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Jean Louisa Kelly

Jean Louisa Kelly

CBS's current star on the comedy show "Yes, Dear", Jean Louisa Kelly is best known for her portrayal of Rowena Morgan in the feature film "Mr. Holland's Opus." Her other feature-film credits include "Uncle Buck," "Landfall," "Origin of the Species," "Stranger in the Kingdom" and "The Fantasticks." Kelly's television credits include a starring role in "Cold Feet," a recurring role in "Mad About You" and appearances in "Law & Order" and "Cyber Stalking." Coming from a musical family (her mother teaches piano, her father plays by ear and her sister and brother play the flute and drums, respectively), Kelly was destined to find her own musical talent. She began singing at a young age and studied ballet, tap and jazz dance. She started performing professionally at the age of 11 in the title role of "Annie" at the Theater by the Sea in Rhode Island. At age 15 she appeared in the original Broadway cast of "Into the Woods." Jean Louisa Graduated from Columbia University in 1994, majoring in English. Kelly was born March 9, 1972, in Worcester, Massachusetts. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, James Pitaro.

Jean Louisa Kelly's show ''Yes, Dear'' is a hit

"We're not trying to do anything terribly different, but people like us. They see things depicted that have happened to them. Everyone my age with kids tells me this is reality TV. Yes, Dear won't change your life, but it will make you feel better about your life,'' said Jean Louisa Kelly.

Jeannie can currently be seen in the new hit show Yes, Dear airs on Mondays at 8:30, between King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond. It is the number one rated new show of last season and is in its second season. Jeannie plays Kim Warner, a first-time stay at home mom.

'' Yes, Dear'' is concluding its first year as the second most-watched new comedy of the 2000-01 season. In the 8:30 to 9 p.m. time period it ranks first in households, viewers and adults 25 to 54, coming in second with adults 18 to 49.

''Yes, Dear'' is story about Greg and Kim Warner, a young couple living in Los Angeles. He's an accountant; she's a stay-at-home mom for their one-year-old son, Sammy. Greg takes his role as provider, husband and father very seriously, but his most difficult job may be keeping his wife calm as they raise their son. It's not that she's a neurotic mother; she just likes to get up every hour to make sure her son is still breathing.

Kim's older sister, Christine, and her husband, Jimmy, are a bit more relaxed when it comes to raising their two children. While Kim spends all day making organic baby food, Christine's idea of a balanced meal is making sure her kids get a side of fries with their fast-food burgers. Meanwhile, Jimmy can't understand why Greg wants to take the kids to play at the park when they can have just as much fun at the local casino.

They may be family, but these odd couples have very different ideas about love, marriage and raising children.


Hilton Garden Inn Hotels and Twentieth Television Launch ``Yes, Dear... Let's Get out of Here'' Sweepstakes

Hilton Garden Inn(R) hotels and Twentieth Television today announced that they have teamed up on "Yes, Dear...Let's Get Out of Here," a national sweepstakes campaign that integrates the contrasting personalities of the program's characters and embraces television, radio, in-hotel and online marketing endeavors to generate viewers to watch "Yes, Dear," the newly nationally syndicated comedy series now on five nights a week (check your local listings). Starting now, guests can log on to www.YesDearSweepstakes.com or www.hiltongardeninn.com for a chance to win a four-day/three-night getaway for two at a participating Hilton Garden Inn hotel in the continental U.S.

The "Yes, Dear...Let's Get Out of Here" sweepstakes will be heavily promoted locally and nationally through a variety of marketing initiatives, including Hilton Garden Inn hotel collateral (in-room, in-elevator, front desk signage, key card inserts and online) that will be strategically placed throughout each location. To complement the Hilton Garden Inn brand's efforts, Twentieth Television has launched an extensive broadcast station affiliate campaign featuring on-air spots to heighten awareness of "Yes, Dear" and the sweepstakes. More than 120 broadcast stations throughout the country are participating in the "Yes, Dear...Let's Get Out of Here" sweepstakes by localizing the promotion and incorporating local sponsors into the campaign to generate added revenue. Moreover, an aggressive radio promotion promoting the sitcom and sweepstakes will take place in the top 20 markets.

In the online arena, the campaign will include rich media advertisements and banners, as well as a dedicated sweepstakes microsite strategically seeded on a wide array of targeted websites and portals, including Yahoo!, MSN and AOL, among others. Links to the campaign's microsite will also be housed on its affiliates and radio station partners' websites.

Showcasing the award-winning Hilton Garden Inn mid-priced brand as the ideal hotel of choice for business or leisure travel, sweepstakes winners will have the opportunity to choose a destination inspired by the personalities of "Yes, Dear's" lead characters. Winners may choose a destination inspired by a "Jimmy & Christine Wild Weekend" reflecting the free spirited Jimmy and Christine Hughes by choosing a trip to a "wild city" where a Hilton Garden Inn hotel is located, like Las Vegas, Nev., or New Orleans, La. Conversely, winners may select a cultural and relaxing destination, like Washington, DC or Napa, Calif., akin to the series' sophisticated couple, Greg and Kim Warner.

"The campaign further boosts awareness for Hilton Garden Inn and brings our brand to a new audience to show that whatever your travel and getaway preferences are, Hilton Garden Inn hotels can offer up the perfect weekend getaway solution," said Mark Nogal, vice president - marketing, Hilton Garden Inn. "So whether you're traveling for business, looking for a place to relax and unwind or planning a fun weekend away, with more than 200 locations across North America, there's sure to be a Hilton Garden Inn hotel nearby to accommodate travelers' wants and needs -- no matter what the activity or event."

Susan Kantor, senior vice president, marketing and creative of Twentieth Television, stated, "We are delighted to be partnered with Hilton Garden Inn hotels on this exciting promotion to generate awareness for 'Yes, Dear's' debut season in off-net syndication. This promotion accomplishes mutually beneficial goals for both parties -- 'Yes, Dear' benefits by marketing this funny program to viewers in a targeted environment while Hilton Garden Inn enjoys increased brand association and awareness through this multifaceted promotion."

Each grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to the winner's choice of any Hilton Garden Inn within the continental United States, roundtrip coach airfare for two, four-day/three-night standard double occupancy accommodations at the hotel, airport transfers for two, to and from the airport/Hilton Garden Inn and complimentary breakfast for two each morning during their stay.

To enter and learn more about the "Yes, Dear...Let's Get Out of Here" sweepstakes, visit www.YesDearSweepstakes.com or www.hiltongardeninn.com. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and legal residents of the United States. Sweepstakes begins on November 1, 2004 and ends on December 31, 2004 and all travel must be completed by December 30, 2005. Go to www.YesDearSweepstakes.com for complete official rules.


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