Jennifer Garner, who has catapulted into stardom with her
lead role on the series "Alias" (2001), has come
a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in
Charleston, West Virginia, by her mother Pat, a retired English
teacher, and her father, Bill, a former chemical engineer,
Jennifer was the middle sibling of three girls. She spent
nine years of her adolescence studying ballet and describes
her years in dance as ones characterized by determination,
rather than talent, being driven mostly by a love of the stage.
Jennifer took this determination with her when she enrolled
at Denison University as a chemistry major, a decision that
was later changed to a drama major when she found that her
passions for the stage were stronger than her love of science.
New York attracted the young actress after college where she
worked as a hostess while pursuing a career in film and television.
Her most recent move has been to Los Angeles, a decision that
led to a role on the show "Felicity" (1998) where
she met her future husband, Scott Foley. She has appeared
in numerous other television production as well as such films
as Pearl Harbor (2001) and Dude, Where's My Car? (2000). Jennifer
and her husband live in the San Fernando Valley with two dogs
and a cat. Aside from filming _Alias (2001)_ , Jennifer enjoys
cooking, gardening, hiking, and inspired by her character
on the show, kickboxing.