Jurnee Smollett
Jurnee Smollett infobox
General information
Birth: October 1, 1986
Occupation(s): Actress
Series information
First appearance: The Devil Made Me Do It
Last appearance: A House Divided
Portrays: Denise Frazer
Other information
Interests: -
Education: -

Jurnee Diana Smollett-Bell (born Jurnee Diana Smollett; October 1, 1986) is the actress who portrayed Denise Frazer on Full House.


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Smollett was born in New York, New York. Her father is Jewish and her mother is African American. Smollett's parents divorced in 2003. The fourth of six performing siblings, she received critical acclaim for her performance as ten-year-old Eve in the independent film Eve's Bayou (1997). In casting the role, writer-director Kasi Lemmons envisioned "a light-skinned black child who could convey the nuances of a Creole child in the '60s."

She co-starred with her siblings in the ABC TV comedy On Our Own (1994–95) and guest appeared in numerous TV shows: Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Martin, Wanda At Large, House, Grey's Anatomy, etc. Smollett co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights.

Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma, Lord, Selma. In 2000, she co-starred with Sharon Stone (Smollett played daughter of Stone's Hush) and Billy Connelly in the comedy film Beautiful Joe. 2001 would find Jurnee co-starring as daughter to another popular actress, Angela Bassett, in the film Ruby's Bucket of Blood. Smollett co-starred with actors Bow Wow and Brandon T Jackson in the 2005 skater movie Roll Bounce. In 2006, she joined the film Gridiron Gang. In 2007 actor/director Denzel Washington cast Smollett in his starring/directorial vehicle The Great Debaters. The film was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein.

On March 17, 2009, she visited Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre, Kwa Mashu Township, north of Durban, South Africa, where she led an exchange youth forum sharing her experiences with Kwa Mashu youth.

From September 2010 to March 2011 she co-starred with James Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in the CBS legal drama The Defenders

Smollett will star in Tyler Perry's upcoming movie Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, schedule for release on March 29, 2013. The film also stars Lance Gross, and Brandy Norwood.

Personal life

Smollett has one sister and four brothers, including actors Jussie and Jake Smollett.

On October 24, 2010, she married musician Josiah Bell.[1]


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