JENNIE GARTH Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Jennifer Eve Garth                                                           
Born: 3 April 1972 Urbana, Illinois                                                 
Jennifer Eve Garth (born April 3, 1972 in Urbana, Illinois) is an American         
actress, best known for her roles of Kelly Taylor in Beverly Hills, 90210 and of   
Valerie Kelly Tyler in What I Like About You.                                       
Jennifer Eve Garth was born in Illinois to John and Carolyn Garth, who each         
already had three children from different marriages. She grew up on a 25-acre       
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 11, she and her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona.     
She took dancing lessons and did a little modeling while living there, at the       
time wanting to go to college and later start her own dance studio. At age 15,     
she was discovered and encouraged to pursue an acting career by a talent scout,     
who had seen her win a talent competition.                                         
She dropped out of Greenway High School during her junior year, and she and her     
mother moved to Los Angeles so she could become an actress. She later obtained     
her diploma in California. There, she started taking acting classes and went to     
auditions almost every day. After living in L.A. about four months, she landed     
the role of 'Erica McCray' on the NBC series A Brand New Life (1989).               
Garth is best known for her role as the beleaguered Kelly Taylor on the             
television series Beverly Hills, 90210. At various points in the series, Garth's   
character was involved in a love triangle between Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) and     
Brandon Walsh (Jason Priestly), became a diet pill abuser, was trapped in a fire,   
became involved in a cult, used cocaine, was raped, shot, got amnesia and had a     
miscarriage. She and former costar Tiffani Thiessen are best friends.               
Garth starred in the sitcom What I Like About You as Amanda Bynes' sister           
Valerie Tyler. Along with Leslie Grossman and Amanda Bynes, she starred on the     
show for all four seasons. Garth's story, "I Am Home," was featured in Chicken     
Soup for the Teenage Soul. She played the lead female role in the 1993             
television production of Danielle Steel's Star.