Award winning actress and Grammy nominated country singer Lisa Hartman has amassed a number of credits since making her TV series debut in the one season show “Tabitha” (1977-1978). Several years later, she hit the big time appearing on the long running nighttime soap “Knots Landing” (1982-1986), from which she won a Soap Opera Digest Award. After leaving the series, she starred as Jade O'Keefe in the soon-canceled series “2000 Malibu Road” (1992). Hartman has also appeared in feature films, among them Wes Craven's “Deadly Blessing” (1981) and “Where the Boys Are ‘84” (1984) and starred in numerous TV movies, two of which she produced. Her TV film credits include “Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls” (1981), “Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues” (1985), “Roses Are for the Rich” (1987), “Bare Essentials” (1991), “Not of This World” (1991), “Red Wind” (1991), “Have You Seen My Son” (1996), “Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack” (1998) and “Back to You and Me” (2005). In music industry since the mid-1970s, Hartman released four solo albums during 1976 to 1987, but did not enjoy major success until 1999. “When I Said I Do,” a duet she sang with her husband Clint Black, peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and earned Hartman a Grammy nomination. The couple also had a country hit in 2002 called “Easy For Me to Say.”
Now credited as Lisa Hartman Black, the beautiful, multi-talented actress/singer has been married to Clint Black since 1991. They have a daughter named Lily.
Childhood and Family:
“I remember having the best childhood. I had a very healthy, happy, funny family.” Lisa Hartman
Lisa K. Hartman was born on June 1, 1956, in Houston, Texas, to Howard Hartman, a country singer, and Jonni Hartman, a Hollywood publicity agent. She has a sister named Terri Hartman. As a child, Lisa told her mother she was going to be a star and appeared in commercials with actor John Wayne. She was educated at Houston's High School for the Performing Arts, during which time she performed with local rock bands and worked in local theater.
In October 20, 1991, Lisa married country music star Clint Black, whom she met in 1991 after one of his concerts. On May 8, 2001, Lisa gave birth to a baby girl named Lily Pearl Black and subsequently put her acting career on the back burner to concentrate on her family.
When I Said I Do
The daughter of a singer and an agent, Lisa Hartman knew she wanted to be a performer. Having her first taste of show business as a child working in commercials with actor John Wayne, at age 16 she served as the lead vocalist of a Houston rock group called Lisa Hartman and Four Grand and went on to perform with other local bands throughout high school. After graduation, Hartman was offered a record deal and headed to Los Angeles at age 19 after signing a contract with Don Kirschner's record label.
Within a year, the future star kicked off her recording career by releasing the debut album “Lisa Hartman” in 1976. Also that year, she made her TV series acting debut with a starring role on the ABC sitcom “Tabitha,” a spin-off of the long running “Bewitched” sitcom. In addition, she appeared as a stewardess in the TV film “Murder at the World Series” (1977). After the series ended, she played Diana Payne in an episode of the dramatic series “Vega$” (1979).
However, Hartman's real passion was music. In an attempt to become a recording star, she launched a single titled “Nobody Likes Lovin More Than I Do” in 1978 and a second album, “Hold On,” in 1979. She also acted and appeared in the television film “The Great American Traffic Jam” (1980), opposite John Beck, Shelly Fabares, Shelley Fabares and James Gregory.
Hartman portrayed three differed characters in the series “The Love Boat” (1979-1981) and five in the adventure series “The Fantasy Island” (1978-1981). Her next feature film role in the 1980's was in “Just Tell Me You Love Me,” an indie comedy where she starred as Julie. She also portrayed the supporting role of Faith Stohler in Wes Craven's “Deadly Blessing” (1981). The same year, she costarred in the CBS original TV film “Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls” (1981), playing actress/singer Neely O'Hara.
The Houston native had just released her third studio album, “Letterock” (1982), which marked her first with RCA Records and was later re-released under the title “Lisa Hartman” (1983), when she was offered the role of singer Ciji Dunne on the popular prime time soap opera “Knots Landing.” She made her debut in the show in October 1982 in the episode “Encounters.” At the end of the 1982-1983 season, her character was killed off but due to her popularity, Hartman was brought back to “Knots Landing” the following season to portray Ciji's look-a-like Cathy Geary Rush. She remained with show until 1986 and won a 1984 Soap Opera Digest for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role on a Prime Time Soap Opera.
While working on “Knots Landing,” Hartman also played Kate Flannery on the short lived series “High Performance” (1983), provided the theme song for and starred as Jennie Cooper in “Where the Boys Are ‘84” (1984), a remake of the 1960s movie of the same name, starred in the film “The Bride” (1985) and was cast as a policewoman in the TV film “Beverly Hills Cowgirl Blues” (1985). After leaving the series, she tried to resume her singing career by launching the album “'Til My Heart Stops” in 1987, which was released by Atlantic Records. She also appeared in popular TV movies like “Roses Are for the Rich” (1987).
Hartman went on to act in such TV movies as the Emmy nominated “The Operation” (1990, opposite Joe Penny), the based-on-novel “The Take” (1990), “Bare Essentials” (1991, with Gregory Harrison and Mark Linn-Baker), “Not of This World” (1991, starred as Linda Fletcher), “Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor” (1991, with Lee Majors), the thriller “Red Wind” (1991), and the Robert Stack vehicle “The Return of Eliot Ness” (1991). Following her marriage to popular country singer Clint Black in 1991, she starred as Jade O'Keefe in the short lived series “2000 Malibu Road” (1992), opposite Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Beals, and made a number of TV movies, including the Paul Schneider directed “Have You Seen My Son” (1996) and “Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack” (1998), both of which she produced. The latter movie saw the actress act with her husband.
Hartman was reunited with her husband the following year to sing a duet with the song “When I Said I Do,” which became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs (formerly Hot Country Singles & Tracks) chart. The popular song, which was included on the Clint Black CD “D'lectrified,” brought the two a Grammy nomination and became Hartman's first and only No. 1 single to date. Their second duet, “Easy For Me to Say,” rose to No. 27 on the country music charts in 2002. With her successful music collaboration with her husband, Hartman took a long break from acting. She resurfaced in front of the camera in 2005 to star in the TV film “Back to You and Me.” It was her first TV film since the 1998 “Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack.”
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role on a Prime Time Soap Opera, “Knots Landing,” 1984