Jean Smart has won three Emmys for her work on three different shows, both comedy and drama, starred in one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, and frequently delivers solid supporting work in a slew of independent films — butch bitch needs more work.
This week Smart can be seen making a glorified cameo in the Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones starrer Hope Springs, but this 60-year-old actor deserves much, much more.
Don’t believe us? Well, you’re an idiot, and take a look at five of her best roles below.
What is there to say? Ms. Smart became an institution, a gay icon and proved herself to have major comedic chops playing the lovable Charlene Frazier Stillfield. her five season on this show made her one of the most in demand television actress’ in the business when the show wrapped in 1991.
Smart played the mother to Sarah Polley’s title character in this 1999 indie. As her teenage daughter pursues a sexual relationship with a much older photographer, played by Stephen Rea, Smart steps in puts that man in his place. While she did receive some award attention, she deserved an Oscar nom at the very least. And of the way she smokes a cigarette…
Smart played a badass and a bitch for two seasons on the popular show, snagging an Emmy along the way.
Her part may be small, but Smart delivers some hysterical one-liners about carbon monoxide detectors an her Renaissance Faire lover in Zach Braff’s directorial debut.
Smart, snagging her third Emmy award, Christina Applegate, Jennifer Esposito and Melissa McCarthy. Why the fu*k was this canceled.