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“Nobody seems to acknowledge that I've done weather for 11 years. I'm pretty qualified.” Jillian Barberie
Canadian actress and television hostess Jillian Barberie shot to prominence after hosting the national weather segment of the ratings hit “Fox NFL Sunday” show during the 2000 NFL season. She currently can be seen providing the forecast for the Los Angeles based shows “Good Day L.A” and “Fox 11 Morning News.” In addition to presenting the weather, she also reports for Fox Style, a fashion segment airing every week. Also an in-demand actress, Jillian's screen presence has landed her roles on a number of television dramas such as “Clueless” (1999), “V.I.P.” (1999-2002), “Good Morning, Miami” (2003) and more recently, “Hidden Howie” (2006). She also acted in the movies Delivered (1998) and Popstar (2005). Jillian hosted her own TV show, “EX-treme Dating,” in 2002.
Off camera, Jillian was once named one of TNN's “100 Most Irresistible Women.” She has been an active supporter against cruelty to animals and is a spokesperson for the animal activist group Last Chance For Animals (LCA). On her own, she has at least nine rescued animals, including several dogs and a rabbit.
Childhood and Family:
Jillian Warry, who would later be popular as Jillian Barberie, was born on September 26, 1966, in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. When she was still a baby, she was adopted by a nurse and an electrician. To help her blue-collar parents cover expenses, she started to take odd jobs at age 15 and later paid her way through college. Jillian graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She was an active figure skater as a child.
Jillian, whose nickname is Diva, was married to Bret Barberie, a former Major League Baseball player, from 1996 to October 2002. She kept Bret's last name until her marriage to actor Grant Reynolds. The couple conducted their wedding ceremony in private on July 8, 2006. At the time, she legally changed her name to Jillian Reynolds, but still maintained Barberie as her professional surname. Jillian gave birth to her first child, 6lbs, 7oz, Ruby Raven Reynolds, on July 6, 2007.
Good Day L.A.
Burlington, Ontario native Jillian Barberie, who once worked as a restaurant hostess, a job from which she was fired from for occasionally using her quick wit and sharp tongue against customers, got her first job after college as the weather girl for the Weather Network, which is the Canadian version of the Weather Channel. She worked there for two years from 1990 to 1992 before joining WSVN, the local Fox affiliate station in Miami, as their weathercaster on the 5, 6 and 10 pm newscasts. She also ventured out into reporting about sports, entertainment and current events. It was while in Florida that Jillian met her first husband, Bret Barberie, who at the time played baseball for the Florida Marlins.
In October 1993, Jillian began her affiliation with KTTV, the Fox associate in Los Angeles, where she served as a weather anchor for the weeknight editions of the Emmy Award winning “Fox 11 News at 10,” a gig that launched her popularity in mainstream America. Jillian further boosted her prominence with her coveted gig as the weather woman and fashion expert on the popular morning program “Good Day LA,” a post she has held since 1995.
With her newfound fame, Jillian made several TV guest appearances in such shows as “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1994), “Melrose Place” (1998) and “Clueless” (1999). She also acted as Fungahena Retardo in the 1998 comedy film Delivered, and the following year, began her 1999-2002 recurring role in the Pamela Anderson series “V.I.P.,” where she portrayed Foxy Levin.
Jillian's big breakthrough arrived when she was recruited to present the national weather segment of Fox Sports massively successful “FOX NFL Sunday” program in 2000. Teaming up with James Brown, Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw, she was established as a national figure and gained major fan interest.
In 2001, Jillian co-hosted “Good Day Live,” the nationally syndicated spin-off to “Good Day L.A.” However, she was fired from the show in 2004, a year before the show was finally canceled. On an occasion, she stated she did not know why she was discharged from the national program. Meanwhile, in 2002, she hosted her own dating show, “EX-treme Dating.”
Jillian went on to make guest appearances in such TV series as “Mad TV” (2003, as Mikayla), “Eve” (2004, as Shannon), “Quintuplets” (2004, as Heather Daniels) and “Hidden Howie” (2005). She joined the cast of the short-lived sitcom “Good Morning, Miami,” starring Ashley Williams, Constance Zimmer and Mark Feuerstein, in 2003 in the recurring role of Joni. After a small role as a Radio DJ in the independent film Popstar (2005), she co-hosted, with Regis Philbin, his New Year's Eve special on Fox.
A former childhood figure skater, in 2006 Jillian participated in the Fox reality show “Skating with Celebrities,” where she was partnered with professional skater John Zimmerman. Later that same year, she became a celebrity judge for Miss USA 2006 and appeared in “The Tyra Banks Show” as a judge for the show's male model search. In addition, she was a host for the 2006 “VHI Rock Honors,” and closed out the year by co-hosting KTTV's “That's So Hollywood” with fellow KTTV/KCOP personality, Mark Thompson.