Award winning actress JENNIFER GARNER (Ali) has enjoyed a
successful career at the top of her field in both film and television, and most
recently taken on the role of producer and philanthropist.
Later this year, she can be seen opposite Steve Carell in the Disney family
film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day in October
2014. The film is based on Judith Viorst's book. Additionally, Garner will be
seen in the independent drama Imagine, starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, and
Bobby Cannavale. The story is about an aging rock star (Al Pacino) who
reconnects with his grown son after opening a letter sent from John Lennon to
his 19- year-old self. Garner will play Al Pacino's daughter-in-law.
She recently wrapped production on director Jason Reitman's Men, Women and
Children, along with Emma Thompson, Adam Sandler and Dean Norris. The film is
slated for release in late 2014.
Garner was recently seen opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto in Focus
Feature's award winning film Dallas Buyers Club, which was directed by
independent award-winning director Jean-Marc Vallee. The film is a true story
based on the life of Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) who lived his life on
the edge during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980's. Garner and the film
received a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award in the Best Motion Picture
category, a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for Outstanding Performance
by a Cast in a Motion Picture, as well as an Academy Award nomination in the
Best Motion Picture category.
In addition to her more recent roles, Garner also starred opposite Joel
Edgerton in the Disney fantasy film The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Garner was
honored as Female Star of the Year at the 2012 Cinema Con awards ceremony for
her role in the film. She also starred opposite Jason Bateman and Ellen Page in
Fox Searchlight's award winning feature Juno. She was praised for her
performance as a barren woman whose marriage falls apart in the midst of her
mission to adopt a teenager's unborn child. Juno won an abundance of awards
including a Broadcast Film Critics Association and Independent Spirit Award for
Best Comedy and Best Feature Film respectively.
In 2005, Garner started her own production company with her personal
assistant of many years, Juliana Janes. The company, Vandalia Films, is named
after the original name for the state of West Virginia, where Garner is from.
Vandalia Films recently signed an overall television production deal with Warner
Brothers. They produced the blacklisted screenplay Butter with the Weinstein
Company which was released in 2012. Other projects on the horizon and in
development include a Lifetime movie titled Hannah's Road , that takes place in
rural West Virginia. They have also recently optioned the rights to the book The
Aviator's Wife, by Melanie Benjamin, which tells the story of Anne Morrow
Lindbergh and the dizzying highs and devastating lows of her marriage to famous
aviator Charles Lindbergh.
On the small screen, Garner was honored with numerous acting awards including
a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and People's Choice Award for her
memorable portrayal of CIA double-agent Sydney Bristow on the JJ Abrams'
television show "Alias." Over the course of the show's five-season run, Garner
was nominated for four Emmy awards, four Golden Globes and two Screen Actors
Garner received rave reviews for her revival of "Roxanne" in the Broadway
production of Cyrano de Bergerac opposite Kevin Kline. The New York Times said,
"Jennifer Garner has impeccable timing. She makes Roxanne a girl worth pining
Her impressive resume of film credits include: Weinstein Company's Butter,
Warner Bros.' Arthur, Valentine's Day, The Invention of Lying, Ghosts of
Girlfriends Past, Universal Pictures The Kingdom, Revolution Studios' smash hit
13 Going On 30, Twentieth Century Fox's blockbuster hit Daredevil and Pearl
Currently serving as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena, where she is featured
in national television and print campaigns. For the past five years, Garner has
also held the position of Artist Ambassador with Save the Children's US
Programs. As an Artist Ambassador, Garner brought Save the Children's early
childhood development and literacy programs to her home state, West Virginia,
where more than a quarter of children live below the poverty line. She has
advocated on Capitol Hill on behalf of the organization and traveled to
California's Central Valley, Kentucky and West Virginia to see the effects of
poverty first hand. Garner recently joined the global non-profit's board of
trustees, deepening her commitment to issues affecting children in America and
around the world. Committed to a six-year term as one of 30 members of the
organization's board, Garner joins the likes of former ABC News president David
Westin, former chairman of the Xerox Corporation Anne Mulcahy and ABC News
political commentator Cokie Roberts.
Garner was born in Houston, Texas, raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and
currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.
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