Melissa Joan Hart
American actress
Melissa Joan Hart
Melissa Joan Catherine Hart is an American actress, writer, television director, television producer, singer and businesswoman. Hart is perhaps best known for her title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All (1991–94), the live action version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2003), and Melissa & Joey (2010–present). Hart has been married to musician Mark Wilkerson since July 19, 2003; together, they have three children.
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WATCH: Lightning Round With Melissa Joan Hart
ABC News - 4 months
The "Melissa & Joey" actress answers our questions as fast as she can.
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Melissa Joan Hart teases the possible return of 'Clarissa Explains it All'
LATimes - 5 months
Clarissa may have been the one to explain it all back in the 1990s but actress Melissa Joan Hart has been explaining plenty herself during a recent string of interviews. Hart, who played a precocious teen girl in Nickelodeon’s “Clarissa Explains it All” and a precocious teen witch in ABC and the...
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Melissa Joan Hart is backing Gary Johnson for president
Fox News - 5 months
Melissa Joan Hart thinks America is ready to elect a third-party president.
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Melissa Joan Hart talks her role in 'God's Not Dead 2'
Fox News - 6 months
Actress on 'Fox & Friends'
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Wednesday's TV Highlights: 'Mr. Robot' on USA
LATimes - 6 months
SERIES Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry The unscripted series returns for a new season highlighting Henry’s unbelievable talent. Melissa Joan Hart appears in the season premiere.  8 p.m. E! Whose Line Is It Anyway? Rachel Bloom (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) joins the fun in this new episode. 9 p.m....
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Tina Fey Walks The 'Tuck Everlasting' Red Carpet With Husband Jeff Richmond
Huffington Post - 10 months
Tina Fey and her husband, Jeff Richmond, walked the red carpet together at the opening of "Tuck Everlasting" on Tuesday night.  For the Broadway premiere, Fey wore a little black dress with flower embellishments. Her husband opted for more colorful attire, pairing a navy striped suit with a pink shirt and hot pink tie.  Fey was joined at the event by Ron Howard, Bernadette Peters and Melissa Joan Hart and a host of Broadway stars on the red carpet.  Fey recently confirmed that she and her composer husband were working on the "Mean Girls" musical together, though she joked that the production is still "years away" from being completed. Though she and Richmond have been together since 2001, we're always a little shocked to see Fey without her other life partner, Amy Poehler.  But if you're still holding out for a Tina Fey-Amy Poehler TV show together, Fey told an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival that that's just not gonna happen.  function onPlayerReadyVid ...
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'The World Is Emptier Now': Celebrity Fans And Friends Pay Tribute To David Bowie
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The world was stunned early Monday morning with the news of a legend’s passing: David Bowie, artistic chameleon and Grammy-winning songwriter, died after an 18-month battle with cancer. He was 69. In the wake of the news, Twitter and Facebook were overwhelmed with tributes from Bowie fans around the world. From U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and British astronaut Tim Peake to some of the planet's most influential entertainers, there was a deluge of love and awe for the extraordinary man:  So lucky to have met you!!!! Hot Tramp I love you So! ❤️ #rebelheart pic.twitter.com/INKPRCeofK — Madonna (@Madonna) January 11, 2016 Oh no I am so sorry to hear of David Bowie's passing. He was such a great artist and has lead the way for so many of us. — Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) January 11, 2016 David Bowie... You will be missed, but not forgotten. Many people's #Heroes Legend. pic.twitter.com/LDMMpml8fP — Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) January 11, ...
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President Obama takes gun control executive action
Yahoo News - about 1 year
On Tuesday, January 5th, President Obama will make a special address from the White house regarding executive action he’ll be taking on gun control. Yahoo News will carry the president’s remarks live and Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga will be joined by Yahoo News Reporter, Meredith Shiner, American History Professor at Fordham University, Saul Cornell, actress and Everytown advocate Melissa Joan Hart, and former Senior Advisor to Bill Clinton, Richard Socarides  to discuss the president’s moves and the political repercussions.
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Clarissa From 'Clarissa Explains It All' Is All Grown Up In New Book
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Ah, the '90s. Things were so much simpler then! High fashion meant throwing on a jean jacket and a scrunchie, and happiness meant airing your woes to the tiny pet alligator you kept in a sandbox in your bedroom. At least that was the case for Clarissa Darling, the 15-year-old heroine of “Clarissa Explains It All.” Aside from pulling off the ideal side ponytail and yukking it up with her neighbor Sam, who swung by her room via ladder, Clarissa enjoyed narrating the travails of high school to a rapt audience of young Nickelodeon lovers. The poster for the show is a nod to its message: Melissa Joan Hart shrugs nonchalantly, as if to say, “Growing up is weird! What can you do?” Over five seasons, the plot of the show followed suit. In each episode, Clarissa handled everything from getting a training bra to publishing articles in the school paper with savvy and wit. “Clarissa Explains It All” ended when Clarissa finished high school. But the show’s creator, Mitchell Kriegman, h ...
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Melissa Joan Hart on the importance of taking time for yourself
Fox News - almost 2 years
Melissa Joan Hart always makes sure to make time for herself.
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Britney Spears And Melissa Joan Hart Haven't Taken A Photo Together In 16 Years, And It Shows
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Nineties icons Britney Spears and Melissa Joan Hart reunited in Las Vegas this week, reminding us of one of the most underrated teen movies ever made. Back in 1999, the pair starred in Spears' video for "(You Drive Me) Crazy," which appeared on the soundtrack for Hart's film "Drive Me Crazy," co-starring Adrian Grenier. We love the video and the movie, but it looks like Spears and Hart's friendship didn't last over the past 16 years, judging by the awkward-looking photo Planet Hollywood Las Vegas tweeted after the pop star's residency show on Thursday night: We are so thrilled that @MelissaJoanHart could be here tonight! Here she is with @BritneySpears. #PieceOfMe pic.twitter.com/tozVXfWMXE — Planet Hollywood (@phvegas) February 19, 2015 Well, let's just remember the good old days. Shall we?
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Celebrities React To Shirley Temple's Death
Huffington Post - about 3 years
News of Shirley Temple's death has hit Hollywood hard. Many stars took to their social media accounts to remember the former child star and human rights activist. It's clear from the outpouring of emotion that Temple's legacy both on and offscreen will live on for years to come: (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by James Franco. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Joan Rivers. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.c ...
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Melissa Joan Hart gets 'Beyond Candid with Giuliana,' talks about hard partying
Fox News - about 3 years
Seems that Melissa Joan Hart wasn’t such a good girl after all.The 37-year-old dishes on her racy past to Giuliana Rancic in a revealing new hour long episode of Beyond Candid With Giuliana—and Popdust has details.Melissa grew up in the spotlight—starring as a young girl in Nickelodeon’s Clarissa Explains It All, moving on to Sabrina the Teenage Witch and then becoming a wife and mom-of-three.Somehow though, Melissa managed to avoid the pitfalls of being a child star that many others before—and after—her have succumbed to and she’s always managed to keep her squeakily clean image intact.Quite a feat, especially as Melissa admits to “partying like a rockstar” at one time in her life.Here’s some quotes:On how she kept grounded as a child star:“I think it goes back to the parents.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Melissa Joan Hart
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 39
    On August 28, 2016, she announced that she had joined Johnson's campaign as the Connecticut chairperson.
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    On August 16, 2016, in the run up to that year's presidential election, she announced via Twitter that she had donated to Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson's campaign.
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    However, in addition to her mostly conservative views, she has also expressed support for increased gun control, marching in a Moms Demand Action demonstration in Brooklyn in May 2016.
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    In 2016, Hart starred as the lead role in the film God's Not Dead 2.
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  • 2015
    Age 38
    In 2015, Hart and her husband started their own fashion line called King of Harts.
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  • 2013
    Age 36
    In 2013, Hart attempted to use crowdfunding (via Kickstarter) to fund a romantic comedy movie to be entitled Darci's Walk of Shame, but was only able to garner US$51,605, or just 2.6% of the expected US$2 million goal.
    More Details Hide Details Ultimately, the idea was scrapped and the pledged money was returned. Melissa & Joey concluded in August 2015 after 4 seasons and 104 episodes.
  • 2012
    Age 35
    Hart has expressed her support for the Republican Party. On November 5, 2012, the day before that year's Election Day, she sent out a tweet saying that she was endorsing Mitt Romney for president, which spurred backlash.
    More Details Hide Details Her endorsement of Romney became a trending topic and gained Hart 15,000 new Twitter followers.
    In June 2012, St. Martin's Press announced that it had made a deal with Hart to publish her memoir Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life in the fall of 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In the memoir, Hart wrote about growing up, being a child actor and her rise to fame, her rebellious teen years, and her efforts to balance a career as an adult with motherhood and family life.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    SweetHarts closed in December 2011 due to a lawsuit by a former employee alleging wrongful termination and racial discrimination, as well as other issues, and afterwards reopened under the same name with new owners.
    More Details Hide Details In 2015 it closed permanently.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    On November 22, 2010, Hart participated as a presenter in the International Emmy Awards.
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    In March 2010, Hart took part in an ad campaign for Gain detergent with Sabrina, the Teenage Witch co-star and friend Soleil Moon Frye.
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    Hart joined the cast of an off-Broadway production of Love, Loss, and What I Wore for a four-week run that started in March 2010 and ended April 25, 2010.
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    In 2010, Hart returned to a new weekly television series, starring with Joey Lawrence in the sitcom Melissa & Joey.
    More Details Hide Details In the series Hart plays a woman who hires Lawrence as a nanny to help care for her incarcerated sister's children. In the second season, she occupied the director's chair for an episode, for the first time since Sabrina.
    Then in 2010, Hart starred as Kelley in a horror thriller film entitled Nine Dead.
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  • 2009
    Age 32
    It was announced on August 17, 2009 that she would compete in season nine of Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details Hart was paired up with two-time reigning champion, Mark Ballas. She was eliminated from the competition in week six out of a possible ten.
    Hart followed this with another ABC movie with a similar premise, My Fake Fiancé, in 2009.
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  • 2007
    Age 30
    In late 2007, she directed the "Anger Cage" video for her husband Mark Wilkerson's band Course of Nature.
    More Details Hide Details She also starred in the ABC Family Original Movie Holiday in Handcuffs, opposite Mario Lopez. The movie premiered on December 9, 2007, and was the highest rated program in the history of the network, with 6.7 million viewers.
    Hart guest-starred on an episode of Law & Order: SVU that aired on October 9, 2007 titled "Impulsive" as a teacher accused of statutory rape.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2003
    Age 26
    On July 19, 2003, Hart married musician Mark Wilkerson.
    More Details Hide Details The preparations for the ceremony, which took place in Florence, were documented in a TV miniseries titled Tying the Knot, produced by Hart's production company, Hartbreak Films. Hart and Wilkerson have three sons: Mason Walter Wilkerson (born January 2006), Braydon "Brady" Hart Wilkerson (born March 2008), and Tucker McFadden Wilkerson (born September 2012). They live in Westport, Connecticut. Hart and Wilkerson were featured in People magazine's April 7, 2008 issue, introducing Braydon to the world. Hart wrote a diary, including video entries, to document potty training her son, Mason, for Huggies Pull-Ups brand diapers. Hart and her family are Christians. In an interview, she stated that they attend church every Sunday and pray every night and before every meal.
  • 2001
    Age 24
    In 2001 and 2002, she directed six episodes of Sabrina.
    More Details Hide Details After the end of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, Hart directed her first movie, a 15-minute live-action short film called Mute (2005), starring her sister Emily.
    Hart directed an episode of Nickelodeon's Taina in 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 22
    In 1999, Hart made her directorial debut in an episode of Disney Channel's So Weird called "Snapshot" which guest-starred her sister Emily.
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    In addition, Hart was also a primary voice-actress on Sabrina: The Animated Series which ran 65 episodes from 1999 through 2000 on ABC and UPN.
    More Details Hide Details The series produced by Hart's production company Hartbreak Films as well as Archie Comics, Savage Studios, and DIC Entertainment. In addition, Hart's younger sister Emily Hart was the series lead voice-actress.
    Coinciding around the time of the release of Drive Me Crazy, Hart appeared wearing lingerie on the cover of Maxim magazine's October 1999 issue, as well as in a series of photographs and an accompanying article.
    More Details Hide Details Hart maintained her acting career in the 2000s, starring in the film Rent Control, which aired in 2005 on the ABC Family cable network. Hart also continued to star on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch until 2003.
  • 1998
    Age 21
    In 1998, Hart had a small role in film Can't Hardly Wait, shortly afterwards Hart began working on a theatrical film project titled Next to You, in which she acted alongside Adrian Grenier.
    More Details Hide Details Hart asked her then-friend Britney Spears to do a remix of her song "(You Drive Me) Crazy" for the movie's soundtrack. This remix, the Stop Remix was released as a single. To capitalize off its success as a top-ten hit, the name of the movie was changed to Drive Me Crazy. To promote the film, both Hart and Grenier appeared in the song's music video. Around the same time, Spears made a guest appearance as herself on Sabrina, in the season four episode "No Place Like Home".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 19
    After the television series ended, Hart attended New York University. However, she did not complete her degree, because she earned the title role for the 1996 TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which was followed by the television series of the same name which lasted seven seasons on ABC and The WB.
    More Details Hide Details She later collaborated on an animated version that featured Hart voicing the two aunts Hilda and Zelda, and Hart's younger sister Emily Hart starring in the title role. In between times, she also guest-starred on the series Touched by an Angel and starred in several TV movies.
  • 1995
    Age 18
    In 1995, a year after the end of Clarissa Explains It All, Hart filmed a pilot episode for a spin-off show featuring a college-aged Clarissa explaining it all about her foray into the professional world as an intern at a newspaper.
    More Details Hide Details As its musical theme, the show featured a slow, jazz version of its predecessor's theme song, and also starred Robert Klein as her boss. Hart appeared on Nickelodeon's anthology show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Season 2 episode "The Tale of the Frozen Ghost" in 1991.
  • 1994
    Age 17
    In 1994, her mother married television executive Leslie Gilliams.
    More Details Hide Details Hart has three half-sisters: Alexandra, Samantha, and Mackenzie. Hart was named after the Allman Brothers song "Melissa", while her middle name, Joan, came from her maternal grandmother. She chose Catherine as her confirmation name when she was in the eighth grade, but does not use it professionally. Hart's career began at age four when she made a television commercial for a bathtub doll called Splashy. From then on, she appeared regularly in commercials, making 25 of them before the age of five. Other early television work included a small role in the miniseries Kane & Abel in 1985, a guest-starring role in an episode of The Equalizer in 1986, and a starring role alongside Katherine Helmond in the Emmy Award-winning TV movie Christmas Snow, also in 1986.
  • 1991
    Age 14
    In 1991 Hart landed the starring role on the Nickelodeon series Clarissa Explains It All, a comedy about a teen girl in everyday situations, which was successful during its four-year run.
    More Details Hide Details The show brought her four consecutive Young Artist Award nominations, winning three. Her role in the series also led to her starring in the FMV video game Nickelodeon's Director's Lab as a tour guide who takes the player around a movie studio. Initially, after first being recognized on the streets, Hart felt embarrassed to perform on a children's show while being a teenager. Nevertheless, she was enthusiastic about the role, and "all she hoped for that she would get to do it for a while." Hart also recorded two albums as Clarissa, This Is What 'Na Na' Means and a recording of Peter and the Wolf.
  • 1989
    Age 12
    In 1989, she became an understudy in a Broadway production of The Crucible starring Martin Sheen.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Age 9
    She made a cameo guest appearance on the April 22, 1986 episode of the NBC daytime soap opera Another World.
    More Details Hide Details She also auditioned for the lead role Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, losing the role to Danielle Harris.
  • 1976
    Born
    Born on April 18, 1976.
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