Jayne Harrison Kennedy-Overton: Actress, Beauty Queen, and Sportscaster

Jayne Kennedy (1980s)
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Jayne Kennedy as Sportscaster
                           Jayne Kennedy as a Sportscaster on CBS Sports “NFL TODAY”

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Born: Jayne Harrison on October 27, 1951,  in Washington, D.C.

Parents: Herbert Harrison (Father) and Virginia Harrison (Mother)

Spouse (s): Leon Issac Kennedy (married 1970; divorced 1982) Bill Overton (married 1985-present)

Jayne and 1st husband Leon Issac Kennedy on 1980s Ebony Magazine Cover
                                                  Jayne and current husband Bill Overton

Children: 1 stepdaughter (Bill’s Daughter) Cheyenne; 3 biological daughters with Bill: Savannah Re, Kopper Joi, and Zaire Ollyea.

Occupation: Actress, Beauty Queen, and Sportscaster

Achievements, Accomplishments, and Contributions: From WikipediaIn 1978, she was one of the first women to infiltrate the male-dominated world of sports announcing with a role on The NFL Today. She has been on the cover of Ebony and Jet magazines numerous times. In 1981, she was the first Black actress to grace the cover of Playboy. In the early 1980s she produced exercise videos, at the same time, she also had a contract with both Coca-Cola‘s Tab and Diet Coke.[citation needed]She was crowned Miss Ohio USA in 1970 (she was the first African American woman to win the title), and was one of the 15 semi-finalists in the Miss USA 1970 pageant. She played an secret agent in the NBC TV Movie, Cover Girls (1977). It was rare for an African American woman at that time to be in the contest.[citation needed]     

Honors/Awards:  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 Soulco-starring alongside her then-husband Leon Issac Kennedy.

Jayne Kennedy (Playboy, July, 1981)
Miss Ohio 1970
Miss Ohio 1970


Jayne Kennedy Cover Girls (NBC) 1977
Jayne Kennedy in TV Movie Cover Girls (NBC) 1977
                                                      Jayne Kennedy-Overton Today
                                              Jayne, Bill, and Their Young Family
Jayne Kennedy-Overton and Family
                                   Jayne Kennedy-Overton and Family

I salute this AMAZING Her-story making sista!        


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