Join the Emmy-winning star of Once
and Again for a soulful look at one of her favorite
I've always been drawn to New Orleans," says Sela Ward. "I feel
like I lived there in another lifetime or something." A true
Southern belle, Ward is the daughter of an electrical engineer and
a homemaker from Meridian, Mississippi. For as long as she can
remember, the family made the three-hour drive from puritanical
Meridian to visit relatives in the bustling Louisiana port. In
fact, New Orleans has been central to almost every epoch of Ward's
experience, from childhood escapades in the French Quarter to
football games at the Sugar Bowl (where she reigned as a University
of Alabama cheerleader and homecoming queen), to weekend getaways
from modeling in New York and early TV and film roles. Today, Ward
spends most of her time in L.A., starring as Lily Manning in ABC's
hit series Once and Again. This year, Ward received her
second Emmy nod for Best Actress in a Drama. But her biggest reward
is returning to New Orleans, where, she says, "the texture of life
there is so rich. I mean, New Orleans has such a deep, deep soul."
Here's a soulful weekend with Sela Ward in New Orleans.
"I love the Soniat House because the rooms are furnished with
antiques and you really feel like you're in New Orleans. It's an
old Quarter house, so you get the feeling of what it would have
been like to really live there. They have an outdoor patio and an
honor bar. Now, with the kids, we stay at the Windsor Court. They
have a great Sunday brunch, and I love their afternoon tea. It's
really well-located. You're not smack dab in the middle of the
Quarter, but you're right on the edge. Windsor Court is great, but
it's a little more homog-enized, in that you're not going to get
the real flavor of staying at a place in the Quarter, like Hotel
Maison de Ville and the Audubon Cottages, which are charming.
They're tucked away in little courtyards."