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Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Diana Smollett was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City. She co-starred in the ABC television comedy On Our Own (1994–1995) and guest appeared in numerous television shows: Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Full House, Martin, Wanda At Large, House, Grey's Anatomy, etc. She also co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Smollett is best known for her role in the independent film Eve's Bayou (1997), for which she received critical acclaim as ten-year-old Eve. Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma Lord Selma. In 2000 she co-starred with Sharon Stone and Billy Connelly in the comedy film Beautiful Joe. 2001 would find Jurnee co-starring as daughter to another popular actress, Angela Bassett, in the film Ruby's Bucket of Blood. Smollett co-starred with actors Bow Wow and Brandon T Jackson in the 2005 skater movie Roll Bounce. In 2006 she joined the film Gridiron Gang. In 2007 actor/director Denzel Washington cast Smollett in The Great Debaters. As of September 2010, she is co-stars with Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in the CBS legal drama The Defenders. She has been active in HIV/AIDS causes since she was eleven. She spoke at the Ryan White Youth Conference, and elsewhere, on this issue. Smollett is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, dedicated to dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa. On October 24, 2010, Jurnee married musician Josiah Bell.

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Oct 1, 1986 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Full House 1987-09-22
Latest Project:
Movie Hands of Stone 2016-08-26
Known For
Poster of True Blood
Poster of Friday Night Lights
Poster of Grey's Anatomy
Poster of House
Movie Hands of Stone Juanita Leonard 2016-08-26
Series Underground Rosalee 2016-03-09
Series Do No Harm Abby Young 2013-01-31
Movie Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Judith 2013-03-29
Series The Mob Doctor Traci Coolidge 2012-09-17
Series The Defenders Lisa Tyler 2010-09-22
Series True Blood Nicole Wright 2008-09-07
Movie The Great Debaters Samantha Booke 2007-12-27
Movie Gridiron Gang Danyelle Rollins 2006-09-15
Series Friday Night Lights Jess Merriweather 2006-10-03
Series Grey's Anatomy Beth Monroe 2005-03-27
Movie Roll Bounce Tori 2005-09-23
Series House Tracy 2004-11-16
Series Wanda at Large Holly Hawkins 2003-03-26
Movie Ruby's Bucket of Blood Emerald Delacroix 2001-12-01
Movie Beautiful Joe Vivien Mason 2000-06-09
Series Strong Medicine Unknown 2000-07-23
Movie Selma, Lord, Selma Sheyann Webb 1999-01-17
Movie Eve's Bayou Eve Batiste 1997-09-07
Movie Jack Phoebe 1996-08-09
Series Cosby Jurnee 1996-09-16
Series On Our Own Jordee Jerrico 1994-09-13
Series ER Romy 1994-09-19
Series NYPD Blue Hanna 1993-09-21
Series Martin Little Girl #1 1992-08-27
Series Out All Night Laquita 1992-09-19
Series Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Denise Frazer 1992-09-22
Series Full House Denise 1987-09-22