Jennifer Beals

 

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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"

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Jennifer Beals

Born 1963-12-19 (57 years ago) in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Height 173 centimeters.

Awards
Award Ceremony Year Awarded for
GLAAD Media Golden Gate Award 16th GLAAD Media Awards 2005
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film (The Twilight of the Golds) 2nd Golden Satellite Awards 1998 The Twilight of the Golds
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Flashdance) 16th NAACP Image Awards 1983 Flashdance
Nominated for awards
Award Ceremony Year Nominated for
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (The L Word) 39th NAACP Image Awards 2008 The L Word
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (The L Word) 38th NAACP Image Awards 2007 The L Word
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (The L Word) 9th Golden Satellite Awards 2005 The L Word
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film (A House Divided) 5th Golden Satellite Awards 2001 A House Divided
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film (The Twilight of the Golds) 2nd Golden Satellite Awards 1998 The Twilight of the Golds
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Devil in a Blue Dress) 27th NAACP Image Awards 1996 Devil in a Blue Dress
Razzie Award for Worst Actress (The Bride) 6th Golden Raspberry Awards 1985 The Bride
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture (Flashdance) 16th NAACP Image Awards 1983 Flashdance
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy (Flashdance) 41st Golden Globe Awards 1983 Flashdance
Relationships
Name From To Relationship type
Ken Dixon(Gifta: 1998-06-14–) 1998-06-14 Gifta
Alexandre Rockwell(Gifta: 1986–1996) 1986 1996 Gifta
Parents

Jeanne Anderson, Alfred Beals

Siblings

Gregory Beals, Bobby Beals

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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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