Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth

Her role as Kelly Taylor on TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990-2000)

Background:

Illinois-born television star Jennie Garth skyrocketed to stardom with her
ten-season run as Kelly Taylor in the Fox’ hit series “Beverly Hills 90210”
(1990-2000), in which she took home a 1992 Young Artist award. Though she has
since worked in TV movies such as Danielle Steel’s Star (1993), Lies of the
Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994), Without Consent (1994, also executive
produced), A Loss of Innocence (1996), An Unfinished Affair (1996, also an
executive producer), as well as a few wide screen films, Power 98 (1996),
direct-to-video released My Brother’s War (1997) and Telling You (1998), the
appealing actress, with her “America’s sweetheart” type of look, failed to
achieve further success until 2002 when she starred as strait-laced Valerie
Tyler in the WB sitcom “What I Like About You” (2002-?).

Off screen, Jennie Garth was once named the 41st of VH1’s “Top 100 Greatest Teen
Stars.” An avid animal lover, she is an active supporter of the animal rights
organization PETA and keeps cats, dogs, horses, goats and rabbits as pets on her
ranch in Santa Barbara. As for her private life, the former wife of musician
Daniel B. Clark (married in 1994, divorced in 1996) splits her time between her
home in Los Angeles and her ranch in Northern California with her two loves: her
actor-husband Peter Facinelli, whom she has been married since 2001, and her
daughters Lola Ray (born in 2002) and Luca Bella (born in 1997). Garth and
Facinelli are currently expecting their third child.

“Peter and I feel very blessed with our children. We didn’t plan any one of them
but higher forces and recognizing priorities helped us along the way. We can’t
wait to meet this newest addition to our family!” Jennie Garth on her family and
third child


Horseback Rider

Childhood and Family:

Born Jennifer Eve Garth, on April 3, 1972, in Urbana, Illinois, to parents John
and Carolyn Garth (both teachers), Jennie Garth was raised on the family’s
25-acre horse ranch outside Urbana, along with her six older half siblings:
Lisa, Cammie, Wendy, Lynn, Johnny and Chuck. When she was 13, she moved with her
family to Phoenix, Arizona, where she began attending dance classes and briefly
worked as a model. Dreaming of going to college and later building her own dance
studio, Jennie dropped out of high school during her junior year (she achieved
her diploma later) after being discovered by an agent in a local beauty pageant
(which she won). Following the suggestion of the agent, Jennie, with her mom,
headed for Los Angeles to try her hand at acting.

On April 16, 1994, Jennie was married to musician Daniel B. Clark, but the
couple separated after two years, in November 1996. Shortly after the divorce,
she dated actor Peter Facinelli and welcomed their first daughter, Luca Bella
Facinelli, on June 29, 1997. The two finally exchanged wedding vows on January
20, 2001, on Jennie’s ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Jennie gave birth to
her second daughter, Lola Ray, on December 6, 2002, and is reportedly expecting
her third child with husband Facinelli this year. When not working, she enjoys
gardening, horseback riding, housekeeping and caring for her beloved children.



What I Like About You

Career:

A talent competition winner, Jennie Garth was spotted by a talent scout at age
15 in the Cinderella Scholarship Pageant and she quickly made her way to Los
Angeles to pursue an acting career. A former model, Garth began taking acting
lessons as soon as she arrived in California. Within only four months, the
attractive blonde got her first acting job in the short-lived NBC series “A
Brand New Life” (1989), playing the bit part of Ericka McCray. The same year,
she also appeared in the made-for-television movie Just Perfect (1989) and guest
starred in an episode of the well-liked ABC sitcom “Growing Pains.”

However, Garth didn’t earned wide fame until 1990 when renowned producer Aaron
Spelling recruited her to play a regular in the Fox nighttime soap “Beverly
Hills, 90210.” As Kelly Taylor, the spoiled rich girl, Garth combined sexy and
sweet, as well as a strong and helpless persona for her character and quickly
became a favorite of the audiences. In addition, the critics were impressed by
her brilliant performance and she was handed a 1992 Young Artist for Best Young
Actress Co-starring in a Television Series. She stayed with her Kelly role until
the show’s final season in 2000.

During her 10 year stint with “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the actress was also seen
working on other TV projects, including playing Karrie Donato in the series
“Teen Angel Returns” (1990), making a three-episode appearance in the “90210”
spin off “Melrose Place” (1992) and delivering a strong starring turn as Crystal
Wyatt, a young woman who turns personal heartbreak into professional triumph, in
the television film Danielle Steel’s Star (1993). Unfortunately, her solid
performance in the latter film failed to gain extra notice for the actress. In
1992, she also launched the worked out video “Jennie Garth's Body in Progress.”

Next up for Garth, she gave another memorable performance as Laurie Kellogg, the
teenage bride of an appalling husband (Gregory Harrison) in the fascinating ABC
drama Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994). Also in 1994, she
branched out into producing with the NBC TV movie Without Consent, where she
also starred opposite Jill Eikenberry and Tom Irwin. In the Robert Iscove-directed
drama, she portrayed disobedient teenager Laura Mills.

The following years saw the actress star in the little-seen CBS thriller Falling
for You (1995), take double duties as an actor and executive producer for the
made-for-cable An Unfinished Affair (1996) and costarred with Rob Estes in the
television drama-romance film A Loss of Innocence (1996). Still in 1996, Garth
made her feature acting debut when director/writer Jaime Hellman cast her in the
supporting role of the troubled girlfriend of a besieged shock jock’s protégé in
Power 98, a film which premiered on HBO. She followed that up with a costarring
role, alongside James Brolin, in the action/thriller movie My Brother’s War
(1997, released direct-to-video a year later, helmed by Brolin) and a cameo role
in Robert DeFranc’s Telling You (1998), starring her lover Peter Facinelli.

When Beverly Hills ended in 2000, Garth took some time off to focus on her
private life. She made her return to television in the recurring role of Gillian
Sherman on Fox’s drama serial “The $treet” (2000-1), starring Tom Everett Scott
and Nina Garbiras. A year after making the TV movie Watching the Detectives
(2001), she won her next longest-running gig, this time starring as the
strait-laced sister, Valerie Tyler, opposite Amanda Bynes, in the WB sitcom
“What I Like About You” (2002-?). While working on the series, she also took
acting roles in the television movies The Last Cowboy (2003), as Jacqueline
‘Jake’ Cooper, and Secret Santa (2003), as Rebecca Chandler.

Garth currently is still working on her Valerie Tyler role in “What I Like About
You.”


Awards:

Young Artist: Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series,
Beverly Hills, 90210, 1992
I could have probably raised them in L.A. and they would have been great and had so many things at their fingertips and been exposed to so many things. But we travel a lot, so I don't think that moving out of town is sheltering the girls at all. Maybe protecting them a little bit more, trying to prolong their youth.More Jennie Garth quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
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I still enjoy acting. I love the moment in front of the camera, but it's all the other moments that I don't enjoy. The 'business' aspect of it, the gossip.More Jennie Garth quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I could have probably raised them in L.A. and they would have been great and had so many things at their fingertips and been exposed to so many things. But we travel a lot, so I don't think that moving out of town is sheltering the girls at all. Maybe protecting them a little bit more, trying to prolong their youth.More Jennie Garth quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm one of those women who likes to chat and share knowledge and pass it around.More Jennie Garth quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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