Jean Smart Honors Late Husband After ‘Hacks’ Win

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In her ideas. Jean Smart delivered an emotional speech reflecting on her late husband, Richard Gilliland, and his impression on her career as she accepted the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series on the 2021 Emmys.

Smart, 70, who was nominated for her position in Hacks, hugged fellow nominee Kaley Cuoco earlier than making her approach to the stage.

“I have to acknowledge my late husband who passed away six months yesterday. I would not be here without him, and without his, kind of, putting his career on the back burner so I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that I have had,” the Fargo alum mentioned on Sunday, September 19.



Jean Smart accepts the award for excellent lead actress in a comedy collection for “Hacks” on the 73rd Emmy Awards on on the Event Deck at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles.
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Smart, who acquired a standing ovation after her win, additionally honored her kids, who joined her on the awards present.

“And my two incredible children, Conner and Forest, who are both very courageous individuals in their own right,” she added. “[They] put up with mommy commuting from Philadelphia and back.”

Smart and Gilliland initially met whereas engaged on the set of Designing Women. They tied the knot in 1987 earlier than welcoming son Connor two years later and adopting son Forrest in 2009. The couple would go on to work on 24, Just My Imagination and Audrey’s Rain collectively.

The actor handed away in March after a short sickness on the age of 71.

Three months later, Smart opened up about persevering with to movie season 1 of Hacks shortly after her husband’s demise.



Jean Smart arrives on the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
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“You know, I feel like I just should say something about my husband, because he passed away very unexpectedly. I still had a week of Hacks left to do. That was hard. I had to do a funeral scene,” she instructed The New Yorker in June. “It’s been really weird. It’s not anything I ever dreamed would happen. Not so soon. He made me laugh all the time. That’s going to be hard to live without.”

That identical month, creator Paul W. Downs detailed the importance of casting Smart within the position of Deborah Vance.

“When you’re doing something that is hopefully as grounded as we wanted the show to be, we had to have someone who played both the comedy and also the emotionally grounded moments in equal measure,” Downs, 38, detailed to IndieWire. “It’s a very short list of women in that age bracket, and Jean was at the top for us. Also, she really was emblematic of the character in that, even though she’s worked prolifically and has never been maligned by the industry in the same way Deborah had, we always felt that she was under-appreciated for the range and amount of talent that she has. To give her a starring role to shine in is one of our proudest accomplishments.”

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