Jeannetta Arnette
EducationNorth Carolina School of the Arts
Alma materGeorge Washington University
Years active1977-present
Known forHead of the Class
Boys Don't Cry

Jeannetta Arnette is an American actress. She became known for her television role as Miss Meara on the situation comedy Head of the Class.[1] She has also appeared in numerous films, including 1992's Ladybugs and 1999's Boys Don't Cry,[2] and guest-starring roles on television.

Arnette grew up in North Carolina and attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts, studied acting in England and attended college at George Washington University where she began acting in local theatrical productions.[1] She dropped out of college to move to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career there.[1]

In 2006, she co-starred in Tori Spelling's VH1 sitcom, So NoTORIous and played Sarah Jean, an innocent death-row inmate, on CBS' Criminal Minds. In 2014, she played in a recurring role in the CBS series, Extant.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1977 Teenage Graffiti Annie
1978 The Redeemer: Son of Satan Cindy
1992 Ladybugs Glynnis Mullen
1996 Somebody Is Waiting Edna Rice
1998 Judas Kiss Monica Grimes
1999 Boys Don't Cry Linda Tisdel
2000 Finding Kelly Alice Johnson
2000 The Prime Gig Cheryl
2001 Your Guardian Lillian
2001 The Shipping News Silver Melville
2003 Small Town Conspiracy Donna Jo
2003 Dunsmore Irma Pritcher
2003 Finding Home Grace
2004 Sniper 3 Sydney Video
2007 Snow Angels Louise Parkinson
2008 Pineapple Express Sandra Danby
2008 Middle of Nowhere Mindy Green
2010 Beneath the Dark Shirley
2014 Angels in Stardust Jacqueline Windsor
2016 Hunter Gatherer Dr. Merton


Year Title Role Notes
1978 Chico and the Man Chongo AKA Lavinia Pemberton Episode: "Waiting for Chongo"
1980 Brave New World Dwightina TV film
1980 Camp Grizzly Jean TV film
1980 Brothers Rhonda TV film
1981 Stephanie Rita Melvoin TV film
1981 Hill Street Blues Jennifer Cross Episode: "Jungle Madness"
1982 Take Your Best Shot Fran TV film
1983 Hill Street Blues Lenore Kramer Episode: "Gung Ho"
1983 Three's Company Det. Green Episode: "Going to Pot"
1983 Laverne & Shirley Marianne Vimvoli Episode: "The Ghost Story"
1983 Ryan's Four Rachel Episode: "Ryan's Four"
1983 St. Elsewhere Louise Garrison Episode: "Qui Transtulit Sustinet"
1984 Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac Patricia 'Nikki' Felch TV film
1984 The Bounder Bonnie TV film
1985 Riptide Francine Episode: "Girls Night Out"
1985 The A-Team Betty / Sarah Episode: "The Doctor Is Out"
1986 The Fall Guy Chris Travers Episode: "War on Wheels"
1986 Hardcastle and McCormick Melinda Marshall Episode: "When I Look Back on All the Things"
1986 The Deliberate Stranger Mrs. Richter TV film
1986–1991 Head of the Class Bernadette Meara Main role
1987 Sister Margaret and the Saturday Night Ladies Helene TV film
1988 L.A. Law Vicki Simonetti Episode: "Leapin' Lizards"
1989 Single Women Married Men Maureen Harrison TV film
1992–1993 The Jackie Thomas Show Sophie Ford Regular role
1994 Hotel Malibu Ms. Robinette Episode: "Do Not Disturb"
1995 Pins and Needles Doris Swanson TV film
1995 Touched by an Angel Dr. Gus Jacobs Episode: "Interview with an Angel"
1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Dr. Loews Episode: "Statistical Probabilities"
1998 Grace Under Fire Maxine Episode: "Grace Under Class"
1999 V.I.P. Dr. Lonnie Hippelman Episode: "K-Val"
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul Suzie Episode: "Letters to Suzie"
2000 Nash Bridges Ginny Peacock Episode: "Missing Key"
2000 The '70s Doris Shales TV film
2000 Diagnosis: Murder Lana Episode: "Death by Design"
2001 The Clark Family Mrs. Clark TV film
2001 Roswell Dolores Browning Episode: "Busted"
2002 The Drew Carey Show Gloria Episode: "Family Affair"
2002–2003 Passions Flo Recurring role
2003 ER Mrs. Hawkes Episode: "A Saint in the City"
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sandra Knowles Episode: "Haunted"
2005 Invasion Ruth Episode: "Pilot"
2005 Lost Calloway Episode: "Adrift"
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mrs. Spencer Episode: "Shooting Stars"
2006 A House Divided Elaine TV film
2006 Criminal Minds Sarah Jean Dawes Episode: "Riding the Lightning"
2006 So Notorious Ruthie Rose Regular role
2009 Cold Case Chelsey Simpson Episode: "Hood Rats"
2009 Washington Field Senator Loring TV film
2009 Fringe Dr. West Episode: "Grey Matters"
2012 The Mentalist Sue Overton Episode: "Blood Feud"
2013 Perception Stephanie Nordhoff Episode: "Caleidoscope"
2014 Switched at Birth Ms. Troyer Episode: "Drowning Girl"
2014 Justified Marsha Keyhoe Episodes: "A Murder of Crowes", "Starvation"
2014 Extant Anya Sparks Recurring role
2018 Heathers Mrs. Kelly Episode: "I'm a No-Rust-Build-up Man Myself"
2018 Homecoming Woman With Dogs Episode: "Stop"
2021 Impeachment: American Crime Story Delmer Lee Corbin Episode: "Do You Hear What I Hear?"


  1. ^ a b c Kim, Jae-Ha (December 23, 1987). "She Mothers 'Class' - Jeannetta Arnette likes to share lessons in acting". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 45. Archived from the original on April 25, 2022. Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  2. ^ Farance, Jeff (April 21, 2000). "Actress, 'Boys Don't Cry' moved one another". Daytona Beach News-Journal. Retrieved February 18, 2018.