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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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Born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1956, Sela Ward graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in fine art and advertising. She moved to New York City and began working as a storyboard artist, but when she was recruited to be a model it was too tempting to turn down. After modeling for print and TV campaigns, Ward moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Her first role came in the Blake Edwards comedy "The Man Who Loved Women" (1983) staring Burt Reynolds and Julie Andrews. The same year, she landed her first series regular role on "Emerald Point N.A.S." (CBS, 1983-84), chronicling life on a military base. When that show was cancelled after one season, Ward continued to work, playing supporting roles in films like "Nothing in Common" (1986) starring Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason and TV series such as "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). In 1991, she began her starring role on the on the series "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96), for which she earned her first Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994. Ward continued to play supporting roles in features as well, memorably playing the murdered wife of Harrison Ford's Richard Kimble in the hit film adaptation of "The Fugitive" (1993). In 1996, Ward...

Born in Meridian, Mississippi in 1956, Sela Ward graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in fine art and advertising. She moved to New York City and began working as a storyboard artist, but when she was recruited to be a model it was too tempting to turn down. After modeling for print and TV campaigns, Ward moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Her first role came in the Blake Edwards comedy "The Man Who Loved Women" (1983) staring Burt Reynolds and Julie Andrews. The same year, she landed her first series regular role on "Emerald Point N.A.S." (CBS, 1983-84), chronicling life on a military base. When that show was cancelled after one season, Ward continued to work, playing supporting roles in films like "Nothing in Common" (1986) starring Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason and TV series such as "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). In 1991, she began her starring role on the on the series "Sisters" (NBC, 1991-96), for which she earned her first Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994. Ward continued to play supporting roles in features as well, memorably playing the murdered wife of Harrison Ford's Richard Kimble in the hit film adaptation of "The Fugitive" (1993). In 1996, Ward was nominated for another Emmy, when she played the title character in the TV Movie "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story" (Lifetime, 1996). Two more nominations and one victory came when she played the lead role in the drama "Once and Again" (ABC, 1999-2002). She played a substantial recurring role on the medical drama "House" (Fox, 2004-2012) and a major part on "CSI: NY" (CBS, 2004-2013). Supporting roles in the films "Gone Girl" (2014) and "Independence Day: Resurgence" (2016) were followed by a series regular role in the political drama "Graves" (Epix, 2016-17) starring Nick Nolte as a former President of the United States.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Gone Girl (2014)
3.
 Stepfather, The (2009)
4.
 Guardian, The (2006)
5.
 Suburban Madness (2004) Bobbi Bacha
6.
 Passion's Way (2004) Anna Leath
7.
 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) Jeannie Miller
8.
 Day After Tomorrow, The (2004) Dr Lucy Hall
9.
 Catch A Falling Star (2000) Sydney Clarke/ Cheryl Belson
10.
 Runaway Bride (1999) Pretty Bar Woman (New York)
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1991:
Starred in the USA Network thriller, "Child of Darkness, Child of Light"
2002:
Co-starred with Billy Bob Thornton and Patricia Arquette in "The Badge"
1983:
Appeared in first series regular role "Emerald Point N.A.S."
1989:
Cast as the titlular heiress in the USA TV-movie, "The Haunting of Sarah Hardy"
2004:
Portrayed private investigator, Bobbi Bacha of Blue Moon Investigations, in the CBS TV movie "Suburban Madness"
1987:
Co-starred with Shelley Long in the supernatural comedy, "Hello, Again"
1999:
Had a cameo in Garry Marshall's romantic comedy, "Runaway Bride"
1995:
Received praise for her portrayal of TV anchorwoman Jessica Savitch in the Lifetime movie, "Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story"
1983:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting
1993:
Played murder victim Helen Kimble, the wife of Harrison Ford's falsely accused Dr Richard Kimble, in the feature adaptation of "The Fugitive"
1990:
Appeared in the "Christine Cromwell" mystery telepic, "In Vino Veritas" (ABC)
1998:
Featured in "54," a nostalgic portrait of a New York City disco club famous in the late 1970s
2000:
Had leading role and served as executive produer of the CBS TV-movie, "Catch a Falling Star"
:
Moved to New York City and began modeling for the Wilhelmina agency
2004:
Played Dennis Quaid's wife in Roland Emmerich's "The Day After Tomorrow"
2004:
Played the mother in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights"
2006:
Played Kevin Costner's wife in "The Guardian"
1999:
First appeared on "Once and Again" as a series lead
1997:
Starred in the Showtime drama, "Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women"
1991:
First appeard on "Sisters" as a series lead
1983:
Feature acting debut in Blake Edwards' remake of "The Man Who Loved Women"
1986:
Featured as Tom Hanks's love interest in Garry Marshall's "Nothing in Common"
2005:
Had a recurring role on the FOX drama "House" as Stacy Warner, the hospital's former attorney
2002:
Published her autobiography, <i>Homesick: A Memoir</i>
1987:
Starred in the TV-movies "Cameo by Night" (NBC) and "The King of Love" (ABC)
2009:
Co-starred in the remake of "The Stepfather"
1992:
Played a lawyer defending her husband's ex-lover charged with murder in the Showtime drama, "Double Jeopardy"
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Co-starred in "Graves"
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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.

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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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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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