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Jennie Garth

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Date of Birth:03 April 1972
Birthplace:Urbana, IL
First Name:Jennie
Middle Name:Eve
Last Name:Garth
Height:5' 6" (168 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Aries
Claim to Fame:Kelly on Beverly Hills 90210, What I Like About Yo
Religion:Roman Catholic
Occupation Category:Actress
Alternative Names:Jennie Facinelli, Jen
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Biography for Jennie Garth

Jennifer Eve Garth (born Apr. 3, 1972 (48 years ago)) is an American actress, best known for starring in the prominent role of Kelly Taylor throughout the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. She is also known for starring as Valerie Tyler in What I Like About You.

Early years

Jennifer Eve Garth was born in Urbana, Illinois to John and Carolyn Garth, who each already had three children from different marriages. Urbana is the home of University of Illinois and is located about three hours south of Chicago, Illinois. She grew up on a 25-acre (100,000 m2) horse ranch in Arcola, Illinois, with her six older half-siblings: Johnny, Chuck, Lisa, Cammie, Wendy and Lynn. Jennie also lived in Tuscola, Illinois, during her younger years. When Garth was 13, she and her family moved to Glendale, Arizona. She took dancing lessons and modeled while living there, which led to her participation in a talent competition where she was discovered by a talent scout. She attended Greenway High School her Freshman year and transferred to Apollo High School for her Sophomore year. She later left Apollo High School during her junior year, and she and her mother moved to Los Angeles so she could become an actress, later obtaining her high school diploma in California. There, she started taking acting classes and went to auditions almost every day. After living in L.A. for about four months, she landed the role of Erica McCray on the NBC series A Brand New Life (1989, 31 years ago).


Garth landed her first role starring as Denise in the TV series Growing Pains. She also appeared in six episodes on A Brand New Life as Ericka McCray. Garth then auditioned for the part of Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell, but the role eventually went to her Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star and best friend Tiffani Thiessen.

In 1990 (30 years ago), she landed the role of Kelly Taylor on the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. Throughout the series, Garth's character faced 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 appeared on the series for the full 10 seasons until its end in 2000 (20 years ago), along with Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling, and Brian Austin Green. She won a Young Artist Award and was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards, both for her role on Beverly Hills, 90210. 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 as of 2009 (11 years ago).

Jennie Garth at the 1992 (28 years ago) Emmy AwardsHer successful role on Beverly Hills, 90210 opened the door to several lead roles in made-for-TV movies in the 1990s, including Danielle Steel's Star (1993, 27 years ago), Without Consent (1994, 26 years ago), Falling for You (1995, 25 years ago), and An Unfinished Affair (1996, 24 years ago). She also had minor and supporting roles in the theatrical movies Telling You (1998, 22 years ago), My BrotherĀ“s War (1997, 23 years ago), and Power 98 (1996, 24 years ago).

In 2002 (18 years ago), Garth starred in the sitcom What I Like About You as Valerie Tyler. Along with co-star Amanda Bynes (9 walls), 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 (17 years ago) she starred in the TV movies The Last Cowboy and the Christmas family drama Secret Santa, playing as a journalist. She and the cast Secret Santa won the 2004 (16 years ago) CAMIE Award.

In 2005 (15 years ago) she voiced her Beverly Hills, 90210 character Kelly Taylor, as well as an additional role in the DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) movie Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. The ensemble cast also included Seth McFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, and Drew Barrymore. Garth also starred in the 2007 (13 years ago) TV teen drama movie 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 sep. 2008 (12 years ago), 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 spin-off in a recurring role as well.

Garth appeared on the U.S. game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on Nov. 21, 2008 (12 years ago). She won $100,000 for her charity, the American Heart Association.

Personal life

On Apr. 16, 1994 (26 years ago), Garth married musician Daniel B. Clark. They separated in 1995 (25 years ago) and Garth filed for divorce in 1996 (24 years ago). In 1995 (25 years ago), Garth met actor Peter Facinelli while filming the movie An Unfinished Affair. On Jan. 20, 2001 (19 years ago), the pair were married. They have three daughters: Luca Bella (born on Jun. 29, 1997 (23 years ago)), Lola Ray (born on dec. 6, 2002 (18 years ago)), and Fiona Eve (born on sep. 30, 2006 (14 years ago)).


  • Just Perfect
  • Danielle Steel's Star
  • Without Consent
  • Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg
  • Falling for You
  • A Loss of Innocence
  • An Unfinished Affair
  • Power 98
  • My Brother's War
  • Telling You
  • Watching Detectives
  • How High
  • Secret Santa
  • The Last Cowboy
  • Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story
  • Girl, Positive

TV-shows (series)

  • Growing Pains
  • A Brand New Life
  • Teen Angel
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Melrose Place
  • Teen Angel Returns
  • WrestleMania X
  • The Street
  • What I Like About You
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

Awards and nominations

  • 1991 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Co-starring in a TV Series (nominated)
  • 1992 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV Series (Won)
  • 1999 Teen Choice Award for TV -Choice Actress(nominated)
  • 2004 Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards for Best Ensemble Cast (Won)
  • 2008 Prism Award for Performance in a TV Movie or Miniseries (Won)


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