Birth Date: July 11, 1956 / Age: 59
Birth Place: Meridian, Mississippi, USA
Biography: Sela Ward, everyone's favorite "Sister" was born Sela Ann Ward, on July 11, 1956. Her name is biblical meaning hallelujah or amen. Sela's parents were Granberry Holland (an electrical engineer) and Annie Kate Ward. The 3 younger children in the family are Jenna, Berry, and Brock. Sela graduated from the University of Alabama in 1977, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art and advertising; Sela was also a cheerleader for the Crimson Tide football team, a Homecoming Queen, and a member of the Chi Omega sorority.
Sela moved to New York to work for an advertising agency. Responding to a friend's suggestion that she was tall (5'7") and pretty enough to try modeling, Sela began a highly successful career with the Wilhelmina Agency. Sela's first gig was in the Pepsi advertising department, and her first commercial was for Maybelline. After appearing in 20 national TV commercials, Sela moved to L.A. and got her first TV role in "Emerald Point N.A.S." (1983). Sela's movie break came by appearing with Burt Reynolds in the film The Man Who Loved Women (1983), and by now her acting career was established.
But perhaps Sela is best known for starring in the TV series "Sisters" (1991), which ran for 6 seasons. In 1992 and 1994, Sela got the Golden Globe nomination for best lead actress in a drama series; in 1994 she won an Emmy Award, and in 1996 the Screen Actors Guild Award.
During the series' run, Sela married Howard Sherman (May 23, 1992 - present). They had two children: Austin Ward (May 13, 1994), Anabella Raye (May 30, 1998). Still very much a pretty woman, Sela appeared in Runaway Bride as Pretty Bar Woman. In 2000, Sela won her 2nd Emmy award, this time for work in "Once and Again".
She appeared in The Muppets' "She Drives Me Crazy" music video.
Was turned down for the part of a Bond Girl, reportedly because the director thought she was too old.
Dated actor Richard Dean Anderson, who played her character's brother in "Emerald Point N.A.S.", for three years.
Sela Ward's mother, Annie, died in early 2002 while battling ovarian cancer. Sela's father, Granberry, is still alive but battling cancer as well.
Is an initiated sister of Chi Omega Fraternity