Jennifer Beals

Actress, Model
Intelligent and beautiful with a disarming smile, Jennifer Beals managed to exude both strength and tenderness in her work, making her one of the most relatable and talented actresses of her time. A pop culture icon ... Read more »
Born: 12/19/1963 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (75)

Proof 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

A Fuller Life 2014 (Movie)

(Herself)

Cinemanovels 2014 (Movie)

Clementine (Actor)

Facing the Wind 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Manhattan Nocturne 2014 (Movie)

Lisa Wren (Actor)

Motive 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Rocking Horsemen 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The White Orchid 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Castle 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mob Doctor 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Queen to Play 2011 (Movie)

the American Woman (Actor)

The Chicago Code 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Book of Eli 2010 (Movie)

Claudia (Actor)

A Night for Dying Tigers 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Starz Inside: Fashion in Film 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The L Word 2003 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

My Name is Sarah 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grudge 2 2006 (Movie)

Trish (Actor)

Catch That Kid 2004 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

Frasier 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Swimming Upstream 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Break a Leg 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

Vanessa Lembeck (Actor)

They Shoot Divas, Don't They? 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Dodger 2002 (Movie)

Sophie (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

After the Storm 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Gavotte (Actor)

The Anniversary Party 2001 (Movie)

Gina Taylor (Actor)

Thirteen Moons 2001 (Movie)

Suzi (Actor)

Body and Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of Line 1999 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Something More 1998 (Movie)

Lisa (Actor)

The Last Days of Disco 1998 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

The Spree 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wicked 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wishful Thinking 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Prophecy II: Ashtown 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Search For One-Eye Jimmy 1996 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Arabian Knight 1995 (Movie)

of Princess Yum Yum (Voice)

Devil in A Blue Dress 1995 (Movie)

Daphne Monet (Actor)

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

Caro Diario (Dear Diary) 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Dead on Sight 1994 (Movie)

Rebecca (Actor)

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 (Movie)

Gertrude Benchley (Actor)

Night Owl 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

2000 Malibu Road 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Soup 1992 (Movie)

Angelica (Actor)

Le Grand Pardon II 1992 (Movie)

Joyce Feranti (Actor)

Blood and Concrete - A Love Story 1991 (Movie)

Mona (Actor)

Docteur M. 1990 (Movie)

Sonja Vogler (Actor)

Sons 1989 (Movie)

The Transvestite (Actor)

Vampire's Kiss 1989 (Movie)

Rachel (Actor)

La Partita 1988 (Movie)

Olivia (Actor)

Split Decisions 1988 (Movie)

Barbara Uribe (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bride 1985 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Flashdance 1983 (Movie)

Alex Owens (Actor)

A House Divided (TV Show)

Actor

A Wife's Nightmare (TV Show)

Actor

Desolation Sound (TV Show)

Actor

Indecency (TV Show)

Actor

Let It Be Me (TV Show)

Actor

Militia (TV Show)

Actor

Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

Actor

The Feast of All Saints (TV Show)

Actor

The Twilight of the Golds (TV Show)

Actor

Troubled Waters (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Cinemanovels 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Biography

Intelligent and beautiful with a disarming smile, Jennifer Beals managed to exude both strength and tenderness in her work, making her one of the most relatable and talented actresses of her time. A pop culture icon after her star-making debut as Alex Owens in "Flashdance" (1983), Beals weathered the backlash storm after it was revealed she had a dance double in the hit film. After disappearing off the radar for some time - perhaps spooked by her overnight "Flashdance" fame - Beals would eventually come back to the Hollywood fold and build an less flashy but impressive film and television career over the next 20 years. Her touching portrayal of lesbian workaholic Bette Porter on the provocative drama "The L Word" (Showtime, 2004-09), instantly revitalized Beal's career. She returned to headline the cast of "The Chicago Code" (Fox, 2010-11), a critically acclaimed police drama, sadly canceled in its first season. Further projects were in the offing, however, and several decades after her early 1980s mega-stardom, Beals proved that her talent and timeless beauty would keep her working steadily for years to come.

Relationships

Alfred Beals

Father
African American died when Beals was ten years old

Jeanne Beals

Mother
Irish American re-married to Edward Cohen

Bobby Beals

Brother

Gregory Beals

Brother

Edward Cohen

Step-Father
Married to Jeanne Beals

Ken Dixon

Husband
Married June 14, 1998

Alexandre Rockwell Director

Wife
Married 1986 Divorced 1996

EDUCATION

Goodman Theatre

Chicago , Illinois
Enrolled in the Young People's Drama Workshop

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut 1987
Graduated with honors

Francis W. Parker School

Chicago , Illinois

Milestones

2010

Played the concubine of Carnegie (Gary Oldman) in "The Book of Eli," the post-apocalyptic drama directed by the Hughes brothers

2009

Cast as the ex-wife of Tim Roth's fib detector on the FOX series, "Lie to Me"

2006

Co-starred in "The Grudge 2," a sequel to the 2004 remake directed by Takashi Shimizu

2004

Played Bette Porter, an Ivy League educated lesbian in the Showtime drama, "The L Word"

2003

Appeared opposite John Cusack in the film adaptation of "Runaway Jury"

2002

Appeared in the independent film "Roger Dodger"

2001

Played a photographer in "The Anniversary Party"

2001

Appeared as Mrs. Gravotte in film version of Hemmingway's "After the Storm"

2000

Played Amanda Dickinson, the product of a bi-racial coupling in Showtime's "A House Divided"

1999

Cast opposite former boxer Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini in TMC's "Body and Soul"

1998

Had a small role in Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco"

1997

Played a young mother deciding whether or not to abort a son who might be gay in Jonathan Tolin's "Twilight of the Golds" (Showtime)

1995

Acted in two segments of "Four Rooms"; the Rockwell directed, "The Wrong Man" and the Quentin Tarrantino directed, "The Man from Hollywood"

1995

Played a biracial woman passing for white, opposite Denzel Washington in "The Devil in a Blue Dress"

1994

Played herself being approached by a rabid fan in Nanni Moretti's "Caro Diario"; Rockwell also appeared as himself

1994

Portrayed Gertrude Benchley in Alan Rudolph's "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"

1992

Made TV series debut in the short-lived CBS show, "2000 Malibu Road"

1992

Re-teamed with Rockwell for "In the Soup"

1989

Initial collaboration with then-husband director Alexandre Rockwell, "Sons"

1988

Appeared in Carlo Vanzini's "La Partita" with Faye Dunaway and Matthew Modine

1985

Played the title role in "Cinderella" for Showtime

1985

Co-starred with Sting in Franc Roddam's "The Bride," a film loosely based on the "Bride of Frankenstein"

1983

Played the lead role of Alexandra 'Alex' Owens in her acting debut in "Flashdance"; nominated for a Golden Globe Award

1980

Had a minor role in the film "My Bodyguard"

Bonus Trivia

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"I don't think in terms of comeback. I think, oh, people are aware of the things that I do and the stories that I'm part of." - Beals to People magazine, April 12, 2004

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Beals was named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" for 2004.

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