Jennifer Beals

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1963-12-19

Place of Birth
Chicago - Illinois - USA

Jennifer Beals

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.

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1995
Four Rooms
6.2
1983
Flashdance
6.3
2006
The Grudge 2
5.4
2004
Catch That Kid
5.3
2010
The Book of Eli
6.7
2000
Militia
5.8
1994
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
6.8
1988
Vampire's Kiss
5.9
1995
Devil in a Blue Dress
6.5
1993
Dear Diary
7.3
1998
The Prophecy II
5.9
2001
The Anniversary Party
6.5
1995
The Thief and the Cobbler
6.8
2002
Roger Dodger
6.1
1992
Le grand pardon 2
6.8
1985
The Bride
5.1
1990
Dr. M
4.0
2007
Troubled Waters
4.1
2009
Queen to Play
6.4
2002
13 Moons
5.8
2005
Desolation Sound
4.0
1998
The Last Days of Disco
6.6
1992
In the Soup
6.8
2010
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
5.6
2001
Feast of All Saints
5.8
1999
Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying
3.9
1988
Split Decisions
5.3
1991
Blood and Concrete
7.2
1999
Wishful Thinking
5.3
2003
Runaway Jury
6.9
2010
A Night for Dying Tigers
4.0
1998
The Spree
0.0
2000
Body and Soul
2.0
1994
Dead on Sight
4.5
1992
Terror Stalks the Class Reunion
5.0
2007
My Name Is Sarah
4.0
2005
Break a Leg
7.0
1992
Indecency
4.0
1990
Tinikling, or The Madonna and the Dragon
0.0
1988
The Gamble
1.0
2013
Cinemanovels
6.3
1996
The Twilight of the Golds
6.9
2016
Manhattan Night
6.1
2014
A Wife's Nightmare
6.2
1995
Let It Be Me
5.0
1993
Night Owl
0.0
2015
Full Out
7.3
2002
They Shoot Divas, Don't They?
6.0
2000
A House Divided
0.0
2017
Before I Fall
7.0
2001
Out of Line
0.0
2013
A Fuller Life
7.0
1985
Cinderella
6.0
2000
Without Malice
0.0
2018
White Orchid
6.0
2019
After
6.0
1990
Sons
8.0
2000
Something More
7.0