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Jennifer Beals Poster

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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 19 December 1963Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jennifer Beals was born in December 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard (1980) in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University, studying American literature. She appeared in her first starring role in the movie Flashdance (1983) while still a freshman at Yale. While at Yale, she also starred in Franc Roddam's The Bride (1985). After graduation from Yale, Beals married independent filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell in 1986, and has appeared in several of his films. Most notably, she starred in his In the Soup (1992), which won the 1992 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Deauville Film Festival. Beals continued to find acting work in various movies and TV productions through the 1990s and 2000s, in lead and supporting roles. One of her most notable roles came in 2004 when she was cast in the Showtime TV-cable series The L Word (2004) as a lesbian art gallery manager named "Bette Porter," a role she played throughout its entire run until 2009. She played Police Superintendant Teresa Colvin on the Fox Network crime series The Chicago Code (2011). She now plays Dr. Carolyn Tyler in the 2015 TV series Proof (2015). Beals divorced Rockwell in 1996 and married Canadian entrepreneur Ken Dixon two years later. They had a daughter in 2005.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: <mundkur@ece.uci.edu> & matt-282

Spouse (2)

Ken Dixon (14 June 1998 - present) (1 child)
Alexandre Rockwell (1986 - 1996) (divorced)

Trade Mark (3)

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

Trivia (29)

In Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), she played a woman passing for white who is actually the daughter of an interracial couple. In real life, this is also Beals' racial background.
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.
Her father, Alfred Beals, a grocery store owner, was African-American, and was originally from Texas. Her mother, Jeanne (Anderson), an elementary school teacher, was caucasian, and had Irish ancestry.
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 ou 'La madonne et le 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.

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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