Jennie Garth is an American actress with a net worth of $8 million. Garth is best known for playing Kelly Taylor on Fox’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1990–2000) and Valerie Tyler on “What I Like About You” (2002–2006). Jennie reprised the role that made her a star on The CW’s “90210” (2008–2010) and was paid $50,000 per episode. She also competed on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2007, coming in fourth place, and she starred in a CMT reality show, “Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country” in 2012. Garth is also an author, publishing the memoir “Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde” in 2014.
Jennie Garth was born Jennifer Eve Garth on April 3, 1972, in Urbana, Illinois. When she was born, her parents, Carolyn and John, each had three children from previous marriages, and Jennie was the only child they had together. She spent some of her childhood on an Illinois horse ranch, and the family moved to Glendale, Arizona, when Garth was 13.
Jennie took dance classes and began modeling, and she was discovered by Hollywood scout and manager Randy James at a talent competition. She studied at Greenway High School and Apollo High School but dropped out during her junior year to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles (however, she did eventually receive her diploma in California).
In 1989, Garth guest-starred on “Growing Pains” and “Teen Angel Returns” and appeared in all six episodes of NBC’s “Brand New Life,” which starred Barbara Eden and Don Murray. The following year, she was cast as Kelly Taylor in “Beverly Hills, 90210,” which aired 292 episodes over 10 seasons; Jennie appeared in every episode (as well as directing two of them) and gained fans all over the world. While starring on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Garth guest-starred as herself on “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” (1992) and “The Larry Sanders Show” (1995), played Kelly Taylor on three episodes of “Melrose Place” (1992), and starred in several made-for-TV movies, including “Danielle Steel’s Star” (1993), “Lies of the Heart:
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The Story of Laurie Kellogg” (1994), and “An Unfinished Affair” (1996). Jennie made her film debut in 1996’s “Power 98,” then co-starred with James Brolin in 1997’s “My Brother’s War.”
After “Beverly Hills, 90210” ended in 2000, Garth had a recurring role on Fox drama “The $treet,” appearing in eight episodes. “FHM” magazine included Jennie on their list of the 100 sexiest women in 2000 and 2001. In 2002, she began starring on the WB’s “What I Like About You” alongside Amanda Bynes; the show ran for four seasons, airing 86 episodes. During her time on “What I Like About You,” Jennie appeared in the TV movies “The Last Cowboy” (2003) and “Secret Santa” (2003) and lent her voice to Fox animated series “American Dad!” and the straight-to-DVD animated film “Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.”
In 2007, she competed on season 5 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” reaching the semi-finals with partner Derek Hough. The following year, The CW rebooted “Beverly Hills, 90210” as “90210,” and Jennie reprised her role in 20 episodes. In November 2008, Garth competed on “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?,” winning $100,000 for the American Heart Association.
In 2011, Jennie appeared in television films “Accidentally in Love” and “A Christmas Wedding Tail,” then followed them up with “Village People” (2012), “The Eleventh Victim” (2012), “Holidaze,” (2013), “A Time To Dance” (2016), and “April’s Flowers” (2019). She has also participated in several reality TV projects, including “Jennie Garth:
A Little Bit Country” (2012), “The Jennie Garth Project” (2014), “Cupcake Wars” (2016), and “Celebrity Family Feud” (2017), and she reunited with “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star Tori Spelling for ABC Family’s “Mystery Girls” in 2014. In 2017, Garth launched an online subscription box called the Mom Gift Box, and in 2018, she designed the Travelling Heart Collection in collaboration with Dune Jewelry.
Jennie married musician Daniel B. Clark in 1994, and the couple divorced in 1996. She met actor Peter Facinelli on the set of “An Unfinished Affair,” and the two were married on January 20, 2001. The ceremony was a Roman Catholic wedding mass, and they welcomed daughters Luca (born in June 1997), Lola (born in December 2002), and Fiona (born in September 2006) before divorcing in 2013. Garth converted to Catholicism before marrying Facinelli, but she reportedly no longer considers herself Catholic.
In 2014, Jennie met actor David Abrams on a blind date, and they were married on July 11, 2015; though David filed for divorce in 2018, the pair later reconciled, and he petitioned the court to dismiss the divorce case in February 2019. Garth suffers from a leaky heart valve, a condition she was diagnosed with in 2002.
Awards and Honors:
While starring on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” Jennie was nominated for a 1991 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress Supporting or Re-Occurring Role for a TV Series and won the 1992 award for Best Young Actress Co-starring in a Television Series.
The show also earned her three Bravo Otto nominations (winning in 1994) as well as a Kids’ Choice Award nomination. Garth also won a Prism Award for Outstanding Performance in a Miniseries for “Girl, Positive” in 2008 and shared a Camie with her “Secret Santa” castmates at the Character and Morality in Entertainment Awards in 2005.
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In 2013, Jennie paid $2 million for Kathy Najimy’s 4,100 square foot home in Los Angeles; she renovated it for her 2014 HGTV show, “The Jennie Garth Project” and sold it for $4.4775 million in 2018. In 2019, she sold her Los Olivos ranch for $1.9 million and reportedly purchased a 4-bedroom home in Pasadena for $3.3 million.
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