Jurnee Smollett-Bell

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Jurnee Diana Smollett was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City. She co-starred 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. She also co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Smollett is best known for her role in the independent film Eve's Bayou (1997), for which she received critical acclaim as ten-year-old Eve. Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma Lord Selma. In 2000 she co-starred with Sharon Stone and Billy Connelly in the comedy film Beautiful Joe. 2001 would find Jurnee co-starring as daughter to another popular actress, Angela Bassett, in the film Ruby's Bucket of Blood. Smollett co-starred with actors Bow Wow and Brandon T Jackson in the 2005 skater movie Roll Bounce. In 2006 she joined the film Gridiron Gang. In 2007 actor/director Denzel Washington cast Smollett in The Great Debaters. As of September 2010, she is co-stars with Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in the CBS legal drama The Defenders. She has been active in HIV/AIDS causes since she was eleven. She spoke at the Ryan White Youth Conference, and elsewhere, on this issue. Smollett is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, dedicated to dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa. On October 24, 2010, Jurnee married musician Josiah Bell.

MOVIE CREDITS:
1997: Eve Batiste - Eve's Bayou
1999: Sheyann Webb - Selma, Lord, Selma
2016: Juanita Leonard - Hands of Stone
2000: Vivien Mason - Beautiful Joe
2018: Lucy - One Last Thing
2013: Judith - Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
2001: Emerald Delacroix - Ruby's Bucket of Blood
2020: Dinah Lance / Black Canary - Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
1991: Alison Chase - Sunday in Paris
1996: Phoebe - Jack
2005: Tori - Roll Bounce
2006: Danyelle Rollins - Gridiron Gang
2007: Samantha Booke - The Great Debaters

TV CREDITS:
2005: Beth Monroe - Grey's Anatomy
1993: Hanna - NYPD Blue
1994: Jordee Jerrico - On Our Own
2010: Lisa Tyler - The Defenders
1992: Little Girl #1 - Martin
2004: Tracy - House
1992: Denise Frazer - Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
1994: Romy - ER
2013: Abby Young - Do No Harm
1992: Laquita - Out All Night
2000: Strong Medicine
2006: Jess Merriweather - Friday Night Lights
2008: Nicole Wright - True Blood
2003: Holly Hawkins - Wanda at Large
1996: Jurnee - Cosby
1987: Denise - Full House
2012: Traci Coolidge - The Mob Doctor
2016: Rosalee - Underground
2020: Letitia - Lovecraft Country
2013: Chrysta (voice) - Sofia the First
1997: Herself - The View