Actor Jussie Smollett is one of six children. Here’s a look at the acting career of his sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
Early years and rise to fame
Smollett made her acting debut in the 1991 TV short Sunday in Paris. After that she appeared in one episode of the TV series Out All Night. By 1992, the actress landed a recurring role in the television show Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. She played the role of Denise Frazer. Smollett’s next recurring role was from 1992 to 1994 in the hit series Full House, where she reprised her role as Denise Frazer. After that, she joined her siblings in the series On Our Own from 1994 to 1995.
Smollett gained more attention for her acting after appearing in the 1997 film Eve’s Bayou. The following year, from 1998 to 1999, she played the role of Jurnee on Cosby. Smollett’s next big film role was in the 2007 film The Great Debaters alongside actor Denzel Washington. She went on to land recurring roles in the TV shows Parenthood, True Blood, and Underground.
In 1998, Smollett won a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for best young performer for the film Eve’s Bayou. In 2008, she won an NAACP Image Award for outstanding actress in a motion picture for The Great Debaters.
The Smollett family appeared on The Food Network
In 2016, Smollett joined her siblings for a six-episode Food Network series called Smollett Eats. The show focused on everything from general dinner ideas to tips on how to make meals for family gatherings such as a barbecue or birthday party. Some of the most popular meals on the show were fried okra, smoked cheddar and creole mac and cheese, and petite croque monsieurs.
Jussie Smollett is a proud brother
Smollett’s brother isn’t shy about expressing his pride when it comes to his sister’s success. Jussie told E! News how proud he is of her in a recent interview.
If I were to truly lay out how proud I am of Jurnee, I would be here for like an entire year. You could do a mini-series about how proud I am of her alone. What she’s done, not just with Underground, but throughout her entire career… I watched how she watched the choices that my mom made, and she really brought it to her adult life as an artist. There’s been so many roles that I’ve seen that she was offered that she turned down and she only did things that somehow truly resonated with her… I respect her so much as an artist and as a human being for the choices she has made.
What’s next for Jurnee Smollett
Smollett is gearing up to appear in the film Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), alongside Margot Robbie. She will play the role of Black Canary. The actress is also set to appear in the film Audrey’s Run.
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