Birth Name: Melissa Joan Catherine Hart
Birth Date: April 18, 1976
Birth Place: Smithtown, Long Island, New York, USA
Height: 5' 3"
Quote: (Discussing Playboy): "If they could promise me it wasn't camera-between-my-knees kind of shots, I would do it. I would do topless. I think it's empowering. Though if my mother had a real big problem with it, I'd have to say no right now."
Born on April 18, 1976, in Sayville, Long Island, New York, Melissa Joan Catherine Hart began her stint as an actress early on, when she did a bubble bath commercial for Splashy Bath. By the age of five, Melissa had appeared in over 25 commercials.
Melissa grew up with her TV Executive mom Paula Hart, her dad William Hart, her six younger sisters, Trisha, Elizabeth, Emily, Alexandra, Samantha, and Mackenzie, and one younger brother, Brian. Melissa's parents, however, opted to go their separate ways, and her mom, Paula, soon remarried TV Executive, Leslie Gilliams. Adding to her already quite large family, Melissa had the pleasure of welcoming two more younger half-sisters, Alexandra and Samantha, into her household.
Melissa's mother has been her agent from the beginning, when Melissa began acting in TV shows. Her first serious acting gig was actually an appearance on the wildly popular night time show Saturday Night Live. Between 1985 and 1986, she made several more appearances on the live comedy show. Before her SNL turn came to an end, Melissa had already been making appearances elsewhere, including on popular shows such as The Equalizer, Christmas Snow, as well as a bit part in the mini-series Kane And Abel.
By the time the late '80s rolled around, Melissa delved into the world of theater and even starred opposite Martin Sheen in The Crucible that ran on Broadway, which for a teenage girl, is quite an accomplishment. After giving her turn as a theater actress a rest, Melissa auditioned and got the role of Clarissa, the star character of Clarissa Explains It All.
After her role as Clarissa came to an end, Melissa graduated from high school and enrolled herself into New York University. Fearing that acting may only be a temporary outlet for a given time, Melissa decided that higher education would be necessary. But as fate would have it, she got the role of Sabrina, The Teenage Witch in the TV movie. Sure enough, Melissa soon had no time to do anything but act. Eventually she managed to attend NYU through correspondence courses since January 1994. Although she decided to pursue a BA in Arts & Literature, her newly busy filming schedule forced her to put her studies on hold for a year.
After the success of the Sabrina movie, Melissa was asked to star in the television series of the same name. Although the show got its start on ABC and was a hit, at the end of the fourth season, the TV network decided that it wanted to change its time slots on Fridays and thus dismissed the show. Luckily, the WB came along and scooped up Sabrina and her magical delights for its fifth season, and the show is a huge success among teenage girls and adults alike.
In 1999, Melissa created much controversy by opting to pose seductively on the cover of Maxim magazine. Although the owner of Archie Comics (who also owns the rights to her Sabrina character) demanded an apology for smearing the character's persona through her actions, Melissa never fulfilled the request.
Along with her mom, Melissa co-owns her own production company, Hartbreak Films, which produces her TV show and a host of other television movies. Since the company recently acquired the rights to child star Shirley Temple's life story, you can be sure that Melissa, who collects the retired actress' memorabilia, was quite eager to produce the movie about her life.
As for movies, after a bit part in Can't Hardly Wait, which stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Melissa starred in the romantic movie Drive Me Crazy, for which Britney Spears had a hit single of the same name. This year, Melissa can be seen in the upcoming movie Backflash, starring opposite Jennifer Esposito.
Presently residing in LA, Melissa plays an active role in many charities that benefit children and hopes to have a positive effect on their lives. Melissa is married to Mark Wilkerson, who is the lead singer of the band Course of Nature. Melissa gave birth to their first child, Mason Walter Wilkerson, on January 11, 2006.
Melissa Joan Hart Filmography
Holidays in Handcuffs (2007) (TV) .... Trudi
Jesus, Mary and Joey (2006) .... Jackie
Dirtbags (2006) (TV) .... Kate
- Operation Rich in Spirit (2005) TV Episode (voice)
... aka JL (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Justice League Unlimited (USA: new title)
- The Once and Future Thing: Time, Warped: Part 2 (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... DeeDee
Jack Satin (2005) .... Lauren Wells
Britney Spears: Greatest Hits - My Prerogative (2004) (V) .... Nicole Maris (segment "[You Drive Me] Crazy")
"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" .... Sabrina Spellman
... aka Sabrina (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka Sabrina Goes to College (USA: promotional title)
Hold On (2002)
Rent Control (2002) .... Holly Washburn
... aka Aunt Agatha's Apartment (Australia)
Not Another Teen Movie (2001) (uncredited) .... Girl at Party
... aka Sex Academy (Europe: English title: new title)
5th Annual Prism Awards (2001) (TV) .... Presenter
The Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) (TV) .... Host
2001 Winter Special Olympics (2001) (TV)
Recess: School's Out (2001) (voice) .... Rebecca 'Becky' Detweiller
Backflash (2001) (V) .... C.J.
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) (V) (voice) .... Delia & Deidre Dennis/Dee Dee
... aka Batman of the Future: Return of the Joker (Europe: English title: cut version)
... aka Return of the Joker (USA: informal English title)
The Specials (2000) .... Sunlight Grrrll
"Just Shoot Me!"
- Fast Times at Finchmont High (2000) TV Episode .... Krissy
Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer (2000) (TV) (voice) .... Molly
"That '70s Show"
- Eric Gets Suspended (1999) TV Episode .... Mary
Sabrina, Down Under (1999) (TV) .... Sabrina Spellman
Drive Me Crazy (1999) .... Nicole Maris
"Sabrina the Animated Series" (1999) TV Series (voice) .... Aunt Hilda Spellman/Aunt Zelda Spellman
... aka Sabrina (USA: short title)
Time Out with Britney Spears (1999) (V) (uncredited) .... Girl Standing ('Crazy' video)
... aka Superman: The Animated Series (USA: informal alternative title)
- New Kids in Town (1998) TV Episode (voice) .... Imra Ardeen/Saturn Girl
Sabrina Goes to Rome (1998) (TV) .... Sabrina/Sophie
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Spellbound (1998) (VG) (voice) .... Sabrina Spellman
America's Teenagers Growing Up on Television (1998) (TV) .... Host
Can't Hardly Wait (1998) (uncredited) .... Vicki, Yearbook Girl
Silencing Mary (1998) (TV) .... Mary Stuartson
... aka Campus Justice
- One Dog Night (1997) TV Episode .... Sabrina Spellman
- Genie Without a Cause (1997) TV Episode .... Sabrina Spellman
"Boy Meets World"
- The Witches of Pennbrook (1997) TV Episode .... Sabrina Spellman
Two Came Back (1997) (TV) .... Susan Clarkson
The Right Connections (1997) (TV) (as Melissa Hart) .... Melanie Cambridge
- Mr. Wright (1997) TV Episode .... Sabrina Spellman
Twisted Desire (1996) (TV) .... Jennifer Stanton
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996) (TV) .... Sabrina Spellman
"Touched by an Angel"
- Angels on the Air (1995) TV Episode .... Claire Latham
Clarissa (1995) (TV) .... Clarissa Darling
... aka Clarissa, Now (USA)
Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare (1995) (TV) .... Samantha
"Are You Afraid of the Dark?"
- The Tale of the Frozen Ghost (1993) TV Episode .... Daphne
"Clarissa Explains It All" (1991) TV Series .... Clarissa Darling
... aka Clarissa (USA: short title)
Christmas Snow (1986) (TV) (as Melissa Hart) .... Amy
... aka Another World: Bay City
- Episode dated 22 April 1986 (1986) TV Episode .... Roller-Skater
- Torn (1986) TV Episode (as Melissa Hart) .... Laura Moore
"Kane & Abel" (1985) (mini) TV Series (as Melissa Hart) .... Florentyna Rosnovski (Age 7)
The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn (1985) (TV) .... Con Sawyer's Little Sister
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