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Jennifer Love Hewitt

Born: February 21, 1979

Personifying the type of teen spirit most commonly found in Noxzema ads and pep-squad meets, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt has brought new meaning to the word "effervescent." The '90s saw Hewitt go from relative obscurity to a bona fide teen queen, to say nothing of one of the most frequently enshrined actresses on the internet.

Hewitt was born on February 21, 1979, in Waco, TX. She made her first appearance on television in 1984 in the show Kids_Incorporated (which, coincidentally, once guest-starred Scott_Wolf, her Party of Five co-star). She also did a multitude of commercials, even doing a stint as an L.A. Gear spokesgirl at the age of ten. After spending the majority of the '80s working in television, Hewitt got her first film role in the 1993 film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, but it wasn't until she got her big break as Sarah Reeves on Party of Five (1994) that she began to gain recognition. More recognition came first in the form of Trojan_War (1997) and then I_Know_What_You_Did_Last_Summer (1997). The film, which capitalized on the growing trend in teen horror flicks catalyzed by Wes_Craven's Scream (1996), proved to be immensely popular among audiences, if not critics; it was predictably followed by a sequel, the aptly titled I_Still_Know_What_You_Did_Last_Summer (1998). In addition to her film work, which also included 1998's Can't_Hardly_Wait, Hewitt maintained her role in Party of Five and continued to star in commercials, most notably as the Neutrogena spokesgirl, as well as headlining her own Fox series, Time of Your Life, in which her Party of Five character, Sarah Reeves, moves to New York to look for her father.

Affectionately known as Love by family and friends, Hewitt has had moderate success as a pop singer, as well as on the big screen. She made her American musical debut in 1995 with the release of Lets Go Bang, and could also be heard singing two tracks for the House_Arrest (1996) soundtrack in addition to playing a lead role in the film itself. Can't_Hardly_Wait, a 1998 teen movie which featured Hewitt as the girl du jour, made enough of a splash in the genre to be parodied in 2002's Not_Another_Teen_Movie. In 2000, Hewitt received some critical acclaim for her portrayal of Audrey_Hepburn in The_Audrey_Hepburn_Story, a made-for-television dramatization of Hepburn's life. The next year, Hewitt starred opposite Alien queen Sigourney_Weaver in Heartbreakers, which featured the two actresses as mother-and-daughter con artists.

The year 2002 brought Hewitt the opportunity to star opposite martial-arts favorite Jackie_Chan in The_Tuxedo, though the movie would tank among critics and audiences alike. After lending her vocal chords to a series of animated roles (The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina [2002], Groove_Squad [2003], and The Hunchback of Notre Dame II [2001]), Hewitt wouldn't return to a major theatrical role until 2004. She is scheduled to work with Val_Kilmer in Marc_F._Adler's Delgo, as well as play lead roles in Gil_Junger's If_Only and in the much anticipated 2004 adaptation of Garfield starring Bill_Murray. A return to the small screen as a newlywed medium with the supernatural ability to communicate with the recently departed in Ghost Whisperer earned Hewitt a Saturn nomination for best actress in 2006, and later that same year it was once again time for a battle of wills with everyone's favorite lasagne-loving cat in the family fun sequel Garfiend: A Tale of Two Kitties. Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

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