Once and Again
Beautiful, skilled Hollywood actress Sela Ward gained praise for her role of Theodora ‘Teddy’ Reed Margolis Falconer Sorenson in the acclaimed drama series “Sisters” (1991), where she was garnered an Emmy Award and received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination. Ward continued giving notable performances, including the titular character in the TV biopic Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995). Thanks to her exquisite acting in the latter, she nabbed a CableACE Award, as well as accepted an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nomination.
Yet, it was her starring turn as the divorced Lily Manning in the family drama series “Once and Again” (1999-2002), which reaped fervent critical acclaim, winning her an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Viewers for Quality Television Award. For the same role, she also earned an Emmy, and two Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations.
Off screen, Ward appeared in the year 2000 Sprint commercials and on the cover of More magazine. In 2002, she published an autobiography book titled Sela Ward: A Memoir. As for her romantic life, during 1983-1986, the actress was seeing actor Richard Dean Anderson, whom she first met on the set of “Emerald Point N.A.S.” (1983-1984). She was then engaged to actor Peter Weller, but in 1990 they broke up. She is now married to Howard Elliot Sherman and is the mother of two.
Childhood and Family:
Born on July 11, 1956, in Meridian, Mississippi, Sela Ann Ward is the first of four to Granberry Holland (electrical engineer) and Annie Kate Ward (died in 2002 of ovarian cancer). Her first name, Sela, is a biblical name meaning “Hallelujah.”
Sela took arts and advertising programs at the University of Alabama, where she became a cheerleader for the Crimson Tide Football Team, a homecoming queen and a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. Graduating from college, she headed to New York to be either a stewardess or a model. However, her fear of flying made her choose the latter. After a while, she also studied acting.
Sela first met her husband, real estate executive Howard Elliot Sherman (born in 1955), on a blind date in 1991. On May 23 the following year, the couple married and now have two children: son Austin Ward (born May 13, 1994) and daughter Anabella Raye Ward (born May 30, 1998).
The Jessica Savitch Story
In New York, Sela Ward kicked off her journey in show business by joining the Wilhelmina Agency, where she made some profitable ad contracts, which included working with Pepsi and Maybelline cosmetics. After 20 TV commercials, Ward went to Hollywood to study acting with Bob McAndrew.
The model soon had a chance to prove her acting skill with a regular role of Hilary Adams in the soap opera “Emerald Point N.A.S.” (1983-1984). She also quickly acquired supporting roles on the wide screen as Janet Wainwright in Blake Edwards’ comedy The Man Who Loved Women (1983), the Colonel’s daughter in the Western comedy Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985) and Cheryl Ann Wayne in Garry Marshall’s comedy drama Nothing in Common (1986). Following her TV film debut in The King of Love (1987), Ward then got a title role of a haunted daughter in the made-for-TV mystery thriller The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (1989) and appeared in an episode of the drama series “Christine Cromwell” (1990).
The newcomer mesmerized critics and TV viewers alike through her portrayal of Theodora ‘Teddy’ Reed Margolis Falconer Sorenson, an alcoholic, freethinking woman seeking her place in life, in the acclaimed drama series “Sisters” (1991). For her impressive performance, Ward was later garnered an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and received a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress. After playing roles in Double Jeopardy (1992, TV) and The Fugitive (1993, costarred with Harrison Ford), the actress was applauded for her beautiful performance as the titular character in the TV biopic Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story (1995), where she nabbed a CableACE for Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as accepted an Emmy and Screen Actors Guild nomination.
Joining director Peter Segal, Ward took the part of Kaye Griffin in the star-studded political comedy My Fellow Americans (1996), starring veteran actors Jack Lemmon, Dan Aykroyd and Lauren Bacall. She also starred as Marie-Rose Gineste in the TV adaptation of Gay Block and Malka Drucker’s book, Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Women (1997) and played Billie Auster in the historical drama 54 (1998), about the nostalgic portrait of a New York’s 70s hotspot.
The actress gave an all-out effort for the leading part of Lily Manning, a divorced mother beginning a romantic relationship with a divorced man, in the family drama series “Once and Again” (1999-2002). Reaching the zenith of her acting career, Ward harvested an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Viewers for Quality Television for Best Actress. For the same role, she also earned an Emmy (in 2001), two Golden Globe (in 2000 and 2002) and Screen Actors Guild nominations. The Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick-created series also featured Bill Campbell, Shane West, Susanna Thompson and many others.
Aside from the lucrative TV series, Ward had a cameo role in Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy Runaway Bride (1999) and starred as Sydney Clarke/Cheryl Belson in her producing debut, the TV comedy drama Catch a Falling Star (2000, as executive producer). It was ensued by her parts in the thriller The Badge (2002, alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Patricia Arquette) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004, as Dr. Lucy Hall).
In 2005, the actress joined the cast of the medical drama series “House, M.D.,” as Stacy Warner, the ex-wife of the main character. Soon, she will be seen as Helen Randall in the Andrew Davis-helmed The Guardian (2006), starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.