Why did Sela Ward leave “FBI”? Net Worth, Husband, Illness, Wiki

April 18, 2024
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Sela Ward Wiki

An actress, author, and producer, Sela Ward, rose to prominence after her role as Teddy Reed in the drama series “Sisters”, which was aired from 1991 until 1996. Her performance in the series brought her the 1994 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and a nomination for the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama.

Although perhaps still known best for the aforementioned role, Sela has over 45 acting credits to her name, and has starred in numerous other series, including “Once and Again”, “Graves”, and her most recent television role, her portrayal of Special Agent in Charge Dana Mosier in the crime drama “FBI”. One of her most notable movie roles was in “Independence Day: Resurgence”.

Early life and education

Sela Ann Ward was born under the zodiac sign of Cancer on 11 July 1956, in Meridian, Mississippi USA, thus she holds American nationality although she comes from a family of part English and Scottish descent from her mother’s side.

She was raised in her hometown by her parents, a Meridian native father, Granberry Holland Ward, who was an electrical engineer, and Choctaw County, Alabama-born mother, Annie Kate Ward, a housewife. Sela has three siblings, a sister named Jenna, and two brothers, Granberry Holland III and Joseph Brock.

Although she hadn’t dreamed of becoming an actress, Sela at first began modeling to supplement her income, which subsequently led to her acting career. She worked for Wilhelmina model agency, and was featured in commercials for Maybelline cosmetics, among several more.

Speaking of her educational background, she attended Lamar School, and upon matriculating in 1974, enrolled at the University of Alabama, where she was a Crimson Tide cheerleader and Homecoming Queen. Sela graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine arts and Advertising in 1977.


Roles in movies

Sela made her acting debut portraying Janet in the 1983 movie “The Man Who Loved Women”, followed by her role in “Rustlers’ Rhapsody” in 1985, and in the following year, she was seen as Cheryl Ann Wayne in “Nothing in Common”, opposite Tom Hanks.

Sela’s next major role came in 1987, when she portrayed Tracy in “Steele Justice”, and it seems that this was a good year for her, since she was also seen starring in “Cameo by Night”, “Hello Again”, and “The King of Love”.

In 1989, Sela appeared in the TV movies “Bridesmaids” and “The Haunting of Sarah Hardy”, and in the following years, she continued with her work in TV movies, until 1993 when she was seen as Helen Kimble in the Oscar-awarded “The Fugitive”, also starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, who won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.


Speaking of awards, in 1995, Sela won the CableACE Award for Actress in a Movie or Miniseries for her portrayal of Jessica Savitch in the biographic TV movie “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story”, and she was also nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries.

In the following years, Sela was seen in “My Fellow Americans” (1996), “54” (1998), and “Runaway Bride” (1999), while on the early 2000s she was cast in “The Badge” (2002), “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights” (2004), “The Guardian” (2006), and “The Stepfather” (2009).

Sela was next seen in the 2014 movie “Gone Girl” before she was cast to play President Lanford in the action-adventure “Independence Day: Resurgence”, also starring Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth and Bill Pullman in 2016, which was her most recent movie role.


Roles in series

Sela made her first television appearance portraying Hilary Adams in “Emerald Point N. A. S.” from 1983 through 1984, followed by her guest role as Emily in “I Had Three Wives” in 1985. In the following years, she guest-starred in “L.A. Law” (1986), “Night Court” (1987), and “Christine Cromwell” (1990).

As mentioned, from 1991 until 1996, she portrayed her most notable role to date, as Teddy Reed in “Sisters”, followed by supporting roles in “Frasier” (1997) and “The New Batman Adventures” (1998). From 1999 until 2002, Sela starred as Lily Manning in the Primetime Emmy-awarded series “Once and Again”, a role which brought her another Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2000, and for which she was nominated again in the following year.

From 2005 until 2012, Sela had the recurring role as Stacy Warner in “House”. Concurrently, she starred in “CSI: NY” (2010-2013), and then during 2016 and 2017, portrayed Margaret Graves in “Graves”. In the following year, she was seen as Juliet in “Westworld”, before she was cast to play Dana Mosier in “FBI”, from 2018 until 2019, which was her most recent role.

Why did she leave FBI?

After it was revealed that Sela had left “FBI”, fans of the series wanted to know the reason for her leaving, since her character was one of the favorites in the show. Various speculations have been circulating on the internet, however, it appears that Sela didn’t leave the show with a bad taste in her mouth. She’d actually signed a one-year contract, and after she posted on her Twitter saying: ‘Such a wonderful show with an amazing cast and crew. Much love to all of our fans of the show. Thank you for everything!’, it was clear that it was her wish to act in just one season, and according to The Cinemaholic, the only reason why Sela took on the role was her friendship with the co-creator of the show, Dick Wolf.



According to sources, Sela has a long-term problem of an overactive thyroid, called Hyperthyroidism, which occurs when your thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine. Sela asked for medical help when sleeplessness and fatigue became the routine for her. She has been taking medication, and occasionally has acupuncture therapy. She is feeling better these days, but once passed out during the shooting of “FBI”, apparently from stress along with her illness, and thus many people assumed that this is why she left the show.

Love life and husband

Before she met her future husband, from 1975 until 1977, Sela was in a relationship with Bob Baumhower, a former American Football player, and then from 1983 until 1986, Sela dated actor Richard Dean Anderson. In the following year, Sela started dating Peter Weller, also an actor, through until 1990.

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Although Sela hasn’t shared how and when she met her future husband, Howard Elliott Sherman, it’s known that they exchanged their wedding vows on 23 May 1992. Her husband is an American entrepreneur who was once a candidate for the US Senate. They have two children together, namely Anabella and Austin, but whose birthdays are unknown.

As of August 2022, the family of four lives in their residence in Los Angeles, California, and they also spent some time on their family ranch near Sela’s hometown.


Age, height, and net worth

Sela’s age is 66; she has brown hair and hazel eyes, weighs around 140lbs (63kgs) and is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall, with vital statistics of 35-25-37.

According to sources, as of August 2022, her net worth has been estimated at over $5 million, and if you wondered about her husband’s wealth, it’s been estimated at over $50 million.

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