Jennifer Beals

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Jennifer Beals

Born

12/19/1963, Chicago, Illinois (USA)

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Female
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A thin, naturally attractive brunette with a personable smile and the brains to match her beauty, actress Jennifer Beals was virtually propelled to overnight stardom and fashion icon status with her energetic performance in director Adrian Lyne's 1983 dance drama Flashdance. Though her career would suffer a slight…more

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  • Trivia

    • Showtime and NBC are supporting Jennifer Beals and her performances this year in two categories for possible Emmy nominations. She is considered for a nomination for an actress in a leading role on The L Word for the episode "Little boy blue", and guest star in Law and Order.

    • Jennifer has been nominated for best outstanding actress in a drama series at the 38th NAACP Image Awards for The L Word.

    • Jennifer appeared at a benefit production of Eve Ensler's Vagina Monologues on April 16th in L.A.

    • Jennifer has her own playlist on iTunes, it is listed on iTunes USA only under the the celebrities lists.

    • In 1996 Jennifer hosted a tribute to Pablo Neruda,the poet, on the occasion of the film "Il Postino".

    • Jennifer has her own blog on OurChart.com where she published some photos she took on The L Word set.

    • Although Beals was in an advanced state, her pregnancy was not used in The L Word's storyline in the 3rd season. However her pregnancy is noticeable, especially in the first episode.

    • Jennifer doesn't want to reveal the names of her dogs since she considers them as part of her family, so that is a matter of privacy. It is alleged though that one of them is called Cerberus (from the Greek mythical beast that guarded the entrance to Hades), however it is not confirmed.

    • Jennifer would love to have an onscreen lesbian romp with Sarah Michell Gellar in The L Word, so she has told Ilene Chaiken and will try again. Gellar's spokesperson responded, "She'd be flattered - who wouldn't be? Jennifer Beals is an icon."

    • Jennifer has admitted that she would marry Kelly Lynch if she was aroused by members of her own sex - but she would have no desire to get intimate with Angelina Jolie, saying that she would be the last person anyone should think to marry.

    • Daryl Hannah, Portia de Rossi and Jennifer were among the stars featured in a photo book about celebrity knitters. Pictures of the trio wearing their favorite scarves appear in photographer Abra Edelman's new book "Celebrity Scarves."

    • Jennifer turned down the "Flashdance" sequel because artistic credibility is more important to her than money, causing her agents to "lose their minds".

    • Jennifer was the original choice to play the lead in 1986 movie Pretty in Pink even though the writer and director wrote the part of Andie Walsh for Molly Ringwald.

    • In 2002 Jennifer had a leading role in "They shoot divas don't they?", in which she played Sloan McBride, a rock star from the 80s who, though her career is slowly going down the tubes, is trying to keep her head above water.
      Jennifer actually does the singing herself, with great results.

    • Though nudity is not in short supply on The L Word, Beals is not one of the actors who bares it all. "You don't see anything of me," says the Yale graduate. Beals made it clear to Showtime she wouldn't do nude scenes unless she saw a good reason for it, believing "a well-placed hand" suggests just as much.

    • Jennifer has two brothers. Her older brother is Greg and he also attended Yale.

    • Jennifer is a stepmother to her husband, Ken Dixon's, two children.

    • When Jennifer was a teenager, she worked as a babysitter for one of her neighbors - Steve Edwards.

    • Jennifer and her husband, Ken L. Dixon, had their first child together, a healthy baby girl, on Nov 17, 2005.

    • Jennifer is a close friend of Quentin Tarantino's. Quentin often stayed at Beals's home while struggling as an aspiring director before Pulp Fiction was made. They appeared together in Four Rooms.

    • Jennifer's father died when she was only 10 years old.

    • Jennifer is biracial, with an African-American, Protestant father and an Irish American, Catholic mother.

    • Jennifer was a model during her teenage years.

    • Jennifer received a BA in American Literature in 1987 for graduating with honours at Yale University.

    • Jennifer studied welding for two months for her role as the welder/dancer in Flashdance.

    • Her film debut was in My Bodyguard (1980), in which she is uncredited.

    • Jennifer has been married twice, currently to Ken Dixon. The couple married in 1998 and are presently still together. Jennifer's first marriage was to Alexandre Rockwell, the couple married in 1986. The marriage lasted 10 years, until 1996 when the pair divorced.

  • Quotes

    • Jennifer: There's about three people in the world that have my home phone number and they are all related to me by blood.

    • (About friendship between women.)
      Jennifer: I said, wouldn't it be nice, instead of having these women fight with each other over men, which seems to be more of a cliché, wouldn't it be wonderful if they were the true comrades and it took these men much more time to infiltrate their friendships.

    • Jennifer: A few years ago I was in a terrible car accident. When the air bag went off it was like getting hit in the face by Muhammad Ali. For years after the accident I had chronic pain in my back and jaw.

    • (About friendship between women.)
      Jennifer: I'm just talking specifically of women's friendships. If two women go to a bar and they are fighting over men, it makes it much easier for the men. If two women are very close and they act as it makes it very difficult for the men to pull one over on anybody.

    • Jennifer: Doing a love scene with a woman is easier than with a man. Because when you say to the other woman, 'Look, I have issues with this or that part of my body, can you put your hand there,' they know what you're talking about, and the hand doesn't move. Whereas a guy will forget. Because he doesn't know the meaning of cellulite.

    • Jennifer: A couple years ago I had a big crush on Eddie Vedder. I told my husband, "Do not let me be in the same room with Eddie Vedder." He said, "Don't worry, I won't."

    • (On being offered 1 Million dollars to do a Pepsi commercial)
      Jennifer: But I said, I don't need a million dollars. Why would I do a PEPSI commercial, or a whatever commercial? I don't even drink Pepsi, why would I do that? I have no problem with money and I appreciate what it can do, but I think you really are in danger if you start doing things solely for money.

    • (About turning down Flashdance sequel)
      Jennifer : I've never been drawn to something by virtue of how rich or famous it will make me. I turned down so much money, and my agents were just losing their minds.

    • (About The L Word)
      Jennifer : What's so wonderful about [The L Word] is that it will undoubtedly destroy certain stereotypes that people have of the gay community.It's incredibly exciting to me that some young woman, who's living in the middle of nowhere and having no access to this kind of community, will turn on the show and be able to relate to the characters and realize that she does have a place in the world--that there are other people like her and her sexual orientation doesn't mean that she should feel as if she is less than. That's a huge reason that I took [the role].

    • (Describing Bette Porter in "The L Word")
      Jennifer : ... a total type-A, multi-tasking, slightly bossy women, who is moved the most by art...and she's biracial. So there's all kinds of things you get to play with. You get to play with the mystery of sexuality and you get to play with race and you get to play with class and all kinds of things.

    • Jennifer The way we approach the love scenes, they're not always about love. Sometimes they're about possession. Sometimes they are about intimacy, and sometimes there is fighting going on at the same time.

    • (About David Duchovny)
      Jennifer: He used to follow me around and ask me for dates, she says. I used to say, A) I don't know who you are. And B) I'm living with someone, so I think that's a problem. And then I go to this acting class in New York and who's in it? David 'the stalker' Duchovny! she laughs. I shouldn't call him a stalker. Then he and I became scene partners, and then we became friends! He's a very funny guy!

    • Jennifer: And what is so incredibly interesting is that I've played vampires, murderers, and morally bankrupt people and no one has ever asked me if I had reservations for playing those characters.

    • Jennifer: My husband does so many romantic things for me, it's absurd.

    • Jennifer: You can make yourself feel better about yourself if you project your shadow side, if you project your own potential for evil onto someone else. By annihilating them and, therefore, your shadow, you bring yourself into some state of purity or reformation.

    • (When asked by People Magazine about her standing in Hollywood today.
      Jennifer Beals : 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.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • One of my favs!

    10
    Jennifer is beautiful person and gorgeous actress... I adore her with all my heart... She's absolute pleasure to watch in her current character in The L Word... I'd love to see her in some good-class movies... She's really got amazing spirit... I'm a huge admirer of hers...



    I'm so glad she's a part of The L Word cast... I'm always enjoying every second of her performance, although I must admit that she didn't always belong to my favourite cast members... But now it's completely different... I'm loving her more and more every single episode... Give her as much air time as possible...!moreless
  • She amazes me!!! This woman never seems to age. She is like a fine wine..."Better with age", and she surely doesn't show hers...

    10
    I am truely amazed by this fantastic woman. Jennifer has looked great from the word GO! There is something about her that keeps everyone coming back for more...and I am one of those people. I try to read all the magazine interviews and watch all movies and TV programs that has her in them. She has kept busy since she started back in 1980 with her first part in My Bodyguard. She looked so cute in that. I know her family must be real proud of her accomplishments. She never stops amazing me in all the parts she has played. Her roles are not always the easy ones but she manages to do a great job. Jennifer is the only person I have seen that can change her moods so quickly in her acting. Laughing one second and crying the next seems so easily done. I hope she continues to bless us with more TV interviews, movies and magazine articles. I would hate to think after TLW that she would just disapear from us. She has one movie coming soon and I can't wait til it is out. They started filming this February. Jennifer is a very private person and I respect her for that. I only wish we could get a small glimps of her precious daughter. She must be goreous also. I will continue to be a fan as long as I am still here on earth. She is one fine lady. Just a little tid-bit...Jennifer looks a lot like my mother when mom was young. My grandkids thought it was their Nanny. I told them it was someone else and they were confused. They are only 4 and 5 years old. I hope Jennifer lives a long and healthy life doing what she does best....



    Love you Jennifer Beals



    A devoted fanmoreless
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