Iconic woman Janet Smollett is an American activist, teacher, and chef who is not only famous for her profession but also as a celebrity mom. She is known for being the mother of Jussie, Jojo, Jake, Jocqui, Jurnee, and Jazz Smollett. The famous celebrity mother has supported her children throughout their careers in the entertainment industry.
Smollett's children admire her, especially for going through a lot while bringing them up. Apart from being a housewife, she was also her kid's acting coach. Take a look at her personal and professional life below:
Janet was a married woman who was hitched to her ex-husband Joel Smollett until his demise. They first met while they were working for black civil rights. The couple loved each other deeply and committed their lives to give their children exemplary schooling. Together they welcomed six children; Jussie, Jojo, Jake, Jocqui, Jurnee, and Jazz Smollett. All of them are in the public eye.
Sadly, Smollett's husband, Joel, passed away on January 7, 2015, after a battle with cancer. The most heartbreaking and depressing news hit the Smollett family. All of his well-wishers were also devasted by an obituary. After the death of her spouse, Janet is a single lady and is close to her children, who all are engaged in the showbiz industry.
Born on November 27, 1952, Janet's age 69 years. She holds an American nationality and belongs to the Afro-American race. She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and spent her entire childhood with her family. Some reports also show Smollett has roots in Romania, Russia, and Poland.
Smollett may have siblings, but there is no info regarding them. As she has kept her early life away from the limelight, her parents' details are also a mystery to the public.
Talking about her physical appearance, Smollett peaks at the height of 5 feet 6 inches and weighs around 51 kg. The beautiful mom has gorgeous brown eyes.
Janet's son Jojo is a proficient actor and producer who is noted for his work in movies such as the City of Hope, The Practice, and Roseanne. Not only that, but he has also appeared together with his siblings in the show On Our Own.
Moving onwards, Jazz Smollett is also an actress and producer born on April 1, 1980, making her age 41 years now. She got engaged in the film industry in 1994 after making her portrayal in the family sitcom On Our Own.
Likewise, Jussie Smollett is the other son of Janet. He is also an actor and photographer. The multi-talented guy is also a singer who got into the spotlight after appearing in Empire, The Mighty Ducks, and Allen Covenant.
Another child of Janet is Jurnee, who is best known for her appearance in True Blood, Parenthood, and Underground. Furthermore, Jake is also one of the siblings who has starred in The Middleman and Eve's Bayou. Finally, Jocqui is the youngest of six children. Not to mention he has emerged together with his siblings in On Our Own.