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Melissa Joan Hart

Hart at her Sweet Harts Candy Shop opening day May 30, 2009.
Born April 18, 1976 (1976-04-18) (age 33)
Smithtown, New York,
United States
Occupation Actress, director, producer, writer, singer, businesswoman
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Mark Wilkerson (2003-present) 2 children

Melissa Joan Catherine Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress, writer, television director, television producer, singer and businesswoman[1] best known for her title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All[2] and the live action version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996–2003).[3]


Early life

Hart was born in Smithtown, New York, on Long Island, the daughter of Paula, a producer and talent manager, and William Hart, a shellfish purveyor, clam hatchery worker, and entrepreneur.[4] Hart grew up in Sayville, New York. Her stepfather (since 1994) is television executive Leslie Gilliams, and her stepmother is Lisa Hart. Hart was named after the Allman Brothers song "Melissa", while her middle name, Joan, came from her maternal grandmother. Hart chose Catherine as her confirmation name when she was in the eighth grade.

Hart is the eldest of eight children with six sisters, and one brother. Sisters Trisha, Elizabeth and Emily Hart, brother Brian, and half-sisters Alexandra Hart-Gilliams and Samantha Hart have all acted. Her half-sister, Mackenzie Hart, is not in show business.


Hart's career began at age three when she made a television commercial for a bathtub doll called 'Splashy'[5][6]. 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[7], also in 1986. She also auditioned for the lead role Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, losing the role to American actress Danielle Harris.

In 1989, she auditioned for a Broadway production of The Crucible starring Martin Sheen, becoming an understudy to three of the young girls in the play. This paved the way for her to land the title role in the TV show Clarissa Explains It All. The Nickelodeon series, a comedy about a teen girl in everyday situations, became a big hit during its four-year run. The show made her a household name among American teenagers and brought her four consecutive Young Artist Award nominations, of which she won 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 that takes the player around a movie studio. In 1992, she and Clarissa cast member Jason Zimbler appeared on the game show Nick Arcade as contestants, she is one the few people who played the beta version of Sonic The Hedgehog 2 on the Video Challenge.

Hart also recorded two albums as Clarissa, This is What 'Na Na' Means and a recording of Peter and the Wolf (Sony Classical SK 64079). The first record, a rock/pop album in the style of a garage band, did not receive much attention from critics or the public; and the second album won a Parents' Choice award.

After the television series was canceled, Hart attended New York University. She did not complete her degree, however, since she soon resumed her acting career when she got the title role for the 1996 TV movie Sabrina the Teenage Witch on Showtime. This was followed by the television series of the same name which lasted seven seasons on ABC and The WB; she later collaborated on an animated version that featured Melissa voicing the two aunts Hilda and Zelda while sister Emily Hart starred in the title role. In between, she also guest-starred on the series Touched by an Angel and starred in several TV movies.

In 1998, Hart landed a small part in the movie Can't Hardly Wait, and then started filming Next to You, starring alongside Adrian Grenier. Hart asked friend Britney Spears to do a remix of her song "(You Drive Me) Crazy" and add it to the movie's soundtrack. To capitalize on the song's success as a top-ten hit[8], the title of the movie was changed to Drive Me Crazy and Hart joined Spears in the music video for that song. Around the same time Spears also did a guest role, playing herself, on an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Hart appeared in lingerie in a series of photographs and accompanying article featured in the October 1999 issue of the men's magazine Maxim. Hart continued her acting career in the 2000s. Her work included the film Rent Control, which was produced in 2002 and later aired in 2005 on the ABC Family cable network. Hart continued her role on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which finished in 2003, and also performed several voice-over roles for animation.

In 1999, Hart made her directorial debut in an episode of Disney Channel's So Weird called "Snapshot" which starred her sister, Emily Hart. She later directed an episode of Nickelodeon's Taina in 2001. In 2001-2002, she directed 6 episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, including the season finale. In 2005, Hart directed her first movie, a 15-minute live-action short film called Mute, starring her sister Emily.

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.[9] In late 2007, she directed the "Anger Cage" video for her husband Mark Wilkerson's band Course of Nature. 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.[10] Hart followed this with another ABC movie with a similar premise, My Fake Fiance, in 2009.

In March 2009, Hart opened a candy shop called SweetHarts in Sherman Oaks, California. Hart commented that it had been her "childhood dream" to own a candy shop[11].

It was announced on August 17, 2009 that she would compete in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars.[12][13] She was paired up with two-time reigning champion, Mark Ballas. On October 27, Melissa was eliminated from the competition, finishing ninth out of sixteen. In 2010, Hart will return to sitcoms, starring with Joey Lawrence in a new sitcom, Melissa & Joey, scheduled to air on ABC Family in the summer. Hart will play a woman who hires Lawrence as a nanny to help care for her incarcerated sister's kids. [14][15][16][17]

Personal life

On July 19, 2003, Hart married musician Mark Wilkerson.[18] The preparations for the ceremony, which took place in Florence, Italy, were documented in a TV miniseries titled Tying the Knot, produced by Hart's production company, Hartbreak Films. Hart and Wilkerson have two sons: Mason Walter Wilkerson, who was born on January 11, 2006 weighing 9lbs;[19] and Braydon "Brady" Hart Wilkerson, born on March 12, 2008, weighing 7lbs, 3oz.[20] Both boys were born in Los Angeles, California.

Hart and Wilkerson were featured in People magazine's April 7, 2008 issue, introducing Braydon to the world.[21] Hart wrote a diary, including video entries, to document potty training her son, Mason, for Pull-Ups brand diapers.[22][23]



Year Film Role Notes
1986 Christmas Snow Amy Made for television (NBC)
1995 Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare Samantha Made for television (Showtime Networks)
1996 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Sabrina Sawyer Pilot Movie for TV Series
Twisted Desire Jennifer Stanton Made for television (NBC)
1997 The Right Connections Melanie Cambridge Made for television (Showtime Networks)
Two Came Back Susan Clarkson Made for television (ABC)
1998 Silencing Mary Mary Stuartson Made for television (NBC)
Can't Hardly Wait Vicki, Yearbook Girl Uncredited
Sabrina Goes to Rome Sabrina Spellman/Sophia Made for television (ABC)
1999 Drive Me Crazy Nicole Maris
Love, American Style Annabelle Made for television, segment "Love In The Old South"
Sabrina, Down Under Sabrina Spellman Made for television (ABC)
2000 Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer Molly Voice
The Specials Sunlight Grrrll
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Delia & Deidre Dennis/Dee Dee Voice
2001 Backflash C.J. Direct to DVD
Recess: School's Out Becky Detweiller Voice
Not Another Teen Movie Slow Clapper's Instructor Uncredited (cameo)
2002 Rent Control Holly Washburn
Hold On Herself Short film
2006 Dirtbags Kate Made for television (Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation)
Jesus, Mary and Joey Jackie
2007 Holiday in Handcuffs Trudie Chandler Made for television (ABC Family)
2008 Satin Lauren Wells
Whispers and Lies Jill Roperson
2009 Nine Dead Kelley Murphy
My Fake Fiance Jennifer Made for television (ABC Family)
2010 Holiday in Handcuffs 2 Trudie Chandler Made for television (ABC Family)


Year Title Role Notes
1985 ABC Weekend Specials Cindy Episode: "The Adventures of Con Sawyer and Hucklemary Finn" (9.01)
Kane & Abel Florentyna Rosnovski (Age 7) Credited as "Melissa Hart"
1986 The Equalizer Laura Moore Episode: "Torn" (1.17); credited as "Melissa Hart"
Another World Roller-Skater Episode dated April 22, 1986
1991—1994 Clarissa Explains It All Clarissa Darling Main Role
1992 Nick Arcade Herself Contestant
1993 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Daphne Guest, Episode: "The Tale of the Frozen Ghost"
1995 Clarissa, Now Clarissa Darling Main Role, only one episode produced.
Touched by an Angel Claire Latham 1 episode: "Angels on the Air" (2.05)
1996-2003 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Sabrina Spellman Main Role
1997 Boy Meets World Sabrina Spellman Episode: "The Witches of Pennbrook" (5.05)
You Wish Sabrina Spellman Episode: "Genie Without a Cause" (1.07)
Teen Angel Sabrina Spellman Episode: "One Dog Night" (1.07)
1998 Superman: The Animated Series Saturn Girl Voice
1999 That '70s Show Mary Episode: "Eric gets Suspended" (2.09)
1999—2000 Sabrina: The Animated Series Aunt Hilda Spellman/Aunt Zelda Spellman Voice
2000 Just Shoot Me! Krissy Episode: "Fast Times at Finchmont High" (4.24)
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Delia & Deidre Dennis / Dee Dee Voice
2005 Robot Chicken Emily the Spy Episode: "Operation Rich in Spirit" (1.17); (Voice)
2006 Justice League Unlimited Delia & Deidre Dennis / Dee Dee Voice
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sarah Trent Episode: "Impulsive" (9.03)
2009 Dancing With the Stars Herself Contestant
2010 Melissa & Joey Mel filming

Dancing with the Stars

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz/ "The Time of My Life" 6 6 6 Safe
1 Cha-cha-cha Relay/ "Centerfold" 6 Added to Week 1 Score
2 Jive/ "Long Tall Sally" 7 6* 6 Safe
  • Due to Len Goodman's absence in week 2 the 6 was awarded by stand-in guest judge Baz Luhrmann
3 Samba/ "Turn Me On" 7 6 6 Safe
4 Charleston/ "Charleston" 9 9 10 Safe
5 Argentine tango/ "Tango Barbaro" 8 8 7 Safe
6 Waltz/ "Only One Road" 7 7 6 Eliminated
(Double Elimination)
6 Mambo Marathon 4


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  4. ^ Melissa Joan Hart Biography (1976-). Accessed 2008-01-11.
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  9. ^ "Ausiello on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Melissa Joan Hart and Kyle Gallner". Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  10. ^ "'Handcuffs' Sets ABC Family Record". Retrieved 2007-12-11. 
  11. ^ Whilburg, Ursula "Melissa Joan Hart Opens a Candy Store", People Magazine, accessed 21/10/2009
  12. ^ "Dancing With The Stars Season 9 Cast". 
  13. ^ Joyce Eng (17 August 2009). "Dancing with the Stars 2009 Season 9 Cast Revealed!". Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  14. ^ "Hart & Lawrence Land New Sitcom". Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
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  18. ^ "Who Wants to Marry Melissa Joan Hart?".,,625702,00.html. Retrieved 2003-02-19. 
  19. ^ "It's a Boy for Melissa Joan Hart".,,1147138,00.html. Retrieved 2006-01-11. 
  20. ^ "Melissa Joan Hart & Husband Welcome Baby No. 2". People Magazine.,,20183783,00.html. Retrieved 2008-03-13. 
  21. ^ "Update: Introducing Braydon Hart Wilkerson". People Magazine. Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  22. ^ "Melissa Joan Hart's Potty Training Journal". Pull-Ups. Retrieved 2008-07-28. 
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[[File:|thumb|right|Melissa Joan Hart]] Melissa Joan Catherine Hart (born April 18, 1976 in Long Island, New York) is an American actress.

She played the title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In 1999 she played the lead role in the movie Drive Me Crazy. On July 19, 2003, she married musician Mark Wilkerson. On January 11, 2006 she gave birth to a boy they named Mason Walter Wilkerson.

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