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Melissa Joan Hart is a well-known American actress who is best known for her television roles. She rose to prominence as a result of her appearances on comedy television shows such as ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ and ‘Melissa & Joey.’ Hart, who was born in Smithtown, New York, began appearing in television commercials at the age of four. She then appeared in minor roles in television shows such as ‘Kane & Abel,’ a miniseries, and the soap opera ‘Another World.’ She rose to prominence after starring as the lead in the television comedy series ‘Clarissa Explains It All’. The series received an Emmy nomination. Hart won multiple Young Artist Awards for her performance. Additionally, she directed, produced, and starred in ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’. The series was a smash hit. Among her other television appearances that helped propel her to prominence is her role in the comedy television series ‘Melissa & Joey’. Hart has also appeared in a few films. She starred in the Christian film ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ as the lead role. The film was a box office smash. Apart from acting, she co-founded the fashion line ‘King of Harts’ with her husband. Additionally, she opened a candy shop called Sweetharts. It was closed following allegations of wrongful termination and discrimination on the basis of race.

Childhood & Adolescence

Melissa Joan Hart was born in Smithtown, New York on 18 April 1976. William Hart, her father, was a carpenter and entrepreneur, and Paula Hart, her mother, was a talent manager. She is the eldest sibling of five. All of her siblings are actors.

At the age of four, she began appearing in television commercials. She quickly established her talent, landing her first role in a television film, ‘Christmas Show,’ at the age of ten.

When Hart was a teenager, her parents divorced. She then relocated to New York City with her siblings and mother. Her mother married Leslie Gilliams for the second time.

Career of Melissa

Melissa Hart made her television debut in the comedy television series ‘Clarissa Explains It All’. From 1991 to 1994, the series aired. The show was a success and was nominated for an Emmy. Hart also received numerous accolades for her performance.

She starred in the 1995 television film ‘Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare’. Hart also appeared as a guest star on television series such as ‘Touched by an Angel’ and ‘Weinerville’.

She then starred in the television series ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’. From 1996 to 2003, the series aired. Hart also directed and produced the series. The performance was a smashing success.

In 2000, she appeared in the superhero comedy film ‘The Specials’ as a supporting character. The film, directed by Craig Mazin, followed a group of everyday superheroes on a day off. Commercially, the film was a flop.

Hart provided the voice for the title character in the animated television series ‘Sabrina: The Animated Series’. It aired between 1999 and 2000. The show was an animated adaptation of the ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ comic book series.

She appeared in guest roles on several other television shows over the next few years, including ‘Just Shoot Me!’, ‘The Jamie Kennedy Experiment’, and ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’. She competed on the ninth season of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2009. She also starred in the horror film ‘Nine Dead’ that year.

Her next notable television appearance was in the series ‘Melissa & Joey’. It aired between 2010 and 2015. Numerous awards and nominations were bestowed upon the series. Additionally, she starred in the 2016 Christian film ‘God’s Not Dead 2’.

Significant Works Melissa

Melissa Hart’s portrayal of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the comedy series ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ can be considered one of her most significant roles. She directed, produced, and starred in the series. The story follows an American adolescent who discovers she possesses superpowers after her sixteenth birthday. The series was a huge success, gaining enormous popularity on a global scale.

‘Melissa & Joey,’ another of Hart’s successful works, was a 2010–2015 American comedy television series. The story follows Melissa, a local politician, as she hires Joey to look after her nephew and niece. The show, created by David Kendall and Bob Young, quickly gained enormous popularity. It was also televised in other countries, including India and the United Kingdom.

Hart starred in the Christian film ‘God’s Not Dead 2’ in 2016. The film, directed by Harold Cronk, was a sequel to 2014’s ‘Gods’ Not Dead’. Commercially, it was a success. It was, however, criticized for emulating a religious sermon.

Awards and Accomplishments

Melissa Hart won three ‘Young Artist Awards’ in 1992, 1993, and 1994 for her role in the television series ‘Clarissa Explains It All.’

In 1997 and 1998, she won two ‘Young Artist Awards’ and one ‘Kids Choice Award’ for her performance in ‘Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.

In 1998, her performance in the television film ‘The Right Connection’ earned her another ‘Young Artist Award.’ In 2000, she won a ‘Kids Choice Award’ for her role in the television film ‘Driving Me Crazy.

Private Life of Melissa

Melissa Hart is married to musician Mark Wilkerson; the couple married in Italy on July 19, 2003. Mason, Braydon, and Tucker are the couple’s three children.

Estimated Net Worth

Melissa Joan Hart is a wealthy American actress, director, producer, writer, singer, and entrepreneur. Her net worth is estimated to be $13 million.

Melissa Joan Hart amassed her fortune through her producing, directing, and numerous roles in television and film, as well as through the establishment of her own production company, Hartbreak Films.