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Jennifer Love Hewitt is an American actress and singer-songwriter best known for her role on the TV show Party of Five and her part in I Know What You Did Last Summer.
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Jennifer Love Hewitt was born on February 21, 1979, in Waco, Texas. As a child, she was on Disney's Kids Incorporated. In 1992, she released her first album, Love Songs. In 1995, she earned the part of Sarah on the TV drama Party of Five. Her big break came with the lead in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997. In 2005, Hewitt debuted on the CBS drama The Ghost Whisperer.
Actress and singer Jennifer Love Hewitt was born on February 21, 1979, in Waco, Texas. The daughter of two medical professionals who divorced when their daughter was just six months old, Hewitt is one of those rare child song-and-dance stars who's managed to navigate the tricky road to adult success as a film and television actress.
Hewitt—who got her first name from her 8-year-old brother Todd, who chose the name Jennifer as an homage to his grade school crush—showed an early passion for music. She started performing at the age of 3, when she made her debut as a singer at a livestock fair, not far from her childhood hometown of Nolanville, Texas.
Two years after that performance at the fair, Hewitt's mother enrolled her daughter in jazz, ballet, and tap dance classes, which eventually landed the young performer a spot on the prized Texas Show Team, a cadre of performers who toured Europe and the former Soviet Union.
In 1989, a talent scout recommended that Jennifer and her mother, Pat, move to Los Angeles so Hewitt could pursue better acting and dancing opportunities. It turned out to be sound advice. Hewitt quickly found work, appearing in TV commercials for companies like Mattel Toys and LA Gear, the latter of which brought her on board for a world tour to promote its sneakers.
That work soon led to a regular part on Disney's Kids Incorporated, a music driven show that catered perfectly to Hewitt's talents. Those same skills were also on full display for the 1991 release of the Dance! Workout With Barbie video, which featured the young actress. Other credits followed, not all of them huge successes, including a string of failed television pilots. In 1992, Hewitt stepped up her profile as a singer—at least overseas—when she released her first album, Love Songs, a saccharine-sweet collection of romantic teen ballads.
There was plenty of additional acting work, too, including a co-starring role in the 1993 film, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, with Whoopi Goldberg. In 1995, Hewitt earned the kind of successful television gig that had previously eluded her, starring as the pretty girl-next-door in the Fox Television drama, Party of Five. Stepping into the role during the program's second season, Hewitt soon became a household name, earning nominations from the Kids Choice Awards and Teen Choice awards, as well as helping the program land a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama in 1996.
Hewitt tried to cash in on her new celebrity with a second album of songs—this one released to an American audience.
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