Jayne Kennedy

Popular African American Actress, Model, Sportscaster, Television personality and the winner of Miss Ohio

Jayne Kennedy
Jayne Kennedy- African American model, Tv Personality, Social worker, Miss Ohio 1970- source Pinterest

Jayne Kennedy is a popular African American Actress, Model, Sportscaster, Television personality, Producer, Writer, Public Speaker, as well as a philanthropist. She is well known as the winner of Miss Ohio, the USA in 1970. Kennedy is the first woman to win the title.

Birthdate, Birthplace, and Family background

She was born on 27th October 1951 in Washington DC, USA, to her father Herbert Harrison, and mother Virginia Harrison. Later on, they moved to another state name Cleveland, Ohio where she grew up with her family.

She holds American nationality and belongs to an African American ethnic background and follows Christianity. Her horoscope is Scorpio.

Talking about her family background, she has a happy family where her father works as a machinist in a local factory and her mother is a housewife.

Along with her parents, Jayne has four siblings but unfortunately, their name has not been revealed yet.

Jaynes’s parents have always supported her in between her work and interest. They always taught her to be kind to others as her childhood was so simple she was so obedient, compassionate, and hardworking child.

Jayne Kennedy| Education

As for education, she attended Wickliffe High School in Ohio, USA. As an enthusiast, an active and hardworking student she got into cheerleading, and also her hard work pays off that she became president in class three times.

Later on, she also work as a social activist and also became a member of the National Honor Society member. Also in 1969, Kennedy became the 1st black vice president of the girl’s state.

 Career and professional life

Moving towards her career, Jayne Kennedy began her professional career as an Actress after winning the title of Miss Ohio in 1970.

In 1971, Kennedy made her Hollywood debut as a dancer on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. She got the chance to work with the Dean Martin Show as a singer and dancer for three years.

She acted in the movie named “Group Marriage” in 1973 where she got to chance to know more about her acting skills.

Additionally, she got busy being a guest on T.V. shows and films as well by which she earns lots of names and fame.

Later on, Kennedy also got numerous roles in movies and T.V. shows. Likewise, she also appeared in B-movies. In 1977, she act in a television movie called Cover Girls where the public loves her acting.

In 1981, Kennedy also played the role of a journalist in the movie Body and Souls. She also Plays a few episodes of the Love Boat and Benson. Jayne also launched her exercise video, named Love Your Body.

Moreover, Jayne inspired many people to take care of their physical appearance. This was a top seller in the early 1980s and she is a person who was followed by everyone at that time. she also worked as a host on NBC’s Speak Up America.

Awards and achievements of Jayne Kennedy

In 1970, Jayne became the first African American to win the crown of Miss Ohio title it was a super proud moment for herself and her family.

In 1982, Jayne was awarded NAACP Image Award for her Outstanding Act in a Motion Picture award for her performance as Julie Winters in Body and Soul.

After her dedication, she also won the NAACP Theater Award for Best Producer for The Journey of the African American.

Likewise, Jayne also won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the Rose Parade. Besides this, she was nominated for an Emmy to cover the news feature on soldiers on the DMZ in South Korea for NBC’s Speak Up America in 1980.

Further, Jayne also received CEBA Award for her hard work in the commercial industry. Additionally, Ebony Magazine announced and published Jayne as “One of the 20 Greatest Sex Symbols of the 20th Century”.

On the other side, in the 1980s, Coca-Cola USA named Jayne Kennedy “The Most Admired Black Woman in America” and she love that incident for her it was a great moment.

Additionally, Kennedy was featured in Essence Magazine’s list of “The 30 Most Beautiful Black Women in History.

She is also regarded as one of the “Ten Black Female Firsts in T.V. Journalism” around the world and it’s a great achievement for her.

Jayne Kennedy’s Net worth

She is a popular philanthropist as well as an actress, Model, Sportscaster, Television personality, Producer, Writer, Public Speaker, and philanthropist as well as she is the winner of Miss Ohio, the USA in 1970. Kennedy is the first woman to win the title.

Meanwhile, Kennedy’s net worth is approximately $2 million and now she does not earn that much money but kind-hearted Jayne is involved in charity and nonprofit organizations to help others. In 1980, she helped to raise billions of dollars for the Children who were in Hospitals.

Similarly, Jayne also have linked with charity works to the National Lung Association, the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, and the National Endometriosis Foundation, and being involved in this type of work makes her most comfortable and happy.

In addition, her husband Bill Overton has an estimated net worth of $7 million. The annual salary of Bill has not been revealed yet. He earns all a huge fortune throughout his long acting career.

Rumors and controversies

In 2014, a steamy real-life sex video of Jayne and her ex-husband, Leon Kennedy, was leaked. Jayne blames Leon for these “publicity Controversies.”

However, it hits her hard and she is emotionally broken and Leon has not accepted it to date. For now, She doesn’t have any scandals, rumors, or controversies.

 Marriage and her present family status

Jayne Kennedy got married to Leon Issac Kennedy got married in 1970, who was her co-star hero in the Body and Soul movie.

However, after 12 years, they got divorced and after that, she got married to Bill Overton in 1985.

Jayne kennedy and Bill Overton
Jayne Kennedy with his husband Bill Overton-source AmoMama

Moving towards her love life, Jayne is a currently married woman. Together, Bill and Jayne have three daughters named Savannah ReKopper Joi, and Zaire Olea.

While Cheyenne is a stepdaughter to Jayne but she loves all her children equally and she is so supportive of them as well. And for now, the family life looks blissful and happy.

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Body measurement | Height, Weight

During her active Period, she has a well-shaped body while she has a height of 5 feet 10 inches tall.

She is a stunning lady who has beautiful pair of dark brown eyes with dark brown hair. As well she has a zero-size figure and a weight of 63 kgs at her young age.

Social media presence

Jayne is active on Facebook with a handle where 4152 people like her page. Likewise, On her Instagram account, she has followers of 39.4k. She shares pictures with her family and creates memories.

List of Films done by Jayne Kennedy

  • Body and Soul.
  • Group marriage.
  • Penitentiary.
  • Ironside.
  • Banacek.
  • Sanford and Son.
  • The Six Million Dollar Man.
  • Let’s do it again.
  • The Rockford Files.
  • The Muthers.
  • Wonder Women Episode: “knockout”
  • Police Women Episode: “The Inside Connection.”
  • Fighting Mad.
  • Mysterious Island of Beautiful Women.
  • Chips Episode: “Kidnap; Mitchel and woods,” etc.

Frequently asked Questions

How old is Jayne Kennedy?

She is 70 years old of as 2022.

Who is Jayne Kennedy’s mother?

Virginia Harrison and Herbert Harrison are the mother and father of Jayne Kennedy.

Where did Jayne Kennedy go to college?

She went to Wickliffe High School, Ohio.

Who are Dabo Jayne Kennedy’s kids?

Savannah Re, Kopper Joi, Zaire Ollyea, and stepdaughter Cheyenne are four kids of Jayne Kennedy.

Who won the title of Miss Ohio, USA 1970?

Jayne Kennedy won the title of Miss Ohio, USA (1970-1971).

Is Jayne still married?

Yes, she is a married woman who is happily in a relationship with Bill Overton.

What happened to Jayne Kennedy?

She got diagnosed with Endometriosis in the late 1980s.

Quick Facts about Jayne Kennedy:

  • Full Name: Jayne Kennedy
  • Birth Date: 27th of October 1951
  • Birth Place: Washington D.C, USA
  • Country: USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Gender: Female
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Spouse: Bill Overton
  • Horoscope: Scorpio
  • Net Worth: $2 million
  • Hair Color: Dark Brown
  • Eye Color: Dark Brown
  • Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter



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