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Jennifer Beals

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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Dec 19, 1963 In Chicago - Illinois - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Flashdance 1983-04-14
Latest Project:
Series Swamp Thing 2019-05-31
Known For
Poster of Proof
Poster of A Fuller Life
Poster of Out of Line
Movie After Karen Gibson 2019-04-11
Series Swamp Thing Lucilia Cable 2019-05-31
Movie White Orchid Vivian 2018-02-01
Series Taken Christina Hart 2017-02-27
Movie Before I Fall Mrs. Kingston 2017-03-02
Movie Manhattan Night Lisa Wren 2016-05-20
Movie The Laws Of The Universe - Part 0 Inkar (voice) 2015-09-26
Series Proof Dr. Carolyn Tyler 2015-06-16
Movie Full Out Valorie Kondos-Field 2015-09-11
Movie A Wife's Nightmare Liz 2014-12-27
Series Motive Sophia Balfour 2013-02-03
Movie Cinemanovels Clementine 2013-09-06
Movie A Fuller Life Herself - Reader (segment "Crime Reporter") 2013-08-28
Series The Chicago Code Teresa Colvin 2011-02-07
Movie The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Angela Fox 2010-09-07
Movie The Book of Eli Claudia 2010-01-11
Movie A Night for Dying Tigers Melanie 2010-09-10
Series Lie to Me Zoe Landau 2009-01-21
Series Castle Sophia Turner 2009-03-08
Movie Queen to Play L’Américaine 2009-08-05
Movie Troubled Waters FBI Agent Beck 2007-01-09
Movie My Name Is Sarah Sarah Winston 2007-05-28
Movie The Grudge 2 Trish 2006-10-13
Movie Desolation Sound Elizabeth Storey 2005-06-27
Movie Break a Leg Juliet 2005-04-21
Series Best Week Ever Unknown 2004-01-23
Series The L Word Bette Porter 2004-01-18
Movie Catch That Kid Molly Phillips 2004-02-06
Movie Runaway Jury Vanessa Lembeck 2003-10-09
Movie Roger Dodger Sophie 2002-05-09
Movie They Shoot Divas, Don't They? Sloan McBride 2002-10-05
Movie 13 Moons Suzi 2002-08-30
Movie Feast of All Saints Dolly Rose 2001-11-11
Movie The Anniversary Party Gina Taylor 2001-06-09
Movie Out of Line Jenny Capitanas 2001-11-20
Movie A House Divided Amanda Dickson 2000-07-30
Movie Four Rooms Angela 1995-12-09
Movie Dear Diary se stessa 1993-10-12
Movie Night Owl Julia 1993-08-19
Series 2000 Malibu Road Perry Quinn 1992-08-23
Movie Le grand pardon 2 Joyce Ferranti 1992-12-09
Movie Tinikling, or The Madonna and the Dragon Patty Meredith 1990-09-01
Movie Sons Transvestite 1990-01-01
Movie Dr. M Sonja Vogler 1990-05-24
Movie The Bride Eva 1985-08-16
Movie Flashdance Alex Owens 1983-04-14