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Real Name: Jennifer Garner
Birthday: 17 April 1972

 

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Jennifer Garner shot to fame during the early 2000's as one of a new class of action heroes on her hit television series, “Alias” (2002-06) and in films like “Daredevil” (2003) with Colin Farrell and its sequel, “Elektra” (2005).  As the young celebrity grew into a mother and wife to “Daredevil” co-star Ben Affleck, Garner began to focus more on her skill for comedy with big screen films including “13 Going on 30” (2004), “Juno” (2007) with Michael Cera  and Ellen Page, and an amazing run on Broadway in “Cyrano.”

The middle child in a family of three daughters, Jennifer Garner was born on April 17, 1972 to parents Patricia and Billy Jack. Her mom was an English teacher, and her dad is an engineer who moved the family to West Virginia in 1976 after taking a new job. Four-year-old Jennifer was already a entertainer by then, her ballet lessons expanding to an interest in musical theater. Growing up, she was involved in stage productions, dance recitals, musicals, or her High School band.


Despite her love of acting, Jennifer seemed interested in following in her father’s footsteps when she enrolled at Denison University in Ohio and began working towards a chemistry degree. Once she took her first acting class, however, Jennifer Garner was addicted, and spent her summers doing local theater, declared a theater major, and continued her drama studies at the National Theater Institute in Connecticut, where she trained with well-known choreographers. In 1995, she moved to New York with goals set on becoming a stage actress and celebrity.

Within her first year, she got her first job as an understudy on Broadway and got a small role in the film “Zoya” (1995). The next year, Garner had success with guest appearances on three prime time television dramas and two television movies, including a starring role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production "Harvest of Fire", playing an Amish bride. The response encouraged her to put her stage goals on hold and relocate to Los Angeles to seek film and television work. Jennifer made her big screen introduction in 1997, with small roles in "Washington Square" as well as Woody Allen’s Academy Award nominated "Deconstructing Harry” (1997) with Kirstie Alley, Demi Moore and Robin Williams.

The FOX network soon hired Garner for a starring role in the drama “Significant Others” (1998). The show only lasted six episodes, but was called back to co-star opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in the “Party of Five” spin-off  "The Time of Your Life" (1999-2000). Portraying Romy, an actress, offered her valuable screen time and some great storylines, but "The Time of Your Life" failed to find an audience and was cancelled after only 13 episodes.

Jennifer Garner returned with a role on "Felicity" (1998-2002) as Hanna, the musician girlfriend of hip resident advisor Noel. The recurring role won her some increased exposure and also introduced her to her husband – her and Scott Foley married in 2000 – though their characters' relationship did not last through 1999. She followed up with “Dude, Where’s My Car” (2000) with Ashton Kutcher that earned her so-so reviews, but her role as a military nurse in Michael Bay’s blockbuster "Pearl Harbor" (2001) with Kate Beckinsale and Ben Affleck, would make her famous.

Despite several bad projects, Jennifer took another chance on television with “Alias,” where she starred as a graduate student with a secret double life as a spy. The series immediately found a following, from the crowd of Xena and Buffy The Vampire Slayer trend with an ass-kicking hero able to balance a part-time job, schoolwork, and CIA operative status with ease and a constant selection of disguises. “Alias” drew an enormous young male audience, establishing her as one of the Hollywood stars loved by both men and women. 

While “Alias” delivered steady ratings and she won Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress, Garner continued to keep busy in the film and movie world. She had a small part as a fashion model in Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can" (2002) with super stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, a true story about Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully conned millions of dollars worth of checks as a Pan Am pilot, doctor, and legal prosecutor. She then took the lead role in 2003 as martial artist and assassin "Elektra" as enemy and lover of Marvel Comics superhero "Daredevil". The qualities and skill that had made her a television star translated easily to the big screen, putting her in a select group of actresses such as Lucy Liu and Angelina Jolie.

As much as she tried to keep her personal life out of the tabloids, the press were blamed for adding stress to her marriage to Scott Foley. When the couple divorced it made headlines and rumors of a secret love affair with “Alias” co-star Michael Vartan were confirmed, and following that relationship, she managed to keep a romance with former co-star Ben Affleck a secret until the couple announced their engagement in spring of 2005.

Back to film and movie making, Jennifer continued her rise to A-list actress status, starring in the entertaining "13 Going on 30" (2004) in which she played the 30-year-old transformation of an gawky young teenage girl. The actress then starred in her highest profile movie to date, replaying her "Daredevil" character for the sequel "Elektra" (2005) about how Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, and becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins 

With her pregnancy, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck got married in a private ceremony in June of 2005. The network gave her several months of vacation to give birth to her first child, Violet Affleck, before returning to production for the series finale in the spring.

In 2007, Garner started up her film career with roles in three projects. First she starred in the romantic comedy “Catch and Release” as a woman dealing with the death of her husband with the help of his closest friends. Then she was cast in the international political thriller “The Kingdom” (2007), she was a strong addition to the cast which included Jamie Foxx. The controversial tale of United States investigators finding terrorist ties in Saudi Arabia met with assorted reviews, but did reasonably well at the box office.


In November of 2007 she debuted on Broadway opposite Kevin Kline in “Cyrano.” The actress then appeared in the award winning teen comedy drama "Juno" (2007), as a possible adoptive parent. An emotional story about a snarky pregnant teen (Ellen Page) and her only friend played by Michael Cera. 

After the success and Academy Awards from "Juno", Garner starred in the made for television dramatic comedy "Cyrano de Bergerac" (2008), before appearing in the comedy "This Side of the Truth" (2009), a comedy set in a world where no one has ever lied, until a writer seizes the opportunity for personal gain. Next was the funny romantic comedy "The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" (2009) starring Emma Stone, Matthew McConaughey and Michael Douglas, about a bachelor who is haunted by the ghosts of his past girlfriends at his younger brother's wedding. She wrapped her year with the mystery drama "Be with You" (2009) where on her deathbed, a wife and mother tells her family that after she passes, she will return to them. A year later, a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to their loved one surfaces. 

 

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