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Jennifer Beals
Jennifer Beals

Birth Date: December 19, 1963

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Height: 5' 5"

Quote: "It's been perfect. I can still ride a subway and work with great people. I can't imagine being Julia Roberts. I don't have the fortitude to withstand that kind of attention." - when asked by People Magazine about her standing in Hollywood today.

 




 

Jennifer Beals Biography

Jennifer Beals was born on December 19, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, who died when she was just 10 years old, was African-American, and her mother is Irish. She graduated from Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, a primary school and high school that emphasized community and citizenship. During her teens, Jennifer was a fashion model.

At age 17, Jennifer's looks got her noticed by the producers of the movie My Bodyguard (1980). It was her first role in a movie, but it was uncredited. Afterwards, Beals attended Yale University and studed American literature. While she was on a trip to Europe, her publicist contacted her and asked her to come to New York to try out for a movie that was being billed as a "female Saturday Night Fever."

Jennifer returned and won the lead role in the 1983 movie Flashdance. It was her breakout performance and provided her with instant star status. Her character, Alex Owens, immediately popularized oversized torn sweaters and set the trend for '80s teen fashion. Shortly after the movie's release, it was revealed that Jennifer did not do most of the dance numbers in the film, which infuriated and alienated much of her fan base.

Subsequently, Beals returned to Yale to finish her schooling. During this time, she appeared in the film The Bride (1985). One of her classmates at Yale was David Duchovny, star of The X-Files; he lobbied the show's producers to take Beals as the female lead, but the role eventually went to Gillian Anderson. In 1986, Beals married Alexandre Rockwell, an independent filmmaker.

During the time Jennifer was married to Rockwell, she appeared in several of his films, including In The Soup (1992) and Four Rooms (1995). In 1995, she starred in the film Devil in a Blue Dress with Denzel Washington; her character in this movie was a woman of mixed race, mirroring her real-life heritage. In 1996, she divorced Rockwell and, in 1998, she won a Golden Satellite Award for her role in the TV miniseries The Twilight of the Golds.

In 1998, she married Ken Dixon, a Canadian entrepreneur. She appeared in many TV projects and independent films throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, such as The Prophecy II (1998), Something More (1999), A House Divided (2000), and Militia (2000). Her career surged again in 2002 when she appeared in the "battle of the sexes" film Roger Dodger with her real-life friend, Showgirls star Elizabeth Berkley. Her next big role was in Runaway Jury (2003) alongside John Cusack, Gene Hackman, Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel Weisz.

In 2004, Beals landed another spotlight role, this time as a lesbian on the popular Showtime series The L Word, a role for which she continues to receive wide acclaim. In 2005, she appeared the movie Desolation Sound, and she and Dixon had a daughter in October of that year. Jennifer is also stepmother to Dixon's two children from a previous marriage.

Jennifer is also a close friend of director Quentin Tarantino's; she gave him refuge in her home while he was still a struggling director. In her spare time, Beals is an avid photographer.

Jennifer Beals Filmography

Troubled Waters (2006) .... Beck
The Grudge 2 (2006) .... Trish
"The L Word" .... Bette Porter
Desolation Sound (2005) .... Elizabeth Story
Break a Leg (2005) .... Juliet
"Frasier"
- Goodnight, Seattle: Part 1 (2004) TV Episode .... Dr. Anne Ranberg
- Goodnight, Seattle: Part 2 (2004) TV Episode .... Dr. Anne Ranberg
Catch That Kid (2004) .... Molly
... aka Mission Without Permission (Europe: English title) (USA: working title)
Runaway Jury (2003) .... Vanessa Lembeck
They Shoot Divas, Don't They? (2002) (TV) .... Sloan McBride
Roger Dodger (2002) .... Sophie
13 Moons (2002) .... Suzi
Feast of All Saints (2001) (TV) .... Dolly Rose
... aka Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints (USA: complete title)
After the Storm (2001) (TV) .... Mrs. Gavotte
The Anniversary Party (2001) .... Gina Taylor
Out of Line (2001) .... Parole Officer Jenny Capitanas
The Big House (2001) (TV) .... Lorraine Brewster
... aka Being Brewster (USA)
Militia (2000) .... Julie Sanders
A House Divided (2000) (TV) .... Amanda Dickson
Fear of Flying (2000) .... Jessica
... aka Turbulence II: Fear of Flying (UK) (USA: closing credits title)
... aka Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying (UK: cable TV title)
Without Malice (2000) (TV) .... Samantha Wilkes
"The Hunger"
- And She Laughed (1999) TV Episode .... Jane
Something More (1999) .... Lisa
The Last Days of Disco (1998) .... Nina Moritz
The Spree (1998) (TV) .... Xinia Kelly
"Nothing Sacred" .... Justine Madsen Judd (1997-1998)
- Kindred Spirits (1998) TV Episode .... Justine Madsen Judd
The Prophecy II (1998) (V) .... Valerie Rosales
... aka God's Army II (Europe: English title)
Body and Soul (1998) .... Gina
"The Outer Limits"
... aka The New Outer Limits (USA: promotional title)
- Bodies of Evidence (1997) TV Episode .... Robin Dysart
The Twilight of the Golds (1997) (TV) .... Suzanne Stein
Wishful Thinking (1997) .... Elizabeth
Let It Be Me (1995) .... Emily
... aka Love Dance (UK)
Four Rooms (1995) .... Angela (segments "The Wrong Man", "The Man from Hollywood")
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995) .... Daphne Monet
The Search for One-eye Jimmy (1994) .... Ellen
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) .... Gertrude Benchley
... aka Mrs. Parker and the Round Table
Dead on Sight (1994) .... Rebecca Darcy
Night Owl (1993) (TV) .... Julia
The Princess and the Cobbler (1993) (voice) .... Princess Yum Yum (Miramax version)
... aka Arabian Knight (USA: recut version)
... aka The Thief and the Cobbler (USA: video title)
Grand pardon II, Le (1992) .... Joyce Ferranti
... aka Day of Atonement
Indecency (1992) (TV) .... Ellie Shaw
"2000 Malibu Road" (1992) TV Series .... Perry Quinn
Terror Stalks the Class Reunion (1992) (TV) .... Virginia
... aka For Better and for Worse
... aka Mary Higgins Clark: Pour le meilleur et pour le pire (Canada: French title)
In the Soup (1992) .... Angelica Pena
... aka In the Soup - Alles Kino (Germany)
... aka In the soup - un mare di guai (Italy)
Blood and Concrete (1991) .... Mona
... aka Blood and Concrete, a Love Story
Madonne et le dragon, La (1990) (TV) .... Patty Meredith
... aka The Madonna and the Dragon (Europe: English title)
Dr. M (1990) .... Sonja Vogler
... aka Club Extinction (USA: video title)
Vampire's Kiss (1989) .... Rachel
Sons (1989) .... Transvestite
Split Decisions (1988) .... Barbara Uribe
... aka Kid Gloves (USA)
Partita, La (1988) .... Lady Olivia Candioni
... aka The Gamble (USA)
The Bride (1985/I) .... Eva
"Faerie Tale Theatre"
... aka Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre (USA)
- Cinderella (1985) TV Episode .... Cinderella
Flashdance (1983) .... Alex Owens
My Bodyguard (1980) (uncredited) .... Clifford's Friend

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