Emmy Latest: Jean Smart the Smart Choice for Comedy Actress

Associated Press

Sunday September 19, 2021

Jean Smart
Jean Smart  (Source:AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Jean Smart has an Emmy to mark a remarkable career renaissance.

Smart won best actress in a comedy series Sunday night for her role in HBO Max's "Hacks."

It's her fourth career Emmy and her first in 12 years. She got a standing ovation from the Emmy audience.

She teared up as she thanked her husband of more than 30 years, actor Richard Gilliland, who died six months ago yesterday.

"I would not be here without him, and without his kind of putting his career on the back burner so that I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that I've had," Smart said.

The 70-year-old actor, previously best known for her role on "Designing Women," has been a staple of elite TV the past few years, with nominated roles on "Fargo," "Watchmen" and "Mare of Easttown."

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