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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:||Cast ... actor model producer director|
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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