Born July 11th, 1956, brunette leading lady Sela Ward graduated from the University of Alabama, where among many other activities she was a cheerleader for the Crimson Tide football team. Heading to New York, Ward determined to either become an airline stewardess or a model; a fear of flying led to her choosing the latter vocation. She proved she could act as well as pose when she was cast in the 1985 Burt Reynolds vehicle The Man Who Loved Women. Beginning in 1991, Ward portrayed Teddy on the weekly TV "dramedy" Sisters, a role that earned her a 1994 Emmy award. Sela Ward's additional television credits include the title role in the 1995 cable TV biopic Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, as well as Once and Again, for which she would win the Best TV Series Actress in a Drama Award at the 2000 Golden Globes. 2004 would find the actress in the role of a private investigator in the made-for-tv movie Suburban Madness, and appeared on the big screen for The Day After Tomorrow. The following year Ward joined the cast of Fox's hit television series House in the recurring role of Stacy Warner, ex-partner of House, and former attorney for the hospital. Though her character was eventually written off the show, Ward reprised the role of Stacy Warner in House's 2012 finale.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- First name means "hallelujah" or "amen."
- Was a cheerleader for the University of Alabama's Crimson Tide football team, a Homecoming Queen and a member of the Chi Omega sorority.
- Began her career as a model and appeared in dozens of TV commercials.
- Made her feature-film debut in The Man Who Loved Women (1983), directed by Blake Edwards.
- Played the lead in the made-for-cable biopic Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story to critical acclaim. She won a CableACE award for her performance.
- Published a memoir, Homesick, in 2002.