Jada Pinkett Smith turns 40: A post-'Hawthorne' plan for the actress
And, as of Sept. 18, she's only 40.
Unfortunately for Mrs. Smith, she can't currently count "lead on a primetime series" as one of her descriptors. TNT recently canceled her nurse drama "Hawthorne" after three seasons -- which we are just fine with.
Smith has always thrived in comedic roles, though that probably hasn't been what she's best known for. So to possibly inspire a post-"Hawthorne" gig for the 40-year-old (that doesn't involve voicing computer-animated hippo), here are 4 of her funniest efforts ever...
Oh, the late-'90s romantic comedy. They don't make them like this anymore -- possibly because they didn't always make much money. So even though it may have tanked, monetarily and with critics, "Woo" holds a special spot in our hearts and remains proof that she can hold a feature all on her own.
2. "Scream 2"
It is both a grim and honorable task to be dispatched in the first scene of a "Scream" movie. Instead of handling her own with frantic sobs (Drew Barrymore) or a lazy attempt at escape (non-spoilery "Scream 4" reference), Pinkett-Smith went out in "Scream 2" with a lot of sarcasm and the most hilarious over-the-top death scene in franchise history.
3. "The Women"
Yes, the 2008 remake of "The Women" was probably one of the biggest offenses to modern cinema, but if there was a silver lining to this dark cloud, it was certainly Pinkett-Smith as a confrontational lesbian writer. She could have been the fifth "Sex and the City" gal...
4. "A Different World"
Late in the life of "Cosby" pseudo-spin-off "A Different World," the series adopted a "New Class" mentality, bringing a bunch of new co-eds to Hillman College. It didn't work out so well, but it did introduce Pinkett-Smith to a wider audience. And it allowed her to show off her dance moves: