Morrison at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con
|Born||Jennifer Marie Morrison
April 12, 1979
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Other names||Jenny Morrison|
|Occupation||Actress, model, film producer|
Jennifer Marie Morrison (born April 12, 1979) is an American actress, model and film producer. She is known for her role as Emma Swan in the ABC adventure fantasy television series Once Upon a Time, and Dr. Allison Cameron in House. She also portrayed Zoey Pierson in season six of How I Met Your Mother.
Jennifer Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She is the eldest of three children with a sister, Julia, and a brother, Daniel. Her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher who was named teacher of the year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003. Morrison's mother, Judy Morrison, is also a retired teacher.
Morrison attended South Middle School then graduated from Prospect High School in 1997 where her parents worked. She played clarinet in the school's marching band, sang in the choir and was a cheerleader with the school's pep squad. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000. She studied with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.
Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. In May 1992, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star Michael Jordan.
She made her feature film debut at the age of fifteen as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the 1994 film Intersection, and later appeared as Samantha in Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon in 1999. Her first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind with Adam Brody, Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively.
She has worked on several hit television series, including Touched by an Angel and Dawson's Creek before winning the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House in 2004 co-starring opposite Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House. In 2006, she starred in and produced the independent film Flourish. Morrison is also one of the producers that found Glee during its early draft and brought it to attention of writer Ryan Murphy, who with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, adapted it into a television series. Morrison did not stay involved creatively, but is credited as an associated producer on the first season for her involvement in finding it and helping it get into the right hands.
Her film projects that year included Big Stan alongside Rob Schneider, and The Murder of Princess Diana, a television movie based on the book of the same name by Noel Botham. Produced by Lifetime and Working Title Television, Morrison portrays an American journalist, Rachel, who witnesses the car crash which took the life of Diana, Princess of Wales.
After her contract on House was not renewed, it was announced on December 17, 2009, that Morrison had got the role of Kate Keller, Helen Keller's mother, in the Broadway-bound revival of The Miracle Worker. Morrison left House in season 6: episode 8 called "Teamwork". In 2010, however, she did make a return to House in season 6: episode 17 called "Lockdown", which was directed by Hugh Laurie. In the episode, she concluded her character's storyline.
In the fall of 2010, Morrison appeared as a guest-star in the fourth episode of NBC's Chase. She played the role of Faith, a single mother-turned-fugitive, who embarks on a bloody killing spree across Texas with her daughter in tow. She joined the cast of CBS's How I Met Your Mother as recurring character Zoey Pierson, a mischievous architecture nerd and love interest of main character Ted Mosby, and "the biggest female character we've maybe ever added to the show in Ted's life", according to executive producer Craig Thomas.
In 2011, Morrison co-starred alongside Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte in Warrior, a film about two estranged brothers who enter a mixed martial arts tournament and are forced to confront their struggling relationship with each other and with their father. Morrison plays the wife of Edgerton's character, struggling to keep her family together. Since October 2011, Morrison has had a starring role in ABC's Once Upon a Time. She plays the role of Emma Swan, a bail bonds collector, whose biological son claims that she is the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. She holds the key to saving the real and fantasy worlds.
Morrison returned to House in the series finale called "Everybody Dies" that aired on May 21, 2012.
Morrison started dating her House co-star Jesse Spencer in July 2004. Spencer proposed to Morrison on December 23, 2006, at the Eiffel Tower and the two had planned to marry later in 2007. In August 2007, Morrison and Spencer called off their engagement.
Film and television
|1994||Miracle on 34th Street||Denice|
|1999||Stir of Echoes||Samantha Kozac|
|2000||Urban Legends: Final Cut||Amy Mayfield|
|2001||Zeros, TheThe Zeros||Joyce|
|2001||Chronicle, TheThe Chronicle||Gwen||Episode: "Let Sleeping Dogs Fry"|
|2001||Touched by an Angel||Melissa Dunnigan||Episode: "Most Likely to Succeed"|
|2001–2002||Dawson's Creek||Melanie Shay Thompson||2 episodes|
|2002||Any Day Now||Mandy Singer||Episode: "In Too Deep"|
|2002||Random Years, TheThe Random Years||Megan||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2002||Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie||Callie|
|2003||Edge, TheThe Edge|
|2004||Sure Hand of God, TheThe Sure Hand of God||Lily Bowser|
|2004||Surviving Christmas||Missy Vanglider|
|2004–2012||House||Dr. Allison Cameron||130 episodes|
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Jade|
|2007||Murder of Princess Diana, TheThe Murder of Princess Diana||Rachel|
|2009||Star Trek||Winona Kirk|
|2009||Table for Three||Leslie Green|
|2009||Super Hero Squad Show, TheThe Super Hero Squad Show||Wasp (voice)||3 episodes|
|2010||Chase||Faith Maples||Episode: "Paranoia"|
|2010–2011||How I Met Your Mother||Zoey Pierson||12 episodes|
|2011||Bringing Ashley Home||Ashley Phillips|
|2011–present||Once Upon a Time||Emma Swan||Lead role|
|2012||Stars in Shorts||Agent Rachel Mintz|
|2013||Star Trek Into Darkness||Winona Kirk (voice only)||Archive footage|
|2007||Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars||Kirce James|
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- "Cover Viewer SI For Kids".
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- The Broadway League. "The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved February 12, 2011.
- "House's Morrison To Co-Star With Real-Life Love on NBC's Chase". TVGuide.com. Retrieved August 20, 2010.
- "Jennifer Morrison Joins HIMYM!". CBS. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
- "'House' Alumna Jennifer Morrison Joins CBS Comedy 'How I Met Your Mother'". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 10, 2010.
- "Keck's Exclusives: Is Jennifer Morrison HIMYM's Mother?". TVGuide.com. Retrieved September 26, 2010.
- "Engaged House Stars Prepare to Tie the Knot". People. July 6, 2009. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
- Jordan, Julie (August 15, 2007). "House Costars Call Off Engagement".
- Shira, Dahvi (July 17, 2012). "Jennifer Morrison Dating Once Upon a Time Costar Sebastian Stan".
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