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Jurnee Diana Smollett

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Born on October 1st, 1986 (Libra) in New York City, New York, USA


168 cm (5' 7")

Jurnee Smollett Quotes

There's a level of shame attached to our history, and we need to replace that shame with pride and own our history. These are our superheroes. These are our people, and I would love to see us own this side of our history with pride.
Never let anyone silence your voice.
Maybe you should think about the choices in your life, how someone can come and spit some kind of game to you and make you doubt every single thing that is your life, your relationship, your appearance, your job, your ambitions, your marriage, and how those thoughts can lead to choices and behavior that you never thought that you were capable of.
When I was younger, I really struggled with confidence. You go through those awkward, dorky, geeky stages, and growing up in the industry amplifies all that. Fortunately, I have a mother who encouraged me to build my confidence from within and embrace my imperfections.
As an artist, you want to stretch. That's the only way you're going to grow. If I stay inside my comfort zone, do roles that I've done before, then I'm never going to get better as an actress.

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Jurnee Smollett Trivia

Sister of Jojo Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jussie Smollett, Jake Smollett, and Jocqui Smollett. They all starred together as siblings on the TV series On Our Own (1994).
Her father was Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Poland and Russia) and her mother is African-American.
Has starred in two movies with Meagan Good: Eve's Bayou (1997) and Roll Bounce (2005).
Due to her unusual ethnic mix, she describes herself as "blewish": black+Jewish (Jewish dad and African-American mom).
Gave birth to her first child at age 30, a son named Hunter Zion Bell on October 31, 2016. Child's father is her now estranged husband, Josiah Bell.

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Jurnee Smollett Awards

Jurnee Smollett won 6 awards:
  • Winner — Best Supporting Actress: Eve's Bayou (1997)
  • Winner — Best Child Performance: Eve's Bayou (1998)
  • Winner — Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: The Great Debaters (2008)
  • Winner — Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress: Cosby (2000)
  • Winner — Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress: Cosby (1999)
  • Winner — Essence Black Women in Hollywood (2008)

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