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Overview (3)

Born in Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NameJennifer Anne Garner
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias (2001), has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother Patricia Ann (née English), a retired English teacher, and her father, William John Garner, a former chemical engineer, she is the second of their three daughters. She spent nine years of her adolescence studying ballet, and characterizes her years in dance as consisting of determination rather than talent, being driven mostly by a love of the stage.

Jennifer took this determination with her when she enrolled at Denison University as a chemistry major; later she changed her major when she discovered that her passion for the stage was stronger than her love of science. New York attracted the young actress after college, and she worked as a hostess while pursuing a career in film and television. Her most recent move has been to Los Angeles, a decision that led to a role on the television series Felicity (1998), where she met her future husband Scott Foley. The couple divorced in 2004.

Jennifer starred in the television series Alias (2001) as Agent Sydney Bristow, who works for the Central Intelligence Agency. For her work, Garner has received four consecutive Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She has also received four Golden Globe nominations and won once, as well as received two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and won once. She has appeared in numerous other television production as well as such films as Elektra (2005), 13 Going on 30 (2004), Daredevil (2003), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Dude, Where's My Car? (2000). Aside from filming Alias (2001), Jennifer enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and--inspired by her character on the series--kickboxing.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kim Hannigan

Family (4)

Spouse Ben Affleck (29 June 2005 - 7 November 2018)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Scott Foley (19 October 2000 - 30 March 2004)  (divorced)
Children Affleck, Violet Anne
Affleck Garner, Seraphina Rose Elisabeth
Garner Affleck, Samuel
Parents Patricia Ann
Garner, William John
Relatives Garner, Melissa (sibling)
Garner, Susannah (sibling)

Trade Mark (2)

Distinctive child-like voice.
Long brown hair and brown eyes.

Trivia (67)

Met her first husband Scott Foley on the set of Felicity (1998).
Attended and graduated from George Washington High School in Charleston, West Virginia.
Received her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts for Theatre from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. [1994]
She was going to attend Yale University to study drama but got an acting job in New York City instead.
Named one of People magazine's "Breakthrough Stars of 2001".
Used to be a hostess at Isabella's restaurant in New York when she was trying to launch her acting career.
Named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [2002]
Ranked #1 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2002 list.
Is a trained ballerina who initially left dance for theater acting.
Played saxophone in high school. She called her instrument,"Sally the Sexy Saxophone.".
Early in the filming of Daredevil (2003), while doing a stunt, she became tangled in the wires that were helping her do a flip; she nearly crashed into a wall from which she had to flip.. Ben Affleck, rushed up in his Daredevil costume and grabbed her and pulled her away before she could hit it. She later commented, "It was like he was Superman.".
Is a member of Pi Beta Phi national sorority, Ohio Eta Chapter.
Daughter of Patricia Ann and William John Garner and has two sisters: Melissa Garner (who has a son, Jack) and Susannah Garner (who has a daughter, Emma).
Alias (2001) creator J.J. Abrams gave her a pink bicycle for her birthday. Being the first one on set, she would often greet the series' production crew by ringing the bells on the bike's handlebars.
Father is a chemical engineer, mother is an English teacher.
Ranked #14 on Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" list. [2002]
Often confused with actress Amy Jo Johnson. Garner admitted that sometimes she is asked to autograph photos that turn out to be of Johnson.
One of her call signs on Alias (2001) is "Mountaineer". She was raised in West Virginia, and the Mountaineer is the mascot of West Virginia University.
While filming a sai/sword fight in Elektra (2005), accidentally got her knuckles sliced by Will Yun Lee. She got her knuckles patched up, and when she and Lee resumed, he subsequently sliced her again in the exact same spot.
Ranked #2 on FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list in its 2005 special supplement.
Her husband Ben Affleck was her co-star in Daredevil (2003). The two met on the set of the movie Pearl Harbor (2001) but would not become a couple until Affleck's very public relationship with singer/actress Jennifer Lopez ended.
In 13 Going on 30 (2004), her character is editor of a magazine that features Jennifer Lopez on the cover. Lopez was engaged to Garner's husband Ben Affleck.
Sister-in-law of Casey Affleck and Summer Phoenix.
Wears green contact lenses in Daredevil (2003) and Elektra (2005), although the comic-book version of Elektra has brown eyes (her own natural color).
During her appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992), she accidentally revealed the sex of her unborn baby. [September 2005]
She married Ben Affleck at the exclusive Parrot Cay resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.
Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, she was the host of a recruitment video for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) aimed at young professionals the agency wanted to interest in careers with them.
Has appeared with husband Ben Affleck in two movies: Pearl Harbor (2001) and Daredevil (2003). This would have been the third, but Affleck's small scene in Elektra (2005) was deleted from the final film.
Ranked #3 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.
Was born in Texas but raised in West Virginia.
Was listed as a potential nominee for Worst Actress on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot, for her performance in Elektra (2005). She was not nominated.
Is one of four actresses to play Clara Allen in the "Lonesome Dove" series. The role was first played by Anjelica Huston in Lonesome Dove (1989), and then Barbara Hershey in Return to Lonesome Dove (1993). Garner plays the younger, unmarried Clara Forsythe in Dead Man's Walk (1996). Linda Cardellini takes over the role in Comanche Moon (2008). Of the four actresses, she is the only one who, like her character, is from Texas.
Husband Ben Affleck asked for her hand in marriage with a Neil Lane eternity band with round diamonds.
Alias (2001) castmate Victor Garber took an Internet guide to officiating at weddings to marry Jennifer and Ben Affleck. Besides Garner and Affleck, Garber was the only other person at the wedding.
Ranked #12 on FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World" list in its 2006 special supplement.
Her wedding gown was by Vera Wang; Ben Affleck wore Hugo Boss.
She and husband Ben Affleck both had movies released on January 26, 2007. Hers was Catch and Release (2006) and his was Smokin' Aces (2006).
Ranked #35 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2007 list.
She was set to star with Adam Sandler in Reign Over Me (2007), playing the role Liv Tyler did, but she dropped out several weeks before filming began.
She appears in The Kingdom (2007) with Chris Cooper and Danny Huston. Huston's sister, Anjelica Huston, appeared with Cooper in Lonesome Dove (1989). Garner played the younger version of Huston's character in Dead Man's Walk (1996).
While starring in Alias (2001), she played opposite Peter Berg in two episodes (he played her ex-boyfriend). He later went on to direct her in The Kingdom (2007).
Was named the 2007 West Virginian of the Year by the Charleston Gazette.
In 2006, she had to have her ears pierced especially to be able to wear the $250,000 diamond chandelier-style earrings she wore to that year's Academy Awards ceremony, but then let them heal up again after the ceremony.
Ranked #20 on Wizard magazine's "Sexiest Women of Television" (for her role as Sydney Bristow on Alias (2001)). [March 2008]
Ranked #44 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.
Registered to vote in the 2008 Presidential election as 'Jennifer Affleck..'.
At the end of January 2009, Jennifer and her older sister Melissa both had their ears pierced during a visit to a Santa Monica, California medical center. It was Jennifer's third time (she had let them heal up in 1999 and 2006), but Melissa's first.
She was considered for the role of Carol Ferris in Green Lantern (2011), which went to Blake Lively.
Has 3 children: daughters, Violet Affleck (b. December 1, 2005) & Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck (b. January 6, 2009) and son, Samuel Garner Affleck (b. February 27, 2012) with ex-husband, Ben Affleck.
Was 3 months pregnant with her son Samuel when she completed filming on The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012).
Had a relationship with her Alias (2001) co-star, Michael Vartan, from 2003-2004.
In 2009, Jennifer used the same church twice in two different movies that her character was married in, The Invention of Lying (2009) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009). The Martha-Mary Chapel was built by Henry Ford in Sudbury, Massachusetts and is dedicated to Henry and Clara Ford's mothers, Martha Bryant and Mary Litogot Ford.
Her ancestry is English with smaller amounts of Scottish, Scots-Irish/Northern-Irish, German, and Swiss-German.
She and Ben Affleck announced their separation on June 30, 2015--exactly 10 years and one day after their wedding occurred. On March 8, 2017, it was reported that they called off the divorce, but they filed for divorce again the next month.
She once cleaned toilets as a summer job.
In both 13 Going on 30 (2004) and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009), the younger version of her character was played by Christa B. Allen.
While still a struggling actress, Jennifer once babysat for Stephen Colbert after they became acquainted as cameo stars on Spin City: The Competition (1996). Stephen and wife Evelyn had just had daughter Madeleine.
Ranked #11 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2003 list.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 20, 2018.
Co-founder of baby-food line "Once Upon a Farm, which produces "farm-to-high-chair" quality meals for children. [2018]
Part of owners group (with Eva Longoria, Natalie Portman & Mia Hamm) which is launching the National Women's Soccer League franchise in Los Angeles in 2022.
Is an avid beekeeper.
Born at 10:00am-CST.
Board Member of Save The Children.
No relation to James Garner (of "Maverick" & "Rockford Files" fame), despite a popular misconception.
Turned down roles in "Popular", "Get Real" and "Roswell" in order to get cast in "Time of Your Life".

Personal Quotes (16)

[on Alias (2001) co-star Carl Lumbly] We looked him up on IMDb, and we just cracked up - his resumé goes on and on. He was even on Cagney & Lacey (1981).
[on being recognized] I never get recognized! I'll be with my husband [actor Scott Foley from Felicity (1998)] and people will think I'm his manager, and they will start giving me their business cards.
[on winning a Golden Globe Award] My husband was as flabbergasted as I was. I think he almost flew out of his skin, he was so surprised and excited. He is just the most supportive and proud friend. My family is just beyond out-of-control excited.
Two of my mom's most oft-repeated mom-isms are: "Happiness is your own responsibility" and "Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning." Both are true.
[Playboy magazine, April 2002] There's something so interesting about the combination of vulnerability and being completely in control at the same time. Women should run everything - it's about time.
I think that baseball games are like soap operas. If you watch five in a row, you know enough to get hooked.
The rule with marriage is the less you talk about it the better, as far as I can tell.
I have this internal battle between, I need to work, I need to work, I need to work and I need to be home with my kids. And the kids win.
[on the prospects of working with husband Ben Affleck again] I think he's brilliant at what he does, but why rock the boat? It works between us pretty well the way it is. I don't know if I want to go to work with him. I'd be like "Okay already, you got the shot. Let's go home!".
[on getting her ears pierced in January 2009] My sister Melissa had been thinking about getting her ears pierced for a while, but was a bit nervous about having them done - She had never had them done even though she's thirty-nine, and was worried about it hurting. My other sister, Susannah, has had her ears pierced since she was fourteen, and I'd had mine done a couple of times in the past, but let them grow over again both times. We both told her she had nothing to worry about and it didn't hurt at all, so she said she had trust us and get them done - but only if I went with her and got mine done too. So she watched me get my ears pierced, and then she finally got hers done too.
You can do a lot with Scotch tape. Almost anything! I love that you can hem a dress, and its an instant remedy in a fashion crises.
I do all my own stunts!
[on politics] My interest is becoming more specific - less about the party, more about if you are a candidate who supports early childhood education. This is connected to my work with 'Save the Children' which is entering the political realm a little bit. We've been raising money, and we're going to use it to try to influence a couple of campaigns. There is no NRA for kids, no AARP for kids.
[on any potential popularity rivalry with husband Ben Affleck] I am not expecting Men, Women & Children (2014) taking Gone Girl (2014). But it would feel feel great some day to spank him at the box-office.
[on her role in Happy Endings (2005)] I have to learn how to smoke. I have to say horrible things. I have to do horrible things. It's just bad. It's going to be fun.
[on her film Peppermint (2018)] While this is obviously a fantasy and this kind if revenge is nobody's place in the world - it's certainly not a template for how anything should happen - but there is something about a woman just taking control and saying "Absolutely not. This is absolutely unacceptable."

Salary (5)

Alias (2001) $45,000 US per episode (2001-2002), $ 150,000 US per episode (2003-2005)
Alias (2001) $150,000 per episode
13 Going on 30 (2004) $3,000,000
The Kingdom (2007) $7,000,000
Juno (2007) Reduced Rate (% backend)

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