Melora Diane Hardin (born June 29, 1967) is an American actress, best known for her roles as Jan Levinson on NBC's The Office and Trudy Monk on USA's Monk.

Early life

Hardin was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of acting manager/coach and retired actress Diane (née Hill) and actor Jerry Hardin.[1] She is the sister of Flock CEO Shawn Hardin.[2] She was raised in San Francisco, California, after her family moved there when she was 4 years old.

Acting career

Hardin started her acting career as the young star of the television series Thunder (1977-1978), and has appeared in over 70 movies and television programs since, including two 1981 Little House on the Prairie episodes (as Belinda Stevens in "The Reincarnation of Nellie," Parts 1 and 2) as well as playing Michele Pierson in the 1983 television movie Little House: Look Back to Yesterday. She starred as Baby in the short-lived 1988 television series Dirty Dancing (based on the 1987 film of the same name) and two 1992 episodes of Quantum Leap (as Abigail in "Trilogy," Parts 2 and 3). She co-starred in the 1990 dancing movie Lambada as Sandy. She appeared in Absolute Power (1997) as Christy Sullivan and played Ross's dirty talking love interest in season 1 episode 15 of Friends. She was also originally cast in Back to the Future as Jenifer Parker, but was re-cast after Eric Stoltz (the original Marty McFly) was let go, Melora was deemed too tall to star alongside the petite Michael J. Fox.

Hardin starred in the 2000–2001 series Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family, and since 2004 she has played the recurring role of Trudy Monk, the title character's deceased wife, on the USA Network series Monk. She appeared on the series NCIS as former Petty Officer Erin Toner in the episode "The Curse".[3] In 2005 Hardin portrayed Linda Evans in Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, a fictionalized television movie based on the creation and behind the scenes production of the 1980s prime time soap opera Dynasty.[4][5] Hardin played former corporate manager Jan Levinson on The Office since the show's debut in 2005.

Hardin later appeared in the 2006 film Thank You for Smoking, and appears in Hannah Montana: The Movie as Robby Ray's love interest. The film premiered on April 10, 2009.[6]

She played the role of Fantine in the Hollywood Bowl's concert of Les Misérables in Summer 2008.[7]

Melora also played in several episodes of the popular web show, Elevator, on YouTube. (Nanny Cam, Melora Hardin Super Fan, The Office Song etc.)

Hardin made her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in the revival of Chicago: The Musical on December 29, 2008. She stayed with the show until February 12, 2009.[8]

Hardin was cast as a major character in the NBC drama Outlaw, playing a powerful senior partner of an elite law firm, and the main love interest to the series' protagonist, played by Jimmy Smits.[9]

Singing career

Melora sang the National Anthem at the season opening hockey game of the Anaheim Ducks on October 13, 2010.[10]

Hardin is scheduled to also sing the Star Spangled Banner at the season opening hockey game of the NHL Phoenix Coyotes on October 16, 2010 [11]


[1][2] Hardin attending the premiere of her movie "YOU", Westwood, CA on May 13, 2009

Film and television
Year Film Role Notes
1977 The Cliffwood Avenue Kids Melora TV movie
1977 - 1978 Thunder Cindy Prescott 12 Episodes
1978 The Love Boat Courtney Chenault-Teenage Daughter Episode: Double Wedding/Ventriloquists, The/Julie Falls Hard
1979 The North Avenue Irregulars Carmel
1979, 1982 Quincy, M.E. Amanda/Abigail 'Abby' Garvin 2 Episodes
1980 Diff'rent Strokes Emily Morehouse Episode: Skin Deep or True Blue
ABC Afterschool Specials Amy Warner Episode: What Are Friends For?
Haywire Brooke Hayward, age 11 TV movie
1980 - 1981 Secrets of Midland Heights Micki Carroll 10 Episodes
1981 Little House on the Prairie Belinda Stevens 2 Episodes
1983 Magnum, P.I. Nancy Perkins Gillis Episode: Luther Gillis: File #521
The Family Tree Tess Benjamin
Little House: Look Back to Yesterday Michele Pierson TV movie
1984 Mama Malone Kathleen Episode: The Education of Frankie
1985 Papa Was a Preacher Janette
The Best Times Joy Villafranco
1986 Soul Man Whitney
Iron Eagle Katie
Hotel Beth Episode: Heroes
1988 - 1989 Dirty Dancing Frances 'Baby' Kellerman 11 Episodes
1989 Big Man on Campus Cathy
The Jeweller's Shop Monica
Tour of Duty Christine Pierson 2 Episodes
1990 Lambada Sandy Thomas
Shangri-La Plaza Amy TV movie
1991 The Rocketeer South Seas Singer
1992 Mann & Machine Louise Trotsky Episode: Torch Song
Quantum Leap Abigail Fuller 2 Episodes
Miles from Nowhere Teresa TV movie
1993 Reckless Kelly Robin Banks
Moon Over Miami Emily Booker Episode: My Old Flame
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Molly Flynn Episode: Operation Blackout
Murder, She Wrote Cindy Warrick Episode: Roadkill
Matlock Lisa Swift Episode: The Scandal
Golden Gate Susan Carlino TV movie
The Pornographer Sasha Leon Hoffner
1994, 1996 Renegade Laura McMillan/Kelly Anderson 2 Episodes
1995 Friends Celia Episode: The One with the Stoned Guy
Touched by an Angel Lizbeth Episode: The Big Bang
1995, 1999 Diagnosis: Murder Savannah Bellows/POX Publicist Melanie Cooper 2 Episodes
1996 The Undercover Kid Clyde
Chameleon Jill Hallman
Caroline in the City Beth Episode: Caroline and the Bridesmaids
1997 Absolute Power Christy Sullivan
Tower of Terror Claire Poulet TV movie
Things That Go Bump Chloe Garrett TV movie
Orleans Gina Vitelli 2 Episodes
1997 - 1998 The Tom Show Lorraine 2 Episodes
1998 The Pretender Wendy Dawson Episode: Homefront
Timecop Edith Thomas Episode: Lost Voyage
Erasable You Calamity
1999 Seven Girlfriends Laura
Payne Danielle Harris Episode: Gossip Checks in and a Cat Checks Out
2000 Certain Guys Mary Beth
2000 - 2001 Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family Barbara Arno 25 Episodes
2001 Once and Again Samantha Aldrich 1 episode: Moving On
2002 The Hot Chick Carol
Judging Amy Rosalie Leavitt 1 episode: Roses and Truth
2003 NCIS Erin Toner 1 episode: The Curse
The Division Cheryl Lynn Brinkmeyer 1 episode: Rush to Judgment
2004 Boston Legal Sharon Brant 1 episode: Head Cases
El padrino Jane
The Hollywood Mom's Mystery Summer Rossner TV movie
2004 - 2009 Monk Trudy Monk 10 episodes
2005 Thank You for Smoking Interviewer
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sports Book Manager 1 episode: Big Middle
Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure Linda Evans TV movie
2005 - 2010 The Office Jan Levinson 37 episodes
2006 Gilmore Girls Carolyn Bates 1 episode: Partings
Without a Trace Pamela Seaver 1 episode: Rage
The Office: The Accountants Jan Levinson-Gould 1 episode: The Books Don't Balance
2007 The Comebacks Barb Fields
The Violin Gertrude Bloch
Boxboarders! Ruth Keene
The Dukes Diane
Drive Thru Marcia Carpenter
2008 Me, Mom, Dad and Her Emma
27 Dresses Maureen
2009 The Tub The Woman
Hannah Montana: The Movie Lorelai
17 Again Principal Jane Masterson
You Miranda
2010 Lights Out Teresa Leary TV movie
Knucklehead Mary O'Connor
2011 Ben Banks Mary Andrews Post-production


Film and television
Year Film
2009 You


Film and television
Year Film
2009 You
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