JENNIFER GARNER (Samantha Leigh Donnelly) is an
who has enjoyed a successful career at the top of her field in both film and
has also taken on the roles of producer and philanthropist. Garner was recently
seen in the
winning drama Dallas Buyers Club, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jared
winning performances). Garner shared in the film'
Motion Picture), Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding
Performance by a
Cast, and Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Most recently Garner starred opposite Steve Carell in the family film
the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which was based on Judith
s book of the
same name. Garner also starred in Jason Reitman'
s Men, Women and Children,
Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort and Dean Norris.
Garner previously starred opposite Kevin Costner in Draft Day, a drama about
NFL team trying to land the top pick in the annual college draft, and appeared
Edgerton in The Odd Life of Timothy Green. She was honored as Female Star of the
Year at the
2012 Cinema Con awards ceremony.
Garner shared in the acclaim for Jason Reitman'
s surprise hit Juno, starring
Jason Bateman and Ellen Page. The film won an abundance of honors including the
Choice Award for Best Comedy and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature
Other film credits include Butter, Arthur, Valentine'
s Day, The Invention of
Lying, Ghosts of
Girlfriends Past, The Kingdom, 13 Going on 30, Daredevil and Pearl Harbor.
In 2005 Garner started her own production company with her personal assistant
many years, Juliana Janes. Garner named the company Vandalia Films in honor of
Virginia (her home state), which was originally called Vandalia. The company
Black List screenplay Butter (2012) and signed an overall television production
Projects in development include a Lifetime movie titled "
takes place in rural West Virginia. Vandalia has also recently optioned the
rights to the
book The Aviator'
s Wife, by Melanie Benjamin, which tells the story of Anne
Lindbergh and the dizzying highs and devastating lows of her marriage to famous
Garner will serve as executive producer alongside Mark Burnett and the Hearst
Magazine Group on "
XO: The Talk Show,"
a new daily program for the modern woman.
On the small screen, Garner'
s memorable portrayal of CIA double agent Sydney
Bristow on J.J. Abrams'
ABC series "
earned her Golden Globe, SAG and
Choice awards. Over the course of the show'
season run, Garner was
four Emmys, four Golden Globes and two SAG Awards.
On stage, Garner received rave reviews for her performance as Roxanne in the
Broadway production of "
Cyrano de Bergerac,"
opposite Kevin Kline.
Currently serving as a brand ambassador for Neutrogena, Garner is featured in
national television and print campaigns.
For the past five years Garner has held the position of artist ambassador at
Children. Working in this capacity, she brought Save the Children'
development and literacy programs to West Virginia, where more than a quarter of
live below the poverty line. She has advocated on Capitol Hill on behalf of the
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-
s board of
deepening her commitment to issues affecting children in America and around the
Serving in a six-
year term as one of 30 members of the organization'
joins the likes of former ABC News president David Westin, former chairperson of
Xerox Corporation Anne Mulcahy and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.
Garner was born in Houston, raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and
resides in Los Angeles with her family.
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