Jessica Biel ( full name Jessica Claire Biel) was born on March 3, 1982 in Ely, Minnesota and she is an American actress, best known for her role as Mary Camden on the drama series 7th Heaven and her roles in feature films, such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Biography and Career :
Jessica Biel was born to Jonathan Edward Biel and Kimberly Conroe; the family is of German, French, Irish, English and Choctaw Native American descent. Jessica Biel, who has a younger brother, Justin, grew up in Boulder, Colorado, where her family had moved when she was very young.
Jessica Biel initially trained to become a vocalist with the hope of performing in musical theater and appeared in several musicals at an early age including The Sound of Music, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, and Anyth
It wasn't until Jessica Bell attended the International Modeling & Talent Association Convention in Los Angeles in 1994 when her career started to take off as a teen print model. However, Jessica Bell's big break came when at 14 years old when she landed the role of Mary Camden on the WB TV Series 7th Heaven. The family drama from Aaron Spelling and Brenda Hampton became the most popular (and remains the longest running) series on the fledgling network. Jessica Bell's film career also began at age 15 when she played alongside Peter Fonda in his Golden Globe winning performance in Ulee's Gold (1997). Aside from acting, Jessica Bell became a spokesmodel for L'Oreal cosmetics in 2002.
In 2000, Jessica Bell posed topless in a layout of Gear magazine. It was controversial because she was only 17 at the time of the shoot. Jessica Bell's frustration and fear about being typecast was one of the reasons that led to her decision. Jessica Bell blamed her saintly image on 7th Heaven for limiting her film career, including losing a lead role in American Beauty which eventually went to Thora Birch.
Jessica Bell also hoped that by posing she would get out of her 7th Heaven contract, which she accomplished. Jessica Bell later said she regretted posing for the magazine and regards it as a learning experience. Jessica Bell returned to 7th Heaven full time for the 2001-2002 season and then focused the attention on her movie career and has made minimal TV appearances since then.
Jessica Bell attended the exclusive private school le lycee frani§ais de Los Angeles for high school. In 2000, Jessica enrolled in undergraduate study at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Jessica Bell left before completing a degree program in order to concentrate her acting career.
Jessica Bell's hobbies include ballet, soccer, running, yoga and hiking. She has a dog named East. She recently bought a house close to her parents in Colorado. Biel, who is a vegan, is the co-founder of MTDN (Make the Difference Network) and she supports several non-profit groups, including PETA and the home rehabilitation organization Rebuilding Together.
2006 - The Illusionist - Princess Sophie
2005 - London - London
2005 - Elizabethtown - Ellen Kishmore
2005 - Stealth - Kara Wade
2004 - Blade: Trinity - Abigail Whistler
2004 - Cellular - Chloe
2004 - It's a Digital World - voice
2003 - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Erin
2002 - The Rules of Attraction - Lara Holleran
2001 - Summer Catch - Tenley Parrish
1998 - I'll Be Home for Christmas - Allie
1997 - Ulee's Gold - Casey Jackson
1996 - 7th Heaven Mary Camden - Television series
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