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Very rarely do child actors get the chance to completely reinvent themselves as they get older. Even rarer still is when those same child actors make a career change where they succeed their success as an actor. Jenny Lewis, known for her work as a teenager in movies such as "The Wizard" (1989) and "Troop Beverly Hills" (1989), managed to stick that landing, as she went from being a budding teen actress to transforming into an indie rock queen with the band Rilo Kiley, where she began a long-lasting musical career spread out across multiple projects and bands. Lewis' introduction to show business in general began right when she was born in 1976 to Linda Lewis and Eddie Gordon, both professional musicians. The two performed a Vegas lounge act called Love's Way, where Linda sang and Eddie played harmonica. That lounge act was the basis of the pair's relationship, and it left an impact on Lewis, who even wanted to name Rilo Kiley after her parent's act. She did begin to get involved with acting at a young age, though, and was in a few commercials in the early 1980s. Her first credited work is a voice-acting role in the TV special "It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown" (CBS 1983). Around that time, her...

Very rarely do child actors get the chance to completely reinvent themselves as they get older. Even rarer still is when those same child actors make a career change where they succeed their success as an actor. Jenny Lewis, known for her work as a teenager in movies such as "The Wizard" (1989) and "Troop Beverly Hills" (1989), managed to stick that landing, as she went from being a budding teen actress to transforming into an indie rock queen with the band Rilo Kiley, where she began a long-lasting musical career spread out across multiple projects and bands. Lewis' introduction to show business in general began right when she was born in 1976 to Linda Lewis and Eddie Gordon, both professional musicians. The two performed a Vegas lounge act called Love's Way, where Linda sang and Eddie played harmonica. That lounge act was the basis of the pair's relationship, and it left an impact on Lewis, who even wanted to name Rilo Kiley after her parent's act. She did begin to get involved with acting at a young age, though, and was in a few commercials in the early 1980s. Her first credited work is a voice-acting role in the TV special "It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown" (CBS 1983). Around that time, her parents divorced and she moved with her mother to Los Angeles, giving her an even easier avenue to acting in her teens. Throughout her youth, she appeared in the rebooted science fiction anthology "The Twilight Zone" (CBS 1985-89) and hit sitcom "The Golden Girls" (NBC 1985-1992). She even had a starring role in the Lucille Ball-starring TV flop "Life with Lucy" (ABC 1986). She landed her first major film role at the age of 13 in the Nintendo-focused "The Wizard," which co-starred Fred Savage. Around that same time, she also appeared in the Shelley Long comedy "Troop Beverly Hills." She landed her next major TV role shortly after, as she co-starred on the Marion Ross-led family drama "Brooklyn Bridge" (CBS 1991-93), though the show only lasted two seasons. The rest of the '90s was a mix of movies on TV and film, including "Big Girls Don't Cry. They Get Even" (1992) with Ben Savage and the Tobey Maguire/Reese Witherspoon-starring "Pleasantville" (1998), which wound up being her final movie before her music career took off. Along with fellow child actor (and her boyfriend at the time) Blake Sennett, Lewis formed the band Rilo Kiley in 1998. The band released their first album in 2001, and slowly built up a big indie following. In 2004, they released the album More Adventurous, which had the backing of Warner Brothers Records, and the band became a major indie-rock success, which led to appearances on international tours and a variety of late night shows. As the band got bigger, Lewis dabbled in a solo career at the behest of Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst, who released her debut solo album in 2006 on his own label. Rilo Kiley released another album in 2007 entitled Under the Blacklight, though it was the last new album the band would put out before splitting for good in 2011. In addition to her solo work, which included the albums Acid Tongue (2008) and The Voyager (2014), Lewis also worked with a number of other artists, including The Postal Service, Brandon Flowers, and Cursive. While she focused on her music, Lewis still made the occasional film or TV appearance, including voice work on "Bolt" (2008) and "American Dad" (Fox 2005- ) and a 2014 appearance on the cult comedy favorite "Comedy Bang Bang" (IFC 2012- ).

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 Bolt (2008)
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 Don's Plum (1999)
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 Pleasantville (1998)
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 Little Boy Blue (1997)
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 Talk to Me (1996)
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 Foxfire (1996)
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 Sweet Temptation (1996)
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 Daddy (1991)
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Known for such albums as "Acid Tongue" and "The Voyager"
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Popular songs include "Just One Of The Guys" and "Bad Man's World".

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