Jennie Garth

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Jennie Garth
JGarth atemmys.jpg
Born Jennifer Eve Garth
(1972-04-03) April 3, 1972 (age 42)
Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Daniel Clark (m. 1994–96)
Peter Facinelli (m. 2001–13)
Children 3

Jennifer Eve "Jennie" Garth (born April 3, 1972)[1] 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[edit]

Jennie Garth was born in Urbana, Illinois to John[2] 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[3]). 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).

Career[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5][6]

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,[7] and #93 on the magazine's 100 Sexiest Women of 2001.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[14] It chronicles Garth as she renovates a home Hollywood Hills, California for herself and her three children.[14] The series is scheduled to premiere in June 2014.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Garth married Daniel Clark in 1994, and they divorced in 1996.[15]

In 1995, Garth met her second husband, actor Peter Facinelli, while filming the movie An Unfinished Affair.[16] Garth and Facinelli married on January 20, 2001, in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony.[16] They have three daughters: Luca Bella (born 1997), Lola Ray (born 2002), and Fiona Eve (born 2006). In March 2012, Facinelli filed for divorce.[17][18] The divorce was finalized in June 2013.[19]

During 2013, Garth briefly dated Michael Shimbo, CEO of Trains, Planes and Automobiles.[20][21]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1989 Growing Pains Denise Episode: "Ben and Mike's Excellent Adventure"
1989–90 Brand New Life, AA Brand New Life Ericka McCray 6 episodes
1990 Teen Angel Returns Karrie Donato Series
1990 Just Perfect Movie
1990–
2000
Beverly Hills, 90210 Kelly Taylor 292 episodes
1992 Melrose Place Kelly Taylor 3 episodes
1993 Star Crystal Wyatt Movie
1994 Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg Laurie Kellogg Movie
1994 Without Consent Laura Mills Movie
1995 Falling for You Meg Crane Movie
1995 Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders Show Jennie Garth Episode: "Larry's Sitcom"
1995 Biker Mice from Mars Angel Revson (voice) Episode: "Hit the Road, Jack"
1996 Unfinished Affair, AnAn Unfinished Affair Sheila Hart Movie
1996 Loss of Innocence, AA Loss of Innocence Chelnicia 'Chel' Bowen Movie
2000–01 $treet, TheThe $treet Gillian Sherman 8 episodes
2001 Watching the Detectives Movie
2002–06 What I Like About You Valerie Tyler 86 episodes
2003 Last Cowboy, TheThe Last Cowboy Jacqueline 'Jake' Cooper Movie
2003 Secret Santa Rebecca Chandler Movie
2005 Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story Kelly Taylor (voice) Video
2006 American Dad! Trudy (voice) Episode: "Roger n' Me"
2007 Girl, Positive Sarah Bennett Movie
2008–10 90210 Kelly Taylor 20 episodes
2011 Accidentally in Love Annie Benchley Movie
2011 Christmas Wedding Tail, AA Christmas Wedding Tail Susan Movie
2012 Village People Alexa Movie
2012 Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country Herself Reality series
2012 The Eleventh Victim Hailey Dean Movie
2013 Community Ensign Episode: "Conventions of Space and Time"
2013 Holidaze Melody Movie
2014 Mystery Girls Charlie Sitcom
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Power 98 Sharon Penn
1997 My Brother's War Mary Fagan Bailey
1998 Telling You Amber (uncredited)

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

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/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha/"Uptown Girl" 7 7 7 Safe
2 Quickstep/"Suddenly I See" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Tango/"Cite Tango" 9 8 9 Safe
4 Paso Doble/"Because We Can" 8 10 9 Safe
5 Samba/"Cosmic Girl" 8 9 8 Safe
6 Mambo/"Mambo Baby"
Rock N' Roll/"Rockin' Robin"
9
No
9
scores
9
given
Safe
7 Viennese Waltz/"Runaway"
Rumba/ "Fallen"
8
9
8
9
9
10
Last to be called safe
8 Jive/"It Takes Two"
Foxtrot/ "I've Got You Under My Skin"
8
9
8
9
8
8
Last to be called safe
9
Semi-finals
Tango/"The Take Over, The Breaks Over"
Cha-cha-cha/"Mustang Sally"
9
10
10
10
9
10
Eliminated


Awards and nominations[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result
1991 Young Artist Awards Best Young Actress Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV Series Beverly Hills, 90210 Nominated[a]
1992 Best Young Actress Starring in a Television Series Won
1999 Teen Choice Awards Television – Choice Actress Nominated[b]
2005 Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards Best Ensemble Cast Secret Santa Won
2008 Prism Awards Outstanding Performance in a Miniseries Girl, Positive Won
Notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best Birthday Wishes for Jennie Garth". People.com. April 3, 2011. Retrieved August 16, 2012. "The 90210 star is 39 today." 
  2. ^ My Life: Jennie Garth
  3. ^ "About Jennie Garth: Trivia and Fast Facts". jenniegarth.org. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Jennie Garth". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved April 1, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Jennie Garth Credit Listings". Yahoo! TV. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Jennie Garth Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 
  7. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000". FreeJose.com. Archived from the original on February 23, 2007. Retrieved January 27, 2007. 
  8. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000". FreeJose.com. Archived from the original on March 1, 2007. Retrieved January 27, 2007. 
  9. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 10, 2008). "Jennie Garth joins 90210 Remake". Ausiello Report (TV Guide). Retrieved May 21, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Tori Is Out, Shannen Is In for 90210 Remake!". E! Online. Retrieved July 31, 2008. 
  11. ^ Matters of the heart: Jennie Garth goes red msnbc.
  12. ^ "'Sex and the City' author Candace Bushnell delivers 'The Broadroom' web series". nydailynews (New York). September 13, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  13. ^ Gallagher, Brian (January 20, 2010). "Jennie Garth Takes Us Inside Her Garden Party". Movieweb. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b c "HGTV in Production for "The Jennie Garth Project"". The Futon Critic (Press release). HGTV. February 18, 2014. Retrieved February 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ Ravitz, Justin (March 13, 2012). "Peter Facinelli, Jennie Garth to Divorce". Us Weekly. 
  16. ^ a b "'Jennie Garth Has Red-and-White Wedding'". ABC News. February 1, 2001. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth Are Divorcing". People. March 13, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Peter Facinelli Files for Divorce from Jennie Garth". People. March 28, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Jennie Garth & Peter Facinelli: Divorce Final - Nicest Divorce Ever". TMZ. June 12, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  20. ^ White, Chelsea (September 7, 2013). "Well that's new! Jennie Garth moves on again as she starts dating internet CEO Michael Shimbo". London: Daily UK Mail. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ White, Chelsea. "Jennie Garth, boyfriend Michael Shimbo call it quits on brief romance: report". New York: NY Daily News. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ian Ziering & Cheryl Burke
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 5 (Fall 2007 with Derek Hough)
Succeeded by
Marissa Jaret Winokur & Tony Dovolani