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Also Known As: Died:
Born: December 19, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actress, model

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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.

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Fuller Life, A (2014)
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 Book of Eli, The (2010)
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 Queen to Play (2009)
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 Troubled Waters (2007)
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 My Name is Sarah (2007)
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1980:
Had a minor role in the film "My Bodyguard"
1983:
Played the lead role of Alexandra 'Alex' Owens in her acting debut in "Flashdance"; nominated for a Golden Globe Award
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"
1988:
Appeared in Carlo Vanzini's "La Partita" with Faye Dunaway and Matthew Modine
1989:
Initial collaboration with then-husband director Alexandre Rockwell, "Sons"
1992:
Re-teamed with Rockwell for "In the Soup"
1992:
Made TV series debut in the short-lived CBS show, "2000 Malibu Road"
1994:
Portrayed Gertrude Benchley in Alan Rudolph's "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"
1994:
Played herself being approached by a rabid fan in Nanni Moretti's "Caro Diario"; Rockwell also appeared as himself
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"
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)
1998:
Had a small role in Whit Stillman's "The Last Days of Disco"
1999:
Cast opposite former boxer Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini in TMC's "Body and Soul"
2000:
Played Amanda Dickinson, the product of a bi-racial coupling in Showtime's "A House Divided"
2001:
Played a photographer in "The Anniversary Party"
2001:
Appeared as Mrs. Gravotte in film version of Hemmingway's "After the Storm"
2002:
Appeared in the independent film "Roger Dodger"
2003:
Appeared opposite John Cusack in the film adaptation of "Runaway Jury"
2004:
Played Bette Porter, an Ivy League educated lesbian in the Showtime drama, "The L Word"
2006:
Co-starred in "The Grudge 2," a sequel to the 2004 remake directed by Takashi Shimizu
2009:
Cast as the ex-wife of Tim Roth's fib detector on the FOX series, "Lie to Me"
2010:
Played the concubine of Carnegie (Gary Oldman) in "The Book of Eli," the post-apocalyptic drama directed by the Hughes brothers
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Education

Francis W. Parker School: Chicago , Illinois -
Goodman Theatre: Chicago , Illinois -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1987

Notes

"I also got sent the script for 'The Full Monty' because I had to give my approval so they could use me there, too. (In the film, a group of aspiring male strippers rent 'Flashdance' to learn some moves but end up slagging Beals's skills as a welder.) I think they were worried that I wouldn't take it well, but the script was so funny! I don't mind being made fun of, because 'Flashdance' really was so silly, but the irony with 'The Full Monty' is that I actually studied welding for two months before 'Flashdance'. But when I got to the set, Adrian [Lyne, the director] kept yelling out, 'More sparks!' which looked better on camera. The only way I could comply was by welding very poorly." --Jennifer Beals, quoted in Time Out New York, October 30-November 6, 1997

"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

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

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husband:
Alexandre Rockwell. Writer, director. Married 1986; divorced 1996.
husband:
Ken. Canadian hockey player. Married in 1999.

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