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Sela Ward

Biography

American television and film actress who became known on her behalf recurring roles within the series Once and Again and CSI: NY. She performed Dr. Lucy Hall within the 2004 film YOUR DAY After Tomorrow. She was a cheerleader and was called homecoming queen in the College or university of Alabama. She was also an effective film actress within the 1990s and performed an important part in the traditional film The Fugitive. She wedded Howard Sherman, plus they got two kids. She appeared in a number of episodes of Home M.D. as Stacy alongside Hugh Laurie.

Quick Facts


Full Name Sela Ward
Date Of Birth July 11, 1956
Place Of Birth Meriden, MS
Height 1.71 m
Profession TV Actress
Education University of Alabama
Nationality American
Spouse Howard Sherman
Children Anabella Raye Sherman, Austin Ward Sherman
Parents Granberry Holland Ward Jr., Annie Kate Ward
Siblings Brock Ward, Jenna Ward, Granberry Ward III
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama
Movies Independence Day: Resurgence, The Day After Tomorrow, The Fugitive, The Stepfather, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Gone Girl, Nothing in Common, Rustlers' Rhapsody, My Fellow Americans, Hello Again, The Guardian, The Man Who Loved Women, Runaway Bride, Steele Justice, The Badge, 54, Suburban Madness, Child of Darkness, Child of Light, The Reef, Rainbow Drive, Bridesmaids, Double Jeopardy, The Haunting Of Sarah Hardy, Catch a Falling Star, Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, Rescuers: Stories Of Courage: Two Women, Killer Rules, The King Of Love
TV Shows CSI: NY, House, Once and Again, Sisters, Emerald Point N.A.S., Graves
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1 Is an accomplished artist having majored in fine arts and painting in college.
2 First name is pronounced "See-La." (At times being confused with the Biblical word "Selah.").
3 Performs the voice-over narration in commercials for Crest toothpaste. [March 2010]
4 New York, NY: Plays Detective Jo Danville on the hit series CSI:NY [2010]
5 Release of her book, "Homesick: A Memoir". [2002]
6 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]
7 1996: Was turned down for the part of a Bond Girl, reportedly because the director thought she was too old.
8 1977: Graduated from the University of Alabama.
9 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.
10 Member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
11 She was reportedly offered but turned down the role of "Susan", which eventually went to Teri Hatcher on Desperate Housewives (2004).
12 Her husband, Howard Sherman, is a venture capitalist.
13 Former cheerleader in both high school as well as at the University of Alabama.
14 Was considered for the role of Megan Donner on CSI: Miami (2002) but turned it down.
15 Is an initiated sister of Chi Omega Fraternity
16 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.
17 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.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Graves 2016 TV Series Margaret Graves
Independence Day: Resurgence 2016 President Lanford
Gone Girl 2014 Sharon Schieber
CSI: NY 2010-2013 TV Series Jo Danville
House M.D. 2005-2012 TV Series Stacy Warner
The Stepfather 2009 Susan Harding
The Guardian 2006/I Helen Randall
Suburban Madness 2004 TV Movie Bobbi Bacha
The Day After Tomorrow 2004 Dr. Lucy Hall
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 2004 Jeannie Miller
The Badge 2002 Carla Hardwick
Once and Again 1999-2002 TV Series Lily Manning
Catch a Falling Star 2000 TV Movie Sydney Clarke, aka Cheryl Belson
Passion's Way 1999 TV Movie Anna Leath
Runaway Bride 1999 Pretty Woman in Bar
54 1998 Billie Auster
The New Batman Adventures 1998 TV Series Calendar Girl Page Monroe
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women 1997 TV Movie Marie-Rose Gineste (segment "Woman on a Bicycle")
Frasier 1997 TV Series Kelly Easterbrook
My Fellow Americans 1996 Kaye Griffin
Sisters 1991-1996 TV Series Teddy Reed Teddy Reed Falconer Teddy Reed Sorenson
Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story 1995 TV Movie Jessica Savitch
The Fugitive 1993 Helen Kimble
Killer Rules 1993 TV Movie Dorothy Wade
Double Jeopardy 1992 TV Movie Karen Hart
Child of Darkness, Child of Light 1991 TV Movie Sister Anne
Rainbow Drive 1990 TV Movie Laura Demming
Christine Cromwell 1990 TV Series Toni Cerreta
The Haunting of Sarah Hardy 1989 TV Movie Sarah Hardy
Bridesmaids 1989 TV Movie Caryl
The King of Love 1987 TV Movie Annie Larkspur
Hello Again 1987 Kim Lacey
Cameo by Night 1987 TV Movie Jennifer / Cameo
Steele Justice 1987 Tracy
Night Court 1987 TV Series Heather
L.A. Law 1986 TV Series Lynette Pierce
Hotel 1986 TV Series Isabel Atwood
Nothing in Common 1986 Cheryl Ann Wayne
I Had Three Wives 1985 TV Series Emily
Rustlers' Rhapsody 1985 Colonel's Daughter
Emerald Point N.A.S. 1983-1984 TV Series Hilary Adams
The Man Who Loved Women 1983 Janet Wainwright

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Catch a Falling Star 2000 TV Movie executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Today 2014-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Made in Hollywood: Teen Edition 2016 TV Series Herself
The View 2004-2016 TV Series Herself
Made in Hollywood 2009-2016 TV Series Herself
The Talk 2016 TV Series Herself
In Character With... 2016 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2016 TV Series Herself
Extra 2016 TV Series Herself
Rachael Ray 2009-2013 TV Series Herself
Morning Joe 2013 TV Series Herself
CSI: NY - The Final Season: A Day Off With 2013 Video short Herself
CSI: NY - Season 8: Honoring Our Heroes 2012 Video short Herself
The Magic Eight 2012 Video short Herself
SAG Foundation Conversations 2011 TV Series Herself
The Early Show 2011 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
CBS Cares 2011 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2005-2010 TV Series Herself
Dancing with the Stars 2007 TV Series Herself
The Guardian: Making Waves 2007 Video short Herself
The Megan Mullally Show 2006 TV Series Herself
The Young Hollywood Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
CMT: The Greatest - Sexiest Southern Women 2006 TV Special Herself
Discovery Atlas 2006 TV Series documentary Narator
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Herself
Mississippi Rising 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast 2005 TV Movie Herself
The Jane Pauley Show 2004 TV Series Herself - Target Fundraiser Interview
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2004 TV Series Herself
The Wayne Brady Show 2004 TV Series Herself
MTV Special: Dirty Dancing - Havana Nights 2004 TV Movie documentary Jeannie Miller
Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men 2002 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV Series Drama & Presenter: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 TV Special
America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 TV Special documentary Herself
Intimate Portrait 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series & Presenter
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a TV-Series Drama
My VH1 Music Awards 2000 TV Special documentary Herself - Presenter
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2000 TV Series Herself
The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Presenter
The Changing Face of Beauty 2000 TV Movie documentary Host
The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV Series-Drama
The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The Martin Short Show 1999 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1999 TV Series Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1999 TV Series Herself
The Daily Show 1998 TV Series Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1998 TV Series Herself
The 1998 Annual ShoWest Awards 1998 TV Special Herself - Host
The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Host
The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Nominee
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Nominee & Presenter
The 17th Annual CableACE Awards 1995 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1995 TV Series Herself
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Hollywood's Most Powerful Women 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself - Host
The 1994 Ambbassador of Hope Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Winner & Presenter
Vicki! 1994 TV Series Herself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 9th Annual ASC Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Nominee
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 27th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1992 TV Special Herself - Presenter
One on One with John Tesh 1991 TV Series Herself
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 15th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards 1991 TV Special Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Best of CMT Music Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter 2004 TV Movie Kelly Easterbrook (uncredited)
Brilliant But Cancelled 2002 TV Movie documentary

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 CinemaCon Award CinemaCon, USA Ensemble of the Universe Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) · Liam Hemsworth
· Jeff Goldblum
· Bill Pullman
· Maika Monroe
· Jessie T. Usher
· Vivica A. Fox
· Brent Spiner
2001 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Once and Again (1999)
2001 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Drama Series Once and Again (1999)
2000 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Once and Again (1999)
2000 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a New Drama Series Once and Again (1999)
2000 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Once and Again (1999)
1996 CableACE CableACE Awards Actress in a Movie or Miniseries Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995)
1994 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Sisters (1991)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Gone Girl (2014) · Rosamund Pike
· Ben Affleck
· Neil Patrick Harris
· Carrie Coon
· Kim Dickens
· Patrick Fugit
· Boyd Holbrook
· Lola Kirke
· Tyler Perry
· Missi Pyle
· Emily Ratajkowski
· Casey Wilson
2005 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Guest Actress House M.D. (2004)
2002 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Once and Again (1999)
2002 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Drama Series Once and Again (1999)
2002 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Drama Once and Again (1999)
2001 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Once and Again (1999)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Drama Once and Again (1999)
2001 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Once and Again (1999)
2001 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Actress of the Year in a Drama Series Once and Again (1999)
2000 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Once and Again (1999)
2000 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a Drama Series Once and Again (1999)
2000 TCA Award Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Once and Again (1999)
2000 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Favorite Actress in a New Series Once and Again (1999)
1996 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995)
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995)
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Sisters (1991)
1994 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama Sisters (1991)


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#Quote
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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