|Born:||December 19, 1963|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||125 lb (57 kg)|
|Shown:||Topless, Bush, Full frontal|
Jennifer Beals (born December 19, 1963) is an American actress best known for her role as Alexandra "Alex" Owens in the 1983 film Flashdance.
Jennifer was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Jeanne and Alfred Beals, a grocer. Her father was African-American and her mother was Irish American. She has two brothers, Bobby and Gregory. Her father, who owned a chain of grocery stores, died when Beals was ten years old and her mother, who had a career as an elementary schoolteacher re-married to Edward Cohen. She graduated from the Francis W. Parker School and Yale University, receiving a B.A. in American Literature, 1986.
Jennifer had a minor role in the 1980 film My Bodyguard (1980), and came to fame with her starring part in Flashdance (1983). After the release of the film, it was revealed that many of the dance scenes in the movie were actually performed by double Marine Jahan. Beals stars in Showtime Network's The L Word, where she plays Bette Porter, an Ivy League educated lesbian. Beals has always avoided nude scenes during her career. Ironically, even though she has done countless lesbian love scenes during her tenure on "The L Word," she is the only regular cast member to refuse to appear nude in them.
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- Jennifer Beals Biography (1963–)
- "Article on Beals" March 1990, Ebony
- Jennifer Beals links at FreeOnes
- http://www.allrovi.com/name/p4745 Jennifer Beals at AllRovi
- Bette Porter L-Word wiki