Melora Hardin


Date Of Birth

June 29, 1967


Melora Diane Hardin, who was born on June 29, 1967 in Houston, Texas, is the daughter of actor Jerry Hardin and his wife, Diane, an acting manager. At a young age, she discovered her love for acting, and by the time she was 10, launched her acting career by appearing in the series Thunder. She also became known for her role in two episodes of Quantum Leap, as well as in one of the Little House on the Prairie movies. In 1988, she took on the role of Baby in the short-lived TV adaptation of the film Dirty Dancing. Some of her other television credits include appearances in Diagnosis Murder, Friends, Gilmore Girls, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and a recurring role on the USA Network series Monk.

Melora Hardin has also been cast as Jan Levinson in the highly watched NBC sitcom, The Office. Other than working on television, she has ac!$#!#ulated quite a list of big screen hits in her r?sum?. She starred in the acclaimed Jason Reitman-directed film Thank You for Smoking in 2006, working with Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello and Adam Brody. Her other films are The Hot Chick with Rob Schneider, Absolute Power, The Comebacks, The Violin, The Dukes and Soul Man. She has also made an appearance on The Rocketeer, where she was able to show off her singing prowess. She sang soundtrack versions of the classics “Begin the Beguine” and “When Your Lover Has Gone.” Also pursuing a career in that field, she has released two albums, namely The Melodrama and Purr. Hardin is also known for playing the role of Fantine in the Hollywood Bowl’s concert of Les Miserables. In 2008, she got a part in the film 28 Dresses, and has signed on to work in Seventeen Again, You and Hannah Montana: The Movie.

Place of Birth

Houston, Texas

Birth Name

Melora Diane Hardin



Fun Facts

Attended Rocamora School.

Daughters are named Rory Jackson (born 29 September 2001) and Piper Quincey Jackson (born 2005).



2008: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for: "The Office". Shared.
2007: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for: "The Office". Shared.
1985: Young Artist Awards - Best Young Supporting Actress in a Daytime or Nightime Drama for: "Two Marriages".


2011: Ben Banks - Mary Andrews
2010: Outlaw (TV series) - Claire Sax
2010: Knucklehead - Mary
2005: The Office (TV series) - Jan Levinson/Jan Levinson-Gould
2010: Lights Out (TV movie) - Theresa Leary
2004-2009: Monk (TV series) - Trudy Monk/Cameron
2009: You - Miranda
2009: Hannah Montana: The Movie - Lorelai
2009: 17 Again - Principal Jane Masterson
2009: The Tub (short) - The Woman
2008: Mom, Dad and Her (TV movie) - Emma
2008: 27 Dresses - Maureen
2007: The Comebacks - Barb Fields
20007: The Violin (short) - Gertrude Bloch
2007: Boxboarders! - Ruth Keene
2007: The Dukes - Diane
2007: Drive Thru - Marcia Carpenter
2006: Gilmore Girls (TV series) - Carolyn Bates
2006: Without a Trace (TV series) - Pamela Seaver
2006: The Office: The Accountants (TV series) - Jan Levinson-Gould
2005: Thank You for Smoking - Interviewer
2005: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Sports Book Manager
2005: Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure (TV movie) - Linda Evans
2004: Boston Legal (TV series) - Sharon Brant
2004: The Hollywood Mom's Mystery (TV movie) - Summer Rossner
2004: El padrino - Jane
2003: Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (TV series) - Former Petty Officer Erin Toner
2003: The Division (TV series) - Cheryl Lynn Brinkmeyer
2002: The Hot Chick - Carol
2002: Judging Amy (TV series) - Rosalie Leavitt
2002: Family Guy (TV series)
2001: Once and Again (TV series) - Samantha Aldrich
2000-2001: Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (TV series) - Barbara Arno
2000: Certain Guys - Mary Beth
1999: Seven Girlfriends - Laura
1995-1999: Diagnosis Murder (TV series) - POX Publicist Melanie Cooper/Savannah Bellows
1999: Payne (TV series) - Danielle Harris
1998: The Pretender (TV series) - Wendy Dawson
1998: Timecop (TV series) - Edith Thomas
1998: Erasable You - Calamity
1997-1998: The Tom Show (TV series) - Lorraine
1997: Tower of Terror (TV movie) - Claire Poulet
1997: Orleans (TV series) - Gina Vitelli
1997: Things That Go Bump (TV movie) - Chloe Garrett
1997: Absolute Power - Christy Sullivan
1996: Caroline in the City (TV series) - Beth
1996: Chameleon - Jill Hallman
1994-1996: Renegade (TV series) - Kelly Anderson/Laura McMillan
1996: The Undercover Kid - Clyde
1995: Touched by an Angel (TV series) - Lizbeth
1995: Friends (TV series) - Celia
1994: Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV series) - Molly Flynn
1994: Matlock (TV series) - Lisa Swift
1994: Golden Gate (TV movie) - Susan Carlino
1994: Murder, She Wrote (TV series) - Cindy Warrick
1994: The Pornographer - Sasha Leon Hoffner
1993: Moon Over Miami (TV series) - Emily Booker
1993: Reckless Kelly - Robin Banks
1992: Quantum Leap (TV series) - Abigail Fuller
1992: Mann & Machine (TV series) - Louise Trotsky
1992: Miles from Nowhere (TV movie) - Teresa
1991: The Rocketeer - South Seas Singer
1991: Equal Justice (TV series) - Doris Walsh
1990: Shangri-La Plaza (TV movie) - Amy
1990: Lambada - Sandy Thomas
1989: La bottega dell'orefice - Monica
1989: Tour of Duty (TV series) - Christine Pierson
1989: Big Man on Campus - Cathy
1988-1989: Dirty Dancing (TV series) - Frances 'Baby' Kellerman
1986: Soul Man - Whitney Dunbar
1986: Hotel (TV series) - Beth
1986: Iron Eagle - Katie
1985: The Best Times (TV series) - Joy Villafranco
1985: Papa Was a Preacher - Janette
1984: Mama Malone (TV series) - Kathleen
1983: The Family Tree (TV series) - Tess Benjamin
1983: Little House: Look Back to Yesterday (TV movie) - Michele Pierson
1983: Magnum, P.I. (TV series) - Nancy Perkins Gillis
1979-1982: Quincy M.E. (TV series) - Abigail 'Abby' Garvin/Amanda
1981: Little House on the Prairie (TV series) - Belinda Stevens
1980-1981: Secrets of Midland Heights (TV series) - Micki Carroll
1980: Haywire (TV movie) - Brooke Hayward, age 11
1980: ABC Afterschool Specials (TV series) - Amy Warner
1980: Diff'rent Strokes (TV series) - Emily Morehouse
1979: The North Avenue Irregulars - Carmel
1978: The Love Boat (TV series) - Courtney Chenault-Teenage Daughter
1977-1978: Thunder (TV series) - Cindy Prescott
1977: The Cliffwood Avenue Kids (TV series) - Melora


5' 7" (1.70 m)


"I do believe everyone on this earth is an artist - some people more than others. But I do believe we are all artists in a certain way. We all have unique abilities. There are people who are meant to make it their life and that is a different kind of person who would choose to be on that path."

"This is what I have, this is my package, I just happen to be wrapped with this color paper and this color of bow: my looks. It's nice that it's pleasing to a lot of people, and that I don't have to struggle with that in this lifetime. But we're all put on earth with some kind of package, and we just have to do with it whatever we do."

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