Cecilia Hart, wife of James Earl Jones, has died

Cecilia Hart with her husband, James Earl Jones, at the Oscars in 2012.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Actress Cecilia Hart, the wife of actor James Earl Jones, died Oct. 16 after a year-long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 68.

Hart’s death was reported by, a website based in Westport. Conn. where Hart played in a 2015 production of “Bedroom Farce” at the Westport County Playhouse.

Hart and Jones married in 1982, the same year that he played Othello opposite her Desdemona on Broadway. The couple had met several years earlier on the set of the Steven Bochco series, “Paris,” in which Hart played the young detective Sgt. Stacey Erickson and Jones the titular role of police Capt. Woody Paris.


In addition to “Othello,” Hart also appeared on Broadway in revivals of “The Heiress” and “Design for Living,” as well as in Tom Stoppard’s “Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land,” for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 1977.

She also acted in TV shows including “Three’s Company,” “MacGyver,” “Law & Order” and “Charles in Charge.”

A native of Cheyenne, Wyo., Hart was previously married to “Hill Street Blues” star Bruce Weitz.

In addition to Jones, Hart is survived by their son, Flynn, and her brothers James and William.



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