Aug. 17th, 1947
Rosiclare, Illinois, USA
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Jennifer Rhodes (born on August 17, 1947) is an American actress whose career spans four decades.
Rhodes grew up in Rosiclare, Illinois, a small town on the Ohio River. She also has one sister, Kim Rhodes. She became interested in theater while attending Southern Illinois University and moved to New York City soon after graduating. She studied acting and began getting cast for theatre roles.
After marrying Jordan Rhodes she eventually moved to Los Angeles where she stopped acting for a while because she felt, as a stage actress, she didn't know very much about acting for television or movie roles. She eventually auditioned successfully for commercials roles, later moving on to television and film.
Her first credited roll was in the 60's television series The High Chaparral as the character Tanea. In 1980, she played a press secretary on a made-for-TV movie about 'Jackie Kennedy'.
In 1989 she appeared in the New World Pictures film Heathers as 'Winona Ryder's' mother. Her television resume proved to be quite extensive as she appeared on the following select series: Fame, Matlock, Little House on the Prairie, L.A. Law, Quantum Leap, Knots Landing, Designing Women, Full House, Red Shoe Diaries, Party of Five, ER, Wings, Murphy Brown, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Family Matters, Friends, Popular, The Agency and Boston Public - just to name a few. She also played a little role in the Disney Channel Series The Suite Life on Deck.
Although she never had children of her own, Rhodes is frequently recognized as "Grams" from The WB series, Charmed, where she portrayed the spirit of the Charmed Ones' grandmother. There she played the tough-as-nails matriarch of the Halliwell clan. Although not a regular, she is the only actress to have guest-starred in all eight seasons of the series. Her recurring role as “Grams” is her second regular series though, her first being Nightingales as the character Effie Gardner.
- When filming the movie _Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981) (TV)_ (qv), she tried to keep the time period in mind and wore a 1960s hairstyle for her character. She was surprised when she later discovered that star 'Jaclyn Smith (I)' (qv) didn't wear an original 'Jacqueline Kennedy (I)' (qv) hairstyle, but wore a modern '80s bob instead.
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