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Jennifer Garner
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Biographical information
Full Name
Jennifer Anne Garner
Gender
Female
Born
April 17, 1972
Occupations
Actress, Film Producer
Age
41
Physical Description
Hair Color
Brown
Eye Color
Brown
Production Information
Role


Jennifer Anne Garner (born April 17, 1972) is an American actress and film producer. Garner garnered recognition on television for her performance as CIA officer Sydney Bristow Alias, which aired on ABC for five seasons from 2001 to 2006. For her work on the series, Garner won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award While working on Alias, she gained minor roles in movies such as Pearl Harbor (2001), with her later husband Ben Affleck, and Catch Me if You Can (2002). Since then, Garner has appeared in supporting as well as lead roles on the big screen in projects including Daredevil (2003), 13 Going on 30 (2004), Elektra (2005), a spin-off of Daredevil, and Juno (2007). Garner is married to actor and director Ben Affleck, with whom she has three children.

She portrays Kelly in the upcoming movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Early LifeEdit

Garner was born in HoustonTexas. Her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), was an Englishteacher from Oklahoma, and her father, William John "Bill" Garner, worked as a chemical engineer. When she was four years old, her father's job with Union Carbide relocated her family to Princeton, West Virginia, and then later to CharlestonWest Virginia, where Garner resided until her college years. She has credited her older sister, Melissa Lynn Garner Wylie, who resides in Boston, Massachusetts, as a source of inspiration to her. Her younger sister is Susannah Kay Garner Carpenter.

Garner's conservative upbringing included going to church every Sunday, not wearing make-up or a bikini, and waiting at least until the age of 16 to be allowed to get her ears pierced, which, she later joked, made her family "just a step away from being Amish." She said: "I'd hate to say it was strict. It was just not condoned. I never felt hemmed in." She began taking ballet lessons at the age of three and continued to dance throughout her youth, but she did not envision herself becoming a classical ballerina. Garner attended George Washington High School in Charleston and graduated in 1990. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama from Denison University, where she was initiated into the sorority Pi Beta Phi.

Garner did not plan on becoming an actress: "I wanted to be a doctor, a librarian. ... (Acting) wasn't possible to me. The more I learned what there was to learn about this field, the more hungry I became for it. It comes out of wanting to learn more, as opposed to 'I want to be a star.' I never felt that way," she said.

CareerEdit

FashionEdit

As of July 17, 2013, Jennifer Garner is the first and currently only celebrity spokesperson of Max Mara. Starting in September, the campaign will appear in VogueHarper's BazaarElleW,InStyleThe New York Times, and the International Herald Tribune.

ActingEdit

In 1994, Garner appeared in Atlanta productions of two Shakespeare plays, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream, by the Georgia Shakespeare Company.

In 1995, Garner started pursuing theater in New York City and earned $150 a week as anunderstudy in the play A Month in the Country for Roundabout Theatre Company. She was then cast in her first television role as part of a made-for-television movie Zoya, based on the Danielle Steel novel. In the late 1990s, she made brief appearances in individual episodes of Spin City andLaw & Order while also securing roles in two short-lived television series, Significant Others andTime of Your Life.

Garner made her first big screen appearance of the 21st century in the comedy Dude, Where's My Car?, playing Ashton Kutcher's character's girlfriend. In 2001, she appeared as the supporting character of a nurse in the big-budget epic Pearl Harbor, starring her future husband Ben Affleck.

Later in 2001, J. J. Abrams, the producer of Felicity, in which Garner had played a recurring role since 1998,
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approached Garner to audition for the role of Sydney Bristow in his new spy dramaAlias. Garner, who up until then had mostly played weepy waifs, did not learn that she "might have to throw a punch or kick" until the first few days of the audition. Told that she "throws like such a girl" and with no background in martial arts or gymnastics, she enrolled in a month-long, private Taekwondo class to prepare for the audition. Even as Garner was cast after several auditions, Abrams revealed that he remained panicked with the thought that she might not be able to pull off the role, especially as, on the first day of shooting, he was told by Garner herself, "I don't think I can do this." Garner later commented, "I was such a girlie-girl then. I didn't even know how to punch." While she performed many of the action sequences during the series herself, the dangerous explosions and complex fights were handled by her stunt double, Shauna Duggins. The first few episodes of season one of Alias, which averaged about 10.2 million weekly viewers, earned Garner the award for "Best Actress in a Television Series — Drama" at the 2002 Golden Globe Awards. Garner's salary for the show began at $40,000 an episode and rose to $150,000 per episode by the series' end. During the show's run, Garner received four consecutive Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama nominations as well as Emmy Award nominations for her lead performance. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series in 2005. That same year, during the fourth season, Garner directed the Alias episode "In Dreams", which aired in May. She received producer credit during the series' final season. The series concluded in May 2006 after a shorter fifth season that was abbreviated from 22 to 17 episodes due to Garner's pregnancy, which was written into the season's storyline.

After the initial success of Alias, Garner made a big screen cameo in the Steven Spielberg film Catch Me if You Can; Spielberg had seen her on the show and wanted her to play that small role. Her breakout film role came when she played Ben Affleck's love interest as Elektra Natchios in the action movie Daredevil (2003), an adaptation of the comic book. Garner stated that her training for Daredevil was more gruesome than her work on Alias, and revealed that as she got hung up on wires several times during fight sequences, Affleck became "in charge of reaching up and saving [her]." She was involved in a potentially serious accident on the set ofDaredevil when, entangled in wires with her arms stuck and unable to move while doing a flip, she came crashing towards a wall "head-first with such velocity, that [she] was about to smash [her] head into the wall". Recalling how she was rescued by Affleck, she said in 2003, "out of nowhere comes this 6 ft. 4 in. red devil who just kind of put his arms out and shouts: 'I've got her!' I'm telling you, it was like, 'I've got my own superhero." Even though it got mixed reviews, it was a box office hit.

Garner starred in her first leading role in 13 Going on 30 (2004), a moderate commercial success. Reviewers praised her performance as "radiant" and "effervescent without ever being cloying", and The Christian Science Monitor commented that "while Garner is no Tom Hanks, she's consistently appealing". Her second lead role saw her reprising the character of Elektra in the 2005 Daredevil spin-off titled Elektra, a box office disaster that was panned by critics. The Boston Globe stated, "Based on Garner's humorlessness, lack of vocal inflection, and generally bland disposition, "the Way" she has yet to grasp seems to be that of acting," whereasUSA Today concluded that "Jennifer Garner ... is far more appealing when she's playing charming and adorable, as she did so winningly in 13 Going on 30.

Garner performed the Frank Loesser song "My Heart Is So Full of You" on the 2006 charity albumUnexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars. She appeared in the films Catch and Release (2006) and The Kingdom (2007) alongside Jamie FoxxJason Bateman and Ashraf Barhom. She then appeared in the Jason Reitman-directed comedy/drama feature Juno, which became a sleeper box office hit, grossing over $230 million from a production budget of $7.5 million. After that film's premiere at the Toronto Film FestivalEntertainment Weekly declared Garner's work 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."

Garner made her Broadway debut on November 1, 2007, playing Roxanne in Cyrano de Bergeracalongside Kevin Kline at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. 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.

In 2010, Garner appeared in the ensemble romantic comedy Valentine's Day, directed by Garry Marshall, which also starred Ashton Kutcher, Jessica AlbaJessica BielAnne HathawayJulia Roberts, and former Alias co-star Bradley Cooper, among others. She portrayed Patrick Dempsey's girlfriend. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $215 million worldwide. In 2011, she starred in the 2011 remake of Arthur. In that same year, Garner was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2012, Garner appeared in the films The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Butter.

She will next star in the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club, reuniting with Matthew McConaughey. On April 24, 2013 Garner started filming Summit and OddLot Entertainment's dramedy Draft Day inNew York and Cleveland, Ohio, which also stars Kevin Costner. The film is directed and produced by Ivan Reitman. In April 2013, Garner joined Steve Carell in the Disney adaption of the popular children's book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Filming is set to be from August through October 2013 in Los Angeles. In May 2013, Garner joined the cast of the movie Imagine alongside Al PacinoAnnette BeningBobby Cannavale and Michael Caine. Filming is set to begin in late June or early July in Los Angeles.

ProducerEdit

In 2006, Garner founded a production company called Vandalia Films. The first film she produced was Butter, released in American theaters in 2012

Personal LifeEdit

Marriages and FamilyEdit

On October 19, 2000, Garner married actor Scott Foley, whom she had met on the set of Felicityin 1998. After separating from Foley in March 2003, Garner filed for divorce in May 2003, citing irreconcilable differences, and the two were officially divorced on March 30, 2004. Following her separation, Garner dated Alias co-star Michael Vartan from August 2003 to March 2004.

Sometime in early to mid-2004, Garner started dating Daredevil co-star Ben Affleck and the two made their first public appearance as a couple by attending the Boston Red Sox's opening World Series games in October 2004. Since her relationship with Affleck, first as girlfriend and then as wife, Garner has been a tabloid staple. "Ben taught me that you cannot read that stuff, that it's poison," she said in 2009. On Garner's 33rd birthday, Affleck proposed to her with a 4.5 (900 mg) diamond ring from Harry Winston. Affleck married Garner, who was four months pregnant at the time, on June 29, 2005 in a private ceremony in the Caribbean, officiated by family friend and Garner's Alias co-star, Victor Garber,  at the Parrot Cay resort on the Turks and Caicos Islands. The couple have three children: daughters Violet Anne Affleck (born December 1, 2005) and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck (born January 6, 2009), and son Samuel Garner Affleck (born February 27, 2012). Jennifer and Ben announced that they were getting a divorce.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1997 In Harm's Way Kelly
Deconstructing Harry Woman in Elevator
Washington Square Marian Almond
Mr. Magoo Stacey Sampanahodrita
1998 1999 Annabell Alternative title: Girls & Boys
1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Diane Agostini
2000 Dude, Where's My Car? Wanda
2001 Stealing Time Kiley Bradshaw
Pearl Harbor Nurse Sandra
Rennie's Landing Kiley Bradshaw Alternative title: Stealing Time
2002 Catch Me If You Can Cheryl Ann Cameo Role
2003 Daredevil Elektra Natchios MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance – Female
2004 13 Going on 30 30-year-old Jenna Rink
2005 Elektra Elektra Natchios
2006 Catch and Release Gray
2007 The Kingdom Janet Mayes
Juno Vanessa Loring Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated—Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast

2009 Ghosts of Girlfriends Past Jenny Perotti
The Invention of Lying Anna
2010 Valentine's Day Julia Fitzpatrick
2011 Arthur Susan Johnson
2012 Butter Laura Pickler Also Producer
The Odd Life of Timothy Green Cindy Green
2013 Dallas Buyers Club Dr. Eve Saks Post-Production
2014 Draft Day Ali Filming
Imagine Filming
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Filming

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Danielle Steel's Zoya Sasha Television movie
1996 Harvest of Fire Sarah Troyer
1996 Dead Man's Walk Clara Forsythe Miniseries
1996 Swift Justice Allison Episode: "No Holds Barred"
1996 Law & Order Jaime Episode: "Aftershock"
1996 Spin City Becky Episode: "The Competition"
1997 The Player Celia Levison Television movie
1997 Rose Hill Mary Rose Clayborne
1998 Significant Others Nell 6 episodes
1998–2002 Felicity Hannah Bibb 3 episodes
1999 Aftershock: Earthquake in New York Diane Agostini Television movie
1999 The Pretender Billie Vaughn 1 episode
1999–2001 Time of Your Life Romy Sullivan 19 episodes
2001–2006 Alias Sydney Bristow *105 episodes


2003 The Simpsons Herself Episode: "Treehouse of Horror XIV"
2013 Martha Speaks Jennifer Episode: "Too Many Marthas"


Cast

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