Jennifer Beals



  • Birth Name: Jennifer Beals
  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 12/19/1963, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Actor
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The daughter of an African-American father and Irish mother, Beals was studying American literature at Yale when picked to star in the 1983 romantic blockbuster Flashdance. Playing a welder by day and sexy dancer by night, she became an instant pinup girl with her signature sweatshirt-off-the-shoulder style. But while Beals worked consistently in mostly low-level projects for the next two decades — notably as a femme fatale in Devil in a Blue Dress and a slew of independent films, many directed by her ex-husband, Alexandre Rockwell — she remained indelibly linked to her seminal role. In 2004 she shattered that 20-year-old image when she signed on to The L Word as a workaholic lesbian, a part that revitalized her career and landed her on People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People list. An accomplished photographer, Beals’ camerawork is on display in The L Work Book, a behind-the-scenes photo journal of the show, which benefits several non-profit organizations.Jennifer Beals Fast Facts:
  • Made her film debut as an unbilled extra in 1980's My Bodyguard.
  • Did not perform much of the actual dancing in her 1983 hit, Flashdance. But the baggy, off-the-shoulder sweatshirt look she affected became a fashion rage.
  • Considered for the role of Dana Scully in The X-Files, which starred fellow Yale classmate David Duchovny.
  • Is an avid photographer.
  • Starred as art curator Bette Porter in the groundbreaking lesbian drama The L Word
  • Gave birth to a girl in October 2005 with husband Ken Dixon.
  • Authored the behind-the-scenes photographic journal The L Word Book, which benefits several charities.
  • Jennifer Beals Relationships:
  • Alfred Beals - Father
  • Edward Cohen - Stepfather
  • Gregory Beals - Brother
  • Bobby Beals - Brother
  • Ken Dixon - Husband
  • Alexandre Rockwell - Ex-husband
  • Jeanne Cohen - Mother
  • Jennifer Beals Awards:
  • 1984 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • College:
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT (BA in American Literature, 1987)


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