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Overview (3)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameJennifer Sue Beals
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jennifer Beals is an internationally renowned actress who has over 90 credits to her name, including critically acclaimed feature films and some of the highest rated television series to date. Beals is currently executive producing and returning as a lead cast member in the revival of her hit original series THE L WORD: GENERATION Q. The highly anticipated series will launch in December 2019 on Showtime. The ground-breaking lesbian-focused drama THE L WORD originally aired for six seasons. For her performance as Bette Porter, Beals received the prestigious GLAAD Golden Gate Award, as well as two NAACP Image Award nominations and a Satellite Award nomination. In 2012, Beals was presented with the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award for her support of the LGBT community. Additionally, Beals and The L Word's Ilene Chaiken are set to executive produce the Freeform series "The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo," an adaption for Taylor Jenkins Reid's acclaimed novel.

Beals and filmmaker Tom Jacobson created the concept for the new novel, The Hive. The book is a gripping thriller set in the near future that focuses on escalating mob violence that ensues from online shaming and internet bullying. Released in September 2019, the novel was named one of People Magazine's 'Best Books of Fall 2019.'

Throughout her accomplished film career, Beals has worked with many of the industry's most acclaimed filmmakers and talent. She co-starred alongside Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman in the blockbuster THE BOOK OF ELI and starred opposite Garry Marshall, Faye Dunaway and Brendan Fraser in TWILIGHT OF THE GOLDS, for which she won a Golden Satellite Award. Beals was featured among an all-star cast including Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman and Rachel Weisz in the crime thriller RUNAWAY JURY. She also starred in THE MADONNA AND THE DRAGON from legendary film director Samuel Fuller. More recently, Beals co-starred in the feature film MANHATTAN NIGHT, opposite Adrien Brody and Campbell Scott, as well as AFTER, the film adaption of Anna Todd's series of bestselling young adult novels alongside Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin.

On the television side, Beals recurred in the Amazon series THE LAST TYCOON, receiving critical acclaim for her performance as Hollywood starlet Margo Taft. Los Angeles Magazine proclaimed "Beals stole every scene she's in as a ball-busting, piece-of-work Joan Crawford goddess with a very American secret" and Indiewire named her "the shows biggest stand out." Beals was also seen as the female lead in TAKEN, NBC's straight-to-series adaptation of the hit movie franchise, and co-starred in the Warner Bros TV/DC series SWAMP THING, released in May 2019. Beals starred in the TV movie A WIFE'S NIGHTMARE, for which she received a Canadian Screen Award nomination. Notable television credits include TNT's PROOF, NBC's medical drama THE NIGHT SHIFT and the FOX series THE CHICAGO CODE alongside Jason Clarke.

For her role in the iconic film FLASHDANCE, Beals earned a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award for Best Actress. Beals starred in A HOUSE DIVIDED, for which she was nominated for a Satellite Award. Some of her acclaimed independent film projects include IN THE SOUP opposite Steve Buscemi, which won The Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival, and CINEMANOVELS which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Beals extensive credits include films such as RODGER DODGER, MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE, FOUR ROOMS, BEFORE I FALL and DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS, which earned her another NAACP Image Award nomination. Beals received the Maverick Tribute Award at the Cinequest San Jose Film Festival in 1999.

In addition to her work on-camera, the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group recently named Beals a 'C40 Goodwill Ambassador.' Beals' partnership with C40 will help raise awareness about the bold climate action underway in leading cities driving forward solutions to the climate crisis worldwide. Through her ambassador role, she will support and amplify the voices of inspiring young climate activists in raising awareness of the current climate emergency. Additionally, Beals will also play a leading role in C40's Women4Climate Initiative, helping to celebrate the incredible leadership being delivered by women around the world in climate action.

Originally from Chicago, Beals attended Yale University, where she graduated with honors.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: JFPR

Family (2)

Spouse Ken Dixon (14 June 1998 - present)  (1 child)
Alexandre Rockwell (20 February 1986 - 1996)  (divorced)
Parents Beals, Alfred
Beals, Jeanne

Trade Mark (3)

Her bright smile
Long dark hair
Off-the-shoulder sweatshirt that she accidentally created in her movie Flashdance (1983).

Trivia (32)

In Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), she played a woman passing for white, who is actually the daughter of an interracial couple. Beals herself is the daughter of a white mother, Jeanne Anderson, and an African-American father, Alfred Leroy Beals.
Turned down the opportunity to play herself in It's Like, You Know... (1999).
She put her career on hold to attend Yale University.
While at Yale University, she was classmates with David Duchovny, who suggested her for a role on The X-Files (1993) (which went to Gillian Anderson).
In the film The Anniversary Party (2001), Beals plays a character who takes photographs of performers which she then gives away, usually to the subjects of the photos. Beals actually does this.
Has two brothers and at least four half-siblings from her father's other relationships.
In Flashdance (1983), the birth date that she fills out on the application form is her actual birth date in real life.
While still a teenager, before she went into show business, she worked as a babysitter for one of her neighbors - Steve Edwards.
Good friends with Elizabeth Berkley. They each appeared in a Joe Eszterhas-written film (Berkley: Showgirls (1995); Beals: Flashdance (1983)), and they appeared together in Roger Dodger (2002). and the last season of The L Word (2004).
Stepmother to her husband, Ken Dixon's, two children.
18 October 2005: Gave birth to her first child, a girl. Father is Beals' husband of seven years, Canadian entrepreneur Ken Dixon.
She and her character on The L Word (2004), Bette Porter, are both Yale graduates with an African-American father and a Caucasian mother.
Was offered the role of Apollonia for Purple Rain (1984). She turned down the role because she wanted to concentrate on college.
Worked at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager.
She was the original choice for the lead role in Pretty in Pink (1986), but the role went to Molly Ringwald.
Close friends with Quentin Tarantino. He often stayed at her home while struggling as a director before making Pulp Fiction (1994).
Thieves took nearly $1,000 from her hotel room while she was on location in Manila, Philippines, shooting the movie Tinikling or 'The Madonna and the Dragon' (1990) (aka "Madonna and the Dragon"), in 1989.
Close friends with Jon Stewart and Marlee Matlin.
Is a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and wanted the cast to guest star on The L Word (2004).
Good friends with Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Introduced ex-husband Alexandre Rockwell to Sam Rockwell whom he cast in four films.
Very good friends with Steve Buscemi.
She is a triathlete.
Friends with Alexandra Hedison and Jodie Foster.
On February 1, 2010, in cooperation with Eastman Kodak and Color Centric, she released her photographic journal. A book containing over 250 photographs. Additionally, the book also contained call sheets, production notes and intimate interviews with the cast. Jennifer wanted to share the behind the scenes photos she had taken over her six years on the show portraying the dynamic and alpha Bette Porter with both the cast and fans (that supported the show around the world).
Tried to convince Ilene Chaiken to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on The L Word (2004).
Loves salsa dancing, ballet and belly dancing.
Was considered for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Batman Returns (1992).
Is trained in Kung Fu San-Soo & Kickboxing.
Was offered the role of Trinity in The Matrix (1999) but turned it down.
She was considered for the role of Sofia John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum (2019) but Halle Berry was cast.
Has played the Bride of Frankenstein and a Vampiress.

Personal Quotes (3)

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.
I'm always shocked that gay marriage is such a big deal. You have to realize how precious human life is, when there are tsunamis and mudslides, when there are armies and terrorists - at any moment, you could be gone, and potentially in the most brutal fashion. And then you have to realize that love is truly one of the most extraordinary things you can experience in your life. To begrudge someone else their love of another person because of gender seems to be absolutely absurd. It's based in fear, fear of the other, fear of what is not like you. But when you are able to see lives on a day-to-day basis, rather than reducing it to politics, then it humanizes a whole community of people that were otherwise invisible.
[on who inspires her] My role models are Bettie Page and Mia Kirshner (co-star on The L Word (2004)). Every day when Mia comes to work she raises the bar for us all.

Salary (2)

Flashdance (1983) $25,000
The Bride (1985) $500,000

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