Jennifer Grant

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This article is about the actress. For the singer, see Jenn Grant.
Jennifer Grant
Born Jennifer Diane Grant
(1966-02-26) February 26, 1966 (age 48)
Burbank, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993 – present
Spouse(s) Randy Zisk (1993–1996; divorced)
Parents Cary Grant
Dyan Cannon

Jennifer Diane Grant (born February 26, 1966) is an American actress, the only child of actors Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon.

Early life[edit]

Jennifer and Cary Grant, Gerald Ford, maid Willie in 1976 at the Century Plaza Hotel President's Suite, Los Angeles.

Jennifer Grant was born on February 26, 1966 in Burbank, California. Her parents divorced when she was only two years old. The reasons given for their divorce were that her father was unable to find his "perfect wife"; in addition, there was a 33-year age difference. Jennifer had a close relationship with her father for the rest of his life. Partly because her father did not want her to become an actress, she tried other things for several years. As a teenager during high school and on break from college she worked as a babysitter, stock clerk at the Village store in Pacific Palisades, grocery store checkout cashier at the Rainbow Grocery in Malibu, and waitress at the Pioneer Boulangerie restaurant in Santa Monica.[1] After graduating from Stanford University in 1987 with a degree in American Studies, she worked for a law firm, and followed that with a job as a chef at Wolfgang Puck's Spago restaurant in Beverly Hills.[1] When her father died in 1986, he left her half his estate, worth several million dollars; the other half of the estate went to her stepmother Barbara Harris Grant, with whom Jennifer has a close relationship.[2]

Career[edit]

In 1993, seven years after Cary Grant's death, she played her first acting role in the Aaron Spelling television drama Beverly Hills, 90210, in the recurring role of Celeste Lundy. She appeared as a guest star in a variety of shows including Friends, and later appeared in several movies. In 1999, she was the lead actress in the WB television sitcom Movie Stars.

In 2011, her memoir, Good Stuff: a Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant, was published. Good Stuff is a portrait of her relationship with her father, who was 62 when she was born and who died twenty years later.[3] The title refers to a favorite expression of his, said in reference to things he approved of or situations he was happy about.[1]

She was married to Randy Zisk for three years, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1996. Grant has volunteered as an actress and mentor with the Young Storytellers Foundation. Grant gave birth to a son, Cary Benjamin, on August 12, 2008.[4][5]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Savage Nicky Carter
1996 Evening Star, TheThe Evening Star Ellen
1998 Erasable You Stephanie
1998 My Engagement Party Noa Roth
2000 View from the Swing, TheThe View from the Swing Jocelyn Whitaker
2005 Going Shopping Quinn
2005 Welcome to California Actress / Jennifer
2015 Ghost Dog Carol Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Moon Over Miami Susie Knight Episode: "Careless Dentist Blues"
1993-1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 Celeste Lundy Recurring role (8 episodes)
1994 Robin's Hoods Episode: "To Heir Is Human"
1994 Time Trax Linda Episode: "The Crash"
1995 Super Dave's Vegas Spectacular Sandi Cosgrove TV series
1995 Friends Nina Bookbinder Episode: "The One with Two Parts: Part 1"
1997 Chicago Sons Jane Episode: "To Have and to Hold"
1997 Walker, Texas Ranger Ellen Jordan Garrett Episode: "Days Past"
1997 Ellen Erin Episode: "Roommates"
1998 Guys Like Us Leah Episode: "Maestro's First Crush"
1999-2000 Movie Stars Jacey Wyatt Main role (21 episodes)
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sedona Wylie Episode: "Spellbound"
2007 My Daughter's Secret Denise TV film

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Grant, Jennifer (2011). Good Stuff: a Reminiscence of My Father, Cary Grant. New York City: Alfred A. Knopf/Random House, Inc. ISBN 978-0-307-26710-8. 
  2. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1986-12-04/local/me-1412_1_cary-grant
  3. ^ "Cary Grant's Daughter Opens Up on His Devotion, Style and Sexuality". PopEater.com (2011-05-03). Retrieved on 2011-07-16.
  4. ^ A new Cary Grant is born. USA Today. August 22, 2008
  5. ^ http://celebritybabies.people.com/2008/08/25/jennifer-grant/

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