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Also Known As: Jessica Claire Biel Died:
Born: March 3, 1982 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ely, Minnesota, USA Profession: actress, model

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One of the few "WB" teen alums to successfully make the leap to a long-lasting film career, Jessica Biel aimed big and achieved it with a down-to-earth, hardworking approach. Rising to fame as the rebellious Mary Camden, eldest daughter on the long-running "7th Heaven" (The WB, 1996-2006; The CW, 2006-07), Biel's efforts to leave the saccharine show for more adult film roles - including a sexy magazine photo shoot - earned her notoriety, but also her escape. Although romantic baseball comedy "Summer Catch" (2001) bunted at the box office, Biel shook it off to quietly notch strong performances in dark fare like the "The Rules of Attraction" (2002), "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake (2003) and "Blade: Trinity" (2004), surprising critics with a career-best performance as an Eastern European countess in love with "The Illusionist" (2006). Positive attention from men's magazines and her well-publicized relationship with likable megastar Justin Timberlake helped position Biel as the strong, smart girl next door. Balancing her beauty with physical strength as well as a willingness to work hard and earn her acting stripes, Biel continued to outlast many of her flashier contemporaries. ...

One of the few "WB" teen alums to successfully make the leap to a long-lasting film career, Jessica Biel aimed big and achieved it with a down-to-earth, hardworking approach. Rising to fame as the rebellious Mary Camden, eldest daughter on the long-running "7th Heaven" (The WB, 1996-2006; The CW, 2006-07), Biel's efforts to leave the saccharine show for more adult film roles - including a sexy magazine photo shoot - earned her notoriety, but also her escape. Although romantic baseball comedy "Summer Catch" (2001) bunted at the box office, Biel shook it off to quietly notch strong performances in dark fare like the "The Rules of Attraction" (2002), "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake (2003) and "Blade: Trinity" (2004), surprising critics with a career-best performance as an Eastern European countess in love with "The Illusionist" (2006). Positive attention from men's magazines and her well-publicized relationship with likable megastar Justin Timberlake helped position Biel as the strong, smart girl next door. Balancing her beauty with physical strength as well as a willingness to work hard and earn her acting stripes, Biel continued to outlast many of her flashier contemporaries.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Total Recall (2012)
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 Hitchcock (2012)
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 New Year's Eve (2011)
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 A-Team, The (2010)
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 Valentine's Day (2010)
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 Planet 51 (2009)
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 Powder Blue (2009)
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Raised mostly in Boulder, CO
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Made stage debut in regional productions of "Annie" and "Beauty and the Beast"
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Attended The International Modeling and Talent Association Conference in Los Angeles; helped land modeling contracts
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Played a lead role in a low-budget musical short titled "It's a Digital World" (film was never released)
1996:
Cast in breakthrough role as Mary Camden, the eldest daughter of a minister in the WB's "7th Heaven"; role reduced in 2000 so she could attend college; left series after the sixth season, but returned occasionally for future episodes
1997:
Cast as Peter Fonda's rebellious granddaughter in the critically acclaimed drama "Ulee's Gold"
1998:
Co-starred opposite Jonathan Taylor Thomas in "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
2001:
Played the love interest of Freddie Prinze Jr in the baseball themed movie, "Summer Catch"
2002:
Played promiscuous college student Lara in in writer/director Roger Avary's ensemble, "The Rules of Attraction"
2002:
Became a spokesmodel for L'Oreal
2003:
Cast as the lead heroine in the remake of the horror classic, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
2004:
Made a cameo appearance in "Cellular"; film starred her then real-life boyfriend Chris Evans
2004:
Co-starred with Wesley Snipes and Ryan Reynolds in the third installment of the Blade series, "Blade: Trinity"
2005:
Played a fighter pilot in the action/thriller "Stealth"
2006:
Played a turn-of-the-Century duchess and Edward Norton¿s love interest in Neil Burger's "The Illusionist"
2006:
Cast in Irwin Winkler's drama "Home of the Brave," about the lives of American soldiers and their return from Iraq
2007:
Co-starred with Adam Sandler and Kevin James in the comedy, "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry"
2008:
Producing debut, the short film "Hole in the Paper Sky"; also starred in the film
2009:
Played a stripper opposite Forest Whitaker and Patrick Swayze in "Powder Blue"
2009:
Played a divorcee in the adaptation of the play by Noël Coward "Easy Virtue"
2009:
Made her musical-theater debut in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concert version of the classic "Guys and Dolls" at the Hollywood Bowl
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for the Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy "Valentine's Day"
2010:
Co-starred with Bradley Cooper and Liam Neeson in the feature film adaptation of "The A-Team," based on the 1980s TV action series
2011:
Cast in the ensemble romantic comedy "New Year¿s Eve," directed by Garry Marshall; Biel. Hector Elizondo, and Ashton Kutcher were the only actors from "Valentine's Day" to return, but playing different characters
2012:
Portrayed actress Vera Miles opposite Anthony Hopkins' "Hitchcock"
2012:
Co-starred with Gerard Butler in romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps"
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Education

Tufts University: Medford , Massachusetts -
Lycée Français de Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Her last name is pronounced BEEL.

She reportedly auditioned for the role of Jane Burnham in "American Beauty" (1999).

Biel posed semi-nude for the March 2000 cover of GEAR magazine in an attempt to alter her squeaky-clean TV image. She also stated that she wanted to leave "7th Heaven" despite having an additional two years remaining on her contract.

"I wouldn't have done the movie if it required nudity... I hate it when movies do that just to sell tickets, just for young boys to go, 'All right, boobs!' Just get over it already."---Jessica Biel on her starring role in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" People.com November 3, 2003.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Adam LaVorgna. Actor. Born c. 1981.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Biel. Self-employed. Formerly employed by General Electric.
mother:
Kim Biel. Homemaker.
brother:
Justin Biel. Younger.

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