Jean Smart is an actress that has been earning quite a few accolades of late. She plays the legendary Las-Vegas-based female comic Deborah Vance on the show Hacks, for which she has already earned significant praise now that the show has just ended its first season on HBO Max.
Moreover, Smart has also stared in shows like Fargo, Mare of Easttown and Watchmen, and she has earned praise for her roles in all of them.
Naturally, when an actress captures the public’s attention, the public will also become curious about that actress’ personal life. Since Smart is 69 years old, questions about whether she has any children and, if so, what those children are doing, naturally arose.
Jean Smart: A Very Private Woman
Jean Smart does indeed have two children, an older son named Connor Douglas Gilliand, who was born in 1989, and an adopted daughter named Bonnie Kathleen Gilliand. Bonnie was adopted from East Asia when Connor was 20. Smart’s husband was Richard Gilliand, whom she met in 1987 on the set of “Designing Women.”
Richard Gilliand died earlier this year on March 18.
What is strange about this is that, despite Smart being a fairly well-known actress, both of her children live totally out of the public eye. Connor has no social media presence whatsoever, and very little information about Bonnie is publicly available.
Indeed, Smart and her family are so private that the cause of Richard’s death is not even precisely known. We merely know that he died of some sort of heart condition. She and her family have chosen to mourn him in private.
In a recent interview with the New Yorker, however, she opened up a bit about her husband and shared some details about their life together. “He was one of those actors who never got the chance to really show what he could do,” she said. “A couple of times onstage, he did. But he really sacrificed his career for me to be able to take advantage of my opportunities. I wouldn’t have all this if it wasn’t for him.”
Of course, everyone is entitled to his privacy. For a well-known actor or the family members of one, this is harder to achieve than it is for other people. Smart and her family have largely avoided unwanted attention, and her children have chosen to live their own quiet and private lives away from the trappings of celebrity.