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Also Known As: Jennifer Anne Garner Died:
Born: April 17, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actor

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Initially seen as the squeaky-clean girl-next-door, actress Jennifer Garner became a fan favorite after channeling an inner-strength she never suspected she possessed. Garners' early work consisted of several TV-movies, numerous series guest spots, a few minor turns in feature films like "Washington Square" (1997) and a recurring role on the hit drama, "Felicity" (The WB, 1998-2002). Her natural appeal began attracting attention with supporting roles opposite Ashton Kutcher in the slacker comedy, "Dude, Where's My Car?" (2000) and the big-budget WWII epic, "Pear Harbor" (2001), starring future husband Ben Affleck. But it was her breakthrough role as Sydney Bristow, the tough-as-nails super spy on the action adventure series "Alias" (ABC, 2002-06) that turned the previously waifish actress into a leading lady to be reckoned with. Attempting to parlay the success of "Alias" into film work as a female action hero, she played Affleck's femme fatale, Elektra, in the superhero adventure, "Daredevil" (2003). The gambit failed to pay off, however, as audiences found her far more endearing in softer romantic comedies like "13 Going on 30" (2004). Following her marriage to Affleck, Garner began appearing more...

Initially seen as the squeaky-clean girl-next-door, actress Jennifer Garner became a fan favorite after channeling an inner-strength she never suspected she possessed. Garners' early work consisted of several TV-movies, numerous series guest spots, a few minor turns in feature films like "Washington Square" (1997) and a recurring role on the hit drama, "Felicity" (The WB, 1998-2002). Her natural appeal began attracting attention with supporting roles opposite Ashton Kutcher in the slacker comedy, "Dude, Where's My Car?" (2000) and the big-budget WWII epic, "Pear Harbor" (2001), starring future husband Ben Affleck. But it was her breakthrough role as Sydney Bristow, the tough-as-nails super spy on the action adventure series "Alias" (ABC, 2002-06) that turned the previously waifish actress into a leading lady to be reckoned with. Attempting to parlay the success of "Alias" into film work as a female action hero, she played Affleck's femme fatale, Elektra, in the superhero adventure, "Daredevil" (2003). The gambit failed to pay off, however, as audiences found her far more endearing in softer romantic comedies like "13 Going on 30" (2004). Following her marriage to Affleck, Garner began appearing more often as an ensemble player, earning high marks with relatable, comedic turns in such films as "Juno" (2007), "Valentine's Day" (2010) and "Arthur" (2011). Exceptionally attractive and surprisingly versatile, Garner was one of Hollywood's most sough-after actresses.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Nine Lives (2016)
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 Draft Day (2014)
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 Back Roads (2012)
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 Arthur (2011)
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 Butter (2011)
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 Valentine's Day (2010)
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1995:
Had early TV credit in the NBC miniseries "Danielle Steele's 'Zoya'"
1996:
Was an understudy for the Broadway revival of "A Month in the Country" starring Helen Mirren
1996:
Acted in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" TV-movie presentation "Harvest of Fire" (CBS)
1996:
Guested on an episode of the UPN police series "Swift Justice"
1996:
Cast in Larry McMurtry's "Dead Man's Walk," an ABC miniseries and the fourth installment of the "Lonesome Dove" saga
1997:
Portrayed a grown incarnation of an abandoned baby adopted by a gang of NYC street kids in the CBS TV-movie "Rose Hill"
1997:
Featured in Agnieszka Holland's adaptation of Henry James' 19th-century New York-set classic "Washington Square"
1997:
Had a cameo in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"
1997:
Appeared in the comedy "Mister Magoo"
1998:
Was a regular on the short-lived Fox series "Significant Others"
1998:
Had recurring role on "Felicity" (WB) playing Noel's girlfriend; the actor who played Noel (Scott Foley) later became her real life husband
1999:
Cast opposite Jennifer Love Hewitt in the "Party of Five" spin-off series "The Time of Your Life" (Fox)
1999:
Featured in the two-part CBS TV-movie thriller "Aftershock: Earthquake in New York"
2000:
Played Ashton Kutcher's girlfriend in "Dude, Where's My Car?"
2002:
Had a small but memorable role as a provacative model in director Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can"
2003:
Played the exotic and deadly Elektra opposite Ben Affleck in "Daredevil"
2005:
Reprised her role from the 2003 film "Daredevil" to play the lead in "Elektra"
2007:
Made Broadway debut as the object of Kevin Kline's affection in Edmond Rostand's "Cyrano de Bergerac"
2007:
Portrayed a government agent investigating the bombing of an American facility in Saudi Arabia in Peter Berg's "The Kingdom"
2009:
Co-starred with Matthew McConaughey in the romantic comedy, "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past"
2009:
Joined Ricky Gervais for the comedy, "The Invention of Lying"; Gervais also wrote, directed and produced
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for the Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy, "Valentine's Day"
2011:
Played Susan Johnson, the woman Arthur is supposed to marry in the remake of "Arthur," opposite Russell Brand
2014:
Worked again with director Jason Reitman in comedy-drama "Men, Women and Children."
2015:
Co-starred opposite Steve Carell in family comedy "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day."
2015:
Co-starred with Al Pacino in Dan Fogelman's indie drama "Danny Collins."
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Education

George Washington High School: Charleston , West Virginia - 1990
Denison University: Granville , Ohio - 1994

Notes

Jennifer Garner on the challenges of "Pearl Harbor": "None of us women has really done an action film before and Michael [Bay] had never done an action film with women, so there were a lot of tears shed and a lot of pressure." --quoted in Movieline, April 2001.

"You can never be too positive with a show. The important thing is to keep working. You never know when it is another 'Felicity,' something that seems like nothing that changes your life." --Garner on "Alias" to the West Virginia newspaper Charleston Daily Mail, May 23, 2001.

"I was an understudy in a play, earning $150 a week. I would roll up pennies to take the subway to work in Times Square. I was broke, but I was happy."-Garner on her first gig US Weekly September 16, 2002

"Nobody else was involved, Jennifer became a huge celebrity. She became a huge star, and she deserved everything she got. There was no other relationship, there was no infidelity, nothing. People get divorced, you know?"---Scott Foley, on the separation with wife Jennifer Garner TV Guide October 15, 2003

"I think people understood that we were just two normal people who really loved each other. You know, we got quietly married in our backyard after being together for a couple of years," she says. "We never gave our wedding pictures out to be published. I think they got that we're both pretty brokenhearted about it."---Garner to W magazine November 2003

"If you talk to anyone from my high school or college, they'd tell you I was always in sweats and basically a disaster at all times!"---Garner US April 19, 2004

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

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husband:
Scott Foley. Actor. Met while playing his love interest on "Felicity"; married on October 19, 2000; separated in April 2003; Garner filed for a divorce in May 2003.
companion:
Michael Vartan. Actor. Met while working together on "Alias"; rumored to be dating as of May 2003; dating confirmed by Garner's publicist in August 2003; rumored to have split July 2004.

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father:
Bill Garner. Chemical engineer.
mother:
Pat Garner. Retired college professor. Taught English.
sister:
Melissa Garner. Older.
sister:
Susannah Garner. Younger.
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