PROFILE
Name:
Jennifer Grant
Birth Date:
February 26, 1966
Birth Place:
Burbank, California, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Movie Stars

Background:

Jennifer Grant kicked off her acting career at the age of 27, after working in law firms and as a chef. She is perhaps best known as the star of  the family comedy series “Movie Stars” (The WB, 1999-2000), opposite Harry Hamlin. She has guest starred in such popular series as “Beverly Hills, 90210,” “Ellen,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Her film credits include “Savage” (1996), “The Evening Star” (1996), “My Engagement Party” (1998), “Erasable You” (1998), “Going Shopping” (2005), “Welcome to California” (2005) and “My Daughter's Secret” (TV, 2007).

Currently living in Los Angeles, Grant enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, going on hikes with her dog, Oliver, and watching movies. She has worked with the Young Storytellers Program and has volunteered as a mentor and an actress.


Child of Actors

Childhood and Family:

Jennifer Diane Grant was born on February 26, 1966, in Burbank, California, to showbiz parents Cary Grant (born January 18, 1904, died November 29, 1986) and Dyan Cannon (born January 4, 1937). Though her parents' marriage only lasted for three years (1965-1968), the custody conflicts over her continued for years, during which time Jennifer spent a lot of time between to both parents homes. Jennifer had a tied relationship with her dad for the rest of his life. She always wanted to follow her dad's advice to keep away from showbiz by trying other things for several years. During during high school and on break from college, she worked as a babysitter, stock clerk, grocery store checkout cashier and waitress. In 1987, she graduated from Stanford University with a degree in American Studies and then worked on projects ranging from the homeless through a public interest law firm in San Francisco to a chef in a Beverly Hills restaurant. After several years, she went against her dad's wish and eventually attended an acting classes.

Jennifer was married to television director and producer Randall Zisk from May 30, 1993 until they divorced in 1996. On August 12, 2008, Jennifer gave birth to a son, Cary Benjamin Grant.


My Daughter's Secret

Career:

The only child of Hollywood's actors Cary Grant and Dyan Cannon, Jennifer Grant had never tried acting until 1993, about six years after she graduated from university, because of her dad's resistance. A former chef in a Beverly Hills restaurant, Grant made her professional acting debut in the hit sitcom “Beverly Hills, 90210,” where she played the recurring role of Celeste Lundy during 1993-1994.  She continued to appear in episodes of “Moon Over Miami” (1993, as Susie Knight), “Robin's Hoods” (1994), “Time Trax” (1994) and “Friends” (1995). She also played Sandi Cosgrove in the television series “Super Dave's Vegas Spectacular” (1995).

Grant broke into the cinematic industry with a co-starring role as Nicky Carter in the 1996 action movie “Savage,” opposite Olivier Gruner and Kario Salem. The film was directed by Avi Nesher and written by Patrick Highsmith. She was cast as Ellen in the film adaptation of Larry McMurtry's novel, “The Evening Star” (1996), directed and scripted by Robert Harling. The film starred Shirley MacLaine, Bill Paxton and Juliette Lewis. Following guest appearances in “Chicago Sons,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “”Ellen” (all 1997), she starred as Noa Roth, opposite Peter Krause as David Salsburg and Joshua Malina as Alex, in the comedy film “My Engagement Party” (1998), which was co-written and directed by Christopher Heisen, and co-starred as Stephanie in the comedy film “Erasable You” (1998), opposite Timothy Busfield and Melora Hardin. The same year, she also appeared in an episode of “Guys Like Us.”

Grant eventually made her debut as a regular when she won the lead role of Jacey Wyatt in the WB television sitcom “Movie Stars,” about famous Hollywood actors and their attempts to raise their children. Created by Wayne Lemon, the show ran for two seasons from July 11, 1999 to June 18, 2000.   After the show departed the airwaves, she co-starred in the comedy film “The View from the Swing,” which was released in the US in December 2000. It marked her last film in five years.

Grant returned to features in 2005 by playing the supporting role of Quinn in Henry Jaglom's drama, “Going Shopping,” and with a small stint in “Welcome to California,” a drama directed and written by and starring Susan Traylor. She next appeared as Sedona Wylie in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” called “ Spellbound” (2006) and starred as Denise in the made for television film “My Daughter's Secret” (2007), directed by Douglas Jackson. In 2008, she made her debut as a writer in an episode of the TV miniseries “The Ha!ifax Comedy Fest.”
 

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