Jennifer Love Hewitt Biography and Photos

Jennifer Love Hewitt sexy red tanktopJennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress, television director, voice actress, singer-songwriter, author, and film and television producer. Hewitt began her acting career as a child by appearing in television commercials and the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. She rose to fame in teenage popular culture in her roles in the Fox series Party of Five, as Sarah Reeves, and films I Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel, as Julie James.

As a singer, Hewitt has been signed by Atlantic Records and Jive Records. She is primarily known for her recordings in the pop genre. Her most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 is the 1999 release "How Do I Deal", which peaked at No. 59. In addition, she has contributed music to the promotion or soundtracks of acting projects.

Hewitt's appearance has been the subject of media attention throughout her career. She has been lauded as one of the most attractive women in the entertainment industry by publications such as Maxim, in which she was named the sexiest woman in the world in 1999, and TV Guide, which named her the sexiest woman on television in 2008. In 2007, paparazzi photos of Hewitt on a beach led to a much-publicized matter in which she defended her weight, and was supported by other celebrities. These incidents received coverage from People magazine.

In addition to acting, Hewitt has also served as producer on some of her film and television projects. In 2010, Hewitt wrote a book on relationships entitled The Day I Shot Cupid. She also starred on the hit CBS television program Ghost Whisperer as Melinda Gordon, a young woman who can communicate with ghosts. She won a Saturn Award in 2007 and 2008 for Best Actress on Television. She is nominated for a Golden Globe for her television movie The Client List.

Early life

Hewitt was born in Waco and is the daughter of Patricia Mae (née Shipp), a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. Hewitt grew up in Nolanville. After the divorce of her parents, Hewitt and her older brother, Todd Hewitt, were brought up by her mother.

As a young girl, Hewitt was attracted to music, which led to her first encounters with the entertainment industry. At the age of three, she sang "The Greatest Love of All" at a livestock show. Just a year after that, at a restaurant-dance hall, she entertained an audience with her version of "Help Me Make It Through the Night." By the time she was five, Hewitt already had tap dancing and ballet in her portfolio. At nine, she became a member of the Texas Show Team (which also toured in the Soviet Union). At the age of ten, at the suggestion of talent scouts and winning the title of Texas Our Little Miss Talent Winner, she moved to Los Angeles, with her mother to pursue a career in both acting and singing. In Los Angeles, Hewitt attended Lincoln High School where her classmates included Jonathan Neville, who became a talent scout and recommended Hewitt for her role in Party of Five.

Career

Acting career

After moving to Los Angeles, Hewitt appeared in more than twenty television commercials. Her first break came as a child actor on the Disney Channel variety show Kids Incorporated (1989–1991), where she was credited as just Love Hewitt. During this time she danced in and sang all the songs for a live action video called Dance! Workout with Barbie released by Buena Vista.

In 1993, she played Pierce Brosnan's daughter in a pilot for NBC called Running Wilde, which featured Brosnan as a reporter for Auto World magazine whose stories cover his own wild auto adventures. However, the series was not picked up and the pilot never aired. Hewitt later had roles in several short-lived television series, such as Fox's Shaky Ground (1992–1993), ABC's The Byrds of Paradise (1994), and McKenna (1994–1995), and finally became a young star after landing the role of Sarah Reeves on the popular Fox Television show Party of Five (1995–1999). She assumed the role of Sarah after joining that show during its second season and continued it on the short-lived Party of Five spin-off, Time of Your Life (1999), which she also co-produced. The show was cancelled after half a season.

Hewitt made her film debut in the independent film Munchie (1992). She appeared as a choir member in "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit" (1993) with Whoopi Goldberg and Lauryn Hill. She became a film star after a lead role in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), which enjoyed great box-office success ($125,000,000 USD). The film gained Hewitt and her co-stars Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe, and Sarah Michelle Gellar popularity. She appeared in the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), which, though not as successful as the first film, took in more money on its opening weekend. Other notable film roles include the high-school comedy Can't Hardly Wait (1998) and a starring role with Sigourney Weaver in the romantic comedy Heartbreakers (2001).

In 2000, Hewitt appeared in The Audrey Hepburn Story. That same year, she was the "most popular actress on television" due to her Q-rating (a measurement of a celebrity's popularity) of 37. For that reason, Nokia chose her to become its spokesperson, because of her "fresh image," and her being "a symbol of youthfulness and wholesomeness."

In 2001, she appeared in the music video for the Enrique Iglesias song, "Hero," as the singer's love interest. She also appeared in the LFO video for "Girl on TV"

Hewitt wrote "I'm Gonna Love You" for the movie The Hunchback of Notre Dame II because, although she was a well-known singer, her character Madellaine was the only character who did not sing in the movie. The song won Best Song at the DVD Awards.

Since September 2005, Hewitt starred in the television series Ghost Whisperer. In Australia, Ghost Whisperer has been popular since its introduction; in the United States, the show averaged 7.75 million viewers for its final season on CBS, which canceled the series in 2010. ABC expressed interest in picking up the show and has asked the writers of Ghost Whisperer not to take new jobs, as the series has a good chance in returning on ABC but later decided not to renew the show. Hewitt has also auditioned for many roles. She was asked to play Juliet in Romeo + Juliet, but the director felt she was not modern looking. The role went to Claire Danes. She gave up the role of Darlene in Brokedown Palace due to scheduling conflicts. In 2001, Hewitt was offered the role of Paige Matthews in the Warner Brothers television series "Charmed", but she turned down the offer and the role went to Rose McGowan.

Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy are starring in "Cafe", an indie drama from writer-director Marc Erlbaum. Alexa Vega, Madeline Carroll, Daniel Eric Gold and Hubble Palmer appear as part of an ensemble of Philadelphia residents who frequent the local West Philly Grounds coffee shop where Hewitt's character Claire works. The film began shooting on May 11, 2009. She also starred alongside Jackie Chan in the movie "The Tuxedo".
Music career

In 1991, Meldac funded the recording of Hewitt's first album Love Songs, when she was 12. The album was only released in Japan in 1992 where Hewitt became a pop star. Her explanation for her success in Japan is that the Japanese "love perky music. The poppier the music, the better."

After she joined the cast of Party of Five in 1995, she signed to Atlantic Records, who rushed her first single and second album, Let's Go Bang, out in October.

Juggling her music career with her acting career, she recorded her follow-up in 1996. The first single, "No Ordinary Love", failed to chart and led to the album doing the same. Atlantic dropped Hewitt, who didn't return to the music scene for three years.

In 1999, she recorded the single "How Do I Deal" for the I Still Know What You Did Last Summer soundtrack. The song became Hewitt's first charting single by climbing to No. 59 on the Hot 100 and No. 36 on the Top 40 Mainstream. It reached No. 8 in Australia.

In 2002, Hewitt signed to Jive Records and recorded her fourth album with singer, songwriter and producer Meredith Brooks. The first single, "BareNaked", became her biggest radio hit to date when it peaked at No. 24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, No. 31 on the Adult Top 40 and No. 25 on the Top 40 Mainstream. It also climbed to No. 6 in Australia and No. 33 in the Netherlands. The moderate success of the single propelled her album of the same name to peak at No. 37 on the Billboard 200 and No. 31 in Australia. However, it only remained on the chart for three weeks. The second single, "Can I Go Now", failed to chart in the US, while managing to peak at No. 8 in the Netherlands and No. 12 in Australia.

Since 2003, Hewitt has not actively done anything in the music industry, but a compilation called Cool with You: The Platinum Collection was released in Asia.

In addition to starring in the 2004 film If Only, Hewitt co-wrote and performed two songs for its soundtrack: "Love Will Show You Everything" and "Take My Heart Back". She appeared in the 2004 made-for-television musical version of A Christmas Carol, performing the singing role of Ebenezer Scrooge's fiance Emily.

In May 2009, she confirmed she was working on a country album. The album is due for a 2011 or 2012 release date; a country label has not been announced yet. As of October 2010, no information has been released about the album and its status is unknown.

Other work

In November 2009, Jennifer Love Hewitt made a foray into comic books. Veteran writer Scott Lobdell scripted the 5-issue anthology, Jennifer Love Hewitt’s Music Box, based on Hewitt's ideas. The series has been published by IDW Publishing, and has been compiled in a trade paperback.

Personal life

Hewitt is an honorary godparent of the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.

She dated Carson Daly, singer-guitarist John Mayer, professional kayaker Brad Ludden, actor Joey Lawrence, musician Rich Cronin, and actor Will Friedle among others. Cronin, the leader singer of the LFO, wrote the group's 1999 hit single, Girl on TV, for Love Hewitt. She appeared in the music video for the song.

Hewitt was engaged to Scottish actor Ross McCall, whom she met when he made an appearance on Ghost Whisperer in late 2005. After two years of dating, they became engaged in late 2007, while vacationing in Hawaii. However, on January 5, 2009, People magazine reported that Hewitt called off their engagement in late 2008. She began a relationship with Ghost Whisperer co-star Jamie Kennedy in March 2009; the two were reported to be engaged July 21, 2009, but the couples' representatives and Kennedy himself later stated that this had not happened. In March 2010, Jennifer and Jamie Kennedy ended their relationship. Hewitt is currently dating actor/director/writer Alex Beh.

Paparazzi photographs secretly taken of Hewitt on vacation in a bikini led to harsh criticism of her body by bloggers. Hewitt responded: "I've sat by in silence for a long time now about the way women's bodies are constantly scrutinized....What I should be doing is celebrating some of the best days of my life and my engagement to the man of my dreams, instead of having to deal with photographers taking invasive pictures from bad angles." She posed on the cover of Us Weekly 10 weeks later, having lost 18 lb since the photos were taken. She said she had lost the weight to boost her energy levels, while her trainer claims that she said the weight loss had nothing to do with critical comments. Hewitt later defended Jessica Simpson for receiving similar criticism saying, "It gets silly. We're all supposed to look how we're supposed to look. We're made to be different people."

Hewitt wrote a book released in March 2010, called The Day I Shot Cupid, in which she writes of her experiences with love and dating. While talking about the book during a January 2010 interview on Lopez Tonight, she said that there is a chapter in it about "vajazzling" her "vajayjay" (decorating her vulva with Swarovski crystals). She said it looked "cute", revealed that she was currently vajazzled with "hot pink" crystals and recommended to all women that they also "vajazzle their vajayjays". This became a big internet hit with the video going viral, widespread news coverage and the term "vajazzling" becoming one of the most searched terms on Google the next day.

On The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Hewitt admitted to being a Celtic F.C. fan.
Stalking

In 2002, conspiracy theorist and former social worker Diana Napolis was arrested for stalking and uttering death threats against Hewitt and Steven Spielberg after "verbally confronting" the actress at the 2002 Grammy Awards, and the subsequent day attempted to pose as a friend to enter the premiere of The Tuxedo. Napolis also admitted to becoming involved in a shoving match with Hewitt's mother while confronting the actress. Napolis accused Hewitt, along with director Spielberg, of controlling her thoughts through "cybertronic" technology and being part of a Satanic conspiracy against her. Napolis was charged with six felonies related to the incidents. After a year of involuntary commitment, Napolis pled guilty and was released on bail with a condition that she was barred from contact with both Spielberg and Hewitt.

Filmography

Films
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1992 Munchie Andrea Kurtz Credited as Love Hewitt
1993 Little Miss Millions Heather Lofton Credited as Love Hewitt
1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Margaret Credited as Jennifer "Love" Hewitt
1996 House Arrest Brooke Figler
1997 Trojan War Leah Jones
1997 I Know What You Did Last Summer Julie James
1998 Can't Hardly Wait Amanda Beckett
1998 Telling You Deb Freidman
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Julie James
1999 The Suburbans Cate
2000 The Audrey Hepburn Story Audrey Hepburn
2001 Heartbreakers Wendy / Page Conners / Jane Helstrom
2002 Hunchback of Notre Dame II, TheThe Hunchback of Notre Dame II Madellaine (voice) Direct-to-video film
2002 Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina, TheThe Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina Thumbelina (voice) Direct-to-video film
2002 Tuxedo, TheThe Tuxedo Del Blaine
2002 Groove Squad Chrissy (voice) Direct-to-video film
2004 Truth About Love, TheThe Truth About Love Alice Holbrook
2004 If Only Samantha Andrews
2004 Garfield Liz
2004 Christmas Carol, AA Christmas Carol Emily Made-For-Television
2005 Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber Katya Livingston Made-For-Television
2006 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties Liz
2007 Shortcut to Happiness The Devil Filmed in 2001
2008 Tropic Thunder Herself Cameo appearance (uncredited)
2008 Delgo Princess Kyla (voice)
2009 Magic 7, TheThe Magic 7 Erica (voice) Television film
2009 Yes, Virginia Mrs. Laura O'Hanlon (voice)
2010 Cafe Claire
2010 Client List, TheThe Client List Samantha Horton Lifetime original movie
2011 Lost Valentine, TheThe Lost Valentine Susan Allison Hallmark Hall of Fame original movie

Television
Year↓ Title↓ Role↓ Notes
1990–
1991
Kids Incorporated Robin 3 Episodes
1992 Running Wilde Unknown Episode: "Pilot"
1992–
1993
Shaky Ground Bernadette Moody 8 Episodes
1994 Byrds of Paradise, TheThe Byrds of Paradise Franny Byrd 7 Episodes
1994–
1995
McKenna Cassidy McKenna 3 Episodes
1998 Boy Meets World Jennifer Love Fefferman Episode: "And Then There Was Shawn"
1999 Hercules: The Animated Series Medusa (voice) Episode: "Hercules and the Gorgon"
1995–
1999
Party of Five Sarah Reeves 99 Episodes
1999–
2001
Time of Your Life Sarah Reeves Merrin 19 Episodes
2002 Family Guy Herself (voice) Episode: "Stuck Together, Torn Apart"
2004 American Dreams Nancy Sinatra 2 Episodes
2005 In the Game Riley Reed Two pilot episodes; canceled
2005–
2010
Ghost Whisperer Melinda Gordon Lead role
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Vicki Sayers 1 episode

Production credits

  • Time of Your Life (1999)
  • The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
  • Bunny (2000)
  • Ghost Whisperer (2005–2010)
  • The Client List (2010)
  • The Lost Valentine (2011)

Discography

Albums

Year Album Chart positions
U.S. AUS
1992 Love Songs NR NR
1995 Let's Go Bang - -
1996 Jennifer Love Hewitt - -
2002 BareNaked 37 31[36]
2006 Cool with You: The Platinum Collection NR NR
2007 Hey Everybody NR NR
  • NR indicates the album was not released in that country.

Singles

Year Single Chart peak positions[37][38][39][40] Album
U.S. U.S. Adult AUS NZ NL SWI
1995 "Couldn't Find Another Man" Let's Go Bang
1996 "No Ordinary Love" Jennifer Love Hewitt
1999 "How Do I Deal" 59 8 5 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Soundtrack
2002 "BareNaked" 124 31 6 26 33 BareNaked
2003 "Can I Go Now" 12 8 69
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Soundtracks

  • From House Arrest:
  • 1996: "It's Good To Know I'm Alive"
  • From I Still Know What You Did Last Summer:
  • 1998: "How Do I Deal?"
  • From Disney's Superstars Hits:
  • 2002: "I'm Gonna Love You"
  • From :Scooby-Doo and the Alien Invaders:
  • 2002: "Scooby Doo,Where Are You"
  • From If Only:
  • 2003: "Love Will Show You Everything," "Take My Heart Back"

Music videos

Year Title
1992 "Please Save Us The World"
1995 "Couldn't Find Another Man"
1996 "No Ordinary Love"
1999 "How Do I Deal"
2002 "I'm Gonna Love You (Madellaine's Love Song)"
"BareNaked"
2003 "Can I Go Now"

Music video appearances

Year Title Artist(s)
1998 "Can't Get Enough of You, Baby" Smash Mouth
"High" (U.S. version) Feeder
1999 "Girl on TV" LFO
2001 "Hero" Enrique Iglesias
2010 "Christmas Tonight" Dave Barnes

Bibliography

  • The Day I Shot Cupid (2010)

Awards and nominations

Year Group Award Result Film/Show
1990 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast Nominated Kids Incorporated
1993 Young Artist Award Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Youth Series or Variety Show Nominated
1994 Young Artist Award Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Cable or Off Primetime Series Won
1996 Young Artist Award Best Professional Actress/Singer Nominated
1997 YoungStar Award Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series Nominated Party of Five
1998 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film — Leading Young Actress Nominated I Know What You Did Last Summer
Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Female Newcomer Won
Favorite Actress — Horror Nominated
1999 MTV Movie Award Best Female Performance Nominated Can't Hardly Wait
Blockbuster Entertainment Award Favorite Actress — Horror Won I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
Teen Choice Award Film — Choice Actress Won
Film — Most Disgusting Scene Nominated
TV — Choice Actress Nominated Party of Five
Young Artist Award Best Performance in a Feature Film — Leading Young Actress Nominated Can't Hardly Wait
2000 Kid's Choice Award Favorite Television Actress Nominated Party of Five
People's Choice Award Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series Won Time of Your Life
2003 DVD Exclusive Award Best Original Song Won "I'm Gonna Love You (Madellaine's Love Song)" from The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
Kids' Choice Award Favorite Female Butt Kicker Won The Tuxedo
Teen Choice Award Choice Crossover Artist (Music/Acting) Nominated
2006 Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Won Ghost Whisperer
Kids' Choice Award Favorite Television Actress Nominated
People's Choice Award Favorite Female Television Star Nominated
2007 Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Won
2008 People's Choice Award Best Actress on Television Nominated
Saturn Award Best Actress on Television Won
TV Land Award Favorite Character from the "Other Side" Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Best Performance By An Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made For Television Pending The Client List

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