Hardin at the premiere of You on May 13, 2009
|Alma mater||Sarah Lawrence College (BFA)|
|Home town||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
Gildart Jackson (m. 1997)
Melora Diane Hardin (born June 29, 1967) is an American actress and singer, known for her roles as Jan Levinson on NBC's The Office and Trudy Monk on USA's Monk. More recently, Hardin appeared in a recurring role on Amazon's critically acclaimed series Transparent, for which she was nominated to receive a Primetime Emmy Award. Hardin currently stars as magazine editor-in-chief Jacqueline Carlyle on the Freeform comedy-drama The Bold Type, which premiered in July 2017.
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Hardin was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of acting manager/coach and retired actress Diane (née Hill) and actor Jerry Hardin. She is the sister of Flock CEO Shawn Hardin. She was raised in San Francisco, California, after her family moved there when she was four years old. She went to middle and high school in the San Fernando Valley at Patrick Henry Junior High School and Ulysses S. Grant High School, respectively. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.
Hardin started her acting career as the young star of the television series Thunder (1977–1978), and has appeared in over 70 movies and television programs since, including episode 39 of The Love Boat in 1978, two 1981 Little House on the Prairie episodes (as Belinda Stevens in "The Reincarnation of Nellie", Parts 1 and 2) as well as playing Michele Pierson in the 1983 television movie Little House: Look Back to Yesterday. She starred as Baby in the short-lived 1988 television series Dirty Dancing (based on the 1987 film of the same name) and two 1992 episodes of Quantum Leap (as Abigail in "Trilogy", Parts 2 and 3). She co-starred in the 1990 dance movie Lambada as Sandy. She appeared in Absolute Power (1997) as Christy Sullivan and played Ross's dirty-talking love interest in the season 1 Friends episode "The One with the Stoned Guy". She was also originally cast in Back to the Future as Jennifer Parker, but was re-cast after Eric Stoltz (the original Marty McFly) was let go. Upon Michael J. Fox being cast, Hardin was deemed too tall to star alongside and she was later replaced by Claudia Wells.
Hardin starred in the 2000–2001 series Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family, and she played the recurring role of Trudy Monk, the title character's deceased wife, on the USA Network series Monk (2004-2009). She appeared on the series NCIS as former Petty Officer Erin Toner in the episode "The Curse". In 2005, Hardin portrayed Linda Evans in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty. Hardin played former corporate manager Jan Levinson in The Office (2005-2013).
Hardin appeared in the 2006 film Thank You for Smoking, and appears in Hannah Montana: The Movie as the love interest of Billy Ray Cyrus's character. The film premiered on April 10, 2009. She played the role of Fantine in the Hollywood Bowl's concert of Les Misérables in Summer 2008. Hardin appeared in several episodes of the popular web show Elevator on YouTube.
Hardin made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the revival of Chicago: The Musical on December 29, 2008. She stayed with the show until February 12, 2009. Hardin was cast as a major character in Outlaw, playing a powerful senior partner of an elite law firm, and the main love interest to the series' protagonist, played by Jimmy Smits. Hardin played the role of Isabelle Palmer's mother Nancy in An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight (2014).
Hardin played a nightclub singer in Disney's The Rocketeer (1991), where she can be heard singing "Begin the Beguine". She also played a major role in the TV movie Tower of Terror, where she sings "Boy of My Dreams".
Hardin sang the National Anthem at the season opening hockey games of the Anaheim Ducks on October 13, 2010, and the Phoenix Coyotes on October 16, 2010. She sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Dover International Speedway for the AAA 400 on October 2, 2011. Hardin sang the song "Tiers of Joy" (composed by Austin Wintory) for the Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded soundtrack.
|1979||The North Avenue Irregulars||Carmel|
|1985||Papa Was a Preacher||Janette|
|1986||Soul Man||Whitney Dunbar|
|1989||Big Man on Campus||Cathy|
|1989||The Jeweler's Shop||Monica|
|1991||The Rocketeer||South Seas singer|
|1993||Reckless Kelly||Robin Banks|
|1994||The Pornographer||Sasha Leon Hoffner|
|1996||The Undercover Kid||Clyde|
|1997||Absolute Power||Christy Sullivan|
|1997||Tower of Terror||Carolyn Crosson||Television film|
|2000||Certain Guys||Mary Beth|
|2002||The Hot Chick||Carol|
|2007||Drive Thru||Marcia Carpenter|
|2007||The Comebacks||Barb Fields|
|2007||The Violin||Gertrude Bloch||Short film|
|2009||17 Again||Principal Jane Masterson|
|2009||Hannah Montana: The Movie||Lorelai|
|2009||You||Miranda||Also director and producer|
|2011||I Melt with You||Jane|
|2012||Beauty and the Least: The Misadventures of Ben Banks||Mary Andrews|
|2012||Taking the Edge Off||Short film|
|2014||An American Girl: Isabelle Dances Into the Spotlight||Nancy Palmer||Direct-to-video|
|2017||Golden Vanity||Mabel Montgomery-Mayflower|
|1976||Police Story||Sheila||Episodes: "The Jar: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1977||Thunder||Cindy Prescott||Main role (12 episodes)|
|1977||The Cliffwood Avenue Kids||Melora||TV series|
|1978||The Love Boat||Courtney Chenault||1 episode|
|1979||Quincy, M.E.||Amanda||Episode: "Never a Child"|
|1980||Diff'rent Strokes||Emily Morehouse||Episode: "Skin Deep or True Blue"|
|1980||ABC Afterschool Special||Amy Warner||Episode: "What Are Friends For?"|
|1980||Haywire||Brooke Hayward, age 11||TV film|
|1980–1981||Secrets of Midland Heights||Micki Carroll||Regular role (10 episodes)|
|1981||Little House on the Prairie||Belinda Stevens||Episodes: "The Reincarnation of Nellie: Parts 1 & 2"|
|1982||Quincy, M.E.||Abigail "Abby" Garvin||Episode: "Next Stop, Nowhere"|
|1983||The Family Tree||Tess Benjamin||TV series|
|1983||Magnum, P.I.||Nancy Perkins Gillis||Episode: "Luther Gillis: File #521"|
|1984||Mama Malone||Kathleen||Episode: "The Education of Frankie"|
|1985||The Best Times||Joy Villafranco||Regular role (6 episodes)|
|1988–1989||Dirty Dancing||Frances "Baby" Kellerman||Main role (11 episodes)|
|1989||Tour of Duty||Christine Pierson||Episodes: "Sins of the Father", "Sealed with a Kiss"|
|1990||Shangri-La Plaza||Amy||TV film|
|1991||Equal Justice||Doris Walsh||Episode: "Who Speaks for the Children?"|
|1992||Miles from Nowhere||Teresa||TV film|
|1992||Mann & Machine||Louise Trotsky||Episode: "Torch Song"|
|1992||Quantum Leap||Abigail Fuller||Episodes: "For Your Love", "The Last Door"|
|1993||Moon Over Miami||Emily Booker||Episode: "My Old Flame"|
|1994||Murder, She Wrote||Cindy Warrick||Episode: "Roadkill"|
|1994||Golden Gate||Susan Carlino||TV film|
|1994||Renegade||Laura McMillan||Episode: "Carrick O'Quinn"|
|1994||Matlock||Lisa Swift||Episode: "The Scandal"|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Molly Flynn||Episode: "Operation Blackout"|
|1995||Friends||Celia||Episode: "The One with the Stoned Guy"|
|1995||Touched by an Angel||Lizbeth||Episode: "The Big Bang"|
|1995||Diagnosis: Murder||Savannah Bellows||Episode: "The New Healers"|
|1996||Renegade||Kelly Anderson||Episode: "Paradise Lost"|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Beth||Episode: "Caroline and the Bridesmaids"|
|1997||Things That Go Bump||Chloe Garrett||TV film|
|1997||Orleans||Gina Vitelli||Episodes: "Luther's Temptation", "When the Saints Go Marching In"|
|1997||Tower of Terror||Claire Poulet||TV film|
|1997||The Tom Show||Lorraine||Episode: "Tom's First Date"|
|1998||The Tom Show||Lorraine||Episode: "The Centerfold"|
|1998||Timecop||Edith Thomas||Episode: "Lost Voyage"|
|1998||The Pretender||Wendy Dawson||Episode: "Homefront"|
|1999||Payne||Danielle Harris||Episode: "Gossip Checks In and a Cat Checks Out"|
|1999||Diagnosis: Murder||Melanie Cooper||Episode: "Trash TV: Part 1"|
|2000–2001||Cover Me||Barbara Arno||Main role (24 episodes)|
|2001||Once and Again||Samantha Aldrich||Episode: "Moving On"|
|2002||Family Guy||Patsy Ramsey (voice)||Episode: "Brian Wallows and Peter's Swallows"|
|2002||Judging Amy||Rosalie Leavitt||Episode: "Roses and Truth"|
|2003||The Division||Cheryl Lynn Brinkmeyer||Episode: "Rush to Judgment"|
|2003||NCIS||Former Petty Officer Erin Toner||Episode: "The Curse"|
|2004||The Hollywood Mom's Mystery||Summer Rossner||TV film|
|2004||Boston Legal||Sharon Brant||Episode: "Head Cases"|
|2004–2009||Monk||Trudy Monk||Recurring role (10 episodes)|
|2005||Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure||Linda Evans||TV film|
|2005–2013||The Office||Jan Levinson||Regular role; 46 episodes|
|2006||Without a Trace||Pamela Seaver||Episode: "Rage"|
|2006||Gilmore Girls||Carolyn Bates||Episode: "Partings"|
|2006||The Office: The Accountants||Jan Levinson-Gould||Episode: "The Books Don't Balance"|
|2008||Mom, Dad and Her||Emma||TV film|
|2008||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Herself||Episode: "Birthday"|
|2010||Outlaw||Claire Sax||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2011||CSI: Miami||Wendy Colton||Episode: "G.O."|
|2012–2013||Wedding Band||Roxie Rutherford||Main role (10 episodes)|
|2013||Scandal||Shelley Meyers||Episode: "Say Hello to My Little Friend"|
|2014||Killer Women||Nan Reed||Episode: "Some Men Need Killing"|
|2014||Do It Yourself||Kaye||TV film|
|2014–2015||Transparent||Tammy||Recurring role (13 episodes)|
|2015||Falling Skies||Captain Katie Marshall||Episodes: "Everybody Has Their Reasons", "Stalag 14th Virginia"|
|2016||The Death of Eva Sofia Valdez||Courtney Monroe||TV film|
|2017||The Blacklist||Isabella Stone||Episode: "Isabella Stone"|
|2017–Present||The Bold Type||Jacqueline Carlyle||Main role|
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