Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jennifer Beals who played Alex from the film Flashdance

Jennifer Beals was born December 19, 1963 in Chicago.  She is most famous for playing the role of Alex a welder/night club dancer in Flashdance.  Most people probably identify her image in Flashdance during the scene when she was warming up for dance practice to the song "Maniac".
Jennifer Beals as Alex in Flashdance 1983

Beals got her acting start when she landed a small part in My Bodyguard in 1980.  She co-starred with Chris Makepeace, Adam Baldwin, Matt Dillon, and Joan Cusack.  A few years later in 1983, she landed her signature role as Alex Owens who worked as welder by day and a club dancer at night in Flashdance.  She co-starred with Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Kyle T. Heffner, Sunny Johnson, and Belinda Bauer.

Jennifer Beals as Alex in Flashdance 1983
Jennifer Beals as Alex during her audition in Flashdance 1983
Jennifer Beals dancing away in Flashdance 1983

Jennifer Beals and Michael Nouri in Flashdance 1983

Two years after Flashdance, Beals starred in an episode of Faerie Tale Theatre: Cinderella co-starring John Achorn, Jane Alden, Matthew Broderick and Eve Arden; and The Bride co-starring Sting, Anthony Higgins, David Rappaport, Geraldine Page, Clancy Brown, and Cary Elwes (1985).

Sting and Jennifer Beals in The Bride 1985

Another two years would pass before Beals would star in The Gamble co-starring Matthew Modine, Faye Dunaway, Corinne Clery, Ian Bannen, and Darci Adams (1988); Vampire's Kiss co-starring Nicolas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, Elizabeth Ashley, Bob Lujan, Kasi Lemmons, Amy Stiller, Jessica Lundy, and Jodie Markell (1988); and Split Decisions co-starring Gene Hackman, Craig Sheffer, Eddie Velez, Jeff Fahey, Victor Campos, and John McLiam (1988).

Nicholas Cage and Jennifer Beals in Vampire's Kiss 1988

In 1990, Beals would go on to star in Dr. M co-starring Alan Bates, Jan Niklas, Andrew McCarthy, Hanns Zischler, and Benoît Régent; Tinikling ou 'La madonne et le dragon' co-starring Luc Merenda, Christa Lang, and Patrick Bauchau (1990); Sons co-starring Stéphane Audran, Steve Axelrod, William Forsythe, and Elizabeth Bracco (1990); Blood and Concrete co-starring Billy Zane, James LeGros, Darren McGavin, Mark Pellegrino, Harry Shearer, and Nicholas Worth (1991); In the Soup co-starring Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel (1992); and Terror Stalks the Class Reunion co-starring Kate Nelligan, Werner Stocker, Geraint Wyn Davies, Arielle Dombasle, and Manfred Lehmann (1992).  It was also  in 1992 that Jennifer would land the role of Perry Quinn  in the TV show 2000 Malibu Road co-starring Lisa Hartman, Drew Barrymore, Tuesday Knight, Brian Bloom, Michael T. Weiss, and Scott Bryce.  The show would only last for one season.

Jennifer Beals (left) and the cast of 2000 Malibu Road

Beals would go on to star in Indecency with James Remar, Barbara Williams, Ray McKinnon, Anna Gunn, Sammi Davis, and Terri Hoyos (1992);  Le Grand Pardon II aka Day of Atonement co-starring Roger Hanin, Jill Clayburgh, Richard Berry, Gérard Darmon , Christopher Walken, and Jean Benguigui (1992); The Princess and the Cobbler with Vincent Price, Matthew Broderick, and Donald Pleasence (voice, 1993); Night Owl co-starring James Wilder, Jackie Burroughs, and Louis Ferreira (1993); Dead on Sight co-starring Daniel Baldwin, William H. Macy, and Kurtwood Smith (1994); Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle co-starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew Broderick, Heather Graham, and Andrew McCarthy (1994); The Search for One-eye Jimmy co-starring Holt McCallany, Michael Badalucco, Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Turturro, Steve Buscemi,  Anne Meara, and John Turturro (1994); Four Rooms co-starring Tim Roth, Amanda De Cadenet, Ione Skye, Madonna, David Proval, Alicia Witt, Antonio Banderas, Lili Taylor, Patricia Vonne, and Salma Hayek (1995); Devil in a Blue Dress co-starring Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Maury Chaykin, Don Cheadle, and Albert Hall (1995); and Let It Be Me co-starring Campbell Scott, Yancy Butler, Patrick Stewart, James Goodwin, and Leslie Caron (1995).

Jennifer Beals in Devil In a Blue Dress 1995

Jennifer finished out the 90s starring in TV shows and films such as The Twilight of the Golds co-starring Garry Marshall, Faye Dunaway, Brendan Fraser, Jill Bernstein, Mark Shunkey, Jill Lover, and Rosie O'Donnell (1996); The Outer Limits: Bodies of Evidence co-starring Mario Van Peebles, Guylaine St-Onge, Ken Camroux, David Neale, and Barry W. Levy (1997); The Prophecy II with Christopher Walken, Russell Wong, Brittany Murphy, Elizabeth Dennehy, and Eric Roberts (1998); Nothing Sacred starring Kevin Anderson, Ann Dowd, Tamara Mello, and Bruce Altman (2 episodes, 1998); The Spree co-starring Powers Boothe, Rita Moreno, Garry Chalk, and John Cassini (1998); The Last Days of Disco co-starring Chloë Sevigny, Kate Beckinsale, Matt Keeslar, Chris Eigeman, Tara Subkoff, Matt Ross, and Robert Sean Leonard (1998); Wishful Thinking co-starring Drew Barrymore, Desiree Casado, James LeGros, Andy Redmond, and Mel Gorham (1999); Something More co-starring Michael A. Goorjian, Chandra West, Wendy Anderson, David Lovgren, Tom Cavanagh, and Kurt Max Runte (1999); The Hunger starring David Bowie, Terence Stamp and Richard Jutras (1999); and Fear of Flying co-starring Craig Sheffer, Tom Berenger, Paul Jarrett, Jeffrey Nordling, Tamara Phillips, Jody Thompson, and Andrew Kavadas (1999).

Jennifer Beals in The Phrophecy II 1998

Beals began the new millennium starring in Without Malice with Craig Sheffer, Corey Haim, Adam Harrington, and Gabrielle Anwar (2000); Body and Soul co-starring Ray 'Boom Boom' Mancini, Michael Chiklis, Joe Mantegna, Rod Steiger, and Tahnee Welch (2000); A House Divided co-starring Sam Waterston, Tim Daly, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Shirley Douglas, and Adrian Hough (2000); Militia co-starring Dean Cain, Stacy Keach, Frederic Forrest, John Beck, and Brett Butler (2000); The Big House co-starring Chris Potter, Shawn Ashmore, and Sam Mandel (2001); Out of Line co-starring Holt McCallany, Keegan Connor Tracy, Christopher Judge, Michael Moriarty, and Rick Ravanello (2001); The Anniversary Party co-starring Alan Cumming, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Parker Posey, Steven Freedman, Kevin Kline, Greta Kline, Owen Kline, Jane Adams, and Mina Badie (2001); After the Storm co-starring Benjamin Bratt, Armand Assante, Stephen Lang, Mili Avital, and Simone-Elise Girard (2001); Feast of All Saints co-starring Robert Ri'chard, Peter Gallagher, Ossie Davis, Pam Grier, Gloria Reuben, Forest Whitaker, Bianca Lawson, Ben Vereen, Nicole Lyn, and Jasmine Guy (2001); 13 Moons co-starring Elizabeth Bracco, Steve Buscemi, Daryl Mitchell, Karyn Parsons, and Peter Dinklage (2002); Roger Dodger co-starring Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg, Mina Badie, Elizabeth Berkley, Isabella Rossellini, and Stephanie Gatschet (2002); They Shoot Divas, Don't They? co-starring Keri Lynn Pratt, Molly Hagan, Traci Lords, Karim Prince, Arabella Field, and Kristina Anapau (2002); Runaway Jury co-starring John Cusack, Rachel Weisz, Dustin Hoffman, Gene Hackman, Joanna Going, and Bruce Davison (2003);

In 2004, Jennifer landed the role of Bette Porter in the TV show The L Word.  She co-starred with Leisha Hailey ( Alice Pieszecki),  Laurel Holloman (Tina Kennard), Pam Grier (Kit Porter), Mia Kirshner (Jenny Schecter), and Katherine Moennig (Shane McCutcheon).  She played the role for five years, leaving the show in 2009.

Jennifer Beals (right front center) and the casts of The L Word

During her run on The L Word, Beals went on to star in Catch That Kid with Kristen Stewart, Max Thieriot, Corbin Bleu, Sam Robards, and John Carroll Lynch (2004); and 2 episodes of the show Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, and David Hyde Pierce (2004).

Also, in 2005, Jennifer starred in Break a Leg with John Cassini, Molly Parker and Rene Rivera;  Desolation Sound co-starring Helene Joy, Ed Begley Jr., Emily Hirst, Lothaire Bluteau, and Glynis Davies (2005); The Grudge 2 co-starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Edison Chen, Arielle Kebbel, Takako Fuji, Sarah Roemer, Teresa Palmer, and Matthew Knight (2006); Troubled Waters with Jonathan Goad, Shauna Black, David Storch, Laura Vandervoort, and Sharon Lewis (2006); Law & Order starring Sam Waterston, Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Dennis Farina (2007); My Name Is Sarah co-starring Peter Outerbridge, Nolan Gerard Funk, Sarah Edmondson, and Crystal Buble (2007); and Joueuse co-starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Francis Renaud, Valérie Lagrange, and Dominic Gould (2009).

Jennifer Beals, Amber Tamblyn and Sarah Michelle Gellar co-stars appearing at the premier of The Grudge 2

After Beals left The L Word in 2009, she began playing the role of Zoe Landau in Lie to Me co-starring Tim Roth (Dr. Cal Lightman), Kelli Williams(Dr. Gillian Foster), Monica Raymund (Ria Torres), and Brendan Hines (Eli Loker).  Jennifer played the role of Zoe for 6 episodes, leaving the show in 2010.

In 2010, she starred in The Book of Eli with Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Gary Oldman, and Ray Stevenson; A Night for Dying Tigers co-starring Gil Bellows, Kathleen Robertson, Lauren Lee Smith, Tygh Runyan, Sarah Lind, Leah Gibson, and Jessica Heafey; The Night Before the Night Before Christmas co-starring Rick Roberts, Gage Munroe, R.D. Reid, Marcia Bennett, Kim Roberts, and Rebecca Williams.

Mila Kunis (Solara) and Jennifer Beals (Claudia) in The Book of Eli 2010
Jennifer Beals (Claudia) and Gary Oldman (Carnegie) in The Book of Eli 2010

Recently, Beals landed the role of Teresa Colvin in the TV series The Chicago Code.  She co-stars with Jason Clarke (Jarek Wysocki), Matt Lauria (Caleb Evers), Delroy Lindo (Ronin Gibbons), Todd Williams (Isaac Joiner), and Billy Lush (Liam Hennessey).

Jennifer Beals as Teresa Colvin in The Chicago Code 2011
Jennifer Beals and cast in The Chicago Code 2011

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