Smithtown, Long Island, New York
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Clarissa Explains it All, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Actor/Actress, Producer, Director
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Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress who is best known for playing the title roles in two successful television series, Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.
Hart was born in Smithtown, New York, on Long Island, to Paula and William Hart, and 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 eighth grade.
Hart has three sisters, three half-sisters and one brother, all younger than she is. Her oldest sister, Trisha Hart, has worked as a producer. Sisters Elizabeth and Emily, brother Brian, and half-sister Alexandra Hart-Gilliams have all acted. Her two youngest half-sisters are not in show business.
Hart`s career began when as a three-year-old she made a television commercial for a bathtub toy 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.
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.
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 former, a rock/pop album in the style of a garage band, was mostly a novelty product and did not receive much attention from critics or the public. The latter 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 lead role for the 1995 TV movie Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. This was followed by the television series of the same name which lasted seven seasons. 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.
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 directed an episode of Disney Channel`s So Weird called "Snapshot" which starred her sister, Emily Hart. This was her first time directing any tv show, including Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which she directed 6 episodes in 2001-2002, including the season finale. She has also directed an episode of Nickolodeon`s Taina back in 2000.
In 2005, Hart directed her first movie, a 15-minute live-action short called Mute, starring her sister Emily. Hart had already gained experience directing several episodes of her Sabrina the Teenage Witch television series.
Hart guest starred on an episode of Law & Order: SVU on October 9, 2007 titled "Impulsive" as a teacher accused of raping one of her students (played by Kyle Gallner)
In late 2007, Melissa directed a music video for her husband Mark Wilkerson`s band Course of Nature. She is also starring in the ABC Family Original Movie Holidays in Handcuffs, opposite Mario Lopez. The movie will be screened as part of the channel`s 25 Days of Christmas.
On July 19, 2003, Hart married musician Mark Wilkerson, a member of the band Course of Nature. 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.
Full Name at Birth
Melissa Joan Catherine Hart
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Her long hair., Her beautiful face., Her beautiful body.
Trisha Hart, Elizabeth Hart, Emily Hart, Alexandra Hart-Gillams, Samantha Gilliams (Half-Sister), Mackenzie Hart
Soleil Moon Frye, Britney Spears, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Lindsay Sloane, Nicole Mill, Nate Richart, Tara Strong, Donald Faison, Jennifer Von Oy, Calista Flockhart, Emma Bunton, Kellie Gie, Kimberly, Matt
Leslie Gilliams (step father)
Lisa Hart (step mother)
Joan Voje (grandmother)
Pele (Dog - Dalmatian), Halleakala (Dog - Dalmatian Boxer Mix), Cooper (Dog - Mutt), Mater (Dog)
The Princess Bride , Grease , Braveheart , Wedding Crashers , King Pin 
James And The Giant Peach (Roald Dahl), Bastard Out Of Carolina (Dorothy Allison), Dantes Inferno (Sarah Lovett Reader), The Little Prince (Antoine De Saint Exupery), Catcher In The Rye (J. D. Salinger)
Favorite TV Shows
Grey's Anatomy, American Idol, Seinfeld, Emergency Room
Smashing Pumkins, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Breaking Benjamin, Course Of Nature, The Allman Brothers
The Little Mermaid
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Chocolate Ice Cream
Better Off Dead
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Ren And Stimpy, House, Friends
This Body (Laurel Doud), Stumbling On Happiness, Healthy Baby, Healthy World
Favorite TV Shows
Sarbrina The Teenage Witch
Laurel Doud (Author), Dorothy Allison (Author), Sarah Lovett Reader (Author), Antoine De Saint Exupery (Author), Jane Austin (Author)
Melissa Joan Catherine Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress, television director, and television producer. Hart is known for her title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All (1991–94), the live action version of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2003), and Melissa & Joey (2010–present).
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