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SELA WARD (Susan Harding) most recently starred on the big screen with Kevin Costner in the Coast Guard action-thriller The Guardian, re-teaming with Andrew Davis, who previously directed her in The Fugitive. On television in 2006, Ward starred opposite Hugh Laurie on the acclaimed medical drama "House.”

Ward received an Emmy® Award, two Emmy® nominations, a Golden Globe® Award, and two additional Globe nominations, all as Best Actress in a Drama, for her portrayal of Lily Manning from 1999-2002 on the acclaimed dramatic series "Once and Again,” produced by the esteemed team of Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick. 

In 1996, Ward received unanimous acclaim for her performance in the Lifetime Original film Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, portraying the late NBC News anchorwoman. The film ranks as Lifetime's highest-rated movie, and the second highest-rated movie in cable history. Her performance earned her a Cable Ace award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Special in 1996; a Screen Actors Guild nomination for Best Actress in a Television Movie or Mini-Series; and an Emmy® nomination for Best Actress Lead in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Special.

Ward was nominated for a Golden Globe® Award and won an Emmy® Award for Best Actress in a Drama in 1994 for her role as Teddy, the struggling artist and recovering alcoholic, on the award-winning series "Sisters,” and was nominated as Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series by the Screen Actors Guild for that show in 1996.

Ward's additional television credits include the darkly comic telefilm Suburban Madness, in which she starred opposite Elizabeth Pena, and Showtime's Rescuers Stories of Courage – Two Women, a series of telefilms executive produced by Barbara Streisand. She starred in the telefilms The Reef, Double Jeopardy, Killer Rules, The Haunting of Sarah Hardy, Bridesmaids, and the mini-series King of Love, had a series-regular role on the series "Emerald Point, N.A.S.,” and has made appearances on "L.A. Law,” "Night Court,” "Saturday Night Live” and "Frasier. "

Ward starred with Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal in 2004's worldwide blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow for director Roland Emmerich, and in the aforementioned film The Fugitive opposite Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. Her other film credits include Mark Christopher's 54, starring Mike Myers, Salma Hayek and Neve Campbell; My Fellow Americans with Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Dan Aykroyd and Lauren Bacall; Hello Again with Shelley Long and Gabriel Byrne; Garry Marshall's Nothing in Common opposite Tom Hanks and Jackie Gleason; Rustler's Rhapsody with Tom Berenger; Blake Edwards' The Man Who Loved Women opposite Burt Reynolds; and Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights.

Ward's first book, Homesick, was published in 2002, and appeared on the New York Times bestseller list. Part inspirational story, part memoir, the book details Ward's quest for balance between the comforts of her small-town childhood and her big city way of life.

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