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SpouseBrian Reilly
FactDaughter of Miss America 1945, Bess Myerson.

Barra Grant is an American actress, writer, and producer. She is best known for her role as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos (1999-2007), for which she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama in 2001.

Grant was born in New York City, the daughter of Barbara (née Grant) and William Grant. She has two sisters, Amy and Elizabeth. Grant was raised in a Jewish household. She attended the High School of Performing Arts, where she studied acting.

Grant’s career began in the early 1980s with roles in the soap operas As the World Turns and Ryan’s Hope. She made her film debut in 1984’s Splash. She has since appeared in such films as The First Wives Club (1996), A Walk on the Moon (1999), Keeping the Faith (2000), and What Women Want (2000).

From 1999 to 2007, Grant starred as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on The Sopranos. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama for her performance in 2001.

Grant has been married twice. Her first husband was actor Robert Desiderio, with whom she has two daughters, Lily and Daisy. Her second husband is actor/producer Matthew Perry, whom she married in 2018.

Grant has a net worth of $40 million.

General Info

Full NameBarra Grant
ProfessionActor, Film director, Playwright, Screenwriter, Television Director


SpouseBrian Reilly
ParentsBess Myerson, Allan Wayne


AwardsWGA Award for Best Comedy/Variety - Music, Awards, Tributes - Specials - Television
NominationsWriters Guild of America Award for Television: Children's Script, DGA Drama Show Day Award
MoviesLove Hurts, Life of the Party, Misunderstood, Let's Switch!, Daughters of Satan

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2Daughter of Miss America 1945, Bess Myerson.




Slow Dancing in the Big City1978Mildred
Sergeant Matlovich vs. the U.S. Air Force1978TV MovieSusan Hewman
The Sunshine Boys1977TV MovieSylvia Grant
Good Heavens1976TV SeriesKiki
Mother, Jugs & Speed1976Miss Crocker
Jigsaw John1976TV Series
Joe Forrester1976TV Series
Let's Switch!1975TV MovieMorgan Ames
Roll, Freddy, Roll!1974TV MovieSidni Kane
Trapped Beneath the Sea1974TV MovieGrace Wallants
Barnaby Jones1973TV SeriesMarie Hubble
Gunsmoke1973TV SeriesTeresa
The Ted Bessell Show1973TV Movie
Love, American Style1973TV SeriesBoni (segment "Love and the Baby Derby")
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors1973TV SeriesEve Tanner
Mary Tyler Moore1972TV SeriesJudy Conrad
It Ain't Easy1972Ann
Daughters of Satan1972Chris Robertson
Sarge1971TV SeriesChristina
Take Three Girls1971TV SeriesLulie


Love Hurts2009/Iwritten by
Life of the Party2005written by
Living Single1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
Freshman Dorm1992TV Series writer - 1 episode
CBS Schoolbreak Special1991TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Earth Day Special1990TV Special
CBS Summer Playhouse1987TV Series writer - 1 episode
Slow Dancing in the Big City1978writer
NBC Special Treat1978TV Series teleplay - 1 episode


Living Single1994TV Series executive consultant - 7 episodes


Love Hurts2009/I
Life of the Party2005
CBS Schoolbreak Special1991TV Series 1 episode
Dirty Dancing1989TV Series 1 episode
NBC Special Treat1978TV Series 1 episode


Inside Story: The Santa Clause2011TV Movie special thanks


Won Awards

2009Festival PrizeBoston Film FestivalBest ComedyLove Hurts (2009)
2009Festival PrizeBoston Film FestivalBest DirectorLove Hurts (2009)
2009LA Femme Filmmaker AwardLA Femme International Film FestivalBest FeatureLove Hurts (2009)
2006LA Femme Filmmaker AwardLA Femme International Film FestivalBest WriterLife of the Party (2005)

Nominated Awards

1992DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows - DaytimeCBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)
1991Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeChildren's Live-Action CategoryCBS Schoolbreak Special (1984)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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