Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth


4/3/1972, Urbana, Illinois

Birth Name

Jennifer Eve Garth


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Jennifer Eve Garth was born to John and Carolyn, on April 3rd, 1972. She was born in Urbana, Illionis and grew up just outside Urbana on a 25 acre horse ranch. Her parents had 3 kids each from prior marriages so she grew up with all her older…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • According to Jennie's husband Peter Facinelli, she started crying when she first met his family, because they were all yelling at each other. She was not used to this with her own family. Facinelli had to explain to her that this was just the way they all communicated with one another.

    • Jennie is ranked #64 in the "100 Hottest Blondes of AIM".

    • Both Jennie and her husband, Peter Facinelli, have worked with actor Kellan Lutz. Peter worked with him in Twilight and Jennie in 90210.

    • According to Jennie's "90210" co-star Tori Spelling, who wrote a memoir in 2008, Jennie's role on the show started out small, but she "worked hard and appreciated what she had," and she worked her way up eventually by having a positive attitude.

    • Jennie has signed on to reprise her role as Kelly Taylor in a spinoff of Beverly Hills, 90210. She will have a recurring role as a counselor at her former high school.

    • Jennie's dance partner on Dancing With the Stars was newcomer Derek Hough.

    • Jennie's fellow 90210 co-star Tori Spelling has said that Jennie and Shannen Doherty were at the heart of the cliques that went on during the show. According to Spelling, Jennie was always very outspoken when she felt someone was out of line, particularly with Doherty, who was labeled as the "bad girl" in the cast.

    • In November 2007, Jennie credited Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Tori Spelling as someone from the show who is still one of her best friends. "She's always there for me, no matter what," Jennie has said.

    • Jennie's height is 5' 5" (1.65 m).

    • Jennie was in the audience a few times during Season 4 of Dancing With the Stars, along with Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley and Jason's wife, Noami, to support their former Beverly Hills 90210 Ian Ziering. Now Jennie herself is in Season 5 of the show.

    • Jennie has something in common with her former Beverly Hills 90210 co-star, Luke Perry. Their firstborns' birthdays are only a few weeks apart, both born in June 1997.

    • Jennie and her husband, Peter, have both co-starred with Jennie's longtime friend, Tiffani Thiessen. Jennie did so on Beverly Hills 90120 and Peter on Fastlane, both shows aired on the Fox network.

    • Jennie and Peter were at the 32nd Annual Saturn Awards (May 2, 2006).

    • Jennie met her husband, Peter Facinelli, on the set of An Unfinished Affair, a 1996 TV movie.

    • Jennie converted to the Roman Catholic faith, so that she and her husband could have a Roman Catholic Nuptial Mass.

    • The craziest thing Jennie has ever done to get a guy to notice her is go out with his best friend.

    • Jennie ranked #41 in VH1 Top 100 Greatest Teen Stars.

    • Jennie married actor Peter Facinelli on January 20, 2001 at a mission-style church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Montecito, California, in South Santa Barbara. Jennie wore a dress by Reem Acra. Their daughter, Luca Bella, 3 at the time played flower girl. Their wedding was featured on an installment of 2002 Instyle Celebrity Weddings.

    • Best friends, Jennie and Tiffani Thiessen were both on Beverly Hills 90210. Tiffani played a character with the name Valerie and Jennie played Kelly Taylor. Since then Jennie has had the name Valerie for her role on What I Like About You, and Tiffani has played a Kelly on (Saved By The Bell).

    • Jennie Garth's story, I am Home, was featured in Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul.

    • Jennie attended her former 90210 co-star, Jason Preistley's wedding to Naomi Lowde on May 14th 2005. Also in attendance were two other former 90210 stars, Ian Ziering and Tiffani Thiessen.

    • Two months after Jennie moved to L.A., her father suffered a major heart attack. He underwent four operations in 48 hours.

    • Jennie's favorite drink is a coke with a maraschino cherry.

    • Jennie took on the role as spokesperson for the sixth annual Angel Soft Angels in Action Program. This awards program honors children and teens that perform exemplary acts of community service.

    • Jennie suffers from migraine headaches. She's done Public Service Announcements about them.

    • Jennie appeared on WWF Wrestlemania X in 1994.

    • Jennie proudly supports The Elephant Sanctuary and World Vision.

    • Jennie has a personal fitness video.

    • Jennie directed the episode of 90210 entitled Love is Blind.

    • Jennie can speak Italian.

    • Jennie was one of three finalists in the auditions for the role of Kelly Kapowski on Saved By the Bell. Tiffani-Amber Thiessen got the role.

    • Jennie's first marriage was to Daniel B. Clark. They were married in April of 1994 and got divorced in November of 1996.

    • Several of the made for TV movies that Jennie has starred in, she both produced and directed herself.

    • As a child, Jennie became an expert equestrian. She competed in horse shows with her horse, Golden Boy Jet.

    • Jennie's family gave her the nickname of Puddles when she was a child, because she cried so easily. She has also been called Casper because of her pale complexion.

    • Jennie shot a television show during all of her pregnancies. She was filming Beverly Hills 90210 while she was pregnant with Luca Bella and What I Like About You while pregnant with both Lola Ray and Fiona Eve.

    • Jennie's favorite thing to do is love and care for her daughters, Luca Bella (June 29, 1997), Lola Ray (December 6, 2002) and Fiona Eve (September 30, 2006).

    • Jennie enjoys riding her horses, gardening, and working around the house.

    • Jennie has a house in L.A. and also a ranch near Santa Barbara where her parents also live.

    • Jennie was in L.A. for about 4 months before getting a role in the NBC series A Brand New Life.

    • Jennie left school her junior year and relocated to L.A. Jennie later obtained her High School Diploma.

    • Jennie was approached by a talent scout at the age of 15.

    • At a young age Jennie wanted to go to college and open a dance studio.

    • Jennie was raised on a 25-acre horse ranch outside of Urbana, Illinois.

    • Jennie won the Young Artist Award in 1992 for 'Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series.

    • Jennie is a vegetarian.

    • Jennie shares her birthday with What I Like About You former co-star Amanda Bynes and also with her father, John.

  • Quotes

    • Jennie Garth: (on claims that she and co-star Shannen Doherty got into a fist fight while filming the original "90210") A fist fight? Man, that makes us sound so tough! We never punched each other. Scratching? I won't deny that.

    • Jennie Garth: (when asked if she wanted more children after having three daughters) Will you talk to my husband for me, please? I want to either have another baby or adopt. My body keeps telling me to have babies!

    • Jennie Garth: (about married life) In this industry, there's always going to be someone more beautiful. It's easy to be tempted, but I'm not interested in taking the easy way out. Divorce is not an option for us. I want to be with my family.

    • Jennie Garth: (on working with Shannen Doherty again on 90210) It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I was a little nervous because I hadn't seen or talked to her in 14 years. We're both grown women, both professionals. Once we were working, it felt like a good fit.

    • Jennie Garth: (about her kids) They watch old shows like The Brady Bunch. I think Hannah Montana is too sassy for three little girls in one house.

    • Jennie Garth: (when asked what she would do if former "90210" rival Shannen Doherty decided to be on the new spinoff with her) You know what? I'm over all that. I don't know about her, but I am. If Shannen comes on the show, excellent. I'm a big girl. I can handle it.

    • Jennie Garth: One year, when our oldest daughter Luca was about 8, and our other daughter Lola was 3, we were trying to take their picture for our Christmas card. I even bought the cutest matching red dresses for them to wear, and the girls wouldn't stop fighting! We finally just snapped a picture of them fighting, and the card said "Tis the season to be jolly." It's definitely one of our favorite family cards now.

    • Jennie Garth: (on being eliminated from "Dancing With the Stars" in the semifinals) I feel like I've come so far in this, and I'm so proud of myself--not that I'm gloating. But it was so wonderful what [my dancing partner] Derek Hough was able to do with me. Now I'm just going to enjoy eating all kinds of things now that it's over!

    • Jennie Garth: My husband was really supportive at first about me being on Dancing with the Stars, and he still is, but now he's just like, "Okay, I want my wife back!" I want to go on vacation with him and reconnect.

    • Jennie Garth: I eat a lot now. I'm always hungry. And when you're rehearsing [for Dancing with the Stars] for six hours, sometimes you forget to eat. I snack on a lot of energy bars while we're working, or a banana just to keep me going, and then I'll eat a giant sandwich. I'm just burning through it. Now I can eat and not worry about it. Like, I love a late-night Dorito. The other night, I went into the kitchen at 2:00 in the morning, cracked open a Sprite, and in the dark, I ate a bag of Doritos.

    • Jennie Garth: (about her husband's reaction to her losing weight) He really likes it! He said, "It's like I got a new car!" He can't keep his hands off me, to the point where it's like, "Okay, enough."

    • Jennie Garth: It's hard not to admire Julianne Hough's body. I look at her and think, "What a nice little tushy!" And then I have to remind myself that she's 19.

    • Jennie Garth: (about being on Dancing With the Stars) I had no idea how supportive my husband would end up being. He's a part of everything! He's meeting with my partner, Derek Hough, on the side and giving him his opinions on the choreography. He goes out with us for dinner! He's definitely 100 percent right there for me. Every time I'm feeling down, I call him, and he talks me through it. He also sends me little text messages. Some of them are racy, but you know, he's Italian!

    • Jennie Garth: (after falling during a routine on Dancing With the Stars on October 1, 2007, with her husband and 10-year-old daughter present) It was a wardrobe malfunction. Derek slipped on my dress, and we both went down. I was a bit embarrassed, but isn't falling always embarrassing? To have my daughter here, seeing me make a mistake and get back up is a good lesson for her.

    • Jennie Garth: (about getting pregnant just less than a year after meeting her husband) We had a baby very quickly. It was a crazy time, and it would have been easy to throw in the towel, but Peter taught me that you have to stick it out. Our marriage is like winning an Oscar; it's huge. We don't take it for granted.

    • Jennie Garth: (about being on "Dancing with the Stars") My kids are beside themselves. They're like, "Don't cry, Mom! Never storm out of the rehearsal room!" Sometimes I think I've lost my mind, but at the same time I'm hugely excited. It's a huge undertaking, though. I'm not in as good a shape as I was before I had my third baby, so it's a great way to get in shape. I took dance classes as a little girl, but this is a different league. But I'm competitive and excited.

    • Jennie Garth: I think the media should leave the children of celebrities alone. I, for one, get very upset when someone photographs my kids without my knowledge or consent. It is just wrong. It confuses children, frightens them, and makes them feel like targets. Let them be kids!

    • Jennie Garth: The balance of life is sometimes very hard.....everything happens so fast. My husband is a great support, and when he is not filming, he is a full participation partner! We have a "nanny" (although I dislike that word), she is more of a friend that I wouldn't want to be without, and she has been with us for something like 15 years! As far as the balance, I just take it one day at a time, and I make a lot of lists.

    • Jennie Garth: Peter and I feel very blessed with our children. We didn't plan any one of them, but higher forces and recognizing priorities helped us along the way.

    • Jennie Garth: I teach the importance of community service and activism to my children, even at a young age, and hope that other parents......are inspired to do the same.

    • Jennie Garth: (about landing a spot in the 2007-2008 season of "Dancing With the Stars") It's a great opportunity to get in shape. The extra weight from baby number three didn't go away so quickly.

    • Jennie: (about working with Amanda Bynes in "What I Like About You") At least I get to be her sister. Thank God I'm not playing her mother. We get along great. There's no weird "She's 16 and I'm 30" kind of vibe. It's just easy. She's like my little sister, and I just love her to pieces.

    • Jennie: I never met a cow I didn't like.
      - one of 10 reasons Jennie names for being a vegetarian

    • Jennie: I know I have the ability to do so much more than just stand in front of the camera the rest of my life.

    • Jennie: I've always been very bonded to animals - more so than most people. I don't think that they can defend themselves, so we have to help them.

    • Jennie: It got very aggravating. It never came to a pushing fight, but at times, we probably wanted to slug each other. -on the competition between herself and Shannen Doherty on 90210.

    • Jennie: I love playing sexy in front of a camera. You either have to go with it or you just feel inhibited.

  • Not bad but...

    alittle overated.
  • Jennie Garth is an amazing actress. When I first saw What I like about you, I knew that I was in love with it. It was so funny. That show introduced to the phenomenal work of Jennie.moreless

    I thought that Val and Holly Tyler were very funny siblings. I'm a person who loves to laugh and it takes more than reading from script to show that you're talented. Jennie definitely puts effort into her work. After tuning in each week to watch what the gang was up, to I checked out Beverly Hills,90210. I couldn't help but compare Kelly and Val. I couldn't believe they were played by the same person. It's amazing how Jennie can play something so serious and then play something funny. I wish her all the success and reward for her work and hope to see more of her. I will definitely always be a fan of hers.moreless