Sela Ward was born to Granberry Holland and the late Annie Kate Ward. She attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she performed as one of the Crimson Tide football cheerleaders.
Ward dated actor Richard Dean Anderson for three years and was once engaged to actor Peter Weller. Since 1992, Sela Ward has been married to wealthy venture capitalist Howard Sherman; they have two children, Austin (b. 1994) and Anabella (b. 1998).
She is most widely known for her Emmy Award-winning television roles, playing free-spirited Teddy on Sisters (1991-96) and as single mom Lily on Once and Again (1999-2002).
In 2005 Sela Ward began a recurring role in the series House as the hospital attorney who happens to be the former lover of the protagonist, Dr. Gregory House (played by British actor Hugh Laurie).
Sela Ward's first film role was in The Man Who Loved Women, released in 1983.
It has been written that Ward was originally offered the role of Susan which eventually went to Teri Hatcher on Desperate Housewives, but she turned it down.
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