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A graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle native Jean Smart landed in the world Sept. 13, 1951. After polishing her acting skills in regional theater, she debuted on Broadway in a 1981 production of "Piaf."

Smart appeared in made-for-TV and feature films such as Flashpoint (1984) and Protocol (with Goldie Hawn, 1984) before being cast in the part that brought her stardom: ditsy blonde Charlene Frazier on the sitcom "Designing Women." Leaving the popular television series in 1991 to pursue meatier fare, Smart took on the role of a female serial killer in the TV movie Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story. Her other big-screen efforts include Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993), Guinevere (1999) and Snow Day (2000).

A two-time Emmy winner for guest appearances on "Frasier," Smart was Emmy-nominated for her portrayal of neurotic first lady Martha Logan on "24" and won the statuette for her supporting role in "Samantha Who?"

Jean Smart in Fargo

Fargo

2014 TV-MA

Writer/executive producer Noah Hawley and executive producer Warren Littlefield expand on the Coen brothers' mythology of their 1996 big-screen masterpiece while retaining all the Minnesota charm that made it a cult hit. This limited series chronicles a new criminal case.

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