By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
American actress, Jean Smart, made a public introduction of her son, Forrest at the 2021 Emmy Awards as they walked the red carpet together at the event which took place yesterday, Sunday September 19, 2021.
The 70 year old actress and mother bagged the award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series’, and while giving her speech, she thanked Forrest, 13, and her older son, Connor, while saying: “My two wonderful and unselfish children … who are both very courageous in their own right.”
She did it fail to remember her deceased husband Richard Gilliland, who died in March after a brief illness. She tearfully acknowledged him.
“Before I say anything, I have to acknowledge my late husband, who passed away six months ago yesterday, and I would not be here without him. Without him putting his career on the back burner so that I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had.
“Him passing away was just not ever even a thought. And it’s changed every moment of my everyday life; every atom of my existence I feel like is altered.
“But I just want people to know how much he’s sacrificed for me to be where I am, and to get the opportunities that I’ve gotten and let his career kind of take a back seat to help take care of our home and our kids. And it kills me he didn’t get the chances that I got, because he was so talented. I was very lucky when I met him.” she concluded.
Towards the end of the event Smart’s son Forrest while speaking to Karamo Brown, said “he’s very proud of his mom” and added that she deserves everything good because “she worked really hard.”
Smart as an American actress began her career while appearing in regional theater throughout the Pacific Northwest, including in Washington, Alaska, and Oregon.
She performed with the Seattle Repertory Theater as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. In the mid-1970s, she moved to New York City with college friend and fellow actress, Elizabeth Wingate (Lavery), and began working in Off-Broadway and professional regional productions. From hence, her career spread wide like a burning fire, a very astute character in movies.