Jennie Garth Wikipedia

Jennie Garth
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Garth at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards
BornJennifer Eve Garth

(1972-04-03) April 3, 1972 (age 42)

Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Daniel Clark (1994–1996)

Peter Facinelli (2001–2013)
Children3 (with Facinelli)
Jennifer Eve "Jennie" Garth (born April 3, 1972) is an American actress and film director, best known for starring as Kelly Taylor throughout the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise and Valerie Tyler on the sitcom What I Like About You. In 2012, she starred in her own reality show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country on CMT.


    Early life

    Jennie Garth was born in Urbana, Illinois to John and Carolyn Garth. Garth is the youngest of seven children with each of her parents already having three children from previous marriages. Garth spent much of her youth on a 25-acre (100,000 m2) horse ranch in Arcola, Illinois. Her family eventually moved to Tuscola, Illinois, and then, when Garth was 13 years old, to Glendale, Arizona. There, she began taking dancing lessons and modeling, which led to her participation in a talent competition, where she was discovered by Hollywood talent scout and manager Randy James. She attended Greenway High School as a freshman and transferred to Apollo High School in her sophomore year. Determined to become an actress, she left school during her junior year to work with James in Los Angeles (she would later obtain her high school diploma in California). She began taking acting classes and going to auditions almost daily and soon landed a role as "Erica McCray" in the NBC television series A Brand New Life (1989–90).


    Garth landed her first role in the television sitcom Growing Pains. She also appeared in six episodes on A Brand New Life as Erica McCray.

    Garth at the 1992 Emmy Awards
    In 1990, she landed the role of Kelly Taylor in the series Beverly Hills, 90210. Throughout the series, Garth's character faces several trials and tribulations, along with difficult issues regarding family and her romantic life. Garth displayed an exceptional understanding of the character's struggles and triumphs, portraying Kelly in a relatable way which made her one of the most developed and popular characters on the show. Garth appears in all ten seasons of the show. She also directed two episodes (the second most of any cast member). She won a Young Artist Award and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for the role. She was also instrumental in launching the spin-offs Melrose Place and 90210, with the character of Kelly becoming a continuity icon by appearing in the most franchise episodes.

    Her successful role on Beverly Hills, 90210 opened the door to several lead roles in made-for-TV films in the 1990s, including Danielle Steel's Star (1993), Without Consent (1994), Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994), Falling for You (1995), and An Unfinished Affair (1996). She also had minor and supporting roles in the theatrical films Telling You (1998), My Brother's War (1997), and Power 98 (1996).

    Garth ranked #59 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000, and #93 on the magazine's 100 Sexiest Women of 2001.

    In 2002, Garth starred in the sitcom What I Like About You as Valerie Tyler. Along with co-star Amanda Bynes, she appeared on the show for all four seasons. The show centered around the relationship of the Tyler sisters, along with their friendships and romances. In 2003 she starred in the television movies The Last Cowboy and the Christmas family drama Secret Santa, playing a journalist. She and the cast Secret Santa won the 2004 CAMIE Award.

    In 2005 she voiced her Beverly Hills, 90210 character Kelly Taylor, as well as an additional role in the DVD Film Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. The ensemble cast also included Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, and Drew Barrymore. Garth also starred in the 2007 TV teen drama film Girl, Positive, playing a teacher who was HIV positive. She and co-star Andrea Bowen (known for the series Desperate Housewives) won a Prism Award for their performances.

    In 2007, Garth appeared on season five of Dancing with the Stars and was paired with Derek Hough. They reached the semi-finals in the competition.

    Garth at the Twilight premiere in Los Angeles
    In September 2008, Garth returned to the role of Kelly Taylor on the series premiere of the CW Network's spin-off series, 90210. In the new series, Garth's character Kelly Taylor is now a guidance counselor at West Beverly High, where her half-sister Erin Silver also attends. Kelly was reintroduced with a four-year-old son, whose father is ex-boyfriend Dylan McKay. The writers were eager to have her share scenes with former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty, who reprised her role of Brenda Walsh. Tori Spelling, who played Donna Martin in the original series, later joined the spinoff in a recurring role as well. Garth also reprised the role in the season two.

    Garth appeared on the game show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? on November 21, 2008. She won $100,000 for her charity, the American Heart Association, for which she is spokeswoman for its "Go Red for Women" campaign. This TV show also noted that Garth owns a horse ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

    In 2009, she played the role of Natasha in Candace Bushnell's Web series The Boardroom. She also appeared in a cameo role on the December 7 episode of the children's television show Sesame Street, entitled "Mary Mary Quite Contrary". In January 2010, Garth starred in an iVillage web series created by NBC Universal, Garden Party, about farm life, fresh produce and healthy eating.

    On February 18, 2014, it was announced that production had started on The Jennie Garth Project, a ten-episode reality television series that will air on HGTV. It chronicles Garth as she renovates a home Hollywood Hills, California for herself and her three children. The series is scheduled to premiere in June 2014.

    Personal life

    Garth married Daniel Clark in 1994, and they divorced in 1996.

    In 1995, Garth met her second husband, actor Peter Facinelli, while filming the movie An Unfinished Affair. Garth and Facinelli married on January 20, 2001, in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony. They have three daughters: Luca Bella (born 1997), Lola Ray (born 2002), and Fiona Eve (born 2006). In March 2012, Facinelli filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in June 2013.

    During 2013, Garth briefly dated Michael Shimbo, CEO of Trains, Planes and Automobiles.


    1989Growing PainsDeniseEpisode: "Ben and Mike's Excellent Adventure"
    1989–90Brand New Life, AA Brand New LifeEricka McCray6 episodes
    1990Teen Angel ReturnsKarrie DonatoSeries
    1990Just PerfectMovie

    Beverly Hills, 90210Kelly Taylor292 episodes
    1992Melrose PlaceKelly Taylor3 episodes
    1993StarCrystal WyattMovie
    1994Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie KelloggLaurie KelloggMovie
    1994Without ConsentLaura MillsMovie
    1995Falling for YouMeg CraneMovie
    1995Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders ShowJennie GarthEpisode: "Larry's Sitcom"
    1995Biker Mice from MarsAngel Revson (voice)Episode: "Hit the Road, Jack"
    1996Unfinished Affair, AnAn Unfinished AffairSheila HartMovie
    1996Loss of Innocence, AA Loss of InnocenceChelnicia 'Chel' BowenMovie
    2000–01$treet, TheThe $treetGillian Sherman8 episodes
    2001Watching the DetectivesMovie
    2002–06What I Like About YouValerie Tyler86 episodes
    2003Last Cowboy, TheThe Last CowboyJacqueline 'Jake' CooperMovie
    2003Secret SantaRebecca ChandlerMovie
    2005Stewie Griffin: The Untold StoryKelly Taylor (voice)Video
    2006American Dad!Trudy (voice)Episode: "Roger n' Me"
    2007Girl, PositiveSarah BennettMovie
    2008–1090210Kelly Taylor20 episodes
    2011Accidentally in LoveAnnie BenchleyMovie
    2011Christmas Wedding Tail, AA Christmas Wedding TailSusanMovie
    2012Village PeopleAlexaMovie
    2012Jennie Garth: A Little Bit CountryHerselfReality series
    2012The Eleventh VictimHailey DeanMovie
    2013CommunityEnsignEpisode: "Conventions of Space and Time"
    2014Mystery GirlsCharlieSitcom

    1996Power 98Sharon Penn
    1997My Brother's WarMary Fagan Bailey
    1998Telling YouAmber (uncredited)

    Dancing with the Stars

    In 2007, Garth appeared on season five of Dancing with the Stars and was paired with Derek Hough. They reached the semi-finals in the competition.
    Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
    1Cha-cha-cha/"Uptown Girl"777Safe
    2Quickstep/"Suddenly I See"777Safe
    3Tango/"Cite Tango"989Safe
    4Paso Doble/"Because We Can"8109Safe
    5Samba/"Cosmic Girl"898Safe
    6Mambo/"Mambo Baby"

    Rock N' Roll/"Rockin' Robin"



    7Viennese Waltz/"Runaway"

    Rumba/ "Fallen"



    Last to be called safe
    8Jive/"It Takes Two"

    Foxtrot/ "I've Got You Under My Skin"



    Last to be called safe

    Tango/"The Take Over, The Breaks Over"

    Cha-cha-cha/"Mustang Sally"




    Awards and nominations

    List of awards and nominations
    1991Young Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV SeriesBeverly Hills, 90210Nominated[a]
    1992Best Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesWon
    1999Teen Choice AwardsTelevision – Choice ActressNominated[b]
    2005Character and Morality in Entertainment AwardsBest Ensemble CastSecret SantaWon
    2008Prism AwardsOutstanding Performance in a MiniseriesGirl, PositiveWon


    • a ^ Won by Andrea Barber for her role of Kimmy Gibbler in Full House
    • b ^ Won by Sarah Michelle Gellar for her role of Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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