Jennifer Beals

19 Dec 1963

Actor

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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Filmography (42 titles)

(movie, 2017)
···Before I Fall
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Mrs. Kingston)
(movie, 2016)
···Manhattan Night
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lisa Wren)
(movie, 2015)
···Nocturne
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lisa Wren)
(movie, 2015)
···Full Out
Role: Actor
(movie, 2014)
···A Wife's Nightmare
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Liz)
(movie, 2010)
7.2The Book of Eli
Genre: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Claudia)
(movie, 2010)
···A Night for Dying Tigers
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Melanie)
Genre: Fantasy, Family
Role: Actor (as Angela Fox)
(movie, 2007)
···My Name Is Sarah
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Sarah Winston)
(movie, 2006)
···The Grudge 2
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Trish)
(movie, 2006)
···Troubled Waters
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Special Agent Jennifer Beck)
(movie, 2004)
···Catch That Kid
Genre: Action
Role: Actor (as Molly Phillips)
(movie, 2003)
···Runaway Jury
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Vanessa Lembeck)
(movie, 2002)
···Roger Dodger
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Sophie)
(movie, 2002)
···13 Moons
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Suzi)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Sloan McBride)
(movie, 2001)
···The Anniversary Party
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Gina Taylor)
(movie, 2001)
···Feast of All Saints
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Dolly Rose)
(movie, 2001)
···Out of Line
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Parole Officer Jenny Capitanas)
(movie, 2000)
···A House Divided
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Amanda Dickson)
(movie, 2000)
···Body and Soul
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Gina)
(movie, 2000)
···Without Malice
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Samantha Wilkes)
(movie, 1998)
···The Last Days of Disco
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Nina)
(movie, 1998)
···The Prophecy II
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Valerie Rosales)
(movie, 1998)
···The Spree
Genre: Action, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Xinia Kelly)
(series, 1997)
···Nothing Sacred
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Justine Madsen Judd (1997-1998))
(movie, 1995)
···Devil in a Blue Dress
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Daphne Monet)
(movie, 1995)
···Let It Be Me
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Emily Taylor)
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Gertrude Benchley)
(movie, 1994)
···Dead on Sight
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Family
Role: Actor (as Princess YumYum)
(movie, 1993)
···Night Owl
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Julia)
(movie, 1992)
···In the Soup
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Angelica Pena)
(movie, 1992)
···Indecency
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Ellie Shaw)
(movie, 1991)
···Blood and Concrete
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Mona)
(movie, 1990)
···Dr. M
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Sonja Vogler)
(movie, 1990)
···Sons
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Role: Actor (as Transvestite)
(movie, 1988)
···Vampire's Kiss
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Rachel)
(movie, 1988)
···La partita
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Lady Olivia Candioni)
(movie, 1985)
···The Bride
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Role: Actor (as Eva)
(movie, 1983)
···Flashdance
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Alex Owens)