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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 18, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Smithtown, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, producer

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A performer on television since her pre-school years, Melissa Joan Hart was the star of two hit series - "Clarissa Explains It All" (Nickelodeon, 1991-94) and "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" (ABC/The WB, 1996-2003). Her perky, gently comedic screen persona made her a huge favorite with the shows' pre-teen and teen audiences, as well as with parents who approved of their family-friendly messages. Hart occasionally struggled to find equal success after both programs ran their course, but eventually settled into a regular string of well-regarded TV movies for ABC Family and other networks, which helped to preserve her image as one of TV's most likable and watchable performers.

A performer on television since her pre-school years, Melissa Joan Hart was the star of two hit series - "Clarissa Explains It All" (Nickelodeon, 1991-94) and "Sabrina, The Teenage Witch" (ABC/The WB, 1996-2003). Her perky, gently comedic screen persona made her a huge favorite with the shows' pre-teen and teen audiences, as well as with parents who approved of their family-friendly messages. Hart occasionally struggled to find equal success after both programs ran their course, but eventually settled into a regular string of well-regarded TV movies for ABC Family and other networks, which helped to preserve her image as one of TV's most likable and watchable performers.

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Santa Con, The (2014)
2.
 Nine Dead (2010)
3.
 Satin (2010)
4.
 My Fake Fiance (2009)
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8.
 Recess: School's Out (2001) Voice Of Becky
9.
 Backflash (2001)
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1980:
First appeared on TV in a doll commercial at age four
1985:
Made TV movie debut, as Florentyna, on "Kane and Abel" (CBS)
1989:
Acted onstage with New York's Circle Rep company
1991:
Starred on popular Nickelodeon series, "Clarissa Explains It All"
1996:
Made dramatic acting debut in the TV movie, "Twisted Desire" (NBC)
1996:
Created role of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" in a Showtime movie
1996:
Starred in the sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (ABC, 1996-2000); retitled "Sabrina" when moved to The WB in fall 2000
1997:
Provided the story for and starred in the NBC drama, "Surviving Mary"
1999:
Played the lead role in the teen comedy, "Drive Me Crazy"
2000:
Made TV directorial debut with a January episode of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"; went on to direct additional episodes
2000:
Played Sunlight Grrrl in the superhero comedy, "The Specials"
2001:
Co-producing debut (with mother), the ABC biopic "Child Star: The Story of Shirley Temple"; Hart's younger sister Emily Ann played the title role as a teenager
2002:
Starred in the straight-to-video crime drama, "Backflash"
2003:
Marriage to musician Mark Wilkerson was documented in a TV special titled "Tying the Knot"; produced by Hart's production company, Hartbreak Films
2005:
Helmed the 15-minute short, "Mute"; starred her younger sister, Emily
2007:
Directed the "Anger Cage" video for her husband Mark Wilkerson's band Course of Nature
2007:
Starred in the ABC Family Original Movie, "Holiday in Handcuffs," opposite Mario Lopez
2009:
Co-starred with Joey Lawrence in the TV movie, "My Fake Fiance" on ABC's Family Channel
2009:
Joined the ninth season of ABC's reality series "Dancing with the Stars" as a contestant
2010:
Re-teamed with Lawrence to star in the ABC Family series "Melissa & Joey"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York - 1995

Notes

Hart and her mother are partners in the production company Hartbreak Films

"With 'Clarissa' I just kind of went into it and did it. I felt like I was just saying the lines, although I don't think it came across that way. When people laughed, I was, like, oh, that's funny? The innocence of not really knowing, it played off well. Now I concentrate more on the jokes, timing and acting." --Melissa Joan Hart quoted in Los Angeles Times, December 5, 1996.

"Growing up in show business wasn't normal, but it's what I know. The only thing I missed out on was learning to relate to people my age. I felt I missed out on a social life, going to dances and things like that." --Melissa Joan Hart quoted in USA Today, April 4, 1996.

"Girs today need strong role models who are not disrespectful and crass. I don't like a lot of what's on TV today with kids using bad language and being disrespectful to their parents and teachers. We would not have 'Roseanne's kids' mouths on our show." --mother/producer Paula Hart quoted in TV Guide, October 19, 1996.

"There's no way I'd say I belonged in the room with Denise Richards or Catherine Zeta-Jones, but Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar, who get offered many more things than I do--why not?" --Hart to Movieline, August 1999.

"I'm a pretty open person. ...Like, If I have good sex, then the next day I'm going to tell everyone I know about it. Everyone." - Hart Moveline November 2002

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companion:
James Fields. Actor. Together from c. 1993 to 1998; born c. 1974.
companion:
Adrian Grenier. Actor. Had relationship during filming of "Drive Me Crazy" in 1998.
companion:
Bryan Kirkwood. Actor. Born c. 1975; dating since c. October 1999; acted opposite Hart on "Sabrina".
companion:
Mark Wilkerson. Guitarist. Dating as of 2002; engaged as of December 2002.
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father:
William Hart. Shell fish supplier. Divorced from Hart's mother.
mother:
Paula Hart. Agent, TV producer. Divorced from Hart's father; remarried; partner in Hartbreak Films.
step-father:
Leslie Gilliams. TV executive.
sister:
Trisha Hart. Younger.
sister:
Elizabeth Hart. Born c. 1980.
brother:
Brian Hart. Born c. 1984.
sister:
Emily Hart. Born c. 1986.
half-sister:
Alexandra Hart-Gilliams. Born c. 1993.
half-sister:
Samantha Gilliams. Born on November 13, 1996.
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