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Ward in 2010
Sela Ann Ward

(1956-07-11) July 11, 1956 (age 62)
OccupationActress, author, producer, spokesperson
Years active1983–present
Howard Sherman(m. 1992)

Sela Ann Ward (born July 11, 1956) is an American actress, author, and producer, best known for her roles on television beginning in the early 1980s.


Her breakthrough TV role was as Teddy Reed in the NBC drama series Sisters (1991–96), for which she received her first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994. She received her second Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for the leading role of Lily Manning in the ABC drama series Once and Again (1999–2002). Ward later had the recurring role of Stacy Warner in the Fox medical drama House , also starred as Jo Danville in the CBS police procedural CSI: NY (2010–2013) [1] and starred as Dana Mosier in the CBS police procedural series FBI (2018–present). [2]

<i>Sisters</i> (U.S. TV series) TV series

Sisters is an American drama series which aired on NBC for six seasons from May 11, 1991 to May 4, 1996. The series was created by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman, who were also the executive producers and showrunners. The show debuted on May 11, 1991 for a seven-episode test run and was subsequently renewed for the 1991 fall schedule. Sisters was one of the first 'demographic' hits because of its strong female viewership.

The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series is an award presented annually by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS). It is given in honor of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role on a television drama series for the primetime network season.

The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama is an award presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The award honors the best performance by an actress in a drama television series.

She also played supporting roles in films, including The Man Who Loved Women (1983), Rustlers' Rhapsody (1985), Nothing in Common (1986), Hello Again (1987), The Fugitive (1993), My Fellow Americans (1996), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), The Guardian (2006), The Stepfather (2009), and Gone Girl (2014).

<i>The Man Who Loved Women</i> (1983 film) 1983 film by Blake Edwards

The Man Who Loved Women is a 1983 American comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews and Kim Basinger. It is a remake of the 1977 French film L'Homme qui aimait les femmes.

<i>Rustlers Rhapsody</i> 1985 film by Hugh Wilson

Rustlers' Rhapsody is a 1985 American comedy-Western film. It is a parody of many Western conventions, most visibly of the singing cowboy films that were prominent in the 1930s and the 1940s. The film was written and directed by Hugh Wilson, who was supposedly inspired by working at CBS Studio Center, the former Republic Pictures backlot. It stars Tom Berenger as a stereotypical good-guy cowboy, Rex O'Herlihan, who is drawn out of a black-and-white film and transferred into a more self-aware setting. Patrick Wayne, son of Western icon John Wayne, co-stars, along with Andy Griffith, Fernando Rey, G.W. Bailey, Marilu Henner and Sela Ward.

<i>Nothing in Common</i> 1986 film by Garry Marshall

Nothing in Common is a 1986 American comedy-drama film directed by Garry Marshall. It stars Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason in what would be Gleason's final film role; he was suffering from terminal cancer.

In 2016, she played the President of the United States in the science fiction film Independence Day: Resurgence .

President of the United States Head of state and of government of the United States

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<i>Independence Day: Resurgence</i> 2016 US science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich

Independence Day: Resurgence is a 2016 American science fiction action disaster film written and directed by Roland Emmerich with co-writers Dean Devlin, Nicolas Wright, James A. Woods, and James Vanderbilt. A sequel to the 1996 film Independence Day, it stars an ensemble cast featuring Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Maika Monroe, Jessie Usher, Travis Tope, William Fichtner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Judd Hirsch, Brent Spiner, and Sela Ward. The film takes place twenty years after the events of the first film, during which the United Nations has collaborated to form Earth Space Defense (ESD), an international military defense and research organization. Through reverse engineering, the world has fused the power of alien technology with theirs and laid the groundwork to resist a second invasion.

Early life

Ward was born in Meridian, Mississippi, to Annie Kate (née Boswell), a housewife, and Granberry Holland "G.H." Ward, Jr., an electrical engineer. Ward is the eldest of four children with a sister, Jenna, and two brothers, Brock and Granberry Holland Ward III.

Meridian, Mississippi City in Mississippi, United States

Meridian is the sixth largest city in the state of Mississippi, United States. It is the county seat of Lauderdale County and the principal city of the Meridian, Mississippi Micropolitan Statistical Area. Along major highways, the city is 93 mi (150 km) east of Jackson, Mississippi; 154 mi (248 km) southwest of Birmingham, Alabama; 202 mi (325 km) northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana; and 231 mi (372 km) southeast of Memphis, Tennessee.

Ward attended the University of Alabama, where she was Homecoming Queen, a Crimson Tide cheerleader, and joined Chi Omega sorority. [3] She double-majored in fine art and advertising. She graduated in 1977. [4]

University of Alabama public university located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, United States

The University of Alabama is a public research university in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. It is the flagship of the University of Alabama System. Established in 1820, the University of Alabama (UA) is the oldest and largest of the public universities in Alabama. The university offers programs of study in 13 academic divisions leading to bachelor's, master's, Education Specialist, and doctoral degrees. The only publicly supported law school in the state is at UA. Other academic programs unavailable elsewhere in Alabama include doctoral programs in anthropology, communication and information sciences, metallurgical engineering, music, Romance languages, and social work.

Cheerleading type of fun activity

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Chi Omega American womens fraternal organization / sorority

Chi Omega is a women's fraternity and a member of the National Panhellenic Conference, the umbrella organization of 26 women's fraternities.


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Ward in 1994

While working in New York City as a storyboard artist for multimedia presentations, Ward began modeling to supplement her income. She was recruited by the Wilhelmina agency and was soon featured in television commercials promoting Maybelline cosmetics.

New York City Largest city in the United States

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Storyboard graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a story

A storyboard is a graphic organizer in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence for the purpose of pre-visualizing a motion picture, animation, motion graphic or interactive media sequence. The storyboarding process, in the form it is known today, was developed at Walt Disney Productions during the early 1930s, after several years of similar processes being in use at Walt Disney and other animation studios.

Model (person) person employed to display, advertise and promote products, or to serve as a visual aid

A model is a person with a role either to promote, display or advertise commercial products, or to serve as a visual aid for people who are creating works of art or to pose for photography.

Ward eventually moved to California to pursue acting and landed her first film role in the 1983 Burt Reynolds vehicle The Man Who Loved Women . Her first regular role in a television drama series, as a socialite on Dennis Weaver's short-lived CBS series, Emerald Point N.A.S., followed in the same year. Ward continued to land guest roles in both television and movies throughout the 1980s, most notably opposite Tom Hanks in 1986's Nothing in Common . In 1991 she was cast as the bohemian alcoholic Teddy Reed on Sisters, for which she received her first Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994. [3] She portrayed Helen Kimball, the wife of Dr. Richard Kimball (Harrison Ford), in The Fugitive , one of the top films of 1993.

Ward won a CableACE Award for her portrayal of the late television journalist Jessica Savitch in the 1995 TV movie Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story. [3] Almost Golden remains Lifetime's most watched TV movie to date.

In 1995, Ward was passed over for a Bond girl role, learning that even though then-Bond Pierce Brosnan was 42, the casting director said "What we really want is Sela, but Sela ten years ago". [5] In response, she developed and produced a documentary, The Changing Face of Beauty, about American obsession with youth and its effect on women. Later on, Ward would voice the part of former model turned villain Page Monroe in an episode ("Mean Seasons") of The New Batman/Superman Adventures , which focused primarily on the media's obsession with youth. [6]

Ward succeeded Candice Bergen as commercial spokesperson for Sprint's long distance telephone service from 1999 until 2002. She also appeared on Frasier as supermodel/zoologist Kelly Easterbrook in the fifth season opener ("Frasier's Imaginary Friend"). When she read for the role of Lily Brooks Manning on the series Once and Again, its creators (Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz of thirtysomething fame) initially deemed Ward "too beautiful" for the average single mother to identify with. Ward received her second lead actress Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. [3]

In 2004, she played the role of a private investigator in the television movie Suburban Madness. The same year, she also appeared in the movie The Day After Tomorrow with Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhall. In 2005, she began a recurring role in the Fox dramatic series House as Stacy Warner, the hospital's attorney and formidable ex-partner of the protagonist Dr. Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie). In 2006, Ward's character was written off the show. However, she made her last guest appearance in the series finale (which aired on May 21, 2012).

Ward was originally offered both the role of Megan Donner on CSI: Miami and Susan Mayer on Desperate Housewives , but turned both down. Ward was reluctant to commit to another lead role in an hour-long series because of the time away from her family it would require. [7]

Although she was on a brief hiatus from television, she continued to appear in feature films. She starred opposite Kevin Costner in The Guardian in 2006 and starred in the thriller The Stepfather in 2009. In July 2010, Ward signed on to star in the police drama CSI: NY , at the seventh season's start. [1] Ward remained on the show until the ninth and final season's end in February 2013. [8]

Ward appeared as newswoman Sharon Schieber in Gone Girl (2014), and co-starred in Independence Day: Resurgence , released June 2016, in which she played the President of the United States, President Lanford. [9] She also played the leading role alongside Nick Nolte in the political comedy series Graves . [10] She also currently is in a leading role alongside Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki and Jeremy Sisto in the crime series FBI . [11]

Personal life

On May 23, 1992, Ward married entrepreneur Howard Elliott Sherman. They have two children: Austin and Anabella. [12]

After meeting two foster children during a holiday trip home to Mississippi in 1997, [13] Ward decided to meet a broader need for abused and neglected children by initiating and partially funding the creation of a permanent group home and emergency shelter, as well as transition houses. Hope Village for Children opened in Ward's hometown of Meridian in January 2002, housed on a 30-acre (12 ha) property once used as a Masonic-owned and operated orphanage, and is intended to serve as a pilot for a nationwide network of similar shelters. Hope Village currently has a capacity of 44 residents and serves an average of 200 children per year. [14] On March 1, 2018, Ward's husband, Howard Sherman, announced he would be a candidate for the United States Senate from Mississippi in the 2018 Democratic Primary, facing House Minority Leader David Baria and self-proclaimed nerd Jensen Bohren. [15]

A roughly 0.9 miles (1.4 km) stretch of 22nd Avenue in Meridian (from 6th Street southeast to the Interstate 20 highway interchange) [16] has been named the "Sela Ward Parkway" in her honor. [17]

In 2002, Ward published her autobiography, Homesick: A Memoir, through HarperCollins' ReganBooks imprint. [18]



1983 The Man Who Loved Women Janet Wainwright
1985 Rustlers' Rhapsody Colonel's Daughter
1986 Nothing in Common Cheryl Ann Wayne
1987 Hello Again Kim Lacey
Steele Justice Tracy
1989 The Haunting of Sarah Hardy Sarah Hardy
1991 Child of Darkness, Child of Light Sister Anne
1992 Double Jeopardy Karen Hart
1993 The Fugitive Helen Kimble
1996 My Fellow Americans Kaye Griffin
1998 54 Billie Auster
1999 Runaway Bride Pretty Woman in BarCameo
2002 The Badge Carla Hardwick
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Jeannie Miller
The Day After Tomorrow Dr. Lucy Hall
2006 The Guardian Helen Randall
2009 The Stepfather Susan Harding
2014 Gone Girl Sharon Schieber
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence President Elizabeth Lanford


1983–84 Emerald Point N.A.S. Hilary Adams22 episodes
1985I Had Three WivesEmilyEpisode: "Til Death Do us Part"
1986 Hotel Isabel AtwoodEpisode: "Hornet's Nest"
L.A. Law Lynette Pierce2 episodes
1987 Night Court HeatherEpisode: "Christine's Friend"
1990 Rainbow Drive Laura DemmingTelevision film
1991–96 Sisters Teddy Reed127 episodes
1995Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Jessica Savitch Television film
1997 Frasier Kelly EasterbrookEpisode: "Frasier's Imaginary Friend"
Stories of Courage: Two WomenMarie-Rose GinesteTelevision film
1999 The New Batman Adventures Page Monroe/Calendar GirlVoice role; Episode: "Mean Seasons"
1999–2002 Once and Again Lily Manning63 episodes
2000Catch a Falling StarSydney ClarkTelevision film
2004 Suburban Madness Bobbi Bacha
2005–12 House Stacy Warner 10 episodes
2010–13 CSI: NY Jo Danville 57 episodes
2016–17 Graves Margaret Graves20 episodes
2018 Westworld Juliet
2018–2019 FBI Dana MosierMain Role Season 1

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