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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
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for the leading role of Lily Manning in the ABC drama series Once and Again
Once and Again
(1999–2002). Ward later had the recurring role of Stacy Warner
Stacy Warner
in the Fox medical drama House, and starred as Jo Danville
Jo Danville
in the CBS
CBS
police procedural CSI: NY (2010–2013).[1] She also played supporting roles in films, including The Man Who Loved Women (1983), Rustlers' Rhapsody
Rustlers' Rhapsody
(1985), Nothing in Common
Nothing in Common
(1986), Hello Again (1987), The Fugitive (1993), My Fellow Americans
My Fellow Americans
(1996), The Day After Tomorrow
The Day After Tomorrow
(2004), The Guardian (2006), The Stepfather (2009), and Gone Girl (2014). In 2016, she played the President of the United States
President of the United States
in the science fiction film Independence Day: Resurgence, and starred in the Epix political comedy Graves.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Ward was born in Meridian, Mississippi
Meridian, Mississippi
to Annie Kate (née Boswell), a housewife who died of ovarian cancer on February 12, 2002, and Granberry Holland "G.H." Ward, Jr., an electrical engineer who died on January 13, 2009.[2][3][4] Ward is the eldest of four children with a sister, Jenna, and two brothers, Brock and Granberry Holland Ward III. Ward attended the University of Alabama, where she was Homecoming Queen, a Crimson Tide cheerleader, and joined Chi Omega
Chi Omega
sorority.[5] She double-majored in fine art and advertising.[6] Career[edit]

Sela Ward
Sela Ward
in 1994

While working in New York City
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
Maybelline
cosmetics. Ward eventually moved to California to pursue acting and landed her first film role in the 1983 Burt Reynolds
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
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
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.[5] 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.[5] Almost Golden remains Lifetime's most watched TV movie to date. In 1995, Ward was passed over for a Bond girl
Bond girl
role, learning that even though then-Bond Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan
was 42, the casting director said "What we really want is Sela, but Sela ten years ago".[7] 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.[8] Ward succeeded Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen
as commercial spokesperson for Sprint's long distance telephone service from 1999 until 2002. She also appeared on Frasier
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
Edward Zwick
and Marshall Herskovitz
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.[5] 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
The Day After Tomorrow
with Dennis Quaid
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
Gregory House
(played by Hugh Laurie). In 2006, Ward's character was written off the show. She made her last guest appearance in the House series finale titled "Everybody Dies" which aired on May 21, 2012, as one of House's hallucinations and an attendee at his funeral. Ward was originally offered both the role of Megan Donner on CSI: Miami and Susan Mayer
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.[9] Although she was on a brief hiatus from television she continued to appear in feature films. In 2006 she starred opposite Kevin Costner in The Guardian and in 2009 starred in the thriller The Stepfather. In July 2010, Ward signed on to star in the police drama CSI: NY, at the start of the seventh season.[1] Ward remained on the show until the end of the ninth and final season in February 2013.[10] 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.[11] She also played the leading role alongside Nick Nolte
Nick Nolte
in the political comedy series Graves.[12] Personal life[edit] On May 23, 1992, Ward married entrepreneur Howard Elliott Sherman. They have two children: Austin (son) and Anabella (daughter).[13] After meeting two foster children during a holiday trip home to Mississippi in 1997,[14] 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 is housed on a 30-acre (12 ha) property once used as a Masonic-owned and operated orphanage, the Hope Village for Children opened in Ward's hometown of Meridian in January 2002 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.[15] 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.[16] A roughly 0.9 miles (1.4 km) stretch of 22nd Avenue in Meridian (from 6th Street southeast to the Interstate 20
Interstate 20
highway interchange)[17] has been named the " Sela Ward
Sela Ward
Parkway" in her honor.[18] In 2002, Ward published her autobiography, Homesick: A Memoir, through HarperCollins' ReganBooks imprint.[19] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1983 Man Who Loved Women, TheThe Man Who Loved Women Janet Wainwright

1985 Rustlers' Rhapsody Colonel's Daughter

1986 Nothing in Common Cheryl Ann Wayne

1987 Hello Again Kim Lacey

1987 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 Fugitive, TheThe Fugitive Helen Kimble

1996 My Fellow Americans Kaye Griffin

1998 54 Billie Auster

1999 Runaway Bride Pretty Woman in Bar Cameo

2002 The Badge Carla Hardwick

2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Jeannie Miller

2004 Day After Tomorrow, TheThe Day After Tomorrow Dr. Lucy Hall

2006 Guardian, TheThe Guardian Helen Randall

2009 Stepfather, TheThe Stepfather Susan Harding

2014 Gone Girl Sharon Schieber

2016 Independence Day: Resurgence President Elizabeth Lanford

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1983–84 Emerald Point N.A.S. Hilary Adams 22 episodes

1985 I Had Three Wives Emily Episode: "Til Death Do us Part"

1986 Hotel Isabel Atwood Episode: "Hornet's Nest"

1986 L.A. Law Lynette Pierce 2 episodes

1987 Night Court Heather Episode: "Christine's Friend"

1990 Rainbow Drive Laura Demming Television film

1991–96 Sisters Teddy Reed 127 episodes

1995 Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Jessica Savitch Television film

1997 Frasier Kelly Easterbrook Episode: "Frasier's Imaginary Friend"

1997 Stories of Courage: Two Women Marie-Rose Gineste Television film

1999 New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman Adventures Page Monroe/Calendar Girl Voice role; Episode: "Mean Seasons"

1999–2002 Once and Again Lily Manning 63 episodes

2000 Catch a Falling Star Sydney Clark Television film

2004 Suburban Madness Bobbi Bacha Television film

2005–12 House Stacy Warner 10 episodes

2010–13 CSI: NY Jo Danville 57 episodes

2016–17 Graves Margaret Graves 20 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit] Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Sela Ward References[edit]

^ a b "US: Sela Ward
Sela Ward
joins CSI: NY". The Spy Report. Media Spy. July 14, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010.  ^ " Sela Ward
Sela Ward
Biography (1956–)". Retrieved June 7, 2015.  ^ "Granberry H. Ward Jr". Retrieved June 7, 2015.  ^ Ward, Sela (October 2003). Homesick: A Memoir. HarperEntertainment. p. 15. ISBN 0-06-098907-6.  ^ a b c d "Sela Ward". TVGuide.com. Retrieved December 14, 2015.  ^ "American Profile – American Profile Celebrates The Intriguing People, Places And Things In Hometowns Across The Country Along With Features On Music, Film, TV, Seasonal Recipes, Health And Family Finance". Archived from the original on November 5, 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2015.  ^ "Lifetime TV Shows". myLifetime.com. Archived from the original on July 5, 2007. Retrieved June 7, 2015.  ^ "Page Not Found". Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2015.  ^ "Why Sela Ward
Sela Ward
won't return to television". October 8, 2004.  ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 10, 2013). " CBS
CBS
Cancels CSI: NY, Vegas, Rules of Engagement, Golden Boy". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 17, 2013. ^ Busch, Anita (May 4, 2015). " Sela Ward
Sela Ward
Set To Play POTUS In ' Independence Day
Independence Day
2'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 23, 2015.  ^ Lesley Goldberg (October 14, 2015). " Sela Ward
Sela Ward
Replaces Susan Sarandon in Epix Comedy 'Graves'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 14, 2015.  ^ Dotson Rader. "Sela Ward: 'My Journey Has Been a Journey Home'". Parade. Retrieved December 14, 2015.  ^ Guideposts Magazine Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Hope Village for Children". Retrieved June 7, 2015.  ^ "Jensen Bohren wants to be a senator Mississippi can trust". Retrieved March 12, 2018.  ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved June 7, 2015.  ^ "DFW.com "Five questions with Sela Ward, the newest cast member of CSI: NY"". dfw.com. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved November 18, 2017.  ^ Ward, Sela (October 15, 2002). Homesick: A Memoir. Harper Entertainment. ISBN 0-06-098907-6. 

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Awards for Sela Ward

v t e

Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best Actress – Television Series Drama

Linda Cristal
Linda Cristal
(1969) Peggy Lipton
Peggy Lipton
(1970) Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
(1971) Gail Fisher
Gail Fisher
(1972) Lee Remick
Lee Remick
(1973) Angie Dickinson
Angie Dickinson
(1974) Lee Remick
Lee Remick
(1975) Susan Blakely
Susan Blakely
(1976) Lesley Ann Warren
Lesley Ann Warren
(1977) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1978) Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood
(1979) Yoko Shimada (1980) Linda Evans/ Barbara Bel Geddes
Barbara Bel Geddes
(1981) Joan Collins
Joan Collins
(1982) Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
(1983) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1984) Sharon Gless
Sharon Gless
(1985) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1986) Susan Dey
Susan Dey
(1987) Jill Eikenberry
Jill Eikenberry
(1988) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1989) Sharon Gless/ Patricia Wettig
Patricia Wettig
(1990) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1991) Regina Taylor
Regina Taylor
(1992) Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker
(1993) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(1994) Jane Seymour (1995) Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson
(1996) Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti
(1997) Keri Russell
Keri Russell
(1998) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(1999) Sela Ward
Sela Ward
(2000) Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner
(2001) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2002) Frances Conroy
Frances Conroy
(2003) Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Hargitay
(2004) Geena Davis
Geena Davis
(2005) Kyra Sedgwick
Kyra Sedgwick
(2006) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(2007) Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin
(2008) Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies
(2009) Katey Sagal
Katey Sagal
(2010) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2011) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2012) Robin Wright
Robin Wright
(2013) Ruth Wilson
Ruth Wilson
(2014) Taraji P. Henson
Taraji P. Henson
(2015) Claire Foy (2016) Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss
(2017)

v t e

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1952) Loretta Young
Loretta Young
(1954) Loretta Young
Loretta Young
(1956) Loretta Young
Loretta Young
(1959) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1961) Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck
(1966) Barbara Bain
Barbara Bain
(1967) Barbara Bain
Barbara Bain
(1968) Barbara Bain
Barbara Bain
(1969) Susan Hampshire
Susan Hampshire
(1970) Susan Hampshire
Susan Hampshire
(1971) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1972) Michael Learned
Michael Learned
(1973) Michael Learned
Michael Learned
(1974) Jean Marsh (1975) Michael Learned
Michael Learned
(1976) Lindsay Wagner
Lindsay Wagner
(1977) Sada Thompson
Sada Thompson
(1978) Mariette Hartley
Mariette Hartley
(1979) Barbara Bel Geddes
Barbara Bel Geddes
(1980) Barbara Babcock
Barbara Babcock
(1981) Michael Learned
Michael Learned
(1982) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1983) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1984) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1985) Sharon Gless
Sharon Gless
(1986) Sharon Gless
Sharon Gless
(1987) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1988) Dana Delany
Dana Delany
(1989) Patricia Wettig
Patricia Wettig
(1990) Patricia Wettig
Patricia Wettig
(1991) Dana Delany
Dana Delany
(1992) Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker
(1993) Sela Ward
Sela Ward
(1994) Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker
(1995) Kathy Baker
Kathy Baker
(1996) Gillian Anderson
Gillian Anderson
(1997) Christine Lahti
Christine Lahti
(1998) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(1999) Sela Ward
Sela Ward
(2000) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2001) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2002) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2003) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(2004) Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette
(2005) Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Hargitay
(2006) Sally Field
Sally Field
(2007) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(2008) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(2009) Kyra Sedgwick
Kyra Sedgwick
(2010) Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies
(2011) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2012) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2013) Julianna Margulies
Julianna Margulies
(2014) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2015) Tatiana Maslany
Tatiana Maslany
(2016) Elisabeth Moss
Elisabeth Moss
(2017)

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