Jennifer Rhodes is an American actress whose career spans four decades.
Jennifer Rhodes grew up in Rosiclare, Illinois, a small town on the Ohio River. She became interested in theater while attending Southern Illinois University and moved to New York City soon after graduating. She studied acting and began getting cast for theatre roles. When she eventually moved to Los Angeles, she stopped acting for a while because she felt, as a stage actress, she didn't know very much about acting for television or movie roles. She eventually auditioned successfully for commercials roles, later moving on to television and film.
Her first credited roll was in the 60's television series "The High Chaparral" as the character Tanea. The show centered around the character of John Cannon, played flawlessly by Leif (pronounced "Life") Erickson, and his brother Buck, played by Cameron Mitchell. In 1980, she played a press secretary on a made-for-tv movie about Jackie Kennedy. In 1989 she appeared in the New World Pictures film Heathers as Winona Ryder's mother. Her television resume proved to be quite extensive as she appeared on the following select series: Fame, Matlock, Little House on the Prairie, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Knots Landing, Designing Women, Full House, Red Shoe Diaries, Party of Five, ER, Wings, Murphy Brown, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Family Matters, Friends, Popular, The Agency and Boston Public - just to name a few.
Although she never had children of her own, Jennifer is frequently recognized as "Grams" from The WB series, Charmed, where she portrays the spirit of the Charmed Ones' grandmother. There she plays the tough as nails matriarch of the Halliwell clan. Although not a regular, she has appeared in all eight seasons of the series. Her recurring role as “Grams” is her second regular series though, her first being Nightingales as the character Effie Gardner.