Jean Elizabeth Smart is an American film, television, and stage actress. She is a three-time Emmy Award winner and a Tony Award nominee.
Smart began her career in regional theatre in Seattle and played Lady Macbeth at the Pittsburgh theatre in 1980. She made her Broadway debut in the 1981 production of Piaf, playing Marlene Dietrich. The same year, she received a Drama Desk Award nomination for the Off-Broadway play Last Summer at Bluefish Cove. On television, she became known for her role as Charlene Frazier Stillfield on the CBS sitcom Designing Women. She left the show after five seasons and played the title role in the 1992 TV movie Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story. In 2000, she starred in the Broadway revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play. For her role as Lana Gardener on the NBC sitcom Frasier, she won Emmy Awards in 2000 and 2001. Her other TV roles include Sherry Regan in The District, Martha Logan in 24, Regina Newly on the ABC sitcom Samantha Who?, which won her a third Emmy in 2008, and Roseanna Remmick in Harry's Law.