Most people know Lisa Hartman as the wife of legendary country singer, Clint Black. Many people also know that the pair are one of the most enduring couples in Hollywood, having been married for over 25 years. They have been an example to younger couples in entertainment on how it is possible to strike a balance between their personal and professional life.
Hartman is, however, more than Clint Black’s wife, She is an accomplished actress in her own right and has featured in several movies and TV series. The multi-talented lady is also a country singer and has dropped no less than four albums and has remained active in her career late into her sixties.
Lisa Hartman’s Musical Career Thrived Between 1976 and 1987
Though most people remember her primarily as an actress, the multi talented Houston native had an equally impressive music career. At the start of her career, she was the front-woman of a local rock band known as Lisa Hartman and Four Grand which played at several local spots and enjoyed some decent success.
Between 1976 and 1987, she churned out four solo studio albums. Her first was titled Lisa Hartman which was released in 1976. It had songs like Somebody’s Been Loving Her, Picking Up The Pieces and Room Without A Door. Her next studio album Hold On was released three years later in 1979 under Kirshner Records. Her next albums were Letterrock (1982), Till My Heart Stops (1987).
Despite her best efforts, none of her albums went on to become significantly commercially successful. Her most successful musical endeavor was the duet with her husband When I Said I Do which he also wrote. Released in 1999, the song topped the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart. It also peaked at number 31 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy Award the following year.
She Had A Successful Acting Career Appearing in over 50 film and TV Productions
Lisa first love was always acting; she honed her skills at the Houston High School of the Performing Arts and also took part in several productions put up by the local theatre.
While jostling her budding music career, the multi-talented Hartman also delved into acting. Her acting debut came with a minor role in the 1977 TV film, Murder at the World Series. Since that humble debut, the Houston native has gone to appear in over 50 movies and TV series combined. They include Tabitha, The Love Boat, Where the Ladies Go, Magic on Love Island, Just Tell Me You Love Me, Jacqueline’s Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Deadly Blessings.
One of Lisa Hartman’s most career defining performances was in Knots Landing, where she played the role of a rock singer Ciji Dunne. She starred alongside Ted Shackelford and Michael Sabatino. Even after her character was murdered, because of her popularity with the audience, she made a comeback on the show as Cathy Geary, a singer, who later marries a televangelist, a role played by Alec Baldwin.
She then played Peggy in the 1987 film Student Exchange which was produced by Walt Disney Television. She also featured in Roses are for The Rich, Bare Essentials, 2000 Malibu Road, Flicka: Country Pride and Where The Boys Are ’84.
The 1984 film, Where the Boys Are ’84 is a sex-comedy film about a group of co-eds who journey to Florida for spring break. In the movie, Hartman plays the role of Jennie, a girl who is courted by a rich classical pianist as well as a daredevil rocker.
In the 90’s Lisa appeared in a handful of movies; she appeared as Madeline Whitfield in The Return of Eliot Ness. She also appeared in Bare Essentials playing Sydney Wayne. Other films roles she got include Not of This World, and Fire: Trapped on the 37th Floor. Hartman then appeared in the 2005 Hallmark film Back To You and Me.
One of her most recent work was the May 2012 film, Flicka: Country Pride, where she played the mother of a budding equestrian rider played by Kacey Rohl.
Lisa was named Outstanding Supporting Actress at the 1984 Soap Opera Digest Awards. She also co-hosted the 1994 TV special, Universal Studios Summer Blast. The special marked the 30th-anniversary celebration of the famed company.
Lisa Hartman Has Been Married To Clint Black Since 1991
Lisa Hartman is married to the legendary country singer – Clint Black. The two first met at a New Year’s Eve concert held by Black in their shared hometown of Houston. At that time, the singer was fighting off a cold and wasn’t really in the mood to meet people. His mood, however, improved tremendously once his manager introduced him to Hartman. He was instantly attracted to her looks and personality, while she, herself, was bowled over by his songwriting skills which border on the poetic. They had their first official dinner date back in LA when their schedules were less packed. They kept their budding friendship going as it was obvious their was a chemistry building.
Barely ten months and 20 days after their initial meeting, on the 20th of October 1991, Lisa and Clint wedded on Clint’s 180-acre Texas farm. In an industry were longevity of marital union is a rarity, Lisa and Clint credit their staying power to the shared sense of humor between them.
The couple has also collaborated professionally; recording no less than three duets together. They include When I Said I Do (1999), Easy For Me To Say (2001) and You Still Get To Me (2016). Their most successful collaboration is undoubtedly the single When I Said I Do. The song reached number one on the Billboard Country Singles Charts and won Vocal Event Of The Year at the 1999 Academy of Country Music Awards. It was also nominated for Best Country Collaboration (With Vocals) at the 2000 Grammy Awards.
Lisa Hartman and her husband have one child together. Their daughter Lily Pearl Black was born on the 8th of May 2001. Lily is already following in her mother’s footsteps as she appeared in the 2012 film, Flicka: Country Pride. Lily also intends to follow in her father’s footsteps by joining the music industry. However, at the moment, she is studying Business and Music at Belmont University in Nashville.
The ‘Knots Landing’ Actress Keeps A Low Profile These Days
Though Lisa Hartman retired in 2005, she occasionally pops up every now and again in the entertainment industry. This includes her 2012 film – Flicka: Country Pride, and her 2016 duet with her husband – You Still Get to Me. In September 2020, Lisa Hartman presented at the ACM Awards alongside her husband. Beyond these, the retired entertainer keeps a low profile and stays out of the spotlight; this has been made relatively easy by Lisa choosing not to have a social media presence. It can only be assumed that she is doing what most retirees do, resting and spending time with her family.