Hardin at the premiere of 27 Dresses, January 2008
June 29, 1967 |
Houston, Texas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Gildart Jackson (1997–present)|
Hardin was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of acting manager/coach and retired actress Diane (née Hill) and actor Jerry Hardin.1 She is the sister of Flock CEO Shawn Hardin.2 She was raised in San Francisco, California, after her family moved there when she was 4 years old. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.
Hardin started her acting career as the young star of the television series Thunder (1977–1978), and has appeared in over 70 movies and television programs since, including two 1981 Little House on the Prairie episodes (as Belinda Stevens in "The Reincarnation of Nellie", Parts 1 and 2) as well as playing Michele Pierson in the 1983 television movie Little House: Look Back to Yesterday. She starred as Baby in the short-lived 1988 television series Dirty Dancing (based on the 1987 film of the same name) and two 1992 episodes of Quantum Leap (as Abigail in "Trilogy," Parts 2 and 3). She co-starred in the 1990 dancing movie Lambada as Sandy. She appeared in Absolute Power (1997) as Christy Sullivan and played Ross's dirty talking love interest in season 1 episode 15 of Friends. She was also originally cast in Back to the Future as Jennifer Parker, but was re-cast after Eric Stoltz (the original Marty McFly) was let go. Hardin was deemed too tall to star alongside Michael J. Fox.
Hardin starred in the 2000-2001 series Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family, and 2004-2009 she played the recurring role of Trudy Monk, the title character's deceased wife, on the USA Network series Monk. She appeared on the series NCIS as former Petty Officer Erin Toner in the episode "The Curse".3 In 2005, Hardin portrayed Linda Evans in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty.45 Hardin played former corporate manager Jan Levenson in The Office from 2005 to 2011.
Hardin later appeared in the 2006 film Thank You for Smoking, and appears in Hannah Montana: The Movie as Robby Ray's (Billy Ray Cyrus') love interest. The film premiered on April 10, 2009.6 She played the role of Fantine in the Hollywood Bowl's concert of Les Misérables in Summer 2008.7 Hardin also appeared in several episodes of the popular web show, Elevator, on YouTube.
Hardin made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the revival of Chicago: The Musical on December 29, 2008. She stayed with the show until February 12, 2009.8 Hardin was cast as a major character in the NBC drama Outlaw, playing a powerful senior partner of an elite law firm, and the main love interest to the series' protagonist, played by Jimmy Smits.9
Hardin played a nightclub singer in Disney's The Rocketeer (1991), where she can be heard singing "Begin the Beguine". She also played a major role in the TV movie Tower of Terror, where she sings "Boy of My Dreams."
Hardin sang the National Anthem at the season opening hockey games of the Anaheim Ducks on October 13, 2010,10 and the Phoenix Coyotes on October 16, 2010.11 She also sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Dover International Speedway for the AAA 400 on October 2, 2011.
|Film and television|
|1978||The Love Boat||Courtney Chenault-Teenage Daughter||Episode: Double Wedding/Ventriloquists, The/Julie Falls Hard|
|1979||The North Avenue Irregulars||Carmel|
|1979, 1982||Quincy, M.E.||Amanda/Abigail 'Abby' Garvin||2 Episodes - "Next Stop Nowhere," the infamous "punk" episode in 1982|
|1980||Diff'rent Strokes||Emily Morehouse||Episode: Skin Deep or True Blue|
|ABC Afterschool Specials||Amy Warner||Episode: What Are Friends For?|
|1980 - 1981||Secrets of Midland Heights||Micki Carroll||10 Episodes|
|1981||Little House on the Prairie||Belinda Stevens||2 Episodes|
|1983||Magnum, P.I.||Nancy Perkins Gillis||Episode: Luther Gillis: File #521|
|The Family Tree||Tess Benjamin|
|Little House: Look Back to Yesterday||Michele Pierson||TV movie|
|1985||Papa Was A Preacher||Janette|
|1988 - 1989||Dirty Dancing||Frances 'Baby' Kellerman||11 Episodes|
|1989||Big Man on Campus||Cathy|
|Tour of Duty||Christine Pierson||2 Episodes|
|1991||The Rocketeer||South Seas Singer|
|1992||Mann & Machine||Louise Trotsky||Episode: Torch Song|
|Quantum Leap||Abigail Fuller||2 Episodes|
|1993||Reckless Kelly||Robin Banks|
|Moon Over Miami||Emily Booker||Episode: My Old Flame|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Molly Flynn||Episode: Operation Blackout|
|Murder, She Wrote||Cindy Warrick||Episode: Roadkill|
|Matlock||Lisa Swift||Episode: The Scandal|
|1994, 1996||Renegade||Laura McMillan/Kelly Anderson||2 Episodes|
|1995||Friends||Celia||Episode: The One with the Stoned Guy|
|Touched by an Angel||Lizbeth||Episode: The Big Bang|
|1995, 1999||Diagnosis: Murder||Savannah Bellows/POX Publicist Melanie Cooper||2 Episodes|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Beth||Episode: Caroline and the Bridesmaids|
|1997||Absolute Power||Christy Sullivan|
|Tower of Terror||Claire Poulet||TV movie|
|Orleans||Gina Vitellil||2 Episodes|
|1998||The Pretender||Wendy Dawson||Episode: Homefront|
|Timecop||Edith Thomas||Episode: Lost Voyage|
|Payne||Danielle Harris||Episode: Gossip Checks in and a Cat Checks Out|
|2000 - 2001||Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family||Barbara Arno||25 Episodes|
|2001||Once and Again||Samantha Aldrich||1 episode: Moving On|
|2002||The Hot Chick||Carol|
|Judging Amy||Rosalie Leavitt||1 episode: Roses and Truth|
|2003||NCIS||Erin Toner||1 episode: The Curse|
|The Division||Cheryl Lynn Brinkmeyer||1 episode: Rush to Judgment|
|2004||Boston Legal||Sharon Brant||1 episode: Head Cases|
|2004 - 2009||Monk||Trudy Monk||10 episodes|
|2005||Thank You for Smoking||Interviewer|
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Sports Book Manager||1 episode: Big Middle|
|Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure||Linda Evans||TV movie|
|2005 - 2012||The Office||Jan Levenson||37 episodes|
|2006||Gilmore Girls||Carolyn Bates||1 episode: Partings|
|Without a Trace||Pamela Seaver||1 episode: Rage|
|2007||The Comebacks||Barb Fields|
|Drive Thru||Marcia Carpenter|
|2008||Mom, Dad and Her||Emma|
|Herself||2 episodes: "Birthday", "Games"|
|2009||Hannah Montana: The Movie||Lorelai|
|17 Again||Principal Jane Masterson|
|2011||Beauty and the Least||Mary Andrews||Post-production|
|2012||Wedding Band||Roxie Rutherford||10 episodes|
|2013||Scandal||Shelley Meyers||1 episode: "Say Hello to My Little Friend"|
|Film and television|
- "OFFICE AFFAIR". PressDisplay.com. 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
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- "NCIS". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- Heffernan, Virginia (January 1, 2005). "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: If You've Got It, Flaunt It: ABC Trumpets an 80's Hit". The New York Times. NYTimes.com. Retrieved February 26, 2009.
- "Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure: Credits". Der-denver-clan.de. Retrieved February 27, 2009.
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- "Stokes Mitchell, McVey, O'Donnell, Michele and More Set for Les Miz at the Bowl". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- ""Office" Star Hardin to Make Broadway Debut in Chicago". Playbill.com. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Melora Hardin Joins NBC's New 'Outlaw'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- "Pronger trade key to Ducks' rebuilding - NHL". Sporting News. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
- "Michael Scott’s ex to sing National Anthem at Coyotes’ home opener | Fanster.com - All Sports. All Phoenix". Phoenix.fanster.com. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2012-11-29.
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- Melora Hardin at the Internet Movie Database
- Melora Hardin at AllRovi
- Melora Hardin at the TCM Movie Database