Jennifer Beals

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Jennifer Beals (born December 19, 1963, height 5' 8½" (1,74 m)) is an American actress and a former teen model. She is known for her roles as Alexandra "Alex" Owens in the 1983 film Flashdance, and as Bette Porter on the Showtime drama series The L Word. She earned an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination for the former. She has appeared in more than 50 films.

Beals was born on the South Side of Chicago, the daughter of Jeanne (née Anderson), an elementary school teacher, and Alfred Beals, who owned grocery stores. She is multiracial; her father was African American, and her mother is Irish American. She has two brothers, Bobby and Gregory.Her father died when Beals was nine years old, and her mother married Edward Cohen in 1981. Beals has said her biracial heritage had some effect on her, as she "always lived sort of on the outside", with an idea "of being the other in society". She got her first job at age 13 at an ice cream store, using her height at the time (she is now nearly 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)), to convince her boss she was 16.

Beals was inspired to become an actress by two events: doing a high school production of Fiddler on the Roof and seeing Balm in Gilead with Joan Allen while volunteer-ushering at the Steppenwolf Theatre.

Beals graduated from the progressive Francis W. Parker School. She also was chosen to attend the elite Goodman Theatre Young People's Drama Workshop. Beals attended Yale University, receiving a B.A. in American literature in 1987; she deferred a term so she could film Flashdance. While at Yale, Beals was a resident of Morse College.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jennifer Beals (born December 19, 1963, height 5' 8½" (1,74 m)) is an American actress and a former teen model. She is known for her roles as Alexandra "Alex" Owens in the 1983 film Flashdance, and as Bette Porter on the Showtime drama series The L Word. She earned an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination for the former. She has appeared in more than 50 films.

Beals was born on the South Side of Chicago, the daughter of Jeanne (née Anderson), an elementary school teacher, and Alfred Beals, who owned grocery stores. She is multiracial; her father was African American, and her mother is Irish American. She has two brothers, Bobby and Gregory.Her father died when Beals was nine years old, and her mother married Edward Cohen in 1981. Beals has said her biracial heritage had some effect on her, as she "always lived sort of on the outside", with an idea "of being the other in society". She got her first job at age 13 at an ice cream store, using her height at the time (she is now nearly 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)), to convince her boss she was 16.

Beals was inspired to become an actress by two events: doing a high school production of Fiddler on the Roof and seeing Balm in Gilead with Joan Allen while volunteer-ushering at the Steppenwolf Theatre.

Beals graduated from the progressive Francis W. Parker School. She also was chosen to attend the elite Goodman Theatre Young People's Drama Workshop. Beals attended Yale University, receiving a B.A. in American literature in 1987; she deferred a term so she could film Flashdance. While at Yale, Beals was a resident of Morse College.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Jennifer Beals, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia. ​

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Gender Female

Known Credits 68

Birthday 1963-12-19

Place of Birth Chicago - Illinois - USA

Adult Actor False

Official Site http://www.jennifer-beals.com/

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2017 Before I Fall as Mrs. Kingston
2016 Manhattan Night as Lisa Wren
2015 Full Out as Valorie Kondos-Field
2015 Proof(10 episodes) as Dr. Carolyn Tyler
2014 A Wife's Nightmare as Liz
2013 Cinemanovels as Clementine
2013 Motive(1 episode) as Sophia Balfour
2011 The Chicago Code(13 episodes) as Teresa Colvin
2010 A Night for Dying Tigers as Melanie
2010 The Night Before the Night Before Christmas as Angela Fox
2010 The Book of Eli as Claudia
2009 Queen to Play as L’Américaine
2009 Castle(4 episodes) as Sophia Turner
2009 Lie to Me(52 episodes) as Zoe Landau
2009 Lie to Me(4 episodes)
2007 My Name Is Sarah
2007 Troubled Waters as FBI Agent Beck
2006 The Grudge 2 as Trish
2005 Desolation Sound as Elizabeth Storey
2005 Break a Leg as Juliet
2004 Catch That Kid as Molly Phillips
2004 Best Week Ever(1 episode)
2004 The L Word(75 episodes) as Bette Porter
2003 Runaway Jury as Vanessa Lembeck
2002 They Shoot Divas, Don't They? as Sloan McBride
2002 13 Moons as Suzi
2002 Roger Dodger as Sophie
2001 Out of Line
2001 Feast of All Saints as Dolly Rose
2001 The Anniversary Party as Gina Taylor
2000 Body and Soul as Gina
2000 A House Divided as Amanda Dickson
2000 Militia as Julie Sanders
1999 Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying as Jessica
1999 Where Are They Now?(1 episode)
1998 The Last Days of Disco as Nina
1998 The Spree as Xinia Kelly
1998 The Prophecy II as Valerie Rosales
1997 Nothing Sacred(20 episodes) as Justine Madsen Judd
1997 The View(2 episodes)
1996 Wishful Thinking as Elizabeth
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1996 E! True Hollywood Story(1 episode)
1996 The Twilight of the Golds as Suzanne Stein
1995 Four Rooms as Angela
1995 Let It Be Me as Emily Taylor
1995 Devil in a Blue Dress as Daphne Monet
1995 The Outer Limits(1 episode)
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle as Gertrude Benchley
1994 Dead on Sight
1993 Caro Diario as Herself
1993 The Thief and the Cobbler as Princess YumYum
1993 Night Owl as Julia
1992 Le grand pardon 2 as Joyce Ferranti
1992 In the Soup as Angelica Pena
1992 Indecency as Ellie Shaw
1992 2000 Malibu Road(6 episodes) as Perry Quinn
1992 Terror Stalks the Class Reunion as Virginia
1991 Blood and Concrete as Mona
1990 Law & Order(1 episode)
1990 Tinikling, or The Madonna and the Dragon as Patty Meredith
1990 Dr. M as Sonja Vogler
1988 Vampire's Kiss as Rachel
1988 Split Decisions as Barbara Uribe
1988 The Gamble as Olivia Candioni
1985 The Bride as Eva
1983 Flashdance as Alex Owens
1982 Faerie Tale Theatre(1 episode)

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