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Biography #2 (for Bringing Down the House)A versatile and gifted actress, Jean Smart continues to exhibit her extraordinary talents in theater, television and film. She co-starred in the NBC series In-Laws with Dennis Farina and most recently appeared on the big screen in Touchstone Pictures' romantic comedy hit Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon and Josh Lucas.
Since receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Washington, Smarts career has launched into worldwide critical acclaim. Most recently, she won her second Emmy Award for her role on Frasier, and was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work on The District In 2000, Smart received recognition in theater, film and television; she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her critically acclaimed performance in the feature Guinevere, she was awarded her first Emmy in the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her guest appearance on Frasier, and she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her starring role on Broadway (opposite Nathan Lane) in The Man Who Came to Dinner.
In 2001, Smart reprised her role as Loma, Frasier's caustic ex on Frasier earning her second Emmy nomination for the role. Smart also guest starred in several episodes of CBS' hit drama The District and earned an Emmy nomination for Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role. In addition, Smart lent her voice to the WB's animated series, The Oblongs.
Perhaps best known to television audiences for her role in the popular sitcom, Designing Women, Smart went on to land leading roles in two more series: High Society, opposite Mary McDonnell in the Americanized version of the British phenomenon Absolutely Fabulous, and Style and Substance opposite Nancy McKeon for CBS.
Her telefilms include A Change of Heart opposite John Terry, Overkill for CBS, A Stranger in Town opposite Gregory Hines, The Yearling opposite Peter Strauss, ABC's The Yam Princess opposite Robert Pastorelli, A Place at the Table, and Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind.
Bio courtesy Touchstone for "Bringing Down the House" (12-May-2003)