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Jennifer Garner


Birth name:

Jennifer Anne Garner




Houston, Texas, USA



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United States

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5' 9" (1.75 m)


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Jennifer Garner - Biography


Jennifer Anne Affleck (née Garner; born April 17, 1972), known professionally as Jennifer Garner, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as CIA agent Sydney Bristow on the ABC thriller drama series Alias. She is also known for her roles in the films Juno, Dude, Where's My Car?, 13 Going on 30, Catch Me if You Can, Daredevil, Elektra, Catch and Release, The Kingdom and The Invention of Lying.

Garner was born in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Patricia Ann (née English), an English teacher from Oklahoma, and William John Garner, a chemical engineer who worked for Union Carbide in Texas. She is the middle child between two sisters, Melissa Lynn Garner Wylie (born February 5, 1969, resides in Boston, Massachusetts) and Susannah Kay Garner Carpenter (born January 24, 1975 in Texas, resides in Charleston, West Virginia). Her family is Methodist. At three years old, Garner began taking ballet lessons which she continued throughout her youth. Although she admitted that she loved dancing, she never had ambitions to become a classical ballerina. When she was four years old, her father's job with Union Carbide relocated her family to Princeton, West Virginia, then to Charleston, West Virginia, where Garner resided until her college years.

In 1990, Garner graduated from George Washington High School in Charleston, where she played the saxophone. She then enrolled at Denison University to study chemistry. Upon realizing that she enjoyed stage acting more than science, Garner changed her major to drama. While at Denison, Garner was initiated into the sorority Pi Beta Phi. Garner graduated from Denison in 1994 and continued her drama education at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut where she was trained by fight choreographer David Chandler, and told she was a natural in stage combat. Keen for immediate experience, she visited her friend, Clayton Kirlew, in New York City in 1995 and decided to take her chances in New York theatre.

In New York City, Garner earned $300 a week as an understudy in the play A Month in the Country for Roundabout Theatre Company in 1995. She was then cast in her first television role, a part in the made-for-television movie Zoya, based on the Danielle Steel novel. In 1996 she appeared in an episode of Spin City as the character James' high school sweetheart and in an episode of Law & Order as a temporary love interest of Benjamin Bratt's character. Her next acting jobs were in two short-lived television series, Significant Others and Time of Your Life, and a recurring role in the series Felicity. Garner appeared in the comedy Dude, Where's My Car?, playing Ashton Kutcher's girlfriend. In 2001, she appeared as a nurse in the big-budget epic Pearl Harbor, co-starring with Kate Beckinsale and future husband Ben Affleck.
Later in 2001, J. J. Abrams (who produced Felicity) approached Garner about starring in a new show he was working on for ABC. Garner auditioned for and was cast in the role of Sydney Bristow in the spy drama Alias. The series became a success and Garner won the award for "Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama" at the January 2002 Golden Globes. Alias had just begun a few months beforehand, and Garner won the award with only half the season's episodes aired. The series was successful, concluding in May 2006 after a fifth, abbreviated season (due to Garner's pregnancy, a development that was written into the storyline of the fifth season). Garner's salary for the show began at $45,000 an episode, rising to $150,000 per episode by the series' end. During the show's run, Garner received four consecutive Golden Globe nominations for her lead performance. She also received four consecutive Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series." Garner won the "Actor Award" from the Screen Actors Guild in 2005. In March 2005, Garner directed the fourth-season Alias episode, "In Dreams", which aired in May. Garner received producer credit during the series' final season.
After the initial success of Alias, Garner returned to her film career with a small role in the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me if You Can, and starred alongside Ben Affleck as Elektra Natchios in the action movie Daredevil, an adaptation of the comic book. She showed her comedic side in 2004's 13 Going on 30, a romantic comedy whose commercial success established her as a leading feature film actress, and reprised her role as "Elektra" in the 2005 spin-off to Daredevil titled Elektra. Garner is known for performing her own stunts and in January 2005 was forced to bow out of some publicity duties for Elektra because of what was first thought to have been a viral infection, but was revealed to be the effects of nerve damage to her back caused by a stunt during the filming of the fourth season of Alias.
Catch and Release, a romantic comedy, opened on January 26, 2007. Garner took a role as part of an ensemble in The Kingdom alongside Jamie Foxx, Jason Bateman and Ashraf Barhom. Box office analysts have commented that the choice was a smart move on Garner's part, as her other projects with her as the sole lead are risky gambles. Garner was set to star in Zach Braff's directorial feature of Open Hearts but backed out of the project so she could spend more time with her family.
Garner appeared in the Jason Reitman-directed comedy/drama feature Juno. After that film's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Entertainment Weekly declared Garner's role the best female supporting performance of the festival, saying "The star of Alias and The Kingdom does no butt-kicking in this sweet comedy. Instead, as a young wife desperately hoping to adopt, she's funny, a bit tough, and unbelievably touching."
In 2008, Garner appeared as a presenter at the Oscars. However, for Garner, this part of the evening was somewhat overshadowed in the next day's press by discussions of the unexpected interruption of her Red Carpet interview by Gary Busey. Busey later publicly apologized for the incident, saying that he merely wanted to congratulate Laura Linney, who was being interviewed along with Garner, and didn't realise that they were being interviewed at the time. In 2009, she appeared in the films Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and The Invention of Lying.
Garner played Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway from November 1, 2007 alongside Kevin Kline who was in the title role. This was her Broadway debut. The show was originally set to run until December 23, 2007, but it was extended through January 6, 2008 due to the Broadway stagehand strike in late 2007. For this role Garner won the 9th Annual broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite Actress in a Play.
Garner has formed a production company named Vandalia Films which will produce its first film in 2011.

Garner entered the Forbes' "Power 100" list of celebrities in 2005 at 70th place. From June 2004 to June 2005, she earned an estimated US $14 million.
She earned an estimated $3 million for her first film role in 13 Going on 30. The actress then received a bump up to a $5 million paycheck for Elektra and a similar sum for Catch and Release. She negotiated a reported $7 million for The Kingdom. Instead of demanding an A-list salary for the small independent film Juno, she settled on percentage points. This gesture of goodwill earned her over $8.5 million when the film became a runaway success at the box office.

Garner enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking and kickboxing (a hobby picked up during training for her Alias character). She is close friends with Reese Witherspoon and also close to actress Jean Louisa Kelly, who interviewed Garner for the June 2005 issue of Self magazine.
In December 2007, Garner was named The Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail's 2007 West Virginian of the Year "for her dedication, work ethic and unique role as role model and ambassador for West Virginia."
She has a yellow Labrador Retriever named "Martha Stewart" (after the television personality of the same name), which appeared with her on the television show Martha on January 24, 2007.

On October 19, 2000, Garner married actor Scott Foley, whom she met on the set of Felicity in 1998. After separating from Foley in March 2003, Garner filed for divorce in May 2003, citing irreconcilable differences. Dismissing rumors of infidelity, Foley stated that the reason behind their separation was Garner's increasing fame after the success of Alias. Similarly, Garner claimed that their Hollywood lifestyle led to their failed marriage and they "really were victims of Hollywood." The two were officially divorced on March 30, 2004.

Garner is known for being private about her personal life. This is reflected in her relationships with Michael Vartan and Ben Affleck. Over the course of her relationship with her Alias co-star Michael Vartan, she never made any public appearances with him and was late to confirm their relationship in August 2003. Garner began dating Vartan in mid-2003, and though rumors of their break-up began in March 2004, Garner only confirmed the end of their relationship in August 2004.

Garner's relationship with her Daredevil co-star Ben Affleck, which started in July 2004, was also very low-key. It was months into their relationship before a paparazzo managed to take a shot of the two as a couple. Both stars' publicists denied their relationship until a public appearance at a Boston Red Sox game. When there were rumours of Garner being pregnant, there were repeated denials of the pregnancy. On Garner's 33rd birthday, Affleck proposed to her with a 4.5 carats (900 mg) diamond ring from Harry Winston and the couple married on June 29, 2005 in a surprise ceremony at the Parrot Cay resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Officiating at the ceremony was her Alias co-star Victor Garber. Finally, their publicists confirmed the marriage and pregnancy. Her pregnancy was incorporated into the plot of Alias, with the season's episode order reduced from the initial 22 to 17 in order to let Garner go on maternity leave. On December 1, 2005, she gave birth to their daughter, Violet Anne Affleck. On July 17, 2008, her Alias co-star Victor Garber stated that Garner and Affleck were expecting their second child and that Garner was five months pregnant. On January 6, 2009, she gave birth to their second daughter, Seraphina Elizabeth Affleck.


Jennifer Garner - Personal Quotes


"We looked him up on IMDb, and we just cracked up - his resumé goes on and on. He was even on "Cagney & Lacey" (1982)" - on "Alias" (2001) co-star Carl Lumbly.

"I never get recognized! I'll be with my husband (actor Scott Foley from "Felicity" (1998) and people will think I'm his manager, and they'll start giving me their business cards". - on (not) being recognized.

"My husband was as flabbergasted as I was. I think he almost flew out of his skin, he was so surprised and excited. He is just the most supportive and proud friend. My family is just beyond out-of-control excited." - on winning a Golden Globe.

"Happiness is your own responsibility."

"Two of my mom's most oft-repeated mom-isms are: 'Happiness is your own responsibility' and 'Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning.' Both are true."

"There's something so interesting about the combination of vulnerability and being completely in control at the same time. Women should run everything - it's about time." - quoted in Playboy (April 2002)


Jennifer Garner - Filmography


Butter (2012)
Valentine's Day (2010) .... Julia Fitzpatrick
The Invention of Lying (2009) .... Anna McDoogles
Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009) .... Jenny Perotti
"Great Performances" .... Roxane (1 episode, 2008)
- Cyrano de Bergerac (2008) TV episode .... Roxane
Juno (2007) (post-production) .... Vanessa Loring
The Kingdom (2007) (completed) .... Janet Mayes
Catch and Release (2006/II) .... Gray Wheeler
"Alias" .... Sydney Bristow (105 episodes, 2001-2006)
- All the Time in the World (2006) TV Episode .... Sydney Bristow
- Reprisal (2006) TV Episode .... Sydney Bristow
- No Hard Feelings (2006) TV Episode .... Sydney Bristow
- I See Dead People (2006) TV Episode .... Sydney Bristow
- 30 Seconds (2006) TV Episode .... Sydney Bristow
(100 more)
Elektra (2005) .... Elektra
The Animated Alias: Tribunal (2004) (V) (voice) .... Sydney Bristow
13 Going on 30 (2004) .... Jenna Rink
... aka Suddenly 30 (Australia)
Alias (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Agent Sydney Bristow
"Saturday Night Live" .... Host (1 episode, 2003)
... aka NBC's Saturday Night (USA: first season title)
... aka SNL (USA: informal title)
... aka SNL 25 (USA: alternative title)
... aka Saturday Night (USA: second season title)
... aka Saturday Night Live '80 (USA: sixth season title)
- Jennifer Garner/Beck (2003) TV Episode .... Host
Daredevil (2003) .... Elektra Natchios
... aka Daredevil: A Daring New Vision (USA: director's cut (DVD title))
Catch Me If You Can (2002) .... Cheryl Ann
"Felicity" .... Hannah Bibb / ... (3 episodes, 1998-2002)
- The Power of the Ex (2002) TV Episode .... Hannah Bibb
- The Fugue (1999) TV Episode .... Hanna Bibb
- Thanksgiving (1998) TV Episode .... Hannah Bibb
Rennie's Landing (2001) .... Kiley Bradshaw
... aka Stealing Time (USA: longer version)
Pearl Harbor (2001) .... Nurse Sandra
... aka Pearl Harbour (UK: promotional title)
Dude, Where's My Car? (2000) .... Wanda
"Time of Your Life" .... Romy Sullivan (21 episodes, 1999-2000)
- The Time They Were Scared of the City (2000) TV Episode .... Romy Sullivan
- The Time Everything Changed (2000) TV Episode .... Romy Sullivan
- The Time They Got E-Rotic (2000) TV Episode .... Romy Sullivan
- The Time She Turned 21 (2000) TV Episode .... Romy Sullivan
- The Time They Decided to Date (2000) TV Episode .... Romy Sullivan
(16 more)
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999) (TV) .... Diane Agostini
... aka Aftershock - Das große Beben (Germany)
... aka Erdbeben-Inferno: Wenn die Welt untergeht (Germany: rerun title)
... aka New York - Der jüngste Tag (Germany: DVD title)
"The Pretender" .... Billie H. Vaughn / ... (1 episode, 1999)
- Pool (1999) TV Episode .... Billie H. Vaughn/Dupree
"Fantasy Island" .... Sally (1 episode, 1998)
- Dreams (1998) TV Episode .... Sally
1999 (1998) .... Annabell
... aka Girls & Boys (USA: MIFED title)
"Significant Others" .... Nell (6 episodes, 1998)
- The Plan (1998) TV Episode .... Nell
- The Next Big Thing (1998) TV Episode .... Nell
- Pilot (1998) TV Episode .... Nell
- Matters of Gravity (????) TV Episode .... Nell
- My Left Kidney (????) TV Episode .... Nell
(1 more)
Mr. Magoo (1997) .... Stacey Sampanahoditra
Washington Square (1997) .... Marian Almond
Deconstructing Harry (1997) .... Woman in Elevator/Harry's Character
Rose Hill (1997) (TV) .... Mary Rose Clayborne/Victoria Elliot at 17
The Player (1997) (TV)
In Harm's Way (1997) .... Kelly
"Spin City" .... Becky (1 episode, 1996)
- The Competition (1996) TV Episode .... Becky
"Law & Order" .... Jaime (1 episode, 1996)
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- Aftershock (1996) TV Episode .... Jaime
"Dead Man's Walk" (1996) (mini) TV Series .... Clara Forsythe
... aka Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk
"Swift Justice" .... Allison (1 episode, 1996)
- No Holds Barred (1996) TV Episode .... Allison
Harvest of Fire (1996) (TV) .... Sarah Troyer
Zoya (1995) (TV) .... Sasha
... aka Danielle Steel's 'Zoya'


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