Sela Ward

Actress, Model, Advertising art director
Dark-haired and fair-complected with fine features and expressive brown eyes, actress Sela Ward began her career as a model before beginning work in features and television and eventually hitting the big time with ... Read more »
Born: 07/10/1956 in Meridian, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Gone Girl 2014 (Movie)

Sharon Schieber (Actor)

CSI: New York 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sisters 1990 - 1996, 2010 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2005 - 2006, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Stepfather 2009 (Movie)

Susan Harding (Actor)

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Guardian 2006 (Movie)

Helen Randall (Actor)

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 2004 (Movie)

Jeannie Miller (Actor)

The Day After Tomorrow 2004 (Movie)

Dr Lucy Hall (Actor)

A Home For the Holidays 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Unites: An E! News Special 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Once and Again 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Hanger Awards 2000 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Holidays With the Stars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Sela Ward 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

My VH1 Music Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch A Falling Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Bride 1999 (Movie)

Pretty Bar Woman (Actor)

54 1998 (Movie)

Billie Auster (Actor)

Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Frasier 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Most Powerful Women 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

My Fellow Americans 1996 (Movie)

Kaye Griffin (Actor)

The 17th Annual CableACE Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Double Jeopardy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fugitive 1993 (Movie)

Helen Kimble (Actor)

In Vino Veritas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bridesmaids 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Cameo by Night 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello, Again 1987 (Movie)

Kim Lacey (Actor)

Steele Justice 1987 (Movie)

Tracy (Actor)

Nothing in Common 1986 (Movie)

Cheryl Ann Wayne (Actor)

Rustler's Rhapsody 1985 (Movie)

Colonel's Daughter (Actor)

Emerald Point, N.A.S. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man Who Loved Women 1983 (Movie)

Janet (Actor)

Catch a Falling Star (Movie)

Sydney Clarke (Actor)

Killer Rules (TV Show)

Actor

Passion's Way (TV Show)

Actor

Rainbow Drive (TV Show)

Actor

Suburban Madness (TV Show)

Actor

The Badge (TV Show)

Actor

The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (TV Show)

Actor

The King of Love (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Catch a Falling Star (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Dark-haired and fair-complected with fine features and expressive brown eyes, actress Sela Ward began her career as a model before beginning work in features and television and eventually hitting the big time with memorably evocative regular roles on the series "Sisters" (NBC) and "Once and Again" (ABC). This Southern belle moved to New York City following her graduation from the University of Alabama, expecting to pursue work in advertising. She instead began modeling and went on to appear in dozens of national television commercials. Ward soon moved to Los Angeles, where she studied acting and launched a career in that capacity. In 1983 the actress made her feature debut in Blake Edwards' remake "The Man Who Loved Woman" and bowed on the small screen that same year with a regular role as privileged ice princess Hilary Adams on the CBS primetime soap "Emerald Point, N.A.S." (1983-84). Ward could next be seen as a controlled businesswoman dating Tom Hanks in Garry Marshall's comedy-drama "Nothing in Common" (1986), before making her feature co-starring debut in the actioner "Steele Justice" (1987).

Relationships

Richard Dean Anderson Actor

Companion
Together from c. 1983-1986

Bob Baumhower

Companion
Dated while attending the University of Alabama Ward was the head cheerleader and Baumhower was the star quarterback went on to a pro football career with the Miami Dolphins

Howard Sherman

Husband
Met on a blind date in 1991 married May 23, 1992

Anabella Sherman

Daughter
Born May 30, 1998 father, Howard Sherman

Austin Sherman

Son
Born May 13, 1994 father, Howard Sherman

Granberry Ward

Father
Died in January 2009

Annie Ward

Mother
Died of ovarian cancer in 2002

Berry Ward

Brother
Born c. 1959

Brock Ward

Brother
Born c. 1961

Jenna Ward

Sister
Born c. 1958

Peter Weller Actor

Companion
Together from 1987-1990 had announced engagement and planned to marry in 1990, before they split

EDUCATION

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa , Alabama 1977
Performed as one of the Crimson Tide cheerleaders; was homecoming queen and a member of Chi Omega sorority

Studied acting with Bob McAndrew

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa , Alabama 1977
Performed as one of the Crimson Tide cheerleaders; was homecoming queen and a member of Chi Omega sorority

Milestones

2009

Co-starred in the remake of "The Stepfather"

2006

Played Kevin Costner's wife in "The Guardian"

2005

Had a recurring role on the FOX drama "House" as Stacy Warner, the hospital's former attorney

2004

Portrayed private investigator, Bobbi Bacha of Blue Moon Investigations, in the CBS TV movie "Suburban Madness"

2004

Played the mother in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights"

2004

Played Dennis Quaid's wife in Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow"

2002

Published her autobiography, Homesick: A Memoir

2002

Co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton and Patricia Arquette in "The Badge"

2000

Had leading role and served as executive produer of the CBS TV-movie, "Catch a Falling Star"

1999

Had a cameo in Garry Marshall's romantic comedy, "Runaway Bride"

1999

Returned to series TV as divorced mother Lily Manning in the ABC drama series, "Once and Again"; earned Golden Globe (2000, 2002), SAG (2001) and Emmy (2001) nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series

1998

Featured in "54," a nostalgic portrait of a New York City disco club famous in the late 1970s

1997

Starred in the Showtime drama, "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women"

1995

Received praise for her portrayal of TV anchorwoman Jessica Savitch in the Lifetime movie, "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story"

1993

Played murder victim Helen Kimble, the wife of Harrison Ford's falsely accused Dr Richard Kimble, in the feature adaptation of "The Fugitive"

1992

Played a lawyer defending her husband's ex-lover charged with murder in the Showtime drama, "Double Jeopardy"

1991

Cast in the starring role of Teddy Reed, the alcoholic black sheep of the family, in the NBC series "Sisters"; earned Golden Globe (1994) and SAG (1996) nominations

1991

Starred in the USA Network thriller, "Child of Darkness, Child of Light"

1990

Appeared in the "Christine Cromwell" mystery telepic, "In Vino Veritas" (ABC)

1989

Cast as the titlular heiress in the USA TV-movie, "The Haunting of Sarah Hardy"

1987

Starred in the TV-movies "Cameo by Night" (NBC) and "The King of Love" (ABC)

1987

Co-starred with Shelley Long in the supernatural comedy, "Hello, Again"

1986

Featured as Tom Hanks's love interest in Garry Marshall's "Nothing in Common"

1983

Feature acting debut in Blake Edwards' remake of "The Man Who Loved Women"

1983

Debut as a TV series regular on the CBS primetime soap, "Emerald Point, N.A.S."

1983

Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting

Moved to New York City and began modeling for the Wilhelmina agency

Bonus Trivia

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Her name "Sela" is pronounced "See-lah" and comes from the Bible; it means hallelujah or amen.

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"In the film world, there are so few roles for women over 30. Unless you're Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone or Meryl Streep who proved themselves in their 30s, the work isn't there, so we go to TV. This is where it's happening." - Ward quoted in USA Today, Sept. 21, 1999

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