Jean Louisa Kelly Biography, Age, Family, Husband, Career, Singing, Movies, Tv Shows, Yes, Dear And Net Worth

Jean Louisa Biography

Jean Louisa Kelly is an American actress who made her film debut 1989 when she appeared in Uncle Buck as Tia Russell alongside John Candy. Since then she has appeared in a wide range of other films including The Fantasticks in 1995 and Mr. Holland’s Opus in 1995. Kelly starred in the CBS sitcom Yes, Dear from 2000 to 2006, for playing Kim Warner.  Kelly went to Easton High School in Easton, Maryland and in 1994, she graduated from Columbia University’s Columbia College with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

Jean Louisa Kelly Age

Kelly was born in the year 1972 on the 9th of March. She is 47 years old.

Jean Louisa Family

Kelly was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S to her parents J. Joseph III a high school English teacher and Wendy Kelly a piano teacher.

Jean Louisa Kelly Husband

Kelly is a married woman and mother. The actor got married to James Pitaro a media executive and attorney in 1997. Their successful marriage bore them two kids Josey Pitaro and Sean Pitaro. The married couple is still together and growing strong day by day.

Jean Louisa Kelly Height

Kelly stands at a height of 1.63 m.

Jean Louisa Kelly Career | Jean Louisa Kelly Singing

Before Kelly had started going to college, she already had roles in the original Broadway cast of Sondheim’s Into the Woods as Snow White and understudy to Red Riding Hood and played Tia Russell in the film Uncle Buck with John Candy. Upon getting to collage kelly took roles in college productions, including with the Barnard College Gilbert and Sullivan Society and in the mid-1990s, after graduating from college, she attracted attention for featuring in series of television commercials she did for MCI long distance, in which she played a telephone operator who challenged AT&T.

In 1995, she starred in the musical film The Fantasticks playing Louisa alongside Joey McIntyre and Joel Grey. The film was shelved until 2000. The same year, Kelly appeared in her most prominent role since, as Rowena Morgan, the muse for the title character of Mr. Holland’s Opus. Later in the 2000s kelly got starring roles in films such as Landfall in 2001 and Little Red Light in 2003. She also appeared Off-Broadway at the York Theatre in B.T. McNicholl’s The It Girl, based on the 1927 movie It and in the title role in Paul McKibbins. She also featured in the York’s “Mufti” series as Lois Lane in It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman.

Jean Louisa Kelly Photo

In 1996, Kelly provided her voice for the title role in the second season of the animated series Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders and after several made-for-TV movies, Kelly’s biggest breakthrough came from her roles in situation comedies, first guest starring in such TV shows as Mad About You, and then as a cast member of the short-lived NBC version of Cold Feet. From 2000 to 2006, Kelly starred as Kim Warner on the long-running sitcom Yes, Dear and on April 30, 2006, she guest starred in the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy and has continued to guest star in television dramas.

In 2010, she guest starred in an episode of the television spy drama Burn Notice. She took the role of a widow who had been swindled out of her life savings by a con man. She landed the role of Bernice Pope in the Yahoo production of Sin City Saints. In 2013, Kelly released an album of children’s music called Color of Your Heart and on April 14, 2015, she released a collection of original songs in a five-song EP called Willing.  Her latest musical release is an album entitled “For My Folks” which also features a collection of standards.

Jean Louisa Kelly Net Worth

Throughout her whole acting career, Kelly has been able to garner an estimated net worth of $ 6 million.

Jean Louisa Kelly Movies

Year

Title

Role

2020

Top Gun: Maverick

2019

Call of the Wild

Katie Miller

2018

The Neighbor

Lisa

2017

Out of the Wild

Jesse King

2014

1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story

Tina Weissman

2010

Locked Away

Chloe

Public Access

Nancy

2003

Little Red Light

Amanda Meyer

2001

Landfall

Marguerite Harris

1999

A Stranger in the Kingdom

Athena Allen

1998

Origin of the Species

Laura

1995

The Fantasticks

Luisa Bellamy

Mr. Holland’s Opus

Rowena Morgan

1992

American Shaolin

Maria

1989

Uncle Buck

Tia Russell

Jean Louisa Kelly Tv Shows

Year

Title

Role

2018

Wisdom of the Crowd

Mrs. Bullock

The Fosters

Pastor Nicole

2017

Can’t Buy My Love

Veronica

Major Crimes

Tori Duncan

Outcast

Therapist

Law & Order True Crime

Marzi Eisenberg

2015

Sin City Saints

Bernice Pope

Scream Queens

Delight Ulrich

2014

Zoe Gone

Det. Patricia Henderson

2013

Chance at Romance

Roz

The Good Mother

Rachel

2012

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Sheila DeMarcus

2011

Paul the Male Matchmaker

Darla

CSI: Miami

Amy Wells

2010

The Glades

Becky

Burn Notice

Emily

2010–13

Hero Factory

Natalie Breez / Operator

2009

Surviving Suburbia

Melissa Mann

The Three Gifts

Cherie Green

2008

Ghost Whisperer

Jennifer Quinlan / Nora Sutherland

Eli Stone

Julie Lazer

Gary Unmarried

Beth

2006

Grey’s Anatomy

Rose Ward

2001

Ally McBeal

Lisa

2000–06

Yes, Dear

Kim Warner

Jean Louisa Kelly And Jennifer Garner

Kelly is a very close friend to American actress whos best known for starring as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in action thriller Alias. Kelly even hosted the baby shower for Garner’s daughter Violet Anne Affleck. In 2005, Garner was interviewed by Kelly for Self magazine.

Jean Louisa Kelly Yes Dear

Kelly took the role of Kim Warner in the TV series Yes, Dear about two young couples and their outrageously contrasting views on parenting.

Jean Louisa Kelly Uncle Buck

Kelly played the role of Tia Russell in the 1989 comedy movie Uncle Buck about bachelor and all round slob, Buck, who babysits his brother’s rebellious teenage daughter and her cute younger brother and sister.

Jean Louisa Kelly Ant-Man

Kelly plays as the buyer in the 2015 film Ant-Man. Cat burglar Scott Lang is armed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength. He must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Jean Louisa Kelly Now

Kelly’s most recent work is as Mrs. Bullock in Wisdom of the Crowd in 2018 and as Katie Miller in Call of the Wild. She is currently working on an upcoming action drama film Top Gun: Maverick. Her role in this film is yet to be revealed.

Jean Louisa Kelly Interview

Source: Naluda Magazine

When and how did you get your start in acting?

My first paid job was playing the title role in “Annie” at Theatre by the Sea in Rhode Island. I was 11 years old. My first time onstage was when I was 7 years old in my school’s Christmas play.

How was your audition and how did you get selected? 

For Annie, my mother drove me from Massachusetts to Rhode Island to audition, but it was the wrong day! Luckily, the stage manager was there and let me sing for him. We drove all the way home and then back again the following weekend. It worked out well, because he remembered me and pointed me out to the director.

How was working with John Candy and John Hughes?

It was a dream. John Candy was hilarious and kind. John Hughes was brilliant and encouraged me to improvise. Not a bad first movie

How did your life change after “Uncle Buck”?

In some ways it was very different — kids would yell “Uncle Buck” to me as I walked down the hall at school. I lived in a small town, so I stood out. But in other ways, life just went on. I really wanted to have a normal life, and I did not live in LA or New York, so I just carried on as I had before– going to school, and hanging out with friends. Occasionally, I would go to New York for an audition.

What happened after the movie? What was next for you?

After the movie, I took a step back. I finished high school and focused on going to college. I was not even sure I really wanted to pursue an acting career, because I had done it for so much of my childhood, but after I graduated from college, I did “Mr. Holland’s Opus” and that started the ball rolling again.

When did you get started in the music business?

I’ve always sung. I was very involved in musical theatre. I just started writing a few years ago, when I was inspired by my kids to write an album of songs for children. It is called “Color of Your Heart,” and it is a collection of songs that are intended to give voice to the things kids have to learn how to deal with, such as emotions, conflicts, situations.

Tell us about “Willing.”

“Willing” is a collection of songs I wrote about over the past two years that explore courage, intimacy and personal transformation.

Do you write your own songs?

Yes. The inspiration for my songs come from my personal journey of growth.  Being a parent has initiated a huge growth spurt — learning about what people need as human beings, what I need as a human being, and what I can give to others.  That keeps evolving.  Sometimes I would get an idea, a fragment, and record it into my phone so I wouldn’t forget.  Then I would go play it on the piano and write the lyrics when I got a chance.  As a mother, I am constantly on call so I have to record it in some way when inspiration strikes!

What was your biggest challenge making this album?

The biggest challenge has been compiling it! I am such a perfectionist, so it took a long time.

How you do balance acting, music, and have time for your family?

I do my best. Some days are better than others. I meditate daily, which helps me maintain my sanity, but it is a challenge!

Who has made the biggest impact on your life so far, and why? 

My kids. They have forced me to really grow up — which is hard, but fun when it’s with them.

Any advice to young upcoming talent?

It’s not win or lose, it’s win or learn.

How important is Social Media for you?

It is fun to see what my friends are doing — life is so busy these days. It’s a great way to see what everyone is doing when you don’t have time to call.

Where we can follow you?

Instagram: JEANLOUISAKELLY
Twitter: @JeanLouisaKelly

Quote: Be yourself, everyone else is taken – not sure who said that but I like it

Book: I just finished “Townie” by Andre Dubus III

Movie/TV Series: I just started watching Catastrophe on Amazon – hilarious!

Food: Coffee

Actor/Actress: Cate Blanchett

Travel Destination: I want to go to France. I’ve never been!

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