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Born in Houston, Texas, and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Jennifer Garner has enjoyed a successful career at the top of her field in both film and television, and has recently added the roles of producer and philanthropist.
Ms. Garner won a Golden Globe Award, a People’s Choice Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and received four Emmy Award nominations, for her starring role as Sydney Bristow on the popular television series Alias, created by J.J. Abrams.
She notably starred opposite Academy Award nominee Ellen Page and Jason Bateman in Juno, directed by Academy Award nominee Jason Reitman from Diablo Cody’s Academy Award-winning original screenplay; with her fellow actors, Ms. Garner shared a Critics’ Choice Movie Award nomination for their performances. Among her other movies have been Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry; Agnieszka Holland’s Washington Square; Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor; Danny Leiner’s Dude, Where’s My Car?; Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio; the Marvel Comics adaptations Daredevil, directed by Mark Steven Johnson, and Elektra, directed by Rob Bowman; Gary Winick’s hit comedy 13 Going on 30; Peter Berg’s The Kingdom; Mark Waters’ Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, with Matthew McConaughey of Dallas Buyers Club; Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson’s The Invention of Lying; Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day; Jason Winer’s Arthur; and Peter Hedges’ The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
At the 2012 CinemaCon, Ms. Garner received the Female Star of the Year Award. Her 2014 movies include Ivan Reitman’s Draft Day, with Kevin Costner; Dan Fogelman’s Imagine, opposite Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale; and Miguel Arteta’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, alongside Steve Carell and Ed Oxenbould.
Her stage work includes the critically acclaimed 2007 Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, in which she starred as Roxane opposite Kevin Kline and Daniel Sunjata, under the direction of David Leveaux.
In 2005, Ms. Garner started her own production company with her personal assistant of many years, Juliana Janes. Their company, Vandalia Films, is named after the original appellation for the state of West Virginia. In June 2013, Vandalia signed an overall production deal with Warner Bros. Television. Vandalia is also developing feature films and telefilms; the company’s first feature was the comedy Butter, directed by Jim Field Smith and written by Jason Micallef, in which Ms. Garner starred. The company’s projects in development include Miss Marple, written by Mark Frost; Hannah’s Road, set in rural West Virginia; and the feature adaptation of Melanie Benjamin’s Aviator’s Wife, which tells the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her marriage to Charles Lindbergh.
Currently a brand ambassador for Neutrogena, whose national television and print campaigns she is featured in, for the past three years Ms. Garner has also held the position of Artist Ambassador with Save the Children’s U.S. programs. Her work with the organization focuses on advocating for the expansion of its early education programs. She was solely responsible for bringing the first-ever Save the Children (www.savethechildren.org) programs to her home state of West Virginia, and has also traveled on behalf of the organization to California’s Central Valley.