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Jennifer Beals Biography

Birth Name:
Jennifer Beals
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois, United States

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


  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated


  • Bobby Beals -- Brother
  • Gregory Beals -- Brother
  • Alfred Beals -- Father
  • Ken Dixon -- Husband
  • Jeanne Cohen -- Mother
  • Edward Cohen -- Stepfather