Jayne Kennedy Biography
Jayne Kennedy is an American television personality, actress, model, corporate spokeswoman, producer, writer, public speaker, philanthropist, beauty pageant titleholder, and sports broadcaster. For Outstanding Actress in a Motion, Picture Kennedy won a 1982 NAACP Image award. And also for her performance as Julie Winters in the 1981 film Body and Soul co-starring alongside her then-husband Leon Isaac Kennedy.
He is also known for receiving the NAACP Theater Award for Best Producer along with her current husband Bill Overton. This is for their production of the highly acclaimed staged musical, The Journey of the African American. Jayne is also an Emmy Award winner for her coverage of the Rose Parade.
He was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the news feature on soldiers on the DMZ in South Korea for NBC’s Speak Up America in 1980. Ebony Magazine announced as “One of the 20 Greatest Sex Symbols of the 20th Century,”. She was also named “The Most Admired Black Woman in America” in the 1980s by Coca-Cola USA.
Jayne Kennedy Age
Jayne was born on October 27, 1951, in Washington, D.C. She is 69 years old.
Jayne Kennedy Height
Jayne Kennedy Family
Jayne was born in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of machinist Herbert Harrison and his wife, Virginia.
Jayne Kennedy Education
She attended Wickliffe High School in Wickliffe, Ohio She represented Wickliffe High School at the American Legion’s Girls State mock-government program and was elected as a senator to the American Legion’s Girls Nation program in Washington D.C. where she won the office of Vice President of the United States and was sworn into office by then VP Spiro T. Agnew.
While still in high school, Kennedy has crowned Miss Ohio USA in 1970 (she was the first African American woman to win the title), and was one of the 15 semi-finalists in the 1970 Miss USA Pageant. It was rare for an African American woman at that time to be in the contest.
Jayne Kennedy Husband
Jayne met Leon Isaac Kennedy, a DJ and a struggling actor/writer a year after high school. The couple married in 1971. Smokey Robinson a Motown singer/songwriter served as best man at their wedding. The couple later divorced in 1982.
Kennedy married actor Bill Overton in 1985. The couple has four children: his daughter Cheyenne (1982) and their three daughters Savannah Re (b. November 20, 1985), Kopper Joi (b. May 17, 1989), and Zaire Ollyea (b. September 15, 1995).
Jayne Kennedy Daughters
Jayne is a mother of four daughters. They include; Cheyenne (1982), Savannah Re (b. November 20, 1985), Kopper Joi (b. May 17, 1989), and Zaire Ollyea (b. September 15, 1995). She has been an advocate for equality in sports for women and girls. She worked for the Children’s Miracle Network for many years, where she helped raise billions of dollars for Children’s Hospitals along with.
Jayne Kennedy Movies
- Group Marriage — Judy (1973)
- Ironside episode “The Last Payment” (TV series, 1973)
- Banacek episode “Rocket to Oblivion” (TV series, 1974)
- Sanford and Son season 4 episode 5 “There’ll be some changes made” (TV series, 1974)
- The Six Million Dollar Man episode: “The Song and Dance Spy” (TV series, October 5, 1975)
- Let’s Do It Again — Girl at Factory (1975)
- The Rockford Files episode: “Foul on the First Play” (TV series, 1976)
- The Muthers — Serena (1976)
- Big Time — Shana Baynes (1977)
- Wonder Woman Episode: “Knockout” (TV series, 1977)
- Fighting Mad (aka Death Force) — Maria Russell (1978)
- Mysterious Island Of Beautiful Women — Chocolate (TV movie, 1979)
- Chips episode: “Kidnap” (TV series, 1980)
- Chips episode: “Mitchell and Woods” (TV series, 1981)
- The Love Boat various episodes (TV series, 1981)
- Body and Soul — Julie Winters (NAACP Image Award, Best Actress) (1981)
- Diff’rent Strokes episode: “The Moonlighter” (TV series, 1983)
- Benson episode: “Three on Mismatch” (TV series, 1986)
- 227 episode: “Washington Affair” (TV series, November 1, 1986)
Jayne Kennedy Net Worth
Jayne a beauty pageant winner has an estimated net worth of $2 million dollars.
Jayne Kennedy Career
Jayne and her then-husband Leon Isaac Kennedy moved to California in 1971, to pursue careers in acting. Jayne started with a stint on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In as a dancer. She traveled as one of the Hollywood Deb Stars on Bob Hope’s Bases Around The World Christmas Tour that included stops in Vietnam, Thailand, and Cuba.
Jayne won a spot of one of The Dean Martin Show’s Ding-A-Ling Sisters for three years. During this time she was performing in nightclubs across the United States as a singer/dancer.
She won national acclaim in 1978, as one of the first women to enter the male-dominated world of sports as an announcer on The NFL Today. Jayne continued to be the only female to ever host the syndicated TV series Greatest Sports Legends.
She has been on the covers of Ebony, Jet, and Essence magazines a number of times. Jayne wrote, produced, and starred in the Love your Body exercise videos in the early 1980s. She also produced the first in-flight exercise in the sky program for American Airlines, A Aerobics. During that same time, she also had worked as a corporate spokeswoman for Esoterica, Jovan, Revlon, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Bankers Systems, Butterick Patterns, and 6 years with Coca-Cola’s Tab and Diet Coke. Jayne moved away from the limelight to spend more time with her family beginning in the 1990s.