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Hacks Emmy winner Jean Smart pays tribute to late husband Richard who tragically died for six months

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Jean Smart remembered her late husband Richard Gilliland when she took home the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy for Hacks on Sunday, six months after her 30-year-old husband died suddenly in March at the age of 71.

“I have to acknowledge my late husband who passed away for six months yesterday,” the 70-year-old actress said in her acceptance speech. “I wouldn’t be here without him, and without him putting his career on the back burner so I can take advantage of all the great opportunities I’ve had.”

Smart also praised her “two incredible children,” Connor and Forrest, “who are both very courageous individuals and put up with Mommy traveling from Philadelphia and back.”

Tragic: Designing Women actor Richard Gilliland died at age 71.  The film veteran was married to his co-star Jean Smart for 34 years;  seen in January 2020

Latest: Jean Smart, 70, remembered her late husband Richard Gilliland when she took home the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy for Hacks on Sunday, six months after her husband of 30 died suddenly at the age of 71 in March

“Hacks was such a sensation,” said the Seattle-born actress, who was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for Mare of Easttown at the event.

Smart looked elegant in a black Ralph Lauren dress with sheer panels around the arms and chest and her blond locks neatly styled. She rounded out the glam ensemble with dangling diamond earrings and a black clutch.

She posed on the red carpet with youngest son Forrest, who was dressed in a black suit with a blue button-up top and his hair swept to the side during the luxurious ceremony.

“Being honored and nominated never gets old,” she told E! News on the red carpet. “It’s part of the fun, and being honored by your peers is the best.”

She said in her acceptance speech: 'I have to acknowledge my late husband who passed away six months yesterday'

She said in her acceptance speech: ‘I have to acknowledge my late husband who passed away six months yesterday’

Smart, 70, was caught on the red carpet of the Emmy Awards with her son Forrest Gilliland on Sunday, months after her husband of 30 died suddenly at the age of 71 in March.

Smart, 70, was caught on the red carpet of the Emmy Awards with her son Forrest Gilliland on Sunday, months after her husband of 30 died suddenly at the age of 71 in March.

Feted: The Seattle-born actress was up for multiple awards on Sunday's show

Feted: The Seattle-born actress was up for multiple awards on Sunday’s show

“Being honored and nominated never gets old,” she told E! News on the red carpet. “It’s part of the fun, and being honored by your peers is the best.”

Forrest said he was ‘very proud of’ his mother because ‘she really deserves it’ [and] worked very hard for everything.’

The family was seen on the red carpet six months after Gilliland’s death on March 18, 2021 at the age of 71.

Forrest said he was 'very proud of' his mother because 'she really deserves it' [and] worked very hard for everything'

Forrest said he was ‘very proud of’ his mother because ‘she really deserves it’ [and] worked very hard for everything’

The family was seen on the red carpet at the age of 71 six months after Gilliland's death on March 18, 2021.

The family was seen on the red carpet at the age of 71 six months after Gilliland’s death on March 18, 2021.

She talked about working in the aftermath of Richard’s death as she spoke with The New Yorker this past June.

“I had a week of Hacks to do,” she said. ‘That was hard. I had to do a funeral scene. I was a wreck, but it turned out to be really funny.”

She continued: “I was a wreck, but it turned out to be actually really funny. But he was one of those actors who never got a chance to really show what he could do. He did that a few times on stage.

“But he really sacrificed his career for me to take my chances. I wouldn’t have any of this if it wasn’t for him.’

Smart rounded out the glamor ensemble with dangling diamond earrings and a black clutch

Smart rounded out the glamor ensemble with dangling diamond earrings and a black clutch

She said of her late husband, “He really sacrificed his career for me to take advantage of my opportunities.  I wouldn't have all this if it wasn't for him'

She said of her late husband, “He really sacrificed his career for me to take advantage of my opportunities. I wouldn’t have all this if it wasn’t for him’

Smart said “it was really weird” in the wake of her husband’s death, adding: “It’s not something I ever dreamed would happen.

‘Not so fast. He made me laugh all the time. That will be hard to live without.’

Richard leaves behind his wife and the couple’s two children – sons Connor, 31, and Forrest.

In Hacks, Smart plays stand-up comedian Deborah Vance, whose Las Vegas performance has grown old, forcing her manager to force her to team up with Ava, a rebellious young writer (played by Hannah Einbinder).

Carl Clemons-Hopkins, Christopher McDonald, Kaitlin Olson and Rose Abdoo also star in the show, which has been picked up for a second season.

No business like show business: The comedy series stars Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder, with Smart playing iconic Las Vegas comic Deborah Vance alongside Einbinder's Ava, a comedic writer described by the streamer as

No business like show business: The comedy series stars Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder, with Smart playing iconic Las Vegas comic Deborah Vance alongside Einbinder’s Ava, a comedic writer described by the streamer as “an entitled, outcast 25-year-old”

Details: The show, created by Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky, began streaming last month and the season finale will air on Thursday

Details: The show, created by Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky, began streaming last month and the season finale will air on Thursday

Togetherness: Their work together has included TV movies such as Audrey's Rain and Just My Imagination, as well as the play It Had To Be You

Togetherness: Their work together has included TV movies such as Audrey’s Rain and Just My Imagination, as well as the play It Had To Be You

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