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Short Info

Net Worth$6 million
Date Of BirthDecember 19, 1963
SpouseKen Dixon (m. 1998), Alexandre Rockwell (m. 1986–1996)
MarkOff-the-shoulder sweatshirt that she accidentally created in her movie Flashdance (1983).
FactWas considered for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Batman Returns (1992).
PaymentsEarned $25,000 from Flashdance (1983)

Jennifer Beals was born on December 19, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois. Her father, Alfred Beals, was a supermarket owner, and her mother, Jeanne (née Anderson), was a hospital administrator. She has two brothers, Gregory and Michael. Beals attended the progressive Francis W. Parker School before enrolling at Yale University.

Beals began her acting career in 1980 with a small role in the film My Bodyguard. She followed this with roles in the made-for-television movies The Right Hand of the Father (1985) and First Steps (1985), and the theatrical film Flashdance (1983), for which she is best known. She also appeared in the television series Fame (1982–1987) and Family Ties (1987–1989).

In the 1990s, Beals appeared in such films as Backdraft (1991), Point of No Return (1993), Sliver (1993), and Devil in a Blue Dress (1995). She also had a leading role in the short-lived television series The L Word (2004–2009).

Beals has won several awards for her work, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama for The L Word and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Devil in a Blue Dress.

As of 2021, Jennifer Beals’ net worth is $16 million. She has been married to Alexandre Rockwell since 1998, and they have one daughter together.

General Info

Full NameJennifer Beals
Net Worth$6 million
Date Of BirthDecember 19, 1963
Height1.73 m
ProfessionPhotographer, Film producer, Actor, Model, Triathlete
EducationFrancis W. Parker School, Yale University


SpouseKen Dixon (m. 1998), Alexandre Rockwell (m. 1986–1996)
ParentsAlfred Beals, Jeanne Anderson
SiblingsGregory Beals, Bobby Beals


AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, GLAAD Media Golden Gate Award
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or...
MoviesFlashdance, Devil in a Blue Dress, Vampire's Kiss, The Book of Eli, Manhattan Night, Four Rooms, Roger Dodger, The Anniversary Party, Catch That Kid, The Grudge 2, In the Soup, The Last Days of Disco, Cinemanovels, The Spree, The Prophecy II, Queen to Play, Split Decisions, They Shoot Divas, Don't T...
TV ShowsProof, The Chicago Code, Lie to Me, The L Word, Nothing Sacred, 2000 Malibu Road, Faerie Tale Theatre

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#Marks / Signs
1Off-the-shoulder sweatshirt that she accidentally created in her movie Flashdance (1983).
2Long black hair
3Her bright smile


The Bride (1985)$500,000
Flashdance (1983)$25,000


1[on who inspires her] My role models are Bettie Page and Mia Kirshner (co-star on The L Word (2004)). Every day when Mia comes to work she raises the bar for us all.
2I'm always shocked that gay marriage is such a big deal. You have to realize how precious human life is, when there are tsunamis and mudslides, when there are armies and terrorists - at any moment, you could be gone, and potentially in the most brutal fashion. And then you have to realize that love is truly one of the most extraordinary things you can experience in your life. To begrudge someone else their love of another person because of gender seems to be absolutely absurd. It's based in fear, fear of the other, fear of what is not like you. But when you are able to see lives on a day-to-day basis, rather than reducing it to politics, then it humanizes a whole community of people that were otherwise invisible.
3It's been perfect. I can still ride a subway and work with great people. I can't imagine being Julia Roberts. I don't have the fortitude to withstand that kind of attention.


1Is trained in Kung Fu San-Soo & Kickboxing.
2Was considered for the role of Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Batman Returns (1992).
3Loves salsa dancing, ballet and belly dancing.
4Tried to convince Ilene Chaiken to have Sarah Michelle Gellar on The L Word (2004).
5On February 1, 2010, in cooperation with Eastman Kodak and Color Centric, she released her photographic journal. A book containing over 250 photographs. Additionally, the book also contained call sheets, production notes and intimate interviews with the cast. Jennifer wanted to share the behind the scenes photos she had taken over her six years on the show portraying the dynamic and alpha Bette Porter with both the cast and fans (that supported the show around the world).
6Friends with Alexandra Hedison and Jodie Foster.
7She is a triathlete.
8Very good friends with Steve Buscemi.
9Introduced ex-husband Alexandre Rockwell to Sam Rockwell whom he cast in four films.
10Good friends with Jennifer Jason Leigh.
11Is a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) and wanted the cast to guest star on The L Word (2004).
12Close friends with Jon Stewart and Marlee Matlin.
13Thieves took nearly $1,000 from her hotel room while she was on location in Manila, Philippines, shooting the movie Tinikling ou 'La madonne et le dragon' (1990) (aka "Madonna and the Dragon"), in 1989.
14Close friends with Quentin Tarantino. He often stayed at her home while struggling as a director before making Pulp Fiction (1994).
15She was the original choice for the lead role in Pretty in Pink (1986), but the role went to Molly Ringwald.
16Worked at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager.
17Was offered the role of Apollonia for Purple Rain (1984). She turned down the role because she wanted to concentrate on college.
18She and her character on The L Word (2004), Bette Porter, are both Yale graduates with an African-American father and a Caucasian mother.
1918 October 2005: Gave birth to her first child, a girl. Father is Beals' husband of seven years, Canadian entrepreneur Ken Dixon.
20Stepmother to her husband, Ken Dixon's, two children.
21Good friends with Elizabeth Berkley. They each appeared in a Joe Eszterhas-written film (Berkley: Showgirls (1995); Beals: Flashdance (1983)), and they appeared together in Roger Dodger (2002). and the last season of The L Word (2004).
22While still a teenager, before she went into show business, she worked as a babysitter for one of her neighbors - Steve Edwards.
23In Flashdance (1983), the birth date that she fills out on the application form is her actual birth date in real life.
24Has two brothers and at least four half-siblings from her father's relationships with African-American women.
25In the film The Anniversary Party (2001), Beals plays a character who takes photographs of performers which she then gives away, usually to the subjects of the photos. Beals actually does this.
26While at Yale University, she was classmates with David Duchovny, who suggested her for a role on The X-Files (1993) (which went to Gillian Anderson).
27She put her career on hold to attend Yale University.
28Turned down the opportunity to play herself in It's Like, You Know... (1999).
29In Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), she played a woman passing for white who is actually the daughter of an interracial couple. In real life, this is also Beals' racial background.




White Orchid2017post-productionVivian
Taken2017TV SeriesChristina Hart
Before I Fall2017Julie Kingston
The Night Shift2016TV SeriesDr. Syd Jennings
Manhattan Night2016Lisa Wren
UFO gakuen no himitsu2015Inkar (English version, voice)
Full Out2015Coach Valorie Kondos-Field
Proof2015TV SeriesDr. Carolyn Tyler
A Wife's Nightmare2014TV MovieLiz
Motive2014TV SeriesSophia Balfour
Westside2013TV MovieLisa Carver
Lauren2012-2013TV SeriesMajor Stone
The Mob Doctor2012-2013TV SeriesCeleste LaPree
Castle2012TV SeriesSophia Turner
Widow Detective2012TV MovieLainey
The Chicago Code2011TV SeriesTeresa Colvin
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas2010TV MovieAngela Fox
A Night for Dying Tigers2010Melanie
Lie to Me2009-2010TV SeriesZoe Landau
The Book of Eli2010Claudia
Queen to Play2009L'Américaine
The L Word2004-2009TV SeriesBette Porter
My Name Is Sarah2007TV MovieSarah Winston
Law & Order2007TV SeriesSofia Archer
Troubled Waters2006Special Agent Jennifer Beck
The Grudge 22006Trish
Desolation Sound2005Elizabeth Storey
Break a Leg2005Juliet
Frasier2004TV SeriesDr. Anne Ranberg
Catch That Kid2004Molly
Runaway Jury2003Vanessa Lembeck
They Shoot Divas, Don't They?2002TV MovieSloan McBride
Roger Dodger2002Sophie
13 Moons2002Suzi
The Big House2001TV MovieLorraine Brewster
Feast of All Saints2001TV MovieDolly Rose
Out of Line2001Parole Officer Jenny Capitanas
After the Storm2001TV MovieMrs. Gavotte
The Anniversary Party2001Gina Taylor
Without Malice2000TV MovieSamantha Wilkes
Militia2000Julie Sanders
A House Divided2000TV MovieAmanda Dickson
Body and Soul2000Gina
The Hunger1999TV SeriesJane
Something More1999Lisa
Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying1999Jessica
The Last Days of Disco1998Nina
The Spree1998TV MovieXinia Kelly
The Prophecy II1998VideoValerie Rosales
Nothing Sacred1998TV SeriesJustine Madsen Judd
Wishful Thinking1997Elizabeth
The Outer Limits1997TV SeriesRobin Dysart
The Twilight of the Golds1996Suzanne Stein
Let It Be Me1995Emily Taylor
Devil in a Blue Dress1995Daphne Monet
Four Rooms1995Angela (segments "The Wrong Man", "The Man from Hollywood")
The Search for One-eye Jimmy1994Ellen
Dead on Sight1994Rebecca Darcy
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle1994Gertrude Benchley
The Thief and the Cobbler1993Princess YumYum (Miramax version) (voice)
Night Owl1993TV MovieJulia
Le Grand Pardon II1992Joyce Ferranti
Indecency1992TV MovieEllie Shaw
2000 Malibu Road1992TV SeriesPerry Quinn
Terror Stalks the Class Reunion1992TV MovieVirginia
In the Soup1992Angelica Pena
Blood and Concrete1991Mona
Tinikling ou 'La madonne et le dragon'1990TV MoviePatty Meredith
Dr. M1990Sonja Vogler
Split Decisions1988Barbara Uribe
The Gamble1988Lady Olivia Candioni
Vampire's Kiss1988Rachel
The Bride1985Eva
Faerie Tale Theatre1985TV SeriesCinderella
Flashdance1983Alex Owens
My Bodyguard1980Clifford's Friend (uncredited)


Manhattan Night2016co-producer
Laughs Unlimited2013TV Movie executive producer
Cinemanovels2013executive producer


They Shoot Divas, Don't They?2002TV Movie performer: "Slow Burn", "I Can See Through You", "When I'm in Your Hands"
Blood and Concrete1991performer: "One Girl in a Million"
That's Dancing!1985Documentary performer: "Flashdance. . .What A Feeling"

Camera Department

Freedom Park2001Short still photographer


Moving Malcolm2003thanks
The Anniversary Party2001acknowledgment: prop photos by
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda1996TV Movie documentary thanks
Pulp Fiction1994special thanks


Untitled Victor Skrebneski DocumentaryDocumentary filmingHerself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2017TV SeriesHerself
Quotidien2017TV SeriesHerself
The View2008-2017TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
The Chew2017TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2016-2017TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Talk2011-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Off Camera with Sam Jones2015TV SeriesHerself
Katie2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Fuller Life2013DocumentaryHerself - Reader (segment "Crime Reporter")
Huffpost Live2012TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Rachael Ray2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Hour2011TV SeriesHerself
The Marilyn Denis Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Chelsea Lately2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
77th McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade2010TV MovieHerself
The Book of Eli: Eli's Journey2010Video shortHerself
Starz Inside: Fashion in Film2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
2008 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Series / Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special / Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) for VMC Programming and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
Sexo en serie2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards2008TV SpecialHerself
Eigo de shabera-night2008TV SeriesHerself
The Grudge 2: Ready When You Are Mr Shimizu2007Video documentary shortHerself
The Sharon Osbourne Show2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Ryan2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Daily Show2000-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Exploring the Scene: Hackman & Hoffman Together2004Video documentary shortHerself
The Ensemble: Acting2004Video shortHerself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Charlie Rose2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Celebrates Denzel Washington: An American Cinematheque Tribute2003TV Special documentaryHerself
Gala Paramount Pictures Celebrates 90th Anniversary with 90 Stars for 90 Years2002TV MovieHerself
Dinner for Five2002TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest
Seitenblicke2002TV Series documentaryHerself
Hollywood Goes to Hell2000TV Short documentaryHerself
VH-1 Where Are They Now?2000TV Series documentaryHerself
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Poetry, Passion, the Postman: The Poetic Return of Pablo Neruda1996TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1995TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Caro diario1993Herself
Días de cine1992TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
The Word1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Freedomfest: Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Celebratation1988TV Special documentaryHerself
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
The 56th Annual Academy Awards1984TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Presenter: Best Original Score
The 41st Annual Golden Globe Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Nominee

Archive Footage

The Marilyn Denis Show2011TV SeriesHerself
Lie to Me Season 1: The Truth About 'Lie to Me'2009Video shortA.U.S.A. Zoe Landau
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHerself
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentary
VH1 Goes Inside2004TV Series documentaryAlex Owens
Marithé + François = Girbaud2016DocumentaryHerself - American actress
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture2015TV Mini-Series documentaryBette Porter
Welcome to the Basement2014TV SeriesAlex Owens
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014TV SeriesAlex Owens


Won Awards

2005Golden Gate AwardGLAAD Media Awards
1999Maverick Tribute AwardCinequest San Jose Film Festival
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Twilight of the Golds (1996)
1985Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actress (Schauspielerin)
1984Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Motion PictureFlashdance (1983)
1983Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International Actress
1983Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actress (Schauspielerin)

Nominated Awards

2016BTVA Anime Dub Movies/Special Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in an Anime Feature Film/SpecialUFO gakuen no himitsu (2015)
2016Canadian Screen AwardCanadian Screen Awards, CABest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Limited SeriesA Wife's Nightmare (2014)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesThe L Word (2004)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesThe L Word (2004)
2007Vision AwardNAMIC Vision AwardsBest Actress - DramaThe L Word (2004)
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Series, DramaThe L Word (2004)
2001Video Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Supporting ActressSomething More (1999)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionA House Divided (2000)
1996Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Motion PictureDevil in a Blue Dress (1995)
1986Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressThe Bride (1985)
1984Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalFlashdance (1983)

2nd Place Awards

1984Bravo Otto GermanyBravo OttoBest Actress (Schauspielerin)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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