Melissa Joan Hart is an American actress, director, producer, and businesswoman. She is best known for playing the title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All (1991–1994) and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996–2003). She has starred in films such as Drive Me Crazy (1999) and Nine Dead (2010). Hart has also been the host of several game shows, including Nickelodeon’s game show Figure It Out (1997–1999).
Hart was born in Smithtown, New York, the daughter of Paula, a producer and talent manager, and William Hart, a carpenter, shellfish purveyor, clam hatchery worker, and entrepreneur. She has one older brother, Brian, and three younger sisters, Alexandra, Samantha, and Mackenzie. Hart’s parents had four other children after Melissa, but they were all put up for adoption.
Hart began her career at age four, when she made a television commercial for a bathtub doll called Splashy. Her first movie role was in the 1988 film, “Big.” She followed this up with roles in various television movies and guest appearances on television series, including Clarissa Explains It All and Nickelodeon’s Figure It Out. In 1995, she was cast in the television series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, which ran until 2003. During the series’ run, Hart appeared in several films, including Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) and Drive Me Crazy (1999).
Hart has continued to act in television and film roles, and has also ventured into producing and directing. She has served as a judge on the game show Cupcake Wars and was the host of the TV Land series Candid Camera. Hart has also written two books, Melissa Explains It All, an autobiography, and My Little Pony: The Magic of Friendship. She is also the executive producer of the Netflix series No Good Nick. Hart has a net worth of $14 million.