Jean Louisa Kelly is an American actress and singer popularly known for playing Tia Russell in the 1989 movie Uncle Buck alongside the actor, John Candy. She featured in numerous films and television series such as The Fantasticks, Eli Stone, Yes, Dear, Mad About You, Mr. Holland’s Opus, and Grey’s Anatomy. She is known for the many roles she has played in these movies and others. She has garnered fame and a massive following from all across the world, as well as loyal fans who adore her and her works.
The distinguished actress has also extended her talents to the stage, and the times she spent there have helped boost her career and made her performances stronger. She has received acclaim and a number of honors for her work. Louisa has had the wonderful opportunity of starring alongside some of the best and brightest actors in the industry, appearing opposite the iconic Richard Dreyfuss while he was still in his peak. With nearly three decades of experience in the acting industry, she can boast of having an impressive resume which most actors can only dream of.
Age and Background Details
Check the records, you will find that Jean Louisa Kelly was born on March 9, 1972, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her family had a strong musical background, so she caught the performance bug very early on in her life. As a little girl, she began starring in her school’s plays, including a production of The Sound of Music where she only had two lines. By the time she reached her teens, Louisa was actively taking ballet, jazz, tap, and singing classes. She scored her first role in a production of Annie with Theatre by the Sea in Rhode Island, this led to more roles in other plays and musicals including a show on Broadway called Sondheim’s Into the Woods. She was only 14 at the time.
Louisa competed in “Talent America” in her early teens. She came in second place in the finals and secured an agent. Meanwhile, she lived in New York City and completed her education at the Professional Children’s School. Her family relocated to Maryland and she landed a role, playing Tia in Uncle Buck. After graduating from high school, the young actress went on to Columbia University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature.
Subsequently, Jean Louisa Kelly scored a deal to appear in MCI long distance commercials, in which she played a phone operator challenging AT&T. This was followed by a role in the live-action musical The Fantasticks alongside Joel Grey and Joey McIntyre in 1995, then in Mr. Holland’s Opus in which she played Rowena Morgan. This led to more opportunities to star in more movies including Landfall, Little Red Light, It’s a Plane, It’s a Bird, and It’s Superman. Her other notable appearances on film and television include Princess Whenever and the Jewel Riders, Mad About You, Cold Feet, Burn Notice, Grey’s Anatomy, Sin City Saints.
Louisa has a thriving career as a musician which has seen to the release of one children’s music album called Color of Your Heart, an EP titled Willing, and an album called For My Folks.
Jean Louisa Kelly Husband
Louisa is married to James Pitaro. The couple tied the knot in an intimate and affluent wedding ceremony on May 24, 1997. James is a lawyer who graduated from Cornell University and earned his Law Degree from St John’s University. He is from a well-to-do family as his father owns a paving contract company called Arrow Company in Pleasantville, New York.
James and Louisa’s marriage has been blessed with two beautiful children: a son named Sean, and a daughter named Josey.
What’s Her Net Worth?
The versatile actress is sought after for roles in television and film and this has helped to boost her financial standing. Jean Louisa Kelly is currently estimated to have a net worth of $6 million, a figure that’s bound to increase as her career trudges on.
Kelly’s Body Measurements
Jean Louisa Kelly has an impressive figure and facial features that feels right at home on camera. She weighs 53 kg (117 pounds) and her body measurements are 34-24-35 for bust, waist, and hips respectively. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall.
The actress has hazel brown eyes and all her features are natural as she has never gone under the knife.