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Also Known As: Jennifer Garth, Jennifer Eve Garth Died:
Born: April 3, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Urbana, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, model, producer, director

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Though she had little acting experience prior to her breakout role, Jennie Garth thrived for 10 seasons as troubled rich girl Kelly Taylor on Aaron Spelling's popular teen primetime soap, "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000). During her long run on the hit series, Garth branched out to rack up a number of credits in several made-for-TV-movies like "Danielle Steel's 'Star'" (NBC, 1993), "Without Consent" (ABC, 1994) and "An Unfinished Affair" (ABC, 1996), which helped boost her profile and solidified her appeal as a down-to-earth, likeable performer. After "90210" ended, Garth took a surprisingly effective turn into sitcoms with a solid five-season run on "What I Like About You" (The CW, 2002-06), which allowed her to branch off into new directions while avoiding being typecast like her former "90210" co-stars. Meanwhile, she went deep into the fifth season as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), finishing in fourth place overall after a tough loss to Donnie Osmond. In 2008, Garth came full circle, reprising Kelly Taylor for the spin-off series "90210" (The CW, 2008- ) as something of a gimmick by producers to attract viewers to the show. Still, the solid ratings for the series...

Though she had little acting experience prior to her breakout role, Jennie Garth thrived for 10 seasons as troubled rich girl Kelly Taylor on Aaron Spelling's popular teen primetime soap, "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000). During her long run on the hit series, Garth branched out to rack up a number of credits in several made-for-TV-movies like "Danielle Steel's 'Star'" (NBC, 1993), "Without Consent" (ABC, 1994) and "An Unfinished Affair" (ABC, 1996), which helped boost her profile and solidified her appeal as a down-to-earth, likeable performer. After "90210" ended, Garth took a surprisingly effective turn into sitcoms with a solid five-season run on "What I Like About You" (The CW, 2002-06), which allowed her to branch off into new directions while avoiding being typecast like her former "90210" co-stars. Meanwhile, she went deep into the fifth season as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars" (ABC, 2005- ), finishing in fourth place overall after a tough loss to Donnie Osmond. In 2008, Garth came full circle, reprising Kelly Taylor for the spin-off series "90210" (The CW, 2008- ) as something of a gimmick by producers to attract viewers to the show. Still, the solid ratings for the series during its first year proved that audiences still identified with Garth and that the actress still had broad-ranging appeal.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Girl, Positive (2007)
5.
 Secret Santa (2003) Rebecca Chandler
6.
 Telling You (1998)
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 My Brother's War (1997)
8.
 Unfinished Affair, An (1996) Sheila Hart
9.
 Loss of Innocence, A (1996) Chelnicia Bowen
10.
 Power 98 (1996) Sharon Penn
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Discovered by a talent scout at age 15 while participating in a beauty/talent pagent
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Moved to Los Angeles, CA with her mother after leaving high school
1989:
Landed first TV role on short-lived NBC sitcom "A Brand New Life"
1989:
Appeared on an episode of ABC sitcom "Growing Pains"
1990:
Landed breakthrough role as troubled rich girl Kelly Taylor on Fox drama "Beverly Hills, 90210"
1992:
Released workout video "Jennie Garth's Body in Progress"
1992:
Guest starred on episodes of the "90210" spin-off "Melrose Place" (Fox)
1993:
Played lead in NBC TV-movie "Star," based on the novel by Danielle Steel
1994:
Developed and produced the TV-movie "Without Consent" (NBC)
1996:
Met future husband Peter Facinelli while filming ABC movie "An Unfinished Affair"
1998:
Co-starred with James Brolin in "My Brother's War"
1999:
Made directorial debut on an episode of "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox) titled "I Wanna Reach Right Out and Grab Ya"
2000:
Returned to series TV with a recurring role on "The $treet" (Fox)
2002:
Co-starred with Amanda Bynes as sisters on sitcom "What I Like About You" (The WB)
2007:
Played the lead in the Lifetime movie "Girl, Positive"
2007:
Competed on fifth season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"
2008:
Reprised role of Kelly Taylor on "Beverly Hills 90210" reboot (The CW); left after two seasons
2011:
Co-starred in The Hallmark Channel comedy "Accidentally in Love," co-written by Peter Facinelli
2012:
Documented her life post-split with Facinelli on reality series "Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country" (CMT)
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Notes

There is an official website at www.jenniegarth.com

After buying a new home for herself in Sherman Oaks, California, Garth supplied her parents with the down payment for their new home.

"She can sashay across the set with all the sophistication of an older woman, but when you sit down and talk with her, she's got this youthful exuberance" --"Beverly Hills, 90210" co-star Ian Ziering on Garth, quoted in PEOPLE, May 11, 1992

Raised on an Midwestern horse ranch far from the Beverly Hills lifestyle, Jennie Garth explains her inspiration for Kelly Taylor, her character on "Beverly Hills, 90210": I went to school with snotty people. I knew people with that attitude, I had fun with it. It's fun for me to crawl into somebody else's shoes and act that way, fabricate it. I made it up as I went." --quoted in a TV GUIDE cover story, December 12-18, 1992

"I wouldn't be caught dead in Beverly Hills! I love the [San Fernando] Valley. It's so normal." --Jennie Garth to INSTYLE, January 2000

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husband:
Dean Clark. Musician. Married on April 17, 1994; separated c. 1995; divorced in fall of 1996.
husband:
Peter Facinelli. Actor. Father of Garth's daughter; met in 1995 during the filming of the TV-movie "An Unfinished Affair"; engaged; announced plans to marry in January 2001; married on January 20, 2001 in Santa Monica, California.

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father:
John Garth. Schoolteacher.
mother:
Carolyn Garth. Schoolteacher, beautician.
half-brother:
John.
half-brother:
Chuck.
half-sister:
Lisa.
half-sister:
Cammie. Beauty salon owner.
half-sister:
Wendy.
half-sister:
Lynn.
daughter:
Luca Bella Facinelli. Born on June 29, 1997; father, Peter Facinelli.
daughter:
Lola Ray. Born on December 6, 2002; father, Peter Facinelli.
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