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Jennifer Beals

Highest Rated:   92% In the Soup (1992)
Lowest Rated:   0% Wishful Thinking (1997)
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Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
A thin, naturally attractive brunette with a personable smile and the brains to match her beauty, actress Jennifer Beals was virtually propelled to overnight stardom and fashion icon status with her energetic performance in director Adrian Lyne's 1983 dance drama Flashdance. Though her career would suffer a slight setback when it was revealed that Beals didn't perform all of her own dance moves in the sleeper hit, the talented actress would endure to make something of a comeback in the late '90s. A Chicago native who was traveling in Europe when her publicist called her for a New York audition that the filmmakers were pitching as a "female Saturday Night Fever," Beals booked the first flight back to the states and, despite the presence of thousands of other eager young actresses, somehow managed to stand out from the crowd to impress producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Beals' only other film work to that point was as an extra in 1980's My Bodyguard, so it was quite a gamble to cast a virtual unknown in the lead. This was especially true, given that, days before the film's premiere, Paramount Pictures sold off 25 percent of the film; however, the gamble paid off and Flashdance became nothing less than a cultural phenomenon. With ripped, oversized sweaters adorning teenage girls nationwide, it seemed as if Beals had the cinematic world at her fingertips -- and then the bottom dropped out. When it was later revealed that Beals impressive moves weren't entirely her own, audiences felt betrayed (as if action stars really do all of their own stunts) and subsequently protested the burgeoning actress without taking into consideration that she was the dramatic core of the film.Opting to continue her education at Yale immediately following Flashdance's production, roles in such efforts as The Bride (1985) and Split Decisions (1988) were squeezed in during Beals' summer breaks. Though neither effort did much to forward Beals' career, the actress would continue to appear in such quirky, low-budget efforts as Vampire's Kiss (1989) and Blood and Concrete (1991) moving into the 1990s. Beals was married to director Alexandre Rockwell in 1986, and in 1992 she would appear opposite Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel in Rockwell's comedy drama In the Soup. If the majority of the 1990s found Beals relegated to mostly unseen independents, high-profile roles in such acclaimed efforts as Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), and The Last Days of Disco (1998) proved without a doubt that the now-established actress certainly had the skills and endurance to maintain a successful screen career. Though the early years of the millennial turnover may have found Beals on shaky cinematic ground with such efforts as Jim Wynorski's Militia and the tiresomely derivative sequel Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying (both 1990), her reputation as something of an independent darling would solidify with roles in such critically acclaimed indies as The Anniversary Party (2001) and Roger Dodger (2002). Despite her divorce from Rockwell and remarriage to another man unassociated with the film business, Beals would later turn up in the Rockwell-directed comedy 13 Moons (again opposite Buscemi), while preparing for roles in such upcoming features as Runaway Jury and Break a Leg (both 2003). In 2004 Beals took a turn as a lesbian in the made-for-cable series The L Word, with subsequent roles in the 2005 indies Break a Leg and Desolatoin Squad preceding a return to big-budget Hollywood blockbusters in The Grudge 2 (2006) and The Book of Eli (2010). Beals would enjoy a juicy arc on the TV crime drama Lie to Me, before signing on to star in her own detective series, The Chicago Code in 2011. Additionally, the actress appeared on a few episodes of yet another popular proceedural, Castle, in 2012.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
64% Before I Fall
  • Actor
$12.3M 2017
33% Manhattan Night (Manhattan Nocturne)
  • Producer
  • Lisa Wren
2016
No Score Yet Laws of the Universe: Part 0
  • Inkhar
2015
No Score Yet Full Out
  • Coach Val
2015
No Score Yet Cinemanovels
  • Executive Producer
  • Clementine
2014
89% A Fuller Life
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet A Wife's Nightmare
  • Actor
2014
70% Joueuse (Queen to Play)
  • L'Américaine
$0.5M 2011
No Score Yet A Night for Dying Tigers
  • Actor
2010
47% The Book of Eli
  • Claudia
$94.8M 2010
No Score Yet The Night Before the Night Before Christmas
  • Angela Fox
2010
No Score Yet Fashion in Film
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Troubled Waters
  • Special Agent Jennifer Beckett
2007
No Score Yet My Name is Sarah
  • Actor
2007
11% The Grudge 2
  • Trish
$39.2M 2006
No Score Yet Desolation Sound
  • Elizabeth
2005
No Score Yet Break a Leg
  • Actor
2005
12% Catch That Kid
  • Molly
$16.6M 2004
No Score Yet Troubled Waters
  • Actor
2004
72% Runaway Jury
  • Vanessa Lembeck
$49.3M 2003
No Score Yet Break a Leg
  • Juliet
2003
88% Roger Dodger
  • Sophie
$1.2M 2002
No Score Yet They Shoot Divas, Don't They?
  • Sloan McBride
2002
No Score Yet 13 Moons
  • Suzi
2002
No Score Yet The Feast of All Saints
  • Dolly Rose
2001
61% The Anniversary Party
  • Gina Taylor
$3M 2001
No Score Yet After the Storm
  • Mrs. Gavotte
2001
No Score Yet Huyendo de la Ley
  • Jenny Capitanas
2001
No Score Yet Militia
  • Julie Sanders
2000
No Score Yet Without Malice
  • Sam
2000
No Score Yet A House Divided
  • Amanda Dickson
2000
No Score Yet Body and Soul
  • Gina
1999
14% Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying
  • Jessica
1999
No Score Yet Something More
  • Lisa
1998
72% Last Days of Disco
  • Nina
1998
33% The Prophecy II
  • Valerie Rosales
1998
43% The Twilight of the Golds
  • Suzanne Stein
1997
0% Wishful Thinking
  • Elizabeth
1997
14% Four Rooms
  • Angela
1996
No Score Yet Search for One-Eye Jimmy
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Let It Be Me
  • Emily Taylor
1995
87% Devil in a Blue Dress
  • Daphne Monet
1995
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table)
  • Gertrude Benchley
1994
No Score Yet The Search for One-Eyed Jimmy
  • Ellen
1994
No Score Yet Caro Diario
  • Actor
1994
67% Dear Diary
  • Herself
1994
No Score Yet Dead On Sight
  • Rebecca Darcy
1994
50% The Princess and the Cobbler (The Thief and the Cobbler)
  • Princess Yum Yum (Miramax version)
1993
No Score Yet Terror Stalks the Class Reunion
  • Virginia
1993
No Score Yet Day of Atonement
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Indecency
  • Ellie Shaw
1992
92% In the Soup
  • Angelica
1992
No Score Yet Blood & Concrete: A Love Story
  • Mona
1991
No Score Yet Dr. M
  • Sonja Vogler
1990
61% Vampire's Kiss
  • Rachel
1989
No Score Yet La Partita (The Gamble)
  • Olivia
1988
No Score Yet Split Decisions
  • Barbara Uribe
1988
No Score Yet The Spree
  • Xinia Kelly
1988
22% The Bride
  • Eva
1985
No Score Yet That's Dancing!
  • Actor
1985
33% Flashdance
  • Alex Owens
1983
86% My Bodyguard
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet The Prophecy 2: Ashtown
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
35% Taken
2017
  • Christina Hart
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Today
2017
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Night Shift
2014
  • Syd Jennings Syd
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Nuits blanches à l'urgence
2014
  • Syd
  • 2016
57% Proof
2015
  • Carolyn Tyler
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
74% Castle
2009-2016
  • Sophia Conrad
  • 2012
23% The Mob Doctor
2012-2013
  • Celeste Celeste LaPree Celeste Holmes
  • 2012
100% The Chicago Code
2011
  • Teresa Colvin
  • 2011
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Zoe Landau
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Bette Porter
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Sofia Archer
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2004

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