellman||Lead role (163 episodes); Also producer, director|
|1997||Clueless||Sabrina Spellman||Episode: Mr. Wright|
|1997||Boy Meets World||Sabrina Spellman||Episode: "The Witches of Pennbrook"|
|1997||You Wish||Sabrina Spellman||Episode: "Genie Without a Cause"|
|1997||Teen Angel||Sabrina Spellman||Episode: "One Dog Night"|
|1998||Superman: The Animated Series||Saturn Girl / Irma Ardeen||Voice|
|1999||That '70s Show||Mary||Episode: "Eric gets Suspended"|
|Sabrina: The Animated Series||Aunt Hilda Spellman / Aunt Zelda Spellman||Voice|
|2000||Just Shoot Me!||Krissy||Episode: "Fast Times at Finchmont High"|
|2003||The Jamie Kennedy Experiment||Herself||Episode dated March 20|
|2004||North Shore||Herself||Episode: "Secret Service"|
|Robot Chicken||Emily the Spy / Hilda Spellman / Sabrina Spellman (voice)||Episodes: "Operation Rich in Spirit", "Executed by the State"|
|2006||Justice League Unlimited||Delia & Deidre Dennis / Dee Dee||Voice|
|2007||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Sarah Trent||Episode: "Impulsive"|
|2009||Dancing With the Stars||Herself|
|Melissa & Joey||Mel Burke||Lead Role
Also executive producer
|2010||When I Was 17 ||Herself|
|2014||Motor City Masters||Herself/guest judge||Episode: "The Mother of All Design Challenges"|
|2015||The Mysteries of Laura||K.C. Moss||Episode: "The Mystery of the Deceased Documentarian"|
|1986||Christmas Snow||Amy||TV movie (credited as Melissa Hart)|
|1995||Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare||Samantha||TV movie|
|1996||Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Sabrina Sawyer||Pilot movie for TV series|
|1996||Twisted Desire||Jennifer Stanton||TV movie|
|1997||Right Connections, TheThe Right Connections||Melanie Cambridge||TV movie (credited as Melissa Hart)|
|1997||Two Came Back||Susan Clarkson||TV movie|
|1998||Silencing Mary||Mary Stuartson||TV movie|
|1998||Can't Hardly Wait||Vicki, Yearbook Girl||Uncredited|
|1998||Sabrina Goes to Rome||Sabrina Spellman / Sophia||TV movie|
|1999||Drive Me Crazy||Nicole Maris|
|1999||Love, American Style||Annabelle||TV movie, segment "Love In The Old South"|
|1999||Sabrina, Down Under||Sabrina Spellman||TV movie|
|2000||Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer||Molly||Voice|
|2000||Specials, TheThe Specials||Sunlight Grrrll|
|2000||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||Delia & Deidre Dennis / Dee Dee||Voice|
|2001||Recess: School's Out||Becky Detweiller||Voice|
|2001||The Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost Empire||Herself||Short; spinoff of Atlantis: The Lost Empire|
|2001||Not Another Teen Movie||Slow Clapper's Instructor/Herself||Uncredited|
|2002||Rent Control||Holly Washburn||TV movie|
|2002||Hold On||Herself||Short film|
|2006||Jesus, Mary and Joey||Jackie|
|2007||Holiday in Handcuffs||Trudie Chandler||TV movie|
|2008||Whispers and Lies AKA Secrets of Pine Cove||Jill Roperson||TV movie|
|2009||Nine Dead||Kelly Murphy|
|2009||My Fake Fiancé||Jennifer||TV movie|
|2014||Santa Con||Rose DeMarco|
|1999||"(You Drive Me) Crazy"||Britney Spears||Song was featured on Drive Me Crazy Soundtrack|
|2007||"I Get Money"||50 Cent|
|2008||"Anger Cage"||Course of Nature||Hart also has co-director credit|
|1992||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress Starring in an Off-Prime Time or Cable Series||Clarissa Explains It All||Won|||
|1993||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actress Starring in a Cable Series||Clarissa Explains It All||Won|||
|1994||Young Artist Award||Best Youth Actress Leading Role in a Television Series||Clarissa Explains It All||Nominated|||
|1995||Young Artist Award||Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show||Clarissa Explains It All||Won|||
|1997||Saturn Award||Best Genre TV Actress||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Nominated|
|1997||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Comedy: Leading Young Actress||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Won|||
|1997||YoungStar Award||Best Young Actress in a Comedy TV Series||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Nominated|||
|1998||Kids' Choice Award||Favorite Television Actress||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Won|||
|1998||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series: Leading Young Performer||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Won|||
|Best Performance in a TV Movie or Feature Film: Young Ensemble||The Right Connections||Won|
|1999||Kids' Choice Award||Favorite Television Actress||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Nominated|
|1999||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actress||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Nominated|
|2000||Kids' Choice Award||Favorite Movie Actress||Drive Me Crazy||Won|||
|Favorite Television Actress||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Nominated|
|2001||Kids' Choice Award||Favorite Television Actress||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Nominated|
|2002||Kids' Choice Award||Favorite Television Actress||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Nominated|
|2003||Kids' Choice Award||Favorite Television Actress||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Nominated|
|2013||Young Artist Award||Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award||Clarissa Explains It All
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
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