Who Is Jennifer Garner?
Jennifer Garner was born on April 17, 1972, in Houston, Texas. After performing on stage, she moved to Los Angeles for television work, landing bit parts on 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 TV success, she landed roles in films like Catch Me If You Can, Elektra, The Kingdom, Juno and Dallas Buyers Club. She was also known for her marriage to fellow Hollywood actor Ben Affleck, until their separation in 2015.
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 the ABC drama Alias. It was her starring turn as CIA agent Sydney Bristow that made the actress into an overnight success, earning her a loyal following of viewers and critical praise. Garner won a Golden Globe award for her performance on the show, and earned multiple Emmy nominations as well.
Garner was then cast in such feature films as Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio; Daredevil, co-starring Ben Affleck; and 13 Going On 30, with Mark Ruffalo. In January 2005, she starred in the Daredevil spin-off, Elektra.
In 2007, Garner appeared in the action film The Kingdom, which addressed U.S. conflicts with the oil industry in Saudi Arabia. That same year, she joined 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's 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.
In 2016, Garner starred in the inspirational drama Miracles from Heaven and appeared in the comedy Nine Lives, with Kevin Spacey. The following year, she featured prominently in the family drama The Tribes of Palos Verdes.
Garner was married to actor Scott Foley from 2000 until 2004. In 2005 she married Daredevil co-star Ben Affleck, with whom she has three children: daughters Violet and Seraphina and son Samuel. After 10 years of marriage, Garner and Affleck announced their separation in June 2015.
In March 2017, People magazine reported that the two were attempting to work on their marriage. Around that time, Affleck also posted on Facebook that he was making progress in his battle to remain sober. "I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront," he wrote. "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." However, the two formally filed for divorce in April. It was reportedly an amicable split in which they petitioned for joint legal and physical custody of their children.
Later that year, Garner admitted that she hadn't dated since originally splitting with Affleck in 2015, noting, "People want to set me up and I am just like, 'No thank you!'" The actress also revealed her difficulties with trying to adapt to life post-marriage. "I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids," she said. "I would not choose to be single or be in this position. It’s something that we are working through."
Garner's philanthropic efforts include becoming an ambassador for Save the Children in 2009.
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