Jurnee Smollett’s Father Is Jewish And Her Mother Is African American

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She is best known for the role of Jess Merriweather on the critically acclaimed television series Friday Night Lights. Her father is Jewish and her mother is African American. 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.” She co-starred with her siblings in the ABC television comedy On Our Own (1994-1995) and guest appeared in numerous television shows: Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Full House, Martin, Wanda At Large, House, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. Smollett co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack.

Jurnee Smollett The Film Was Produced By Oprah Winfrey And Harvey Weinstein

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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.” She co-starred with her siblings in the ABC television comedy On Our Own (1994-1995) and guest appeared in numerous television shows: Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Full House, Martin, Wanda At Large, House, Grey’s Anatomy, etc. The film was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Defense Fund.

The Fourth Of Six Performing Siblings Jurnee Smollett Received Critical Acclaim For Her

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The fourth of six performing siblings, she received critical acclaim for her performance as ten-year-old Eve in the independent film Eve’s Bayou (1997). Smollett co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma, Lord, Selma. Her first encounter with the disease came at age seven when a crew member of On Our Own died of AIDS. Smollett is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, dedicated to dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa.

The Fourth Of Six Performing Siblings Jurnee Smollett Received Critical Acclaim For Her

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Jurnee Smollett


The fourth of six performing siblings, she received critical acclaim for her performance as ten-year-old Eve in the independent film Eve’s Bayou (1997). Smollett co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma, Lord, Selma.