Jennie Franks

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Jennie Franks is an English photographer, actress, and playwright. She was the first wife of Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson, from 1970 to 1974.

As "Jennie Anderson", Franks is credited with the lyric of the Jethro Tull song "Aqualung" (1971). Ian Anderson, the principal songwriter for Jethro Tull, has said, "[she] in fact was responsible for what became some of the lyrics in the first couple of verses ... I suppose in total probably about half of the lyrics were words or word associations that she had come up with," based on pictures of homeless men Franks had taken as a photography student.[1]

Franks later moved to Los Angeles and married screenwriter Jeffrey Price. They relocated to Telluride, Colorado in 1993.[2]

In 1999, Franks made a 28-minute video about AIDS in western Colorado titled Soft Smoke, AIDS in the Rural West.[2]

Franks wrote and acted in the play Stuck!, about "one woman's courageous struggle to get out of a locked basement bathroom at a coffee house and reclaim control of her stalled life", which debuted in New York in 2008.[3]

Franks started and continues as Artistic Director of the Telluride Playwrights Festival, an annual theatre festival each July based in Telluride.

Franks is referenced at IMDb as Jennifer Anderson, Jennie Anderson, and Jennifer Franks, in addition to Jennie Franks.

Franks and her second husband have two daughters, Lucy and Sophie-Ann.


  1. ^ Who is Jennie Anderson, the person credited on the Aqualung album as the author of the title track?, Jethro Tull FAQ. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b Denver Rocky Mountain News. Denver, Colorado: 8 November 1999. p. 7.A
  3. ^ Broadway World Retrieved on 7 March 2008.