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Also Known As: Love Hewitt Died:
Born: February 21, 1979 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Waco, Texas, USA Profession: actor, singer, producer, songwriter

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In the mid-1990s, Jennifer Love Hewitt transformed from a Barbie-hawking child actress into a men's magazine mainstay with her role in the thriller, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997). She had already begun building a following with her perky, girl-next-door role on the hit teen drama "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000), but her tight tops and blood-curdling screams in the hair-raising blockbuster made her into a household name. Hewitt's frenzied popularity resulted in her own spin-off TV series, a sequel "Summer" film, and the release of several pop albums before she settled into a career of lightweight family films and TV, including a starring role in the supernatural drama series "The Ghost Whisperer" (CBS, 2005-2010). Though she had her run-ins with the tabloid press, particularly after less-than-flattering pictures of her taken at the beach appeared in print, Hewitt nonetheless remained a gifted actress capable of consistently turning in award-worthy performances.Despite what skeptics might have said later on, Jennifer Love Hewitt did not adopt her catchy middle name as a showbiz ploy; it was given to her on Feb. 21, 1979 - the day she was born in Waco, TX. She was raised in the small town of...

In the mid-1990s, Jennifer Love Hewitt transformed from a Barbie-hawking child actress into a men's magazine mainstay with her role in the thriller, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997). She had already begun building a following with her perky, girl-next-door role on the hit teen drama "Party of Five" (Fox, 1994-2000), but her tight tops and blood-curdling screams in the hair-raising blockbuster made her into a household name. Hewitt's frenzied popularity resulted in her own spin-off TV series, a sequel "Summer" film, and the release of several pop albums before she settled into a career of lightweight family films and TV, including a starring role in the supernatural drama series "The Ghost Whisperer" (CBS, 2005-2010). Though she had her run-ins with the tabloid press, particularly after less-than-flattering pictures of her taken at the beach appeared in print, Hewitt nonetheless remained a gifted actress capable of consistently turning in award-worthy performances.

Despite what skeptics might have said later on, Jennifer Love Hewitt did not adopt her catchy middle name as a showbiz ploy; it was given to her on Feb. 21, 1979 - the day she was born in Waco, TX. She was raised in the small town of Killeen, which could barely contain her talent even at the age of six when she performed "The Greatest Love of All" at a livestock fair. Dance classes and impromptu performances at local venues followed, leading to the nine-year-old Hewitt being cast in an internationally touring song and dance group called Texas Show Team. The following year, she landed a contract with L.A. Gear sneakers, dancing in their traveling promotional shows and appearing in a commercial with Michael Jordan. At the advice of a talent scout, Hewitt and her mother relocated to Los Angeles so that the big dreamin' Texan could take a shot at stardom.

Hewitt, a child actress of the wide-eyed, over-enunciating, hyperventilating-with-enthusiasm variety, quickly landed work in commercials, signing a tywo-year spokesmodel contract with Mattel's Barbie. In 1989, she was hired on the Disney sitcom "Kids Inc." (syndicated, 1984-86; Disney Channel 1986-1992) which centered on a wholesome, song-and-dance trained kid band that performed current pop hits. Still under contract with L.A. Gear, Hewitt recorded a promotional CD single for the brand - a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" - and with the press coverage that "Kids Inc." was receiving, seemed poised to launch a teen pop career. After taping a Barbie-themed workout video under her Mattel contract in 1991, Hewitt released an album called Love Songs (1992) for Japan pop audiences - a group apparently more receptive to the sugary sweet preteen sound. The hungry young performer had almost more than she could handle that year, cast in three TV series - including two failed pilots and one that ran half a season - and appointed Youth Ambassador at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Outside the song and dance arena, she had straight acting roles in the video release "Munchie" (1992), "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993), and the TV film "Little Miss Millions" (1993). Two different sitcom families claimed Hewitt as a teenage daughter in 1994 - midseason replacement "Byrds of Paradise" (ABC, 1994) which was cancelled in the summer, and in the fall, "McKenna" (ABC, 1994-95) for just one season.

In 1995, Hewitt found her niche with the teen drama "Party of Five." The show was already a critic's pick but was still trying to build ratings when Hewitt joined the cast in the second season, playing Sarah Reeves, girlfriend of Bailey Salinger (Scott Wolf). The effervescent teen quickly became a favorite with the younger crowd, earning nominations from the Kids Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, as well as a prestigious nod from the grownups in 1996 with the show's Golden Globe Award for Best Drama. Hewitt took advantage of her new high profile to record a self-titled album, as her first U.S. release the previous year had flown virtually under the radar. Jennifer Love Hewitt did not produce any hits, but its bland soul-pop confirmed her persona as a reliable, non-threatening teen entertainer.

In 1997, the doe-eyed innocent, who had spent most of her "Party of Five" career hidden beneath Gap clothes, landed a crop-top leading role in the thriller "I Know What You Did Last Summer" (1997) - which helped Hewitt facilitate a long relationship with Maxim and FHM "Sexiest" lists. Aside from that, the film was a favorite at the box office, and helped establish the teen horror genre as one of the hottest of the time. For her role as ambitious teen Julie, Hewitt earned a "Favorite Newcomer Award" at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. A sequel the following year, "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998) failed to make the same impact, however Hewitt enjoyed success with "Can't Hardly Wait" (1998) - a "one night at a high school party" movie that attained cult status as among the best of the genre.

Now one of the most popular young actresses in Hollywood, Hewitt remained focused on her career when others might have strayed. She was very open about the fact that she continued to live with her mother well into her twenties, and she was even slightly embarrassed to admit that she did not drink, smoke, swear, or live any sort of glamorous Hollywood lifestyle. Magazine gossip linking her to every imaginable single male suggested otherwise - including Wilmer Valderrama, John Mayer and Carson Daly - but in fact, the girl who had a fan web site devoted solely to her famous bosom, was photographed by paparazzi indulging in the most uncontroversial of activities - shopping in a scrapbook store, etc.

Despite her saturation on the Web, Hewitt's post "Party" spin-off series "Time of Your Life" (1998-99) was canceled half way through it first season. She went on to star in the USA Network biopic "The Audrey Hepburn Story" (2000), portraying one of her all time idols - much to some critics' consternation that she could hardly fill the legend's sh s. Undaunted, the 20-year-old Hewitt continued trying to angle away from teen roles, next starring on the big screen opposite Sigourney Weaver as a mother-daughter con artist team in "HeartBreakers" (2000). In a further effort to distance herself from her kind of "Pollyanna past," she took a role as the devil in "The Devil and Daniel Webster" (shot 2001), a film directed by and starring Alec Baldwin, but plagued with financial troubles and an indefinitely postponed release date.

In an unlikely pairing, Hewitt teamed up with Jackie Chan for the family action comedy "The Tuxedo" (2002). Several made-for-TV movies and role in the semi-animated feature "Garfield" (2004) seemed to suggest that Hewitt's peak was behind her. Even her 2002 album BareNaked failed to deliver on its titillating promise, critics lambasting the singer for a cliché-riddled album lacking in whatever quality had made her such a popular film and TV star just a few years earlier. In 2005, Hewitt proved naysayers wrong once again by returning to regular series television and headlining "The Ghost Whisperer" (CBS, 2005-2010), where she starred as a young paranormal investigator with the gift of communicating with earthbound spirits. Audiences seemed willing to accept Hewitt in this new adult persona - enough that she was nominated for People's Choice, Kids Choice, and Teen Choice Awards in 2006. In 2007, she received a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Program. After "The Ghost Whisperer" was canceled due to low ratings, Hewitt produced and starred in "The Client List" (Lifetime, 2010), playing Samantha Horton, a wife and mother whose family has fallen on hard times and who turns to prostitution in order to make ends meet. Hewitt's winning performance earned the young actress a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jewtopia (2013)
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 Client List, The (2010)
4.
 Tropic Thunder (2008)
6.
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 Garfield (2004) Liz
9.
 Hunchback of Notre Dame II, The (2002) Voice Of Madellaine
10.
 Tuxedo, The (2002) Del Blaine
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Killeen, TX
1988:
At age nine, became member of the Texas Show Team; toured Russia
1989:
At age 10, toured the world for L.A. Gear
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Moved to Los Angeles with family; appeared in over 20 TV commercials
1989:
Had first regular series role on Disney's "Kids Inc."
1992:
Sang the theme song for the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro
1992:
Played Matt Frewer's daughter on "Shaky Ground" (Fox)
1993:
Co-starred in feature film "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit"
1994:
Played Timothy Busfield's daughter on "Byrds of Paradise" (ABC)
1994:
Co-starred on "McKenna" (ABC)
1995:
Played Bailey's songstress girlfriend Sarah Reeves on "Party of Five" (Fox)
1996:
Co-starred in "House Arrest"
1997:
Cast as the lead in hit thriller "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
1998:
Reprised role as Julie in the sequel "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"
1999:
Reprised role of Sarah on the Fox spin-off "Time of Your Life"; also served as one of the show's producers
2000:
Portrayed Audrey Hepburn in ABC biopic "The Audrey Hepburn Story"
2001:
Teamed up with Sigourney Weaver as a mother-daughter con team in "Heartbreakers"
2002:
Released album <i>BareNaked</i> on Jive Records
2002:
Co-starred with Jackie Chan in action comedy "The Tuxedo"
2002:
Played the Devil in the Alec Baldwin directed feature "The Devil and Daniel Webster," a re-telling of a classic play also starring Anthony Hopkins
2004:
Played Nancy Sinatra on the NBC series "American Dreams"
2004:
Played Liz, Garfield's veterinarian and romantic interest in " Garfield: The Movie"
2005:
Cast as Melinda Gordon, a newlywed with the ability to communicate with the recently deceased on the CBS drama "Ghost Whisperer"
2006:
Reprised role as Garfield's veterinarian for the sequel "Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties"
2010:
Played a mother who is driven to prostitution in the Lifetime movie "The Client List"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("The Client List")
2011:
Co-starred with Betty White in the CBS romantic drama "The Lost Valentine"
2012:
Starred on the Lifetime series "The Client List," based on the hit 2011 TV-movie
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Education

Laurel Springs High School: Ojai , California - 1997

Notes

"It took me 14 years to come back to what I actually came to Los Angeles to do- that is, to be a singer. I chose the title Barenaked because I feel naked and kind of exposed releasing this record. My heart is in every word and I sang my heart out. Music is something I've never done in front of my peers-that they know of, I mean- becuase I've done it but they've never paid attention. I'm prepared for people to say "Great, here's this actress trying to become a singer."---Hewitt quoted in Movieline September 2002

"I like the fact that my mom and I need each other, and I like the fact that I'm only going to get one life with her and I'll never have to look back and say, 'Gosh, I wish my mom and I could have done that.'"---Hewitt on still living with her mom Rollingstone October 3, 2002

"I don't get calls late at night, except crank calls that go, 'I know what you did last summer!' It's always at a party, and they always have me on speakerphone and hang up, laughing hysterically. Now is that a booty call? No. That is not a booty call. The next time some kid calls up and goes, 'I know what you did last summer,' I'm going to be like, 'You want my booty?' They're going to be, 'Jennifer Love Hewitt is so nasty.'"---Hewitt quoted in Rollingstone October 3, 2002

"My breast have a career of their own. Theirs is going better."-Hewitt US Weekly September 30. 2002

"I love loving people. I love taking care of people. And I love being supportive. I'm really good at just being the girlfriend."---Hewitt to CosmoGirl.com

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Joey Lawrence. Actor, singer. Dated briefly in 1996.
companion:
Will Friedle. Actor. Dated from 1996 to c. 1998.
companion:
Carson Daly. MTV veejay. Dated for 18-months from 1997 to 1999.
companion:
Wilmer Valderrama. Actor. Dated briefly in 1999.
companion:
Rich Cronin. Singer, musician. With band LFO; together since 1999; reportedly separated in 2001.
companion:
Patrick Wilson. Actor, singer. Dating as of 2001; no longer together.
companion:
John Mayer. Singer. Reportedly dating July 2002; no longer together.
companion:
Paul Nicholls. Actor. Dating as of December 2002; no longer together.
companion:
Kip Pardue. Actor. Dating as of May 2003; no longer together.
companion:
Antonio Sabato, Jr. Actor. Rumored to be dating Fall 2003.
companion:
Will Estes. Dating as of April 2004; no longer together.
companion:
Scott Austin. Music executive. Dating since August 2004.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Pat Hewitt. Speech pathologist. Divorced Hewitt's father c. September 1979; remarried; divorced second husband c. 1989.
father:
Tom Hewitt. Divorced from Hewitt's mother c. September 1979.
brother:
Todd Hewitt. Chiropractor. Born c. 1971.

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