Jean Louisa Kelly

Actor, Dancer, Singer
A spunky performer with a mass of curly reddish hair and a sweet, innocent air, Jean Louisa Kelly first came to the attention of filmgoers as John Candy's bratty niece, appalled by his antics, in the John Hughes comedy ... Read more »
Born: 03/08/1972 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Zoe Gone 2014 (Movie)

Detective Patricia Henderson (Actor)

CSI: Miami 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Maternal Obsession 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Burn Notice 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Glades 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Three Gifts 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving Suburbia 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eli Stone 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gary Unmarried 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ghost Whisperer 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Yes, Dear 2000 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS's Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups (11/09/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS's Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups (11/16/01) 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny Flubs & Screw-Ups X 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Cold Feet 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fantasticks 2000 (Movie)

Luisa (Actor)

A Stranger in the Kingdom 1999 (Movie)

Athena Allen (Actor)

Mad About You 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Origin of the Species 1998 (Movie)

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Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)

Rowena Morgan (Actor)

Uncle Buck 1989 (Movie)

Tia Russell (Actor)

Breathing Lessons (TV Show)

Actor

Harvest of Fire (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby Bridges (TV Show)

Actor

Tad (TV Show)

Actor

The Cyberstalking (TV Show)

Actor

The Day Lincoln Was Shot (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A spunky performer with a mass of curly reddish hair and a sweet, innocent air, Jean Louisa Kelly first came to the attention of filmgoers as John Candy's bratty niece, appalled by his antics, in the John Hughes comedy "Uncle Buck" (1989). She further solidified her standing as a rising starlet as the dewy-eyed student who develops a crush on her music teacher (Richard Dreyfuss) in "Mr. Holland's Opus" (1995). A stage veteran, Kelly has also amassed an impressive resume with a wide array of small screen work. While it would seem the musical theater appeals most to her (she has variously been announced to co-star in aborted shows like "The Jazz Singer" and "Little Women"), the actress settled into the routine of series work in the fall of 1999 in NBC's romantic comedy-drama "Cold Feet".

The Massachusetts native began studying voice and dance at an early age and made her professional debut in the title role of the famous orphan singing about "Tomorrow" in a summer stock production of "Annie" in 1983. Kelly went on to appear around New England in various theatrical productions and competed in "Talent America" in 1985, placing second with a medley from "Funny Girl" and landing an agent. Fulfilling a dream, she made her Broadway debut in the tiny role of Snow White in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Into the Woods" (1987-88) and understudied the larger roles of Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood.

After making an auspicious screen debut alongside scene-stealer Macauley Culkin in "Uncle Buck", Kelly took several years off to attend Columbia University. Resuming her career, she landed a small role in the CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "Breathing Lesson" (1994) and appeared in commercials for Ogilvie shampoo and MCI. While one might have thought her noticeable turn in "Mr. Holland's Opus" might have led to big screen stardom, Kelly instead found regular employment on the small screen, often in period dramas like "Tad" (The Family Channel, 1995) and "The Day Lincoln Was Shot" (TNT, 1998). In the contemporary, short-lived Americanized "Cold Feet" (NBC, 1999), she lent her charisma and screen presence to Shelley, a twentysomething struggle with romantic commitment. Kelly returned to sitcoms playing an overly concerned stay-at-home mom in the "Yes, Dear" (CBS, 2000- ).

Relationships

J Joseph Kelly 3rd

Father
owns Kelly Company which manufactures molded plastic

Wendy Kelly

Mother

James Pitaro

Husband
married on May 24, 1997 born c. 1970

EDUCATION

Prepatory School of the Peabody Institute

Boylston , Massachusetts

Columbia University

New York , New York
graduated

Professional Children's School

New York , New York

Easton High School

Easton , Maryland
attended from junior year

Milestones

2001

Portrayed silent star Clara Bow in the Off-Broadway musical "The 'It' Girl"

2000

Co-starred in the CBS fall sitcom "Yes, Dear"

1999

Debut as TV series regular on NBC's short-lived "Cold Feet"

1999

Played leading role of an aspiring singer in the sci-fi thriller "The Cyberstalking" (UPN)

1998

Cast as the lover of John Wilkes Booth in the TNT production "The Day Lincoln Was Shot"

1998

Signed to portray Ruby Keeler in the stage musical biography "The Jazz Singer", starring Sam Harris; show canceled due to lack of funds

1997

Had leading role in the stage musical "R.S.V.P. Broadway", produced in Canada

1995

Breakthrough screen role as a student who develops a crush on her music teacher in "Mr. Holland's Opus"

1995

Appeared as a young governess hired to tutor the sons of President Abraham Lincoln in the period drama "Tad" (The Family Channel)

1994

TV acting debut in "Breathing Lessons", a CBS "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production

1989

Film debut (billed as Jean Kelly) playing Tia Russell in "Uncle Buck", directed by John Hughes

1987

Broadway debut in small role of Snow White in "Into the Woods"; also understudied roles of Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood

1985

Placed second in nationwide talent contest (Talent America); signed by an agent

1983

Played title role in summer stock production of "Annie" at the Theater-by-the-Sea in Matunick, Rhode Island

Rasied in Boylston, Massachusetts

Appeared in regional theater productions throughout New England

Family relocated to Maryland

Appeared in TV commercials for Ogilvie shampoo and MCI

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