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Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
(born Jurnee Diana Smollett, October 1, 1986)[1] is an American actress. She began her career as a child actress appearing on television sitcoms, with her most significant regular role being on On Our Own (1994–1995). She received critical acclaim and Critic's Choice Award for playing title role in the 1997 independent drama film Eve's Bayou. As an adult, Smollett-Bell has starred in the films The Great Debaters (2007) and Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013). She also had starring roles in a number of TV series, including the NBC sports drama Friday Night Lights (2009–2011), and the HBO vampire drama True Blood
True Blood
(2013–2014). In 2016, Smollett-Bell began playing a leading role as Rosalee, the house slave, in the WGN America
WGN America
period drama Underground. Smollett-Bell has won three NAACP Image Awards.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Early works 2.2 2007–present

3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Smollett-Bell was born Jurnee Diana Smollett in New York City, the daughter of Janet (née Harris) and Joel Smollett. Her father was Jewish
Jewish
(his family immigrated from Russia and Poland), and her mother is African-American.[2][3][4] She is the fourth of six performing siblings,[5] one sister, Jazz, and four brothers: Jussie, JoJo, Jake, and Jocqui.[6] Career[edit] Early works[edit] Smollett-Bell began her acting career appearing in a recurring roles on the ABC family sitcoms Full House
Full House
and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper playing Denise Frazer.[7] From 1994 to 1995, she co-starred with her siblings in the short-lived ABC sitcom On Our Own. In 1996, she appeared in the Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola
film Jack, making her big-screen debut.[7] Smollett-Bell received critical acclaim for her performance as 10-year-old Eve in the 1997 film Eve's Bayou
Eve's Bayou
opposite Lynn Whitfield, Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson
and Debbi Morgan.[8][9] In casting the role, writer-director Kasi Lemmons envisioned "a light-skinned black child who could convey the nuances of a Creole child in the 60s."[5] She received the Critic's Choice Award and was nominated for the NAACP Image Award.[10] The following year, she joined the cast of the CBS sitcom Cosby, for which she won two NAACP Image Award.[10] In 1999, Smollett-Bell starred in the racially charged Disney channel film Selma, Lord, Selma. In 2000, she co-starred with Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone
and Billy Connolly
Billy Connolly
in the film Beautiful Joe. In 2001, she played the daughter of Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
in the television film Ruby's Bucket of Blood. In 2005, she co-starred with Bow Wow and Brandon T. Jackson
Brandon T. Jackson
in the roller skating film Roll Bounce. In 2006, she appeared in the drama film Gridiron Gang. 2007–present[edit] In 2007, Smollett-Bell portrayed Samantha Booke (loosely based on Henrietta Bell Wells), the sole female debater at Wiley College
Wiley College
in the historical film The Great Debaters.[11] The film was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein
and starred Denzel Washington, who also directed the feature. For her performance, Smollett-Bel received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture. The following year, she returned to television, appearing in two episodes of ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. From 2009 to 2011, she was regular cast member in the DirecTV
DirecTV
drama series Friday Night Lights playing Jess Merriweather. From 2010 to 2011, she also co-starred with Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell
Jerry O'Connell
on the short-lived CBS legal drama The Defenders. From 2013 to 2014, she was regular on HBO series True Blood.[12] In 2013, Smollett-Bell played the leading role in the drama film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor directed by Tyler Perry. The film received negative reviews from critics, but was box-office hit grossing $53,125,354. It is the highest-grossing Tyler Perry film which the writer-director did not star in and the highest-grossing Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry
drama.[13] She later played Juanita Leonard, the wife of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, in the 2016 biographical sport film Hands of Stone
Hands of Stone
co-starring with Usher and Robert De Niro.[14][15] In 2015, Smollett-Bell was cast as lead character in the WGN America period drama series Underground. Smollett-Bell played Rosalee, a shy house slave, working on a plantation in 1857.[16] Personal life[edit] Smollett-Bell has been active in HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
causes since she was 11.[17] She spoke at the Ryan White
Ryan White
Youth Conference. Her first encounter with the disease came at age seven when a crew member of On Our Own died of AIDS.[18] Smollett-Bell is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, an organization dedicated to HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS
in Africa.[19] She is also on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Defense Fund. On October 24, 2010, she married musician Josiah Bell.[20] On October 31, 2016, the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Hunter.[21] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1996 Jack Phoebe

1997 Eve's Bayou Eve Batiste

2000 Beautiful Joe Vivien

2005 Roll Bounce Tori Turner

2006 Gridiron Gang Danyelle Rollins

2007 The Great Debaters Samantha Booke

2012 Captain Planet 4 Gaia Short film

2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Judith

2016 Hands of Stone Juanita Leonard

2017 One Last Thing[22]

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes

1991 Sunday in Paris Alison Chase Unsold pilot

1992 Out All Night Laquita Episode: "The Kid"

1992–1994 Full House Denise Frazer 13 episodes

1992 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Denise Frazer 4 episodes

1992 Martin Little Girl Episode: "I Saw Gina Kissing Santa Claus"

1994–1995 On Our Own Jordee Jerrico Series regular (20 episodes)

1996 NYPD Blue Hanna Episode: "Where's 'Swaldo"

1998–2000 Cosby Jurnee Series regular (8 episodes)

1999 Selma, Lord, Selma Sheyann Webb Movie

1999 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Ali Baba Episode: "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves"

2001 Ruby's Bucket of Blood Emerald Delacroix Movie

2002 Strong Medicine Ruby Episode: "Positive"

2002 ER Romy Episode: "Next of Kin"

2003 Wanda at Large Holly Hawkins Series regular (6 episodes)

2006 House Tracy Episode: "Fools for Love"

2008 Grey's Anatomy Beth 2 episodes

2009–2011 Friday Night Lights Jess Merriweather Series regular (26 episodes)

2010–2011 The Defenders Lisa Tyler Series regular (18 episodes)

2012, 2013 The Mob Doctor Traci Coolidge 2 episodes

2013–2014 True Blood Nicole Wright Series regular (19 episodes)

2013 Do No Harm Abby Young 2 episodes

2013 Parenthood Heather Hall 7 episodes

2016–2017 Underground Rosalee Series regular (19 episodes)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result

1995 Young Artist Awards Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series On Our Own Nominated

1997 Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Eve's Bayou Won

San Diego Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Won

Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Actress Nominated

NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress Nominated

Young Artist Awards Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Nominated

1998 YoungStar Awards Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Nominated

1999 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable Selma, Lord, Selma Nominated

NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress Cosby Nominated

2000 Nominated

2001 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable Ruby's Bucket of Blood Nominated

2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Female The Great Debaters Nominated

2008 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Won

2010 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Friday Night Lights Nominated

References[edit]

^ " Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
- Awards & Bio". Retrieved 12 March 2016.  ^ Garmel, Marion (1994-09-06). "You're never on your own in a big family". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2011-03-20.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-21. Retrieved 2015-02-19.  ^ Random Tandem (2010-12-31). "New Artist Alert: Jussie Smollett". Random Tandem. Archived from the original on 2014-05-04. Retrieved 2014-05-03.  ^ a b Lena Williams (November 2, 1997). "Up and Coming - Jurnee Smollett - Calm Child at the Center of an Adult Storm". Nytimes.com. Retrieved September 17, 2015.  ^ "Jazz Smollet, Troy Wharell Marry". Lipstick Alley. Archived from the original on 2013-06-01.  ^ a b "Jurnee Smollett". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 9 May 2016.  ^ "Eve's Bayou". 1 June 1996. Retrieved 9 May 2016.  ^ Roger Ebert (7 November 1997). "Eve's Bayou". Retrieved 9 May 2016.  ^ a b "Jurnee Smollett-Bell". IMDb.  ^ "The Great Debaters". 25 December 2007. Retrieved 9 May 2016.  ^ EvanDickson. "Two Ladies Move Into Bon Temps For Some 'True Blood'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 14 May 2013.  ^ "Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 9 May 2016.  ^ "Usher & Jurnee Smollett
Jurnee Smollett
gear up in Panama to film 'Hands of Stone'". MStarsNews. Retrieved 9 May 2016.  ^ " Hands of Stone
Hands of Stone
trailer: Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
coaches Edgar Ramirez - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved 9 May 2016.  ^ Cynthia Littleton (February 27, 2015). " WGN America
WGN America
Gives Series Order to Slavery Drama 'Underground'". Variety.  ^ "News". Voice of America. 2006. [permanent dead link] ^ "Cover Story". Art & Understanding Magazine. August 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12.  (AIDS-related issues magazine) ^ "Board of Directors". ANSA. Archived from the original on 2007-08-19.  ^ Zuckerman, Blaine (December 16, 2010). "See Friday Night Lights's Jurnee Smollett's Wedding Photo". People.  ^ Mizoguchi, Karen. " Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
and Husband Josiah Welcome First Child, Son Hunter Zion". People.  ^ Erik Pedersen. "Wendell Pierce, Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Top 'One Last Thing'; 'Downsizing' Adds One - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 

External links[edit]

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell
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(2001) Kieran Culkin
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(2005) Paul Dano
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(2009) Hailee Steinfeld
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(2015) Lucas Hedges
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