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Jennifer Beals

Beals at a fan convention for The L Word in November 2008

Born December 19, 1963 (age 48)

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Occupation Actress

Model (former)

Years active 1980–present

Spouse(s) Alexandre Rockwell

(m. 1986–1996; divorced)

Ken Dixon

(m. 1998–present; 1 daughter)

Jennifer Beals (born December 19, 1963) is an American actress and a former teen model. She played the role of Alexandra “Alex” Owens in the 1983 film Flashdance, and as Bette Porter on the Showtime drama series The L Word. She earned an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination for the former. She has appeared in more than 50 films.

Early life

Beals was born on the southside of Chicago,[1] the daughter of Jeanne (née Anderson), an elementary school teacher, and Alfred Beals, who owned grocery stores.[2][3] She is biracial,[4] as her father was African American and her mother is Irish American.[5] She has two brothers, Bobby and Gregory.[6] Her father died when Beals was nine years old,[7] and her mother married Edward Cohen in 1981.[8] Beals has said her biracial heritage had some effect on her, as she “always lived sort of on the outside”, with an idea “of being the other in society”.[5] She got her first job at age 13 at an ice cream store, using her height at the time (she is now nearly 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)), to convince her boss she was 16.[7]

Beals was inspired to become an actress by two events: doing a high school production of Fiddler on the Roof and seeing Balm in Gilead with Joan Allen while volunteer-ushering at the Steppenwolf Theatre.[9]

She graduated from the progressive Francis W. Parker School.[10] Beals also was chosen to attend the elite Goodman Theatre Young People’s Drama Workshop.[11] Beals attended Yale University, receiving a B.A. in American literature in 1987;[12] she deferred a term so she could film Flashdance.[10] While at Yale, Beals was a resident of Morse College.[12]


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