Jennie Garth
Birth Date:
April 3, 1972
Birth Place:
Urbana, Illinois, USA
5' 5''
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Kelly Taylor


Illinois-born television star Jennie Garth skyrocketed to stardom with her ten-season run as Kelly Taylor in the Fox’ hit series “Beverly Hills 90210” (1990-2000), in which she took home a 1992 Young Artist award. Though she has since worked in TV movies such as Danielle Steel’s Star (1993), Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994), Without Consent (1994, also executive produced), A Loss of Innocence (1996), An Unfinished Affair (1996, also an executive producer), as well as a few wide screen films, Power 98 (1996), direct-to-video released My Brother’s War (1997) and Telling You (1998), the appealing actress, with her “America’s sweetheart” type of look, failed to achieve further success until 2002 when she starred as strait-laced Valerie Tyler in the WB sitcom “What I Like About You” (2002-?).

Off screen, Jennie Garth was once named the 41st of VH1’s “Top 100 Greatest Teen Stars.” An avid animal lover, she is an active supporter of the animal rights organization PETA and keeps cats, dogs, horses, goats and rabbits as pets on her ranch in Santa Barbara. As for her private life, the former wife of musician Daniel B. Clark (married in 1994, divorced in 1996) splits her time between her home in Los Angeles and her ranch in Northern California with her two loves: her actor-husband Peter Facinelli, whom she has been married since 2001, and her daughters Lola Ray (born in 2002) and Luca Bella (born in 1997). Garth and Facinelli are currently expecting their third child.

“Peter and I feel very blessed with our children. We didn’t plan any one of them but higher forces and recognizing priorities helped us along the way. We can’t wait to meet this newest addition to our family!” Jennie Garth on her family and third child

Horseback Rider

Childhood and Family:

Born Jennifer Eve Garth, on April 3, 1972, in Urbana, Illinois, to parents John and Carolyn Garth (both teachers), Jennie Garth was raised on the family’s 25-acre horse ranch outside Urbana, along with her six older half siblings: Lisa, Cammie, Wendy, Lynn, Johnny and Chuck. When she was 13, she moved with her family to Phoenix, Arizona, where she began attending dance classes and briefly worked as a model. Dreaming of going to college and later building her own dance studio, Jennie dropped out of high school during her junior year (she achieved her diploma later) after being discovered by an agent in a local beauty pageant (which she won). Following the suggestion of the agent, Jennie, with her mom, headed for Los Angeles to try her hand at acting.

On April 16, 1994, Jennie was married to musician Daniel B. Clark, but the couple separated after two years, in November 1996. Shortly after the divorce, she dated actor Peter Facinelli and welcomed their first daughter, Luca Bella Facinelli, on June 29, 1997. The two finally exchanged wedding vows on January 20, 2001, on Jennie’s ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Jennie gave birth to her second daughter, Lola Ray, on December 6, 2002, and is reportedly expecting her third child with husband Facinelli this year. When not working, she enjoys gardening, horseback riding, housekeeping and caring for her beloved children.

What I Like About You


A talent competition winner, Jennie Garth was spotted by a talent scout at age 15 in the Cinderella Scholarship Pageant and she quickly made her way to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. A former model, Garth began taking acting lessons as soon as she arrived in California. Within only four months, the attractive blonde got her first acting job in the short-lived NBC series “A Brand New Life” (1989), playing the bit part of Ericka McCray. The same year, she also appeared in the made-for-television movie Just Perfect (1989) and guest starred in an episode of the well-liked ABC sitcom “Growing Pains.”

However, Garth didn’t earned wide fame until 1990 when renowned producer Aaron Spelling recruited her to play a regular in the Fox nighttime soap “Beverly Hills, 90210.” As Kelly Taylor, the spoiled rich girl, Garth combined sexy and sweet, as well as a strong and helpless persona for her character and quickly became a favorite of the audiences. In addition, the critics were impressed by her brilliant performance and she was handed a 1992 Young Artist for Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series. She stayed with her Kelly role until the show’s final season in 2000.

During her 10 year stint with “Beverly Hills, 90210,” the actress was also seen working on other TV projects, including playing Karrie Donato in the series “Teen Angel Returns” (1990), making a three-episode appearance in the “90210” spin off “Melrose Place” (1992) and delivering a strong starring turn as Crystal Wyatt, a young woman who turns personal heartbreak into professional triumph, in the television film Danielle Steel’s Star (1993). Unfortunately, her solid performance in the latter film failed to gain extra notice for the actress. In 1992, she also launched the worked out video “Jennie Garth's Body in Progress.”

Next up for Garth, she gave another memorable performance as Laurie Kellogg, the teenage bride of an appalling husband (Gregory Harrison) in the fascinating ABC drama Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994). Also in 1994, she branched out into producing with the NBC TV movie Without Consent, where she also starred opposite Jill Eikenberry and Tom Irwin. In the Robert Iscove-directed drama, she portrayed disobedient teenager Laura Mills.

The following years saw the actress star in the little-seen CBS thriller Falling for You (1995), take double duties as an actor and executive producer for the made-for-cable An Unfinished Affair (1996) and costarred with Rob Estes in the television drama-romance film A Loss of Innocence (1996). Still in 1996, Garth made her feature acting debut when director/writer Jaime Hellman cast her in the supporting role of the troubled girlfriend of a besieged shock jock’s protégé in Power 98, a film which premiered on HBO. She followed that up with a costarring role, alongside James Brolin, in the action/thriller movie My Brother’s War (1997, released direct-to-video a year later, helmed by Brolin) and a cameo role in Robert DeFranc’s Telling You (1998), starring her lover Peter Facinelli.

When Beverly Hills ended in 2000, Garth took some time off to focus on her private life. She made her return to television in the recurring role of Gillian Sherman on Fox’s drama serial “The $treet” (2000-1), starring Tom Everett Scott and Nina Garbiras. A year after making the TV movie Watching the Detectives (2001), she won her next longest-running gig, this time starring as the strait-laced sister, Valerie Tyler, opposite Amanda Bynes, in the WB sitcom “What I Like About You” (2002-?). While working on the series, she also took acting roles in the television movies The Last Cowboy (2003), as Jacqueline ‘Jake’ Cooper, and Secret Santa (2003), as Rebecca Chandler.

Garth currently is still working on her Valerie Tyler role in “What I Like About You.”


  • Young Artist: Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series, Beverly Hills, 90210, 1992
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