Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

Dec. 19th, 1963
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 8 1/2

Jennifer Beals' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Lie to Me TV Show
Lie to Me
The L Word TV Show
The L Word
The Chicago Code TV Show
The Chicago Code
2000 Malibu Road TV Show
2000 Malibu Road

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Cinemanovels
2010 - The Book of Eli
2006 - The Grudge 2
2005 - Desolation Sound
2004 - Catch That Kid
2003 - Runaway Jury
2002 - Roger Dodger
2002 - 13 Moons
2001 - The Anniversary Party
2000 - Militia
1998 - The Last Days of Disco
1995 - Four Rooms
1995 - Four Rooms
1995 - Devil in a Blue Dress
1992 - In the Soup
1990 - Dr. M
1985 - The Bride
1983 - Flashdance
1980 - My Bodyguard

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Jennifer Beals (born December 19, 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 the mid-80s, 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, in lead and supporting roles. Her most recent and notable role came in early 2004 with her appearing as a regular on the Showtime TV-cable series The L Word (2004) playing a lesbian art gallery manager named "Bette Porter".

  • Turned down the opportunity to play herself in _"It's Like, You Know..." (1999)_ (qv).
  • Daughter of Alfred Beals (an African-American grocery store owner) and Jeanne Cohen (an Irish elementary school teacher).
  • Close Friends with 'Jon Stewart' (qv) and 'Marlee Matlin' (qv).
  • Is a huge fan of _"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997)_ (qv) and wanted the cast to guest star on _"The L Word" (2004)_ (qv).
  • Close friend of 'Quentin Tarantino' (qv). He often stayed at her home while struggling as a director before making _Pulp Fiction (1994)_ (qv).
  • In the film _The Anniversary Party (2001)_ (qv), 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.
  • She was the original choice for the lead role in _Pretty in Pink (1986)_ (qv), but the part went to 'Molly Ringwald' (qv).
  • In _Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)_ (qv), she plays a woman passing for white who is actually the daughter of an interracial couple. In real life, this is Beals's racial background, too.

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