Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

  • Born on
    • December 19th, 1963
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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Acting (42 Credits)

2019After as Karen Gibson
2019The L Word: Generation Q as Bette Porter
2018White Orchid as Vivian
2017Before I Fall as Mrs. Kingston
2017Taken (2017) as Christina Hart
2016Manhattan Night as Lisa Wren
2015Full Out as Valorie Kondos-Field
2015Proof (2015) as Dr. Carolyn Tyler
2014A Wife's Nightmare as Liz
2011The Chicago Code as Teresa Colvin
2010The Night Before the Night Before Christmas as Angela Fox
2010The Book of Eli as Claudia
2009Queen to Play as L’Américaine
2007My Name Is Sarah as Sarah WinstonWatch Free
2006Troubled Waters as FBI Agent Beck
2006The Grudge 2 as Trish Kimble
2004Catch That Kid as Molly Phillips
2004The L Word as Bette Porter
2003Runaway Jury as Vanessa Lembeck
200213 Moons as Suzi
2002Roger Dodger as SophieWatch Free
2001The Feast of All Saints as Dolly Rose
2001The Anniversary Party as Gina Taylor
2000Militia as Julie Sanders
1999Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying as Jessica
1998The Prophecy II as Valerie Rosales
1998The Last Days of Disco as Nina
1997Wishful Thinking as Elizabeth
1996The Twilight of the Golds as Suzanne Stein
1995Four Rooms as Angela
1995Devil in a Blue Dress as Daphne Monet
1995Let It Be Me as Emily Taylor
1994Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle as Gertrude Benchley
1994The Search for One-eye Jimmy as Ellen
1993The Thief and the Cobbler as Princess YumYum (voice)
1992In the Soup as Angelica Pena
1991Blood and Concrete as Mona
1988Vampire's Kiss as Rachel
1988Split Decisions as Barbara Uribe
1985The Bride as Eva
1985That's Dancing!
1983Flashdance as Alex Owens

Herself (1 Credits)

1993Dear Diary as Self


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