American actress Jennifer Blanc is perhaps best known for her role
of Kate Bishop in “Party of Five” (1994-1995) and Kendra
Maibaum in the James Cameron sensation “Dark Angel”
(2000-2001). She has also guest starred in many series, including
“Married with Children,” “Touched by an Angel,”
“Early Edition,” “Providence” (1999), “CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation” and more recently, “Veronica
Mars.” The gifted performer also appeared in the movies “Old
Enough” (1984), “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995),
“Dead Men Can't Dance” (1997), “Fish Without a
Bicycle” (2003), “The Third Wish” (2005), “West
of Brooklyn” (2007) and “Prank” (2008). A few of
her upcoming projects include “Stanley DeBrock,” “The
Divide,” “The Victim,” “Yellow Rock,”
“Puncture” and “The Wild Bunch.”
As for her personal life, Blanc married actor Michael Biehn on April 13, 2009, and legally changed her name to Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.
Childhood and Family:
Jennifer Tara, who would later be famous as Jennifer Blanc, was born on April 21, 1974, in New York, New York. After her parents divorced, she lived with her mother, Jenise, who later married Randy Chance, a musician from the Lovin Spoonful and the Boxtops. Her mom quit modeling to become a makeup artist and also operated her own business before managing her actress daughter. Jennifer, often simply called Jen, was trained at the Professional Children's School in New York City.
Jennifer married her long term companion, actor Michael Biehn, on April 13, 2009. The two have appeared together in such films as “The Ride” and “Dead Men Can’t Dance” and will appear together again in several upcoming films.
Born and raised in New York City, Jennifer Blanc developed a love for performing at an early age. She appeared in her first film when she was ten years old playing Baby Marlene in “Old Enough” (1984), a drama starring Sarah Boyd and Rainbow Harvest. Work in a movie called “Sleep Tight,” adapted from a short story by James Purdy, followed before Blanc embarked on Broadway in the Neil Simon written “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” opposite Jonathan Silverman, Robert Sean Leonard, Nancy Travis, Chuck Cioffi and Elizabeth Perkins. At the time, she was fourteen years old.
After a series of TV commercials and voiceover work, Blanc made her TV series debut in the Kenny Ortega directed “Hull High” (1990), but the show had a short life. She also received a guest shot in the popular series “Beverly Hills, 90210” and moved to California where she landed parts in episodes of “Nurses” and “Married with Children” (1991). In 1993, she was cast as Tiffany in the sitcom “The Mommies,” with Justin Berfield. She left the series in 1994.
Following episode roles in “Sweet Justice” and “Rebel Highway,” Blanc got her first real break when she joined the cast of the well-received series “Party of Five” in the role of Kate Bishop. She played the role from 1994 to 1995 and while on the show, also had a feature role in the Betty Thomas film “The Brady Bunch Movie” (1995). After leaving the series, she spent the remainder of the decade and early 2000s working in movies and the TV films “Awake to Danger” (1995), ”Friends 'Til the End” (1997), Steve Anderson's “Dead Men Can't Dance” (1997) and “The Ride” (1997). She also guest starred in many television series, including “Touched by an Angel” (1997), “Early Edition” (1998) and “Providence” (1999). Blanc, however, did not experience her next TV breakthrough until 2000 when she landed the role of Kendra Maibaum in James Cameron's “Dark Angel,” which starred Jessica Alba and Michael Weatherly. She stayed with the series until 2001.
Blanc next supported Jenna Mattison, Brad Rowe and Bryan Callen in the comedy film “Fish Without a Bicycle” (2003), appeared in the independent film “Quality Time” (2004) and was cast with Jenna Mattison, Sean Maguire and Armand Assante in the romantic comedy “The Third Wish” (2005) for director Shelley Jensen. In late 2005, she appeared as Jacinda Hendler in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” She then acted in an episode of “Veronica Mars” (2007), portrayed Jenna in the comedy “West of Brooklyn” (2008), appeared in director Ian McGrudden’s “The Things We Carry,” (2000) and with her husband, actor Michael Biehn in “The Blood Bond,” which was also directed by Biehn. Some of her upcoming credits include appearing with Biehn in “The Divide,” costarring in the “The Victim,” (directed, starring and co-written by Biehn) and with the voices of Willem Dafoe, Abigail Breslin and Elizabeth Hurley in the animated “The Wild Bunch.”