Melora Hardin (born June 29, 1967 in Houston, Texas) was the second choice to play Jennifer Parker in Back to the Future. She was chosen when Claudia Wells became temporarily unavailable to shoot, however before any scenes were filmed with Hardin, Eric Stoltz was let go. Since she would have then stood taller than Michael J. Fox, she was also let go. Wells had a second opportunity to grab the role.
Hardin is perhaps best known for the role of Jan Levinson, the boss/love interest of Steve Carrell's Michael Scott on the US version of the comedy series The Office.