The 70-year-old actress introduced her son Forrest at the 2021 Emmy Awards when they walked the red carpet together on Sunday.
She later thanked Forrest (13) and her older son Connor while they accepted the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in « Hacks ».
During the speech, Smart called her « my two wonderful and selfless children … who are both very brave ».
In tears she also thanked her husband Richard Gilliland, who died in March after a brief illness.
“Before I say anything, I have to acknowledge my late husband, who passed away six months ago yesterday, and I wouldn’t be here without him. Without putting his career on hold so I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities I had, « she said.
The alum » Designing Women « and Gilliland, the actress, greeted Connor, 31, 1989 and adopted Forrest from China in 2009.
Forrest told Karamo Brown on the red carpet early Sunday that he was « very proud of his mother, » adding that she deserved all of the awards because « she worked really hard has « .
Smart, who looked gorgeous in a Ralph Lauren dress, had overlooked the sweet response, admitting she felt guilty for not working, which led Forrest to say, » It was fine. «
It was a year of ups and downs for the star. She received rave reviews for her supporting role as Kate Winslet’s mother on « Mare of Easttown » and her starring role as the legendary Las Vegas stand-up comedian on « Hacks ».
Smart has Gilliland, 71, after more than 30 years of marriage lost. Before his death, the couple was slated to work together in a Tate Taylor movie this summer. « He was a great dad and made me laugh every day, » Smart said in a recent Variety interview. “That he died was just not even a thought. And it changed every moment of my everyday life; Every atom of my existence that I feel has changed.
“But I just want people to know how much he sacrificed for me to be where I am and to take advantage of the opportunities that I have been given and to put his career in the background to take care of our home and our children. » And it kills me that he didn’t have the chances I got because he was so talented. I was very lucky when I met him. «
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