In Houston, Texas, Jennifer Anne Garner was born on April 17, 1972. Jennifer is the second daughter of Bill Garner, a chemical engineer, and Pat Garner, a retired lecturer. Along with her two sisters, Melissa and Susannah, Jennifer relocated with her parents to Charleston, West Virginia. An aspiring ballerina, Jennifer attended George Washington High School while taking ballet lessons.
Jennifer was raised in a conservative family that did not allow their daughters to wear make-up and jewelry. However, they were very
supportive and Jennifer once quoted, "My parents never said anything except, 'Go for it.'" Jennifer's parent continued to offer support as she took up acting studies at Dennison University, Granville, Ohio, where she graduated in 1996.
Golden Globe winner Jennifer Garner was shot to stardom playing the starring role of CIA agent Sydney Bristow on ABC's series Alias. She was also widely noticed playing Hannah in the WB series Felicity and Elektra in the runaway success movie Daredevil (2003). The brunette actress, who was named as one of People's 50 Most Beautiful People (2002), has been sweetly linked to several Hollywood actors including current Daredevil costar Ben Affleck. Maxim's Sexiest Woman in 2001, Jennifer also previously dated fellow actor in Alias, Michael Vartan, during 2003-2004.
On October 19, 2000, Jennifer married Felicity costar, actor Scott Foley. In April 2003 the couple announced their separation and finally
filed for divorce in the following year, March 2004.
Jennifer recently designed greeting cards to benefit the Pediatric Epilepsy Project at UCLA and put a wardrobe bustier on auction to help The American Red Cross for Tsunami Relief. During her off time, Jennifer relaxes with cooking and gardening. Enthused by her roles in films, she enjoys adventures like hiking and martial arts.
"You can never be too positive with a show. The important thing is to keep working. You never know when it is another Felicity, something that seems like nothing that changes your life." - Jennifer Garner
"I would roll up pennies to take the subway to work in Times Square. I was broke, but I was happy." Jennifer Garner on her early career.
Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series (Drama), Alias, 2001