It was in 1976 that Melora Hardin‘s career started with her debut in the series Police Story. Right after this, she got her first starring role as Cindy Prescott in the show Thunder. In the ’80s, she played Micki Carroll in the short-lived series Secrets of Midland Heights. She went on to play Frances “Baby” Kellerman in the TV series Dirty Dancing from 1988 to 1989. Also during this decade, she had roles in the films Iron Eagle, Big Man on Campus and Soul Man. In the ’90s, she mostly guest-starred in several shows, as well as performed in some made-for-television films. Her movie credits during this period also include Reckless Kelly, Absolute Power, and Seven Girlfriends.
In the 2000s, she had supporting roles in the movies The Hot Chick, Drive Thru, The Dukes, The Comebacks, and 27 Dresses, among others. She also became known for her role as Trudy Monk in Monk and Jan Levinson in The Office. In the 2010s, she had roles in the movies I Melt with You and Self/less. In 2014, she played Tammy in the series Transparent, for which she got a Primetime Emmy nomination for Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. In 2017, she started playing the role of Jacqueline in the new series The Bold Type.
In order to maintain her health and fitness, Melora regularly stays fit by sticking to exercises on a regular basis aside from following a clean diet plan. In her case, the Transparent star exercises by dancing. Not only does she maintain her healthy body through dancing, she also gets to enjoy her form of workout. In an interview with Shape, she got candid about her healthy habits, which include dancing. She said:
“Once a week I take a modern jazz class for an hour and a half. I love the way my body feels when I’m dancing. It builds stamina, keeps me flexible, and makes my muscles long and lean. But it’s also medicine for my soul. When I look at myself in the mirror dancing, creating something beautiful, it’s empowering.”