Jennifer Garner was born on April 17, 1972, in Houston, Texas. After performing on stage, she moved to Los Angeles to work in television, landing bit parts in Spin City and Law & Order. In 2000, she earned notice for her role on Felicity, and was cast in the TV drama, Alias, which earned her a Golden Globe Award. Following her success in television, she landed roles in films like Catch Me If You Can and Daredevil. She's also starred in Elektra (2005), The Kingdom (2007), Juno (2007) and Dallas Buyers Club (2013).
Actress Jennifer Anne Garner was born on April 17, 1972, in Houston, Texas. The daughter of a chemical engineer and a retired English professor, Garner was raised in Charleston, West Virginia, with her two sisters. She attended Denison University in Ohio, where she graduated with a degree in theater in 1996. After performing on stage in New York City, she moved to Los Angeles to work in television, landing bit parts on several shows, including Spin City and Law & Order.
In 2000, Garner earned notice for her recurring role on the hit show Felicity, and the show's producer subsequently cast her as the lead in a the ABC drama, Alias. It was her starring turn as CIA agent Sydney Bristow that made Garner into an overnight success, earning her a loyal following of viewers and critical praise. She was then cast in such feature films as the Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio; Daredevil co-starring Ben Affleck; and 13 Going On 30 with actor Mark Ruffalo. In January 2005, she starred in the Daredevil spin-off, Elektra.
In 2007, Garner starred in the action film The Kingdom, which addressed U.S. conflicts with the oil industry in Saudi Arabia. That same year, she co-starred with Ellen Page, Michael Cera and Jason Bateman in the critically acclaimed indie comedy, Juno.
Garner starred in the 2009 romantic comedy The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past with Matthew McConaughey and the 2011 re-boot of Arthur with Russell Brand. She also played Dr. Eve Saks in the Oscar-nominated 2013 biopic Dallas Buyers Club, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto. In 2014, Garner starred film projects included Draft Day, Men, Women & Children, and the film adaptation of the popular children's book, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In 2015, she starred alongside Al Pacino and Annette Bening in Danny Collins.
Garner's next starring role was in the 2016 inspirational drama Miracles from Heaven. She also appeared in the comedy Nine Lives, co-starring with Kevin Spacey, in 2016.
Garner was married to actor Scott Foley from 2000 until 2004. She married actor and Daredevil co-star Ben Affleck in 2005 with whom she has three children: daughters Violet and Seraphina, and son Samuel. After 10 years of marriage, Garner and Affleck announced their divorce in June 2015. In March 2017, People magazine reported that the couple had called off the divorce to work on their marriage. Affleck also posted on Facebook in March that he had completed treatment for alcohol addiction. "I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront," he wrote. "I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step. I'm lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I've done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery."
Garner and Affleck filed for divorce a month later. It was reportedly an amicable split in which they petitioned for joint legal and physical custody of their children.
Garner's philanthropic efforts include becoming an ambassador for Save the Children in 2009.
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