Jennie Garth - Biography & Career
Jennifer Eve Garth was born on April 3, 1972, in Urbana, Illinois. Her parents, John and Carolyn Garth, both had three children from separate marriages before Jennie was born. Jennie grew up on a horse ranch, along with her six siblings, until her family moved to Phoenix, Arizona when Jennie was 13.
During her short time in Arizona, Jennie took dance lessons and dabbled in modeling before being discovered by a talent scout who saw her win a talent competition at the age of 15. In her junior year of high school, Jennie dropped out and moved to California with her mom to pursue acting.
During her stay in California, Jennie started taking acting classes and went to auditions. One of her auditions was for the role of Kelly Kapowski on Saved by the Bell, but that job went to Tiffani Thiessen, who soon became a good friend of Jennie's.
After about four months in Los Angeles, she landed a part on the short-lived NBC series A Brand New Life (1989), which incidentally enough, was about a woman with three kids who marries a man with three kids, both from former marriages.
Within a year of taking on her first acting role, Jennie was cast as Kelly Taylor for the FOX series Beverly Hills, 90210. The show gave Jennie instant exposure as a rich high school student in Beverly Hills. Her costars on the show, like Luke Perry, Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty, also became household names.
During her 10 years of work on Beverly Hills, 90210, Jennie also took acting roles in made-for-television movies like Star (1993), Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994) and Without Consent (1994). But the television movies could not rival the exposure she achieved on 90210.
Toward the middle of her work on Beverly Hills, 90210, Jennie married Daniel B. Clark. As she continued her work on the popular primetime FOX series, the couple divorced after two years, in 1996. Not long after her divorce, Jennie began to date fellow actor Peter Facinelli (Fastlane).
The new couple welcomed a daughter, Luca Bella, into the world in June of 1997. With a newborn and boyfriend, Jennie continued her work on 90210 and branched out into producing made-for-TV movies. She began making public service announcements in 1999 as a result of her struggle with migraine headaches.
When the FOX series ended its 10-year run in 2000, Jennie took a break from work. On January 20, 2001, Jennie and Peter were married on her ranch in Santa Barbara, California. The following December, the couple welcomed their second daughter, Lola Ray, into the family.
With her family in order, Jennie went back into television, starring in the WB series What I Like About You (2002), with Amanda Bynes.
In 2005, Jennie accepted a spokesperson position for the Angel Soft Angels in Action Program. The campaign serves to honor children and teenagers who have performed exemplary acts of community service. As for acting, Jennie is still starring in What I Like About You. This is her first comedy series and her longest-running gig, second to her role as Kelly on 90210.
Unlike some celebrities who cut short of academics, Jennie received her high school diploma and is fluent in Italian. She and Peter remain married and continue to raise their two daughters. When she is not hard at work, Jennie enjoys spending time with the family at her ranch, horseback riding and gardening.