|Melissa Joan Hart|
Hart at her Sweet Harts Candy Shop opening day May 30, 2009.
|Born||April 18, 1976
Smithtown, New York,
|Occupation||Actress, director, producer, writer, singer, businesswoman|
|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 best known for her title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All and the live action version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996–2003).
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. 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'. 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, 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, 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. 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. Hart followed this with another ABC movie with a similar premise, My Fake Fiance, in 2009.
It was announced on August 17, 2009 that she would compete in season 9 of Dancing with the Stars. 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. 
On July 19, 2003, Hart married musician Mark Wilkerson. 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; and Braydon "Brady" Hart Wilkerson, born on March 12, 2008, weighing 7lbs, 3oz. 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. Hart wrote a diary, including video entries, to document potty training her son, Mason, for Pull-Ups brand diapers.
|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)|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|Week #||Dance/Song||Judges' score||Result|
|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
|3||Samba/ "Turn Me On"||7||6||6||Safe|
|5||Argentine tango/ "Tango Barbaro"||8||8||7||Safe|
|6||Waltz/ "Only One Road"||7||7||6||Eliminated
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.