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Jennifer Love Hewitt Biography

Jennifer Love Hewitt


Date of Birth
21 December 1979, Waco, Texas, USA


5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Biography
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, to Patricia Mae (Shipp), a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. She has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. She got her first name from her older brother Todd Daniel Hewitt (b. November 8, 1970), who picked the name after a little blonde girl he then had a crush on. Her mother selected her middle name, Love, which she goes by offstage from her best friend at college. Her parents separated when she was six months old. She was raised by her mother in Harker Heights, Texas. She made her official performing debut at age 3 where she sang at a livestock show. At age 5, she was taking tap, jazz, and ballet lessons which led her to joining the Texas Show Team, which toured the Soviet Union and Europe. At age 10, the family moved to L.A. with the encouragement of talent scouts, while Todd stayed behind to finish high school in Texas. Jennifer quickly found commercial work and a role on Disney's Kids Incorporated (1984) in 1984. She went through a series of television flops before finally hitting it big on Party of Five (1994) in 1995.

  • Sent three dozen pink roses to Gwyneth Paltrow the night before Paltrow won the Oscar in 1999. Hewitt also wrote her a two-page letter praising her as a role model and admiring her work. Paltrow sent a reply a week later, and Hewitt framed it - "it's my favorite thing." When the two actresses met for the first time at the 2000 Golden Globes, "she came up to me and gave me a hug for the flowers. I thought I was going to pass out. I was absolutely going to have a heart attack.".
  • Was almost cast as Juliet Capulet in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet (1996). At the last moment, she lost the role to Claire Danes because the director felt she was not "modern" enough.
  • Lost the role of Darlene Davis in Brokedown Palace (1999) to Kate Beckinsale because of scheduling conflicts.
  • Auditioned for the role of Tricia Jones in the romantic comedy Mallrats (1995), which went to Renee Humphrey.
  • Was considered for the role of Helen Shivers in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) before being cast as Julie James.
  • She disappeared at the age of 4 while at a restaurant-dance hall. She was found on the stage singing "Help Me Make It Through the Night".
  • Cat named "Don Juan"; got the name "Love" from mother's college roommate; mother's name is Pat Hewitt, older brother is Todd Hewitt.
  • Love Hewitt's first job was on Kids Incorporated (1984). Little did she know that one of the guest stars would turn out to be her future co-worker on Party of Five (1994), Scott Wolf.
  • Was considered for the title role in the romantic drama Lolita (1997), which went to Dominique Swain.
  • Attended school with actress Christine Lakin. Both graduated from Laurel Springs High School, class of 1997.
  • Was offered a role on the WB's Charmed (1998), taking over Shannen Doherty's place, which she turned down (2001).
  • Broke her finger filming the "flopper dive" scene in Heartbreakers (2001).
  • Voted in at #7 in FHM's Sexiest Girls of 2002 poll, American edition. [June 2002]
  • Her ancestry includes English, German and Scottish, as well as remote French roots.
  • Hosted the Comedy for a Cure and raised over $100,000 for Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance's research programs.
  • Voted #14 in Rush magazine's Sexiest Women 2002 list.
  • When she played Nancy Sinatra on NBC's American Dreams (2002), she adopted a puppy on location and named her Boots, after the Nancy Sinatra song she performed on the show.
  • She has recorded four albums: "Love Songs" (1992), "Let's Go Bang" (1995), "Jennifer Love Hewitt" (1996) and "BareNaked" (2002), which was produced by singer/songwriter Meredith Brooks.
  • Ranked #11 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
  • Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2003 and 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballots. She was listed a suggestion in the Worst Actress category on the 2003 ballot for her performance in the film The Tuxedo (2002). And was suggested again two years later in the Worst Actress category of the 2005 ballot for her role in Garfield (2004). She failed to receive either nomination.
  • Ranked #32 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2005 list.
  • Contrary to reports, she was not replaced by Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner (2001). Hewitt has stated in interviews that she had been developing her own film by the same title, but was forced to cancel it once the film with Lopez was released. The two films were unrelated.
  • Named #20 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
  • Named #43 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.
  • Was engaged to Ross McCall [November 29, 2007 - 2008].
  • Is a huge fan of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club.
  • Is slightly claustrophobic and, while filming an episode of Ghost Whisperer (2005), in an underground tunnel set, a removable wall had to be installed so she could get out quickly.
  • Ranked #20 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2008 list.
  • Ranked #96 on Forbes The Celebrity 100 List for 2008. The annual list ranks the most powerful and best-paid celebrities in Hollywood.
  • Told several magazines that she wears a tiara when she takes a bath.
  • Currently resides in Toluca Lake, California.
  • Ranked #35 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2010 list.
  • Her mother, Patricia Pat Hewitt, passed away at age 67, on June 12, 2012 from cancer.
  • Ranked #20 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2012 list.
  • Ranked #6 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2013 list.
  • Ranked #35 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2014 list.
  • Returned to work 8 months after giving birth to her daughter Autumn, to begin filming on Criminal Minds (2005), but decided to leave after one season, to spend time with her second child after he or she is born.
  • Ranked #35 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list. This is the second time she's been ranked #35 in Maxim's "Hot 100", also in 2010.
  • On November 21, 2013, she married Brian Hallisay in an intimate ceremony after a 5-month engagement with just the two of them present only five days before she gave birth to their daughter Autumn.
  • Gave birth to her first child at age 34, a daughter named Autumn James Hallisay, born on November 26, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Child's father is her husband, Brian Hallisay.
  • Gave birth to her second child at age 36, a son named Atticus James Hallisay, born on June 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Child's father is her husband, Brian Hallisay.
  • She replaced Connie Lew and Ryan Lambert on Kids Incorporated (1984) after Season Five wrapped up. After Season Seven ended, Jennifer Love Hewitt left the Disney television series.
  • Inducted into the Hair Fan's Hall of Fame (2006).
  • Born on the same date as Jordan Peele.
  • Rumored to be the inspiration of John Mayer's song "Your Body is a Wonderland."
  • Trademarks:
  • Often stars in movies about romance
  • Dark brown hair and brown doe eyes
  • Curvaceous, buxom figure
  • Youthful, bright voice
  • Lisp, breathless voice
  • Effervescent smile
  • Quotes
  • [In a Playboy interview, Love commented about her breasts] I just accepted them as a great accessory to every outfit.
  • When I came to Los Angeles, it was the first time that I ever felt like I belonged somewhere. Not because it was wacky, but because people here understood what I felt like to perform, and there were other kids my age who wanted to do it. I didn't get looked at as, "God, you freak".
  • I don't consider myself a great dresser either. But I try. Most of the time, I'm in khakis and a white T-shirt. I'm a total Gap girl. Super casual, hair in a pony tail and no makeup. - in response to being voted as one of the Worst Dressed by People magazine.
  • We had this joke on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). All the girls wore tiny tops, so we called it "I Know What Your Breasts Did Last Summer".
  • I try to find things that are insanely cheap and brilliant. My Bonne Bell lip gloss is about 75 cents, and I have worn it as my lipstick to almost every main event in Hollywood in the past two years.
  • I would just love once to be called sexy. Just because it would make me something other than cute.
  • I'm not a person who naturally loves to wake up in the morning and go "Yeah, I'm going to work out for five hours - wooh!" Like, that's not my thing. I'm from Texas. I like to eat carbs. I like to chill out with my friends and do anything but 150 push-ups and sit-ups.
  • [May 2018] I just have to apologize for how wrecked I look in all the pictures that have come out. I was literally melting. By the time I got to the red carpet, I was honestly melting. My hair was flat, my makeup was running off my face and I looked like I had completely forgotten I was an actress in this business who is supposed to look [perfect] when you step on the red carpet.

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