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Jennifer Beals BiographyJennifer Beals was born in December 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University, studying American literature. She appeared in her first starring role in the movie Flashdance while still a freshman at Yale. While at Yale, she also starred in Franc Roddam's The Bride. After graduation from Yale, Beals married independent filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell in the mid-80s, and has appeared in several of his films. Most notably, she starred in his In the Soup, which won the 1992 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Deauville Film Festival.
Beals continued to find acting work in various movies and TV productions through the 1990s, in lead and supporting roles. Her most recent and notable role came in early 2004 with her appearing as a regular on the Showtime TV-cable series "The L Word" playing a lesbian art gallery manager named Bette Porter.
TriviaIn Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), she plays a woman passing for white who is actually the daughter of an interracial couple. In real life, this is Beals's racial background, too. Turned down the opportunity to play herself in "It's Like, You Know..." (1999). While at Yale, she was classmates with David Duchovny, who suggested her for a part on "The X Files" (1993) (which went to Gillian Anderson). Has an African-American father and an Irish mother. While still a teenager, before she went into show business, she worked as a babysitter for one of her neighbors - Steve Edwards. Stepmother to her husband, Ken Dixon's, two children. She and her character on "The L Word" (2004), "Bette Porter", are both Yale graduates with an African-American father and a Caucasian mother. Worked at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager. Close friend of Quentin Tarantino. He often stayed at her home while struggling as a director before making Pulp Fiction (1994). Thieves took nearly $1,000 from her hotel room while she was on location in Manila, Philippines, shooting the movie Tinikling ou 'La madonne et le dragon' (1990) (TV) (aka "Madonna and the Dragon"), in 1989. Is a huge fan of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997) and wanted the cast to guest star on "The L Word" (2004).
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