She has appeared in more than 50 films. She is multiracial; her father was African American, and her mother is Irish American. She has two brothers, Bobby and Gregory. Her father died when Beals was nine years old, and her mother married Edward Cohen in Beals has said her biracial heritage had some effect on her, as she "always lived sort of on the outside", with an idea "of being the other in society". She got her first job at age 13 at an ice cream store, using her height at the time she is now nearly 5 ft 9 in 1. Beals was inspired to become an actress by two events: doing a high school production of Fiddler on the Roof and seeing Balm in Gilead with Joan Allen while volunteer-ushering at the Steppenwolf Theatre.
See also Jennifer for a complete list of references to clarify differences between these closely named or closely related articles. Jennifer Beals is an American film and television actress and former model born in Chicago , Illinois on December 19th , She is best known for playing brassy Pittsburgh steel worker-turned-dancer Alex Owens in the smash hit Flashdance. Jennifer's acting career began as early as high school and she began doing volunteer usher work at the Steppenwolf Theatre. Her academic studies included attending school at the Francis W. Parker School and Yale University. This was Jennifer's first major work following Flashdance , but was necesarily considered a hallmark in her career.
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As I got a little older, and I was more aware of television and magazines, I searched for images of girls that looked like me. Jennifer Beals born December 19, is an American actress and a former teen model. She has appeared in more than 50 films. Beals was born on the southside of Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Jeanne, an elementary school teacher, and Alfred Beals, who owned a grocery store.