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JENNIFER GARNER (Samantha Leigh Donnelly) is an award- winning actress who has enjoyed a successful career at the top of her field in both film and television. She has also taken on the roles of producer and philanthropist. Garner was recently seen in the award- winning drama Dallas Buyers Club, opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto (in Oscar- winning performances). Garner shared in the film' s Critics' Choice Award (Best 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 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which was based on Judith Viorst' s book of the same name. Garner also starred in Jason Reitman' s Men, Women and Children, alongside Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort and Dean Norris.

Garner previously starred opposite Kevin Costner in Draft Day, a drama about an NFL team trying to land the top pick in the annual college draft, and appeared with Joel 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 alongside Jason Bateman and Ellen Page. The film won an abundance of honors including the Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy and an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film. 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 of many years, Juliana Janes. Garner named the company Vandalia Films in honor of West Virginia (her home state), which was originally called Vandalia. The company produced the Black List screenplay Butter (2012) and signed an overall television production deal with Warner Bros.

Projects in development include a Lifetime movie titled " Hannah' s Road," which 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 Morrow Lindbergh and the dizzying highs and devastating lows of her marriage to famous aviator Charles Lindbergh.

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 " Alias" earned her Golden Globe, SAG and People' s Choice awards. Over the course of the show' s five- season run, Garner was nominated for 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 Save the Children. Working in this capacity, she brought Save the Children' s early childhood development and literacy programs to 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. Serving in 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 chairperson of the Xerox Corporation Anne Mulcahy and ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.

Garner was born in Houston, raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and currently resides in Los Angeles with her family.


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