Who is Jurnee Smollett?
Jurnee Diana Smollett is an American prominent actress. She began her career as a child actress where she appeared on television sitcoms including On Our Own (1994 to 1995) and Full House (1992 to 1994). She then gained wider prominence with her role in the critically acclaimed Kasi Lemmons; directed film Eve’s Bayou (1997).
As an adult, she has starred in the films; The Great Debaters (2007), Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013), and Birds of Prey (2020). Moreover, she has had television roles including; the NBC sports drama Friday Night Lights (2009–2011), the WGN America period drama Underground (2016–2017), and the HBO fantasy horror dramas True Blood (2013–2014) and Lovecraft Country (2020), receiving a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the In 2020, she portrayed the superhero Dinah Lance / Black Canary in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) feature film, Birds of a Prey. This is a role she will reprise in the HBO Max film Black Canary starring in the latter.
How Old Is Jurnee Smollett?
She is 35 years old as of September 2022, having been born on October 1, 1986, in New York City, U.S. Smollett shares her birthdate with celebrities such as; Sage Rosen, FGTeeV Chase, Priah Ferguson, Anayah Rice, Princess Misty, and many more.
Jurnee Smollett Family
Who are Jurnee Smollett Parents?
She was born to Joel Smollett (Father, born on October 8, 1956, but died on January 7, 2015) and Janet Smollett (Mother, born on November 27, 1952) a chef, activist, and teacher.
Does Jurnee Smollett have Siblings?
She has six siblings. One sister by the name, Jazz Smollett (born on April 1, 1980) is an actress. And five brothers by the name, Jussie Smollett (born on June 21, 1982, an actor and singer), Jocqui Smollett (an actor), Jake Smollett (born on July 29, 1989, an American actor and cooking personality), and Jojo Smollett (born on August 28, 1977).
Jurnee Smollett’s Education
Information regarding where she received her high school/college education is not mentioned on the internet.
Jurnee Smollett’s Marital Status
According to news on the internet, it shows that she is currently single. However, she was previously married to, Josiah Bell (a musician). They married on October 24, 2010, but divorced in March 2020.
Jurnee Smollett Kids
She and her ex-husband Josiah have one kid. A son by the name of Hunter Zion Bell (born on October 31, 2016).
Jurnee Smollett Career
An Early Career
In 1992, she began her acting career appearing on Martin and Out All Night. She then went on to have recurring roles as Denise Frazer on the ABC family sitcoms Full House and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. From 1994 to 1995, she co-starred with he siblings in the short-lived ABC sitcom On Our Own. In 1996, she made her big-screen debut appearing in the Francis Ford Coppola film, Jack. In 1997, she received critical acclaim for her performance as a 10-year-old Eve in the film, Eve’s Bayou opposite Lynn Whitfield, Samuel L. Jackson, and Debbi Morgan.
Because of her performance, she received the Critic’s Choice Award and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. She won two NAACP Image Awards after joining the cast of the CBS sitcom Cosby in 1998. The next year, she starred in the ABC TV film Selma, Lord, Selma. Next, she starred with Sharon Stone and Billy Connolly in the film Beautiful Joe in 2000. Whereas in 2001, she played the daughter of Angela Bassett in the television film Ruby’s Bucket of Blood. In 2005, she co-starred in the roller skating film, Roll Bounce with Bow Wow and Brandon T. Jackson. The next year, she appeared in the drama film, Gridiron Gang.
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A Career from 2007 to 2012
In 2007, she portrayed Samantha Booke in the historical film, The Great Debaters. The film starred Denzel Washington and was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein. Because of her performance, she received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in Motion Picture. The following year, she returned to television, thus appearing in two episodes of ABC medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. From 2009 to 2011, she was a regular cast member in the DirecTV drama series, Friday Night Lives playing Jess Merriweather. She also went on to co-star in the short-lived CBS legal drama The Defenders with Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell from 2010 to 2011.
A Career from 2013 to Present
She played the leading role in the drama film, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor in 2013, directed by Tyler Perry. However, the film received negative reviews from critics but was a box office hit grossing $53,125,354. From 2013 to 2014, she was a regular on the HBO series, True Blood. Later in 2016, she played Juanita Leonard, the wife of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the biographical sports film, Hands of Stone co-starring with Robert De Niro and Usher. She was cast as the lead character in 2015 in the WGN America period drama series Underground.
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In the film, she played Rosalee, a shy house slave working on a plantation in 1857. In 2020, she portrayed Black Canary in the film Birds of Prey and Letitia “Leti” Lewis in the HBO series Lovecraft Country. It was revealed in August 2021, that she will star in a solo Black Canary Movie from Warner Bros. and DC films at HBO Max. In November 2021, she joined Jamie Foxx and Tommy Lee Jones in Amazon Studios’ courtroom drama project, The Burial directed by Maggie Betts.
Jurnee Smollett Height and Measurements
Adding up to her well-curved and beautiful body, she stands at a height of 5ft 6inches (1.68m) and a weight of 57kg (125lbs).
Jurnee Smollett’s Salary and Net
Worth She has a salary of $200,000 per episode and a net worth of $6 million.