I have been team Jean since back when she waitressed on “It’s a Living”. Designing Women? She was dynamite. Her stint on Fraiser? Amazing. So I was thrilled to see her get recognized for her work at the
usually work challenged age of 70!
She won Best Actress in a Comedy for “Hacks” on HBO Max.
Jean gave special mention to her husband, who passed away 6 months ago. She also thanked her kids, one of who was there as her date. The adorable Forrest!
“I have to acknowledge my late husband, Richard Gilliland, who passed away six months yesterday,” said Smart, 70, who was clad in a sleek black gown with a classic updo. “I would not be here without him — without him putting his career on the back burner so I could take advantage of incredible opportunities.”
Her late husband, veteran character actor Gilliland, died at 71 after a brief illness in March. They were married for more than 30 years. He had a regular presence on the small screen in shows such as “The Waltons,” “Thirtysomething” and “Party of Five.” He also played Captain Stan Cotter on “24” and had a recurring role as a serial killer in “Matlock.”