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Cecilia Hart

Cecilia Hart


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Known and loved for her roles both on stage and screen, actor Cecilia Hart was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1948. Her father was a colonel in the U.S. Army, which meant many moves for the Hart family, from Cheyenne to Walla Walla, Washington, to Fort Polk, Louisiana, to Carlisle, Pennsylvania. When Hart eventually pursued acting, she began her career on stage, landing her first major role in a 1976 Broadway revival of "The Heiress." She would earn even more acclaim for her performance in Tom Stoppard's "Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land," including a coveted Drama Desk Award. Though she had made many guest appearances on TV series like "Emergency!" (NBC, 1972-79) and "Three's Company" (ABC, 1976-1984), throughout this time, Hart took on her first major television role in 1979, co-starring with her future husband, actor James Earl Jones, on the series "Paris" (CBS, 1979-1980). Though the series lasted only a year, Hart and Jones would be paired again in a Broadway production of Shakespeare's "Othello" in 1982. Hart would remain a favorite of Broadway audiences, particularly for her performance in "Design For Living" in 1984, though she would also take on more television in the ensuing years, with appearances on shows like "MacGyver" (ABC, 1985-1992) and "Law and Order" (ABC, 1990-2010). Hart died in October 2016 at the age of 68.

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