Jennie Garth

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Jennie Garth

Garth at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards
BornJennifer Eve Garth
(1972-04-03) April 3, 1972 (age 40)
Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Daniel Clark (1994–1996; div.)
Peter Facinelli (2001–2013; filed for divorce)
Children3 daughters (with Facinelli)
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Jennie Garth

Garth at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards
BornJennifer Eve Garth
(1972-04-03) April 3, 1972 (age 40)
Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Daniel Clark (1994–1996; div.)
Peter Facinelli (2001–2013; filed for divorce)
Children3 daughters (with Facinelli)

Jennifer Eve "Jennie" Garth (born April 3, 1972)[1] is an American actress and director, best known for starring as Kelly Taylor throughout the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. As of 2012, she stars in her own reality show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country on CMT.


Early life

Jennie Garth was born in Urbana, Illinois to John[2] and Carolyn Garth, each of whom already had three older children from previous marriages. Garth spent much of her youth on a 25-acre (100,000 m2) horse ranch in Arcola, Illinois. Her family eventually moved to Tuscola, Illinois, and then, when Garth was 13 years old, to Glendale, Arizona. There, she began taking dancing lessons and modeling, which led to her participation in a talent competition, where she was discovered by Hollywood talent scout and manager, Randy James. She attended Greenway High School as a freshman and later transferred to Apollo High School in her sophomore year. Determined to become an actress, she left school during her junior year to work with James in Los Angeles (she would later obtain her high school diploma in California[citation needed]). She began taking acting classes and going to auditions almost daily, and soon landed a role as "Erica McCray" in the NBC television series A Brand New Life (1989–90).


Garth landed her first role in the television sitcom Growing Pains. She also appeared in six episodes on A Brand New Life as Erica McCray.

Garth at the 1992 Emmy Awards

In 1990, she landed the role of Kelly Taylor on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210. Throughout the series, Garth's character faced several trials and tribulations, along with difficult issues regarding family and her romantic life. Garth displayed an exceptional understanding of the character's struggles and triumphs, portraying Kelly in a relatable way which made her one of the most developed and popular characters on the show.[3] Garth appeared on the series for the full 10 seasons until its end in 2000, along with Ian Ziering, Tori Spelling, and Brian Austin Green. She won a Young Artist Award and was nominated for the Teen Choice Awards, both for her role on Beverly Hills, 90210. She was also instrumental in launching the spin-offs Melrose Place and 90210, with the character of Kelly becoming a continuity icon by appearing in the most franchise episodes.[4][5] In addition, Garth became the first female cast member to direct episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210.

Her successful role on Beverly Hills, 90210 opened the door to several lead roles in made-for-TV films in the 1990s, including Danielle Steel's Star (1993), Without Consent (1994), Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994), Falling for You (1995), and An Unfinished Affair (1996). She also had minor and supporting roles in the theatrical films Telling You (1998), My Brother's War (1997), and Power 98 (1996).

Garth ranked #59 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000,[6] and #93 on the magazine's 100 Sexiest Women of 2001.[7]

In 2002, Garth starred in the sitcom What I Like About You as Valerie Tyler. Along with co-star Amanda Bynes, she appeared on the show for all four seasons. The show centered around the relationship of the Tyler sisters, along with their friendships and romances. In 2003 she starred in the television movies The Last Cowboy and the Christmas family drama Secret Santa, playing a journalist. She and the cast Secret Santa won the 2004 CAMIE Award.

In 2005 she voiced her Beverly Hills, 90210 character Kelly Taylor, as well as an additional role in the DVD Film Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. The ensemble cast also included Seth McFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, and Drew Barrymore. Garth also starred in the 2007 TV teen drama film Girl, Positive, playing a teacher who was HIV positive. She and co-star Andrea Bowen (known for the series Desperate Housewives) won a Prism Award for their performances.

In 2007, Garth appeared on season five of Dancing with the Stars and was paired with Derek Hough. They reached the semi-finals in the competition.

Garth at the Twilight premiere in Los Angeles

In September 2008, Garth returned to the role of Kelly Taylor on the series premiere of the CW Network's spinoff series, 90210. In the new series, Garth's character Kelly Taylor is now a guidance counselor at West Beverly High, where her half-sister Erin Silver also attends.[8] Kelly was reintroduced with a four-year-old son, whose father is ex-boyfriend Dylan McKay. The writers were eager to have her share scenes with former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty, who reprised her role of Brenda Walsh.[9] Tori Spelling, who played Donna Martin in the original series, later joined the spinoff in a recurring role as well. Garth also reprised the role in the season two.

Garth appeared on the U.S. game show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? on November 21, 2008. She won $100,000 for her charity, the American Heart Association, for which is spokeswoman for its "Go Red for Women" campaign.[10] This TV show also noted that Garth owns a horse ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

In 2009, she played the role of Natasha in Candace Bushnell's Web series The Boardroom.[citation needed] In January 2010, Garth starred in an iVillage web series created by NBC Universal, Garden Party, about farm life, fresh produce and healthy eating.[citation needed]

Personal life

Garth was married to Daniel Clark from 1994 to 1996.[11]

In 1996, Garth met actor Peter Facinelli while filming the movie An Unfinished Affair. On January 20, 2001, she married Facinelli in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony.[12] They have three daughters: Luca Bella (born 1997), Lola Ray (born 2002), and Fiona Eve (born 2006).

On March 13, 2012, Garth and Facinelli announced that they were divorcing.[13] On March 28, 2012, Facinelli filed for divorce.[14]


1996Power 98Sharon Penn
1997My Brother's WarMary Fagan Bailey
1998Telling YouAmber (uncredited)
1989Growing PainsDeniseEpisode: "Ben and Mike's Excellent Adventure"
1989–90Brand New Life, AA Brand New LifeEricka McCray6 episodes
1990Teen Angel ReturnsKarrie DonatoTV series
1990Just PerfectTV movie
Beverly Hills, 90210Kelly Taylor292 episodes
1992Melrose PlaceKelly Taylor3 episodes
1993StarCrystal WyattTV movie
1994Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie KelloggLaurie KelloggTV movie
1994Without ConsentLaura MillsTV movie
1995Falling for YouMeg CraneTV movie
1995Larry Sanders Show, TheThe Larry Sanders ShowJennie GarthEpisode: "Larry's Sitcom"
1995Biker Mice from MarsAngel Revson (voice)Episode: "Hit the Road, Jack"
1996Unfinished Affair, AnAn Unfinished AffairSheila HartTV movie
1996Loss of Innocence, AA Loss of InnocenceChelnicia 'Chel' BowenTV movie
2000–01$treet, TheThe $treetGillian Sherman8 episodes
2001Watching the DetectivesTV movie
2002–06What I Like About YouValerie Tyler86 episodes
2003Last Cowboy, TheThe Last CowboyJacqueline 'Jake' CooperTV movie
2003Secret SantaRebecca ChandlerTV movie
2005Stewie Griffin: The Untold StoryKelly Taylor (voice)Video
2006American Dad!Trudy (voice)Episode: "Roger n' Me"
2007Girl, PositiveSarah BennettTV movie
2008–1090210Kelly Taylor20 episodes
2011Accidentally in LoveAnnie BenchleyTV movie
2011Christmas Wedding Tail, AA Christmas Wedding TailSusanTV movie
2012Village PeopleAlexaTV movie
2012Jennie Garth: A Little Bit CountryHerselfReality show
2012The Eleventh VictimHailey DeanTV movie
2013CommunityEnsignEpisode: "Conventions of Space and Time"

Awards and nominations

List of awards and nominations
1991Young Artist AwardsBest Young Actress Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV SeriesBeverly Hills, 90210Nominated[a]
1992Best Young Actress Starring in a Television SeriesWon
1999Teen Choice AwardsTelevision – Choice ActressNominated[b]
2005Character and Morality in Entertainment AwardsBest Ensemble CastSecret SantaWon
2008Prism AwardsOutstanding Performance in a MiniseriesGirl, PositiveWon


  1. ^ "Best Birthday Wishes for Jennie Garth". April 3, 2011.,,20477333,00.html. Retrieved August 16, 2012. "The 90210 star is 39 today."
  2. ^ My Life: Jennie Garth
  3. ^ "Jennie Garth". Yahoo! TV.;_ylt=AuZcAINARGcvN5.V3P4bbkHGM4x4. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
  4. ^ "Jennie Garth Credit Listings". Yahoo! TV.;_ylt=AvmwRIV5YfnUhqN3Rt3sXcPGM4x4. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  5. ^ "Jennie Garth Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-06-22.
  6. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000". Archived from the original on February 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-27.
  7. ^ "FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000". Archived from the original on March 1, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-27.
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2008-05-10). "Jennie Garth joins 90210 Remake". Ausiello Report (TV Guide). Retrieved 2008-05-21.
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Tori Is Out, Shannen Is In for 90210 Remake!". E! Online. Retrieved 2008-07-31.
  10. ^ Matters of the heart: Jennie Garth goes red msnbc.
  11. ^ Ravitz, Justin (March 13, 2012). "Peter Facinelli, Jennie Garth to Divorce". Us Weekly.
  12. ^ "'Jennie Garth Has Red-and-White Wedding'". ABC News. 2001-02-01. Retrieved 2010-05-16.
  13. ^ "Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth Are Divorcing". People. 2012-03-13.,,20578138,00.html. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  14. ^ "Peter Facinelli Files for Divorce from Jennie Garth". People. 2012-03-28.,,20582221,00.html. Retrieved 2012-03-28.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ian Ziering & Cheryl Burke
Dancing with the Stars (US) semi-finalist
Season 5 (Fall 2007 with Derek Hough)
Succeeded by
Marissa Jaret Winokur & Tony Dovolani