Thursday, March 29, 2007

Jennifer Garner

Name: Jennifer Garner
Birth Name: Jennifer Anne Garner
Height: 5' 9"
Sex: F
Nationality: American
Birth Date: April 17, 1972
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA
Profession: actress
Education: George Washington High School in Charleston, WV Denison University in Granville, OH.
Husband/Wife: Ben Affleck (actor; born on August 15, 1972; began dating in 2004; married on June 29, 2005 at the Parrot Cay resort in the Caribbean Islands), Scott Foley (actor; born on July 15, 1972; married on October 19, 2000; divorced on March 30, 2004)
Relationship: Michael Vartan (actor; born on November 27, 1968; costar on Alias; quietly dated 2003-2004 and were rarely seen in public)
Father: William John Garner (a former chemical engineer)
Mother: Patricia Ann English (a retired English teacher)
Sister: Melissa Garner Wiley (older), Susannah Garner Carpenter (younger)
Daughter: Violet Anne(born on December 1, 2005 at 6:26 in Los Angeles, California, father: Ben Affleck)
Claim to fame: as CIA agent Sydney Bristow on Alias

Jennifer Anne Garner was born on April 17, 1972 in Houston, Texas to Bill & Pat Garner. Bill is a retired chemical engineer and Pat is a retired college English teacher. Her parents were always supportive of Jennifer and helped her to pursue her dreams. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Garner began appearing in television and film in the mid-1990s. While growing up Jennifer studied ballet for six hours a day which helped teach her discipline that would help her later in life. Jennifer graduated from George Washington High School in the class of 1990 and went on to attend Dennison University. She started college majoring in Chemistry. She later changed her major to drama when she realized that her passion for the stage outweighed her love of science. After graduating from Dennison in 1994 she headed to New York City to pursue her career.

Jen scored her first television role as Melissa Gilbert's daughter on the miniseries "Zoya" based on Danielle Steel's book. The next few roles that Jennifer received were in two Hallmark Hall of Fame fims, "Harvest of Fire" and "Rose Hill". Jennifer did a few other feature films before landing her first role on a television series, "Significant Others". Also featured in the ABC miniseries "Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk" (1996), Garner made her big screen debut in 1997, with roles in Agnieszka Holland's adaptation of the Henry James classic "Washington Square" as well as the modern NYC tale "Deconstructing Harry" and the comical "Mister Magoo". The recurring role that got Garner some increased notice and also landed her a husband (she and Foley married in 2000), was portrayal of Hanna, the musician girlfriend of laid-back resident advisor Noel (Scott Foley).

Though "Significant Others" didn't work out, Garner was eager to try another series, and was cast opposite popular Jennifer Love Hewitt in "The Time of Your Life" but it was out of time by mid-2000 due to unexpectedly low ratings.In 2000, Garner returned to film with a fun supporting role as the increasingly fed-up girlfriend of Ashton Kutcher's lame-brained hero in the goofy comedy "Dude, Where's My Car?". The following year she had the third female lead in the Michael Bay actioner "Pearl Harbor", playing a thoughtful military nurse stationed at the embattled site, doing her best with a disappointingly underdeveloped role.

2001 saw Garner get back on the TV series horse, starring as a graduate student with a secret life as a spy in the ABC adventure "Alias." In 2002, she earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in A Drama Series for her role in "Alias" and expanded into feature films: She had a brief but memorable turn as a beautiful fashion model with an intriguing sideline in director Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), then followed up in 2003 with the pivotal role of the martial artist and assassin Elektra, the enemy and lover of the Marvel Comics superhero "Daredevil" (Ben Affleck). Promising a smooth transition from small-screen superstar to A-list actress, Garner next signed on to star in "13 Going on 30" (lensed 2003), a sort of girl power version of "Big" in which she plays the thirty-year-old transformation of an awkward teenage girl.

2007 Juno
2007 The Kingdom
2007 Catch and Release
2005 Alias: Season 05
2005 Alias: Season 04
2005 Elektra
2004 13 Going on 30
2003 Alias: Season 03
2003 Daredevil
2003 Stealing Time
2003 Saturday Night Live: Jennifer Garner
2002 Alias: Season 02
2002 Catch Me If You Can
2001 Alias: Season 01
2001 Alias [TV Series]
2001 Pearl Harbor
2000 Dude, Where's My Car?
1999 Felicity: The Fugue
1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York
1999 Time of Your Life [TV Series]
1998 1999
1998 Felicity: Thanksgiving
1998 Significant Others [TV Series]
1997 Deconstructing Harry
1997 Washington Square
1997 Mr. Magoo
1996 Dead Man's Walk
1996 Law & Order: Aftershock
1996 Rose Hill
1996 Harvest of Fire
1995 Danielle Steel's 'Zoya'

2009 Christmas in Connecticut
2008 Devil in the Junior League


2005 Best Actress in a Drama Alias: Season 04
2001 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Alias [TV Series]

Golden Globe
2003 Best Actress - Drama (TV) Alias [TV Series]
2002 Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama Alias (TV Series)
2001 Best Actress in a Television Series - Drama Alias

* Insists she slimmed down after childbirth by breastfeeding, because she had no intention of abandoning her daughter to hit the gym. (November 16, 2006)
* Was rushed to the hospital after collapsing in the Arizona desert while filming for THE KINGDOM in soaring temperatures. (August 14, 2006)
* Reportedly turned down a role in DALLAS after discovering Ben Affleck’s former fiancee Jennifer Lopez had been signed up. (June 6, 2006)
* Has signed on to star in new terrorism drama THE KINGDOM that will co-star Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Chris Cooper. (May 6, 2006)
* Despite having given birth for real, Garner is terrified about her upcoming onscreen childbirth in Alias, because she thinks the on-screen labor will be a huge embarrassment. (April 14, 2006)
* Opts out of Hollywood extreme dieting to lose her baby weight and is working on a healthier regime after her daughter's birth. (March 23, 2006)
* Gave birth to a baby girl on December 1, 2005.
* Her spy drama Alias will end its five-season run in May 2006. (November 24, 2005)
* Garner, Lindsay Lohan, and Kate Hudson have emerged as the front runners in the race to land the coveted role of Jeannie in the upcoming movie adaptation of TV series I Dream Of Jeannie. (November 18, 2005)
* Garner and Ben Affleck are reportedly planning to quit Hollywood, to raise their child on a sprawling estate in New York's upscale Westchester County. (October 17, 2005)
* Garner's hometown of Charleston, West Virginia threw a Jen and Ben Baby Shower Night on July 9, 2005 with all the gifts going to charity.
* Garner and Ben Affleck wed in a top-secret Caribbean ceremony. (July 1, 2005)
* Ex-boyfriend Michael Vartan said that Garner deemed ELEKTRA was awful, and that she had to do it because it was in her contract when she did DAREDEVIL. (2005)
* Vowed to continue performing stunts for the screen - despite suffering nerve damage while carrying out such tasks on her hit TV show Alias. (2005)
* Suffered from nerve damage caused by an accident performing a stunt on the set of ABC's hit drama Alias. (January 7, 2005)
* Suffered from a viral infection. (January 5, 2005)
* Revealed she missed Ben Affleck while she was filming ELEKTRA in Canada. She said, I miss him. I would love nothing more than to see his big old goofy walk coming this way and saving me for a day and making me laugh. (December 22, 2004)
* Says she can't stop giggling and dancing around between takes on Alias. (April 23, 2004)
* Says she sees a lot of herself in her character Jenna Rink in 13 GOING ON 30.
* Says her heavy workload broke up her marriage to Scott Foley. (April 15, 2004)
* Hosted the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Technical Awards on February 14, 2004.
* Was named best brilliant brunette in a celebrity hair survey conducted by Wella. (December 20, 2003)
* Says the media were remarkably kind to her and Scott Foley when they announced they were divorcing. (October, 2003)
* Her ex husband Scott Foley has spoken out about the meltdown of their marriage, insisting there was no cheating involved in their decision to split. (October 16, 2003)
* Hired by CIA to appear in recruitment videos for the agency.
* The Garner household was a conservative one, wherein makeup and earrings were prohibited.
* Speaking at her alma mater of Ohio's Denison University, Garner admitted that she took her time choosing her words -- Not to be more careful about what she was about to say, but because she tends to procrastinate. (October 8, 2002)
* After college, Garner moved to New York and began auditioning for stage roles, landing her first part only a month after arriving in town in 1995 as an understudy in the Broadway production of A Month in the Country.
* Started ballerina dance since 3yo, practicing for up to six hours a day.
* Met Scott Foley during FELICITY.
* Claimed she had to go through five rounds of auditions before she was given the Felicity role.
* She spent nine years of her adolescence studying ballet.