Apr 04, 2014 06:29 PM EDT
Jennifer Love Hewitt is a beautiful American actress and singer-songwriter best known for her role on the TV show Party of Five, Ghost Whisper and The Client List. Here are 50 interesting facts about this talented brunette.
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born on February 21, 1979 in Waco, Texas.
Jennifer is of Italian and German descent.
She got the name "Love" from her mothers college roomate.
Jennifer got her first name from brother Todd after a little blonde girl he then had a crush on.
Her mother, Pat, is a speech pathologist and her father, Danny, is a medical technician. Her parents separated when she was six months old.
Hewitt made her official performing debut at age 3 where she sang at a livestock show.
At the age of three, she sang "The Greatest Love of All" at a livestock show.
At age 5, she was taking tap, jazz, and ballet lessons which led her to joining the Texas Show Team, which toured the Soviet Union and Europe.
She knew she wanted to work in show business and age 10, the family moved to L.A. with the encouragement of talent scouts, while her brother Todd stayed behind to finish high school in Texas.
Jennifer quickly found commercial work and a role on Disney's Kids Incorporated in 1984.
In Los Angeles, she attended Lincoln High School where her classmates included Jonathan Neville.
She went through a series of television flops before finally hitting it big on Party of Five in 1995 as Scott Wolf's girlfriend.
Hewitt briefly dated fellow-actor Joey Lawrence while she starred in Party of Five.
Jennifer was almost cast as Juliet in Romeo + Juliet (1996), but at the last moment, she lost the part to Claire Danes because the director felt she was not "modern" enough.
She was considered for the title role in Lolita (1997), which went to Dominique Swain.
Jennifer was offered a role on the hit TV show Charmed (1998), taking over Shannen Doherty's place, but turned it down.
She dated MTV's Total Request Live host Carson Daly between 1997 - 1999.
In 2003 Jennifer visited troops who are recovering from Iraq injuries at Washington, D.C.'s Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Jennifer hosted the Comedy for a Cure and raised over $100,000 for Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance's research programs.
Hewitt is a former member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet. Members of the cabinet help out using their talents and resources in furthering the cause of the organization.
She has recorded four albums: "Love Songs" in 1992, "Let's Go Bang" in 1995, "Jennifer Love Hewitt" in 1996, and "BareNaked" in 2002, which was produced by singer/songwriter Meredith Brooks.
She loves animals and has a cat named "Don Juan."
Reports surfaced that she was replaced by Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner (2001). Hewitt said that is not the case but she had been developing her own film by the same title, but was forced to cancel it once the film with Lopez was released. The two films were unrelated.
She was Enrique Iglesias' girlfriend in his video "Hero." They dated for a short period after filming the video.
Her other music video appearances for other artists are "High" by Feeder (1997), "Can't Get Enough of You Baby" by Smash Mouth (1998), and "Girl on TV" by LFO (1999).
Hewitt and John Mayer secretly dated for a short while in 2002, but the private fling was revealed when Mayer revealed it in one of his comedic routines, which he later apologized to Hewitt for.
In October 2006, Hewitt revealed she can't ride a bicycle. Despite having lessons from her mother and her boyfriend at the time, Jennifer just can't seem to get her balance.
She starred in Garfield (2004), which became her highest-grossing film to date - $200,804,534.
Jennifer turned down offer to pose naked for Playboy Magazine (December 2007).
She is very thoughtful! She sent Gwyneth Paltrow three dozen pink roses the night before Paltrow won 1999 Oscar's Best Actress. Paltrow sent a reply a week later, and Hewitt framed it - "it's my favorite thing." When they met for the first time at the 2000 Golden Globes, "she came up to me and gave me a hug for the flowers. I thought I was going to pass out. I was absolutely going to have a heart attack.".
She broke her finger while filming Heartbreakers (2001) during the "flopper dive" scene. Ouch!
She is 5' 2" (1.57 m) tall.
She lives in Toluca Lake, California.
Hewitt and Scottish actor Ross McCall first met on the set of The Ghost Whisperer in late 2005, and began developing a relationship soon after. Following two years of dating, the two got engaged in November 2007, while on a vacation in Hawaii. In late 2008, however, People magazine reported that the engagement was canceled.
While vacationing in Hawaii in 2007, she was photographed in a black bikini and the blogosphere and media outlets began negatively commenting on her slight weight gain. She subsequently spoke out against this and the pressure actresses are placed under. However, she lost weight and was on the cover for Shape magazine in which she debuted her weight loss.
She subsequently dated her Ghost Whisperer co-star Jamie Kennedy from March 2009 to March 2010.
Hewitt co-wrote the song I'm Gonna Love You for the animated video The Hunchback of Notre Dame II with Chris Canute.
She released a book titled The Day I Shot Cupid, it is subtitled, "Hello, My Name Is Jennifer Love Hewitt, And I'm A Love-aholic." She imparted advice like "spray tan is a must" before going on a date, "remember, your body is a temple, not a 7-Eleven" and "make out with a stranger (he must be gorgeous or you'll feel worse."
Hewitt briefly dated actor and director Alex Beh in 2010.
She has said in several interviews that she likes to wear a tiara when she takes a bath.
Jennifer has been open about her love for the art of vajazzling. Clueless about what that is? Watch the video below.
She is a huge fan of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club.
Hewitt is superstitious and believes in psychics and tarot cards.
She began a relationship with her Client List co-star Brian Hallisay in March 2012, became engaged to him in May 2013 and they were married later that year.
She was 2 months pregnant with her daughter Autumn when she completed filming the 2nd season of The Client List (2012).
Unfortunately, her mother, Patricia Pat Hewitt, passed away at age 67, on June 12, 2012 from cancer.
She closed her Twitter account in 2013 because she was receiving too much negativity and even threats. "Unfortunately with all the negativity people choose to send on twitter as well as threats to there own well being. I'm sad to say twitter is no longer for me. I have enjoyed all the kindness and love that came my way, as well as support. But this break is needed." - Jennifer Love Hewitt (@TheReal_Jlh) July 3, 2013.
Jennifer welcomed her first child, a beautiful baby girl Autumn James Hallisay on November 26. "We're so thrilled and happy to start a family," she said at the time in a statement to Us Magazine.
She doesn't know how to drive a car with manual transmission. Well, that's alright, many people don't know how!