Jennifer Love Hewitt
Born: Feb. 21, 1979 Waco, Texas, USA
[Please note that we are recovering from a bad database backup and some of our bio entries might be a bit stale. We are baking up a fresh batch as soon as possible.]
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas on February, 21st, 1979. She showed talent at a young age and when she was ten, she and her mother moved to Los Angeles to pursue a show business career.
She worked on several commercials and in 1990 landed a role on the children’s show Kids Incorporated. Two years later, she worked opposite Pierce Brosnan on a never-aired pilot for a series called Running Wilde, appeared in Munchie opposite Loni Anderson and Andrew Stevens, and landed a role on the short-lived series Shaky Ground with Matt Frewer.
In 1993, Hewitt worked with Howard Hesseman on Little Miss Millions and appeared with Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit. The following year, she landed a role on the short-lived series The Byrds of Paradise opposite Timothy Busfield and Seth Green. 1994 saw yet another short-lived series, the Chad Everett vehicle McKenna.
Hewitt finally landed a long-running role when she won the part of Bailey’s love interest Sarah on the FOX series Party of Five with fellow cast mates Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell and Lacey Chabert. She appeared in 99 episodes between 1995 and 1999.
Like her cast mate Campbell, Hewitt managed to carve out a film career during the run, much to the satisfaction of the male fans of the shapely Texan. In 1996, she appeared in House Arrest with Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Pollak and opposite Boy Meets World star Will Friedle in 1997’s Trojan War. That same year, she starred opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr., in the slasher flick I Know What You Did Last Summer, a film Jennifer and Sarah jokingly referred to as I Know What Your Breasts Did Last Summer due to their characters’ penchant for wearing tank tops. In 1998, Hewitt was again the object of male attention in Can’t Hardly Wait. That same year she appeared with Peter Facinelli in Telling You, voiced Helen for Seth MacFarlane’s Zoomates and worked opposite Brandy in the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
1999 saw Jennifer working with Will Ferrell and Craig Bierko on The Suburbans and appearing in the music video for Enrique Iglesias’ song “Hero.” FOX decided that her character from Party of Five should have her own show, so in the fall of 1999, Love debuted in Time of Your Life with Jennifer Garner and Pauley Perrette. The first ten episodes were poorly received and the network tinkered with it during a five month hiatus, cancelling it again after two episodes aired in June 2000. Another network, TBS, aired the final seven episodes in 2006.
In 2000, she played film legend Audrey Hepburn in the aptly-named The Audrey Hepburn Story. The following year, Hewitt appeared with Sigourney Weaver, Gene Hackman and Ray Liotta in the film Heartbreakers, which once again showcased her physical assets: the film’s tagline was “Caution: Dangerous Curves Ahead.” The film didn’t hit the box office heights of her previous endeavours and her next two projects, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II and The Adventures of Tom Thumb & Thumbelina were direct-to-video productions. That same year, she appeared with Jackie Chan in The Tuxedo, a film critic Roger Ebert described as “one of Chan’s worst.”
In 2003, she played the devil opposite Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin in Shortcut to Happiness. The film was plagued by financial difficulties and control of it was taken from director Baldwin who had his name removed from the film. It finally surfaced in 2007.
In 2004, Jennifer co-created a sitcom for herself called In the Game. ABC ordered several episodes, but after two pilots were shot they decided not to air the show. That same year, she starred in If Only with Tom Wilkinson, Garfield with Breckin Meyer and Bill Murray, and A Christmas Carol: The Musical with Kelsey Grammer, Jesse L. Martin and Jane Krakowski.
2005 was a good year for Love. She starred in the TV movie Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber with Colin Ferguson and Joey Lawrence and landed the lead role of Melinda Gordon on the ABC series Ghost Whisperer, which ran for five seasons. 2005 also saw her in The Truth About Love with Dougray Scott.
In 2006, she reunited with the finicky feline for Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties, lent her voice to Delgo in 2008 and in 2009 joined Neil Patrick Harris in the voice cast for Yes, Virginia.
In 2010, Jennifer starred in the Lifetime TV movie The Client List. In the movie version, her character becomes a prostitute to help pay the bills, losing her family when the scandal becomes public. Re-imagined as a TV series in 2012, the story was changed and her character only became a prostitute after her husband left her and their children. Despite traffic accident-inducing billboards of Jennifer in a bra and panties, the series run was as scanty as her outfits, only lasting 25 episodes.
Between 2011 and 2014, she appeared as Wendy Malick’s daughter in three episodes of Hot in Cleveland.
Besides acting, Jennifer has also had a music career. At the age of 12, her debut album Love Songs made her a pop star in Japan. During Party of Five she was signed to Atlantic Records. Two albums, 1995’s Let’s Go Bang and 1996’s Jennifer Love Hewitt failed to chart and she was dropped by the label. She recorded a single for the I Still Know What You Did Last Summer soundtrack which became her first release to chart in the U.S. A 2002 album, Jive Records’ BareNaked became her highest charting recording to date.
Hewitt married The Client List co-star Brian Hallisay in 2013 and they welcomed a daughter, Autumn James Hallisay, in November of that year.
As time progresses, we'll have more info about Jennifer Love Hewitt here. If you have any comments or suggestions about our coverage, please email us.