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Jayne Kennedy-Overton

  • Date of birth: November 27, 1951
  • Place of birth: Washington D.C., USA
  • Husband:Leon Isaac Kennedy (DJ/ Actor/ Director, m. 1970, div. 1982)
  • Husband:William Overton (actor, Married 1985-current)
  • Children: 3 daughters- Savannah, Kopper, Zaire
  • Won a NAACP Image Award in 1982 for the movie Body and Soul
    Career Hightlights:
  • The first female NFL sportscaster for NBC Network (USA)
  • Contestant in the Miss USA pagent: Miss Ohio 1970
  • Co-host the tv show 'speak up america'
  • Jayne is an born again christian Read Article

  • Jayne's Bio

    Jayne Kennedy (born Jayne Harrison on November 27, 1951 in Wickliffe, Ohio) is an American actress, model and sportscaster.

    Jayne was crowned Miss Ohio 1970 (she was the first African American woman to win the title), and was one of the 10 semi-finalists in the 1970 Miss USA pagent. It was rare for a African American woman at that time to be in the contest. While starting her modeling career, she meet Leon Issac Kennedy, who was a DJ and a struggling actor/writer. They fell in love and married in the 1970. Motown's Smokey Robinson served as best man at the wedding. They moved to California to pursue careers in acting. During the 1970's she had over 10 notable TV guest appearances, and roles in seven movies. In 1978 she was one of the first women to infiltrate the male-dominated world of sports announcing with a role on The NFL Today.

    In the early 1980's she produced exercise videos; however she was later was diagnosed with Endometriosis. She and Kennedy were divorced in 1982; she married actor Bill Overton in 1985. In spite of the prior problem with endometriosis, they have three daughters, Savannah Re (b., Nov. 20, 1985), Kopper Joi (b., May 17, 1989), and Zaire Ollyea (b., Sept. 15, 1995).

    She has graced the cover of Ebony and Jet magazines numerous of times. In July 1981 she became the first African American actress to grace the cover of Playboy magazine.




    Current Information

  • Jayne Kennedy Overton turned 50 in 2001.
  • She announce in Jet magazine she will pen her auto biography "Plain Jayne".
  • Jayne speaks to usa today about her battle with endometriosis Article
  • Movie Credits
  • Night Trap (1993) .... Face in the Fire ... aka Mardi Gras for the Devil (1993)
  • Big Time (1989) (TV)
  • Body and Soul (1981) .... Julie Winters
  • "Speak Up, America" (1980) TV Series
  • Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women (1979) (TV) .... Chocolate Death Force (1978) ... aka Fierce (1978) ... aka Fighting Mad (1978)
  • Cover Girls (1977) (TV) .... Monique Lawrence
  • Muthers, The (1976) .... Serena
  • Let's Do It Again (1975) .... Girl at Factory
  • Group Marriage (1972)

    Jayne Kennedy movies @ Amazon
  • TV Shows
  • "CHiPs" episode: "Mitchell & Woods"
  • "CHiPs" episode: "Kidnap"
  • "Trapper John, M.D. episode: "Deadly Exposure
  • "Wonder Woman" episode: "Knockout"
  • "Starsky and Hutch" episode: "Las Vegas Strangler, The"
  • "Rockford Files, The" episode: "Foul On the First Play"
  • "Banacek" episode: "Rocket to Oblivion"
  • "227" (1988)
  • "Different Strokes"(1980)
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