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Also Known As: Sela A Ward, Sela Ann Ward Died:
Born: July 11, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Meridian, Mississippi, USA Profession: actress, model, advertising art director

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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).

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).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Stepfather, The (2009)
2.
 Guardian, The (2006)
3.
 Day After Tomorrow, The (2004) Dr Lucy Hall
4.
 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) Jeannie Miller
5.
 Suburban Madness (2004) Bobbi Bacha
6.
 Catch A Falling Star (2000) Sydney Clarke/ Cheryl Belson
7.
 Passion's Way (1999) Anna Leath
8.
 Runaway Bride (1999) Pretty Bar Woman (New York)
9.
 54 (1998) Billie Auster
10.
 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women (1997) Marie-Rose Gineste ("Woman On A Bicycle")
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Milestones close milestones

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Moved to New York City and began modeling for the Wilhelmina agency
1983:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting
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."
1986:
Featured as Tom Hanks's love interest in Garry Marshall's "Nothing in Common"
1987:
Co-starred with Shelley Long in the supernatural comedy, "Hello, Again"
1987:
Starred in the TV-movies "Cameo by Night" (NBC) and "The King of Love" (ABC)
1989:
Cast as the titlular heiress in the USA TV-movie, "The Haunting of Sarah Hardy"
1990:
Appeared in the "Christine Cromwell" mystery telepic, "In Vino Veritas" (ABC)
1991:
Starred in the USA Network thriller, "Child of Darkness, Child of Light"
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
1992:
Played a lawyer defending her husband's ex-lover charged with murder in the Showtime drama, "Double Jeopardy"
1993:
Played murder victim Helen Kimble, the wife of Harrison Ford's falsely accused Dr Richard Kimble, in the feature adaptation of "The Fugitive"
1995:
Received praise for her portrayal of TV anchorwoman Jessica Savitch in the Lifetime movie, "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story"
1997:
Starred in the Showtime drama, "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women"
1998:
Featured in "54," a nostalgic portrait of a New York City disco club famous in the late 1970s
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
2000:
Had leading role and served as executive produer of the CBS TV-movie, "Catch a Falling Star"
2002:
Co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton and Patricia Arquette in "The Badge"
2002:
Published her autobiography, <i>Homesick: A Memoir</i>
2004:
Played the mother in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights"
2004:
Played Dennis Quaid's wife in Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow"
2004:
Portrayed private investigator, Bobbi Bacha of Blue Moon Investigations, in the CBS TV movie "Suburban Madness"
2005:
Had a recurring role on the FOX drama "House" as Stacy Warner, the hospital's former attorney
2006:
Played Kevin Costner's wife in "The Guardian"
2009:
Co-starred in the remake of "The Stepfather"
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Education

University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa , Alabama - 1977
University of Alabama: Tuscaloosa , Alabama - 1977

Notes

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

Ward on taking on the title role in "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story", Lifetime's biopic of the tragic broadcaster: "In almost every script I see, the women are the token girlfriend, the obligatory wife. This was a chance to play an incredibly complex, driven woman." --quoted in TV Guide, September 2, 1995.

"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, September 21, 1999.

Ward on her role as a divorced mother in the acclaimed ABC drama "Once and Again": "I don't have to go very far, in terms of stretching or pretending, to understand where she's coming from. Whether it's painful or fearful or vulnerable, there's a little piece of me that maybe has been there, done that, seen that, knows what that smells like and tastes like and feels like.

"So in the most positive way, I'm able to bring a lot of myself to that. It's just effortless to me--I feel like I'm cheating in some way.

"I finally feel like I get it. I used to think acting was some secret in a black box that everybody had a key to but me. And now I really get it." --quoted in Daily News, September 21, 1999.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Bob Baumhower. Professional football player. Dated while the two were in college; Ward was the head cheerleader and Baumhower the star quarterback; went on to a pro football career with the Miami Dolphins.
companion:
Richard Dean Anderson. Actor. Together c. 1983-86.
companion:
Peter Weller. Actor. Involved from 1987 to 1990; had announced engagement and planned to marry in 1990 before separating.
husband:
Howard Sherman. Real estate executive. Born c. 1955; met on a blind date in 1991; married in 1992.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Granberry Holland Ward. Electrical engineer.
mother:
Annie Kate Ward. Homemaker.
sister:
Jenna Ward. Born c. 1958.
brother:
Berry Ward. Born c. 1959.
brother:
Brock Ward. Born c. 1961.
son:
Austin Ward Sherman. Born on May 13, 1994.
daughter:
Anabella Raye Sherman. Born on May 30, 1998.
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