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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 11 July 1956Meridian, Mississippi, USA
Birth NameSela Ann Ward
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Hallelujah for Sela. Everyone's favorite "Sister" was born Sela Ann Ward, on July 11, 1956, in Meridian, Mississippi. Sela's parents were Granberry Holland (an electrical engineer) and Annie Kate Ward; the 3 younger children in the family are Jenna (1957), Berry (1959) and Brock (1961). "Sela" is a Hebrew word that means "rock, boulder, cliff." Sela graduated from the University of Alabama in 1977, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art and advertising; Sela was also a cheerleader for the Crimson Tide football team, a Homecoming Queen and a member of the Chi Omega sorority. Sela moved to New York to work for an advertising agency. Responding to a friend's suggestion that she was tall (5'7") and pretty enough to try modeling, Sela began a highly successful career with the Wilhelmina Agency. Sela's first gig was in the Pepsi advertising department, and her first commercial was for Maybelline. After appearing in 20 national TV commercials, Sela moved to L.A. and got her first TV role in Emerald Point N.A.S. (1983); she dated tall costar Richard Dean Anderson for 3 years (which is much longer than the TV series lasted). Sela's movie break came by appearing with Burt Reynolds in the film The Man Who Loved Women (1983), and by now her acting career was established. But perhaps Sela is best known for starring in the TV series Sisters (1991), which ran for 6 seasons. The series was a big hit with women, and if the males in the audience stuck around after the steamy (literally) opening sauna sequence, they too would discover a series with fascinating writing and story plots, with Sela as "Teddy"-- in the fashion industry she began her first company, which she wanted to call Teddy Wear. In 1992 and 1994, Sela got the Golden Globe nomination for best lead actress in a drama series; in 1994, she won an Emmy Award and, in 1996, the Screen Actors Guild Award. During the series' run, Sela married Howard Sherman (May 23, 1992 - present). They had two children: Austin Ward (May 13, 1994), Anabella Raye (May 30, 1998). Still very much a pretty woman, Sela appeared in Runaway Bride (1999) as Pretty Bar Woman. In 2000, Sela won her 2nd Emmy award, this time for work in Once and Again (1999).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: kdhaisch@aol.com

Sela is the oldest of four children. Her parents were an electrical engineer and homemaker in Meridian, Mississppi. Her name is a word from biblical Hebrew that is translated as "rock, boulder, cliff." "Sela" is the Hebrew form of the Greek "Petra." She studied art and advertising at the University of Alabama, where she also was a cheerleader and was elected homecoming queen. She moved to New York to do storyboards for an advertising agency, but soon was tapped to be a model. Soon got commercials and decided to move to L.A. to seek a break in films, which she got only two weeks after arriving when she was selected to appear opposite Burt Reynolds in The Man Who Loved Women (1983).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

Spouse (1)

Howard Sherman (23 May 1992 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (15)

Has a son, Austin Ward Sherman (born May 13, 1994), and a daughter, Anabella Raye Sherman (born May 30, 1998), with her husband, Howard Sherman.
2002: Her mother, Annie, died while battling ovarian cancer. Her father, Granberry, a retired engineer, died of complications following surgery at age 85 in January 2009.
Is an initiated sister of Chi Omega Fraternity
Was considered for the role of Megan Donner on CSI: Miami (2002) but turned it down.
Former cheerleader in both high school as well as at the University of Alabama.
Her husband, Howard Sherman, is a venture capitalist.
She was reportedly offered but turned down the role of "Susan", which eventually went to Teri Hatcher on Desperate Housewives (2004).
Member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
Played Kevin Costner's wife in The Guardian (2006). In The Fugitive (1993) she played Harrison Ford's wife. Costner was considered at one point to play Dr. Richard Kimble, the role that eventually went to Ford.
1977: Graduated from the University of Alabama.
1996: Was turned down for the part of a Bond Girl, reportedly because the director thought she was too old.
Participated in the 3rd Munchkin's Project Pink annual breast cancer awareness campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. The project consists of the donation of celebrity-decorated and autographed bath ducks, put up for auction. [October 2008]
Release of her book, "Homesick: A Memoir".
New York, NY: Plays Detective Jo Danville on the hit series CSI:NY
Performs the voice-over narration in commercials for Crest toothpaste. [March 2010]

Personal Quotes (1)

[after being rejected for the femme fatale role in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) at age 39] I'd never felt more sexy and more confident as a woman, and more ready as an actress. Yet, as I quickly discovered, if you were over 35, you weren't any of those things as far as Hollywood is concerned.

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