Jurnee Smollett-Bell was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City, New York, USA as Jurnee Diana Smollett. She is an actress, known for her role as “Jess Merriweather” on the Emmy Award-winning TV series, Огни ночной пятницы (2006). She is also known for her roles in Большие спорщики (2007), Пристанище Евы (1997), Настоящая кровь (2008), as well as Jason Katims’ NBC show, Родители (2010). She is the daughter of Janet and Joel Smollett. Her father was Ashkenazi Jewish and her mother is African-American.