The NFL playoffs are here again and at one time during the 70’s that meant a gorgeous beauty queen graced our TV screens as well. Ohio native Jayne Kennedy achieved fame as a beauty pageant winner, model, actress and sports broadcaster over the course of her career.
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Her contributions to broadcasting came at a time where they were very few women working in that field. Kennedy was born on October 27, 1951 in Washington, D.C. The first of her many achievements happened in 1970 when she became the first Black Miss Ohio. The win landed her in the Miss USA pageant, where she was one of 15 semi-finalists.
Kennedy married DJ and actor Leon Kennedy and the pair headed to California to chase their acting dreams. Kennedy worked consistently through the ’70’s in bit roles, and continued to grace the covers of magazines such as Ebony and Jet. In 1978, Kennedy joined The NFL Today program on CBS, one of the first woman overall to anchor a national sports broadcast. She then went to work for the Greatest Sports Legend show, the only woman to ever host the nationally syndicated program.
In 1981, Kennedy became the first Black actress to cover Playboy magazine but she elected to stay mostly clothed during her photo shoot. She then entered the world of fitness videos in the ’80’s with her “Love Your Body” series. Kennedy wrote and produced the popular series, which competed with then popular fitness icons Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda. Kennedy divorced her first husband in 1982.
Years later, a private sex tape was leaked featuring the pair, tarnishing Jayne’s previously wholesome image and doing what some observers believe was permanent damage to her career. Though that kind of scandal would become commonplace later, at the time it was difficult to rebound from.
Leon Kennedy filed suit against Ebony magazine this year for publishing a 2013 article that implied he was responsible for the tape’s release. According to the actor, who is now an evangelist and says he remains on good terms with his former wife, the tape was stolen from their home and distributed nearly a decade after their divorce.
Kennedy, who has an Emmy and NAACP Image Award to her credit among other honors, has been largely absent from the limelight for the last two decades. She and her husband, actor Bill Overton, raised four daughters. In a 2011 interview, Kennedy said she was working on a couple of film projects but wanted to focus on her getting her youngest daughter through high school, who was then a sophomore.
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Jayne Kennedy Overton (née Harrison; October 27, 1951) is an American television personality, corporate spokeswoman, producer, writer, public speaker, philanthropist, beauty pageant titleholder and sports broadcaster. She won a 1982 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture award for her performance in the 1981’s film Body and Soul co-starring alongside her then-husband Leon Isaac Kennedy. She won the NAACP Theater Award for Best Producer along with her current husband Bill Overton for their production of the highly acclaimed staged musical, The Journey of the African American. She is also an Emmy Award winner for her coverage of the Rose Parade and was nominated for an Emmy for her coverage of the news feature on soldiers on the DMZ in South Korea for NBC’s Speak Up America in 1980. Ebony Magazine announced as “One of the 20 Greatest Sex Symbols of the 20th Century,” and in the 1980s, Coca Cola USA named Jayne Kennedy “The Most Admired Black Woman in America”.