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Janet Smollett’s devotion to being an activist for causes that she found important permeated into her celebrity children, who have now become famous in the entertainment industry because of their roles as an actor, producer, and writer.

Read more to find out her children’s achievements and the reason behind her husband’s sudden demise.

Janet Smollett’s Personal Life

The personal life of Janet Smollett is quite interesting as all of her family members hailed from a filmy background. So, let’s check about her life before fame and her husband’s death.

Before Fame

During Janet’s younger years, she was an active member of the US Civil Rights movement, campaigning and going on walks with other notable civil right fighters like Bobby Seale and Huey Newton.

Love Life

Janet Smollett and her husband, Joel Smollett, a Jewish man of Russian and Polish descent were in a marital relationship till 2015, until their relation got an abrupt ending because of Joel’s sudden demise.

At that time, Janet was working with political activists Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. Although it is not clear when the two were officially married, they loved each other dearly and Janet often mentions how much she misses Joel after his departure for the world.

You’ve all heard about love at first sight, right? Well, that’s what happened with Joel and Janet. The duo met for the very first time at the Bay Area and hence, fell in love. Following some months into their dating affair, the couple walked down the aisle, and you know the story afterward!

Husband’s Death

Joel Smollett died on January 15, 2015, after a longtime battle with cancer. His son, Jussie Smollett, shared a tribute towards his father and accorded the emotionally-stirring message on Instagram, which eventually confirmed the death of Joel Smollett.

Janet, despite the death of her dear husband, has remained a strong woman and supported her children at every moment. Also, there are no reports of her dating anyone after the demise of her husband.

In Jussie’s tribute to his father on his Instagram page, the Empire actor referred to his father as the family’s inspiration, king and champ. In fact, he mentions that his father is the reason behind his career successes.

Janet, despite the death of her dear husband, has remained a strong woman and supported her children at every moment. Also, there are no reports of her dating anyone after the demise of her husband.


Perhaps most importantly, Janet Smollett is considered the first and primary acting coach of her children, having introduced them to different forms of performance arts, including acting, singing, and dancing.

In fact, all of their children are renowned American actors, producers, and musicians namely Jussie, JakeJazz, Jocqui, Jojo, and, Jurnee Smollett.

Janet Smollett’s Net Worth

Although Janet Smollett doesn’t have the soothing arm of her loving husband, her kids have become established celebrities in the industry and making her extremely proud.


The net worth of Janet Smollett is $250,000. Furthermore, Janet’s family book relating to the recipes of delicious cuisine with a blend of incredible culture sells for $20 on Amazon.

Janet’s other children also earn an impressive amount from their acting career. Let’s talk about her versatile children’s source of income. 

Her Children’s Earnings

Janet Smollet’s children are all a part of the showbiz. So, all of them should have great earnings! The reason for her children’s well being? Well, it’s just how they were raised, as champions!

Jake Smollett

The sixth child of Joel and Janet Smollett, Jake Smollett has amassed a net worth of around $10 million. He earned his worth from his career as an actor and also from his cooking shows.

Jocqui Smollett

Jocqui Smollett has acquired a fortune of around $500 thousand as of 2019. He’s also an actor so, he might earn an average of $52,420 per year from his career.

Jazz Smollett

Another one of Janet’s children, Jazz Smollett has made as much as $1 million from her career in acting and producing.

Jussie Smollett

The most famous for Janet’s children, Jussie Smollett has made around $1.2 million from his acting and singing career. He’s worked in Empire, The Mighty Ducks, and Allen Covenant.

Jussie Smollett’s Controversy

Jussie was indicted of illegally paying two Nigerian boys to stage a fake racist assault on him. In fact, the main reason behind his act is considered to be the ultimate motive of gaining sympathy through public.

Smollett’s defense team reached a deal with prosecutors on March 26, 2019, in which all charges were dropped in return for Jussie performing community service and forfeiting his $10,000 bond.

Jurnee Smollett

The second daughter of the Smollet couple, Jurnee Smollet boasts a huge $2.5 million as her fortune. She started out with the comedy show, On Our Own.

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 The daughter of Janet is also famous for the movie Choice for which she has earned the Best Young Performer award in 2008.

Besides being an actor, she is a full-fledged philanthropist as well. She supported campaigns relating to the prevention of HIV AIDS since 11 years of age after being inspired by Hydeia Broadbent, a survivor of AIDS.

Smollet sure is living a great life, isn’t she?

Jojo Smollett

The first child of Joel and Janet Smollett is also an actor and a producer like ever one of his siblings. He has made a huge net worth of around $1.2 million.

Janet Smollett’s Body Measurements

The mother of six children, Janet Smollett’s approx weight is 51 kg or 112.5 pounds. Having a height of 5 ft 6 inches, her body features are quite remarkable, as she believes in remaining fit. Likewise, her hair and eyes are Light brown and brown respectively.

Quick Facts: Jannet Smollett

  • Zodiac: Sagittarius
  • Janet Smollett maiden name is Harris.
  • Date of Birth: 27th of November, 1952
  • Place of Birth: New Orleans, US
  • Hair color: Brown
  • Height: 5 feet 6 inches
  • Weight: 51 kg
  • Eye color: Brown

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