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(Photo : Credit: Gabriel Olsen) Caption:CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Jennie Garth arrives to the 2nd Annual Save A Child's Heart Gala at Sony Pictures Studios on November 15, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
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(Photo : Credit: Amanda Edwards ) Caption:BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actress Jennie Garth spearheads (with renowned cardiologist Dr. P.K. Shah) the 'Loving Is Giving' partnership between The Heart Foundation and ESCADA in recognition of February Heart Health Month at the Escada Boutique on February 13, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. A percentage of sales at ESCADA boutiques nationwide over the Valentine's Day weekend will be earmarked for The Heart Foundation. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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(Photo : Credit: Gabriel Olsen) Caption:CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Dave Abrams (L) and Jennie Garth arrive to the 2nd Annual Save A Child's Heart Gala at Sony Pictures Studios on November 15, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
Jennie Garth
(Photo : Credit: Gabriel Olsen) Caption:CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Jennie Garth arrives to the 2nd Annual Save A Child's Heart Gala at Sony Pictures Studios on November 15, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
Caption:CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Jennie Garth attends the 2nd Annual Save A Child's Heart Gala at Sony Pictures Studios on November 15, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
(Photo : Credit: Paul Archuleta ) Caption:CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Jennie Garth attends the 2nd Annual Save A Child's Heart Gala at Sony Pictures Studios on November 15, 2015 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

Jennie Garth's 50 facts.

1. Her full name is Jennifer Eve "Jennie" Garth.

2. She is an actress.

3. Garth is known for starring as Kelly Taylor throughout the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.

4. She is also known as Valerie Tyler on the sitcom What I Like About You (2002-06).

5. In 2012, she starred in her own reality show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country on CMT.

6. Jennie Garth was born in Urbana, Illinois.

7. She is the youngest of seven children.

8. Garth spent much of her youth on a 25-acre horse ranch in Arcola, Illinois.

9. For a time her family stayed in Tuscola, Illinois; but eventually they settled in Glendale, Arizona, when Garth was around thirteen years old.

10. She studied dance.

11. She also modeled.

12. Was discovered at a local talent competition by Hollywood scout and manager, Randy James.

13. She attended Greenway High School as a freshman and transferred to Apollo High School in her sophomore year.

14. Determined to become an actress, Garth would receive audition materials from Los Angeles that she would work on with local acting coach, Jean Fowler.

15. She left school during her junior year to work with James in Los Angeles.

16. She later obtained her high school diploma in California.

17. She continued taking acting classes and going to auditions almost daily and soon landed a role as "Erica McCray" in the NBC television series Brand New Life (1989-90).

18. Garth landed her first role in the television sitcom Growing Pains.

19. In 1990, she landed the role of Kelly Taylor in the series Beverly Hills, 90210.

20. Throughout the series of Beverly Hills, 90210, Garth's character faces several trials and tribulations, along with difficult issues regarding family and her romantic life. Garth displayed an exceptional understanding of the character's struggles and triumphs, portraying Kelly in a relatable way which made her one of the most developed and popular characters on the show.

21. Garth appears in all ten seasons of Beverly Hills, 90210.

22. She also directed two episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 (the second most of any cast member).

23. She won a Young Artist Award.

24. Was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for the role of Kelly.

25. She was also instrumental in launching the spin-offs Melrose Place and 90210, with the character of Kelly becoming a continuity icon by appearing in the most franchise episodes.

26. Her successful role on Beverly Hills, 90210 opened the door to several lead roles in made-for-TV films in the 1990s, including Danielle Steel's Star, Without Consent, Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg, Falling for You, and An Unfinished Affair.

27. She also had minor and supporting roles in the theatrical films Telling You, My Brother's War, and Power 98.

28. Garth ranked No. 59 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000.

29. She placed #93 on the magazine's 100 Sexiest Women of 2001.

30. In 2002, Garth starred in the sitcom What I Like About You as Valerie Tyler. Along with co-star Amanda Bynes, she appeared on the show for all four seasons.

31. In 2003, she starred in the television movies The Last Cowboy and the Christmas family drama Secret Santa, playing a journalist.

32. She and the cast of Secret Santa won the 2004 CAMIE Award.

33. In 2005, she voiced her Beverly Hills, 90210 character Kelly Taylor, as well as an additional role in the DVD Film Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.

34. Garth also starred in the TV teen drama film Girl, Positive, playing a teacher who was HIV positive.

35. She and co-star Andrea Bowen (known for the series Desperate Housewives) each won a Prism Award for their performances.

36. In 2007, Garth appeared on Dancing with the Stars: season five and was paired with Derek Hough. They reached the semi-finals in the competition.

37. In September 2008, Garth returned to the role of Kelly Taylor on the series premiere of The CW's spin-off series 90210. In the new series, Garth's character, Kelly Taylor, is now a Guidance Counselor at the fictional West Beverly High, where her half-sister Erin Silver also attends. Kelly was reintroduced with a four-year-old son, whose father is ex-boyfriend Dylan McKay.

38. On November 21, 2008, Garth appeared on the game show Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. She won $100,000 for her charity, the American Heart Association, for which she is spokeswoman for its "Go Red for Women" campaign.

39. Garth owns a horse ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

40. In 2009, she played the role of Natasha in Candace Bushnell's Web series of The Boardroom.

41. She also appeared in a cameo role on the December 7 episode of the children's television show Sesame Street, entitled "Mary Mary Quite Contrary".

42. In January 2010, Garth starred in an iVillage web series created by NBC Universal, Garden Party, about farm life, fresh produce and healthy eating.

43. On February 18, 2014, it was announced that production had started on The Jennie Garth Project, a ten-episode reality television series that will air on HGTV. It chronicles Garth as she renovates a home Hollywood Hills, California for herself and her three children.

44. Garth married Daniel Clark in 1994.

45. Garth and Clark divorced in 1996.

46. In 1995, Garth met her second husband, actor Peter Facinelli.

47. Gartha and Facinelli met while filming An Unfinished Affair.

48. Garth and Facinelli married on January 20, 2001, in a traditional Roman Catholic ceremony.

49. Garth and Facinelli have three daughters: Luca Bella, Lola Ray, and Fiona Eve. In March 2012, Facinelli filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized in June 2013.

50. Garth subsequently began dating actor David Abrams in the fall of 2014. Jennie married fiance David Abrams on July 11, 2015.

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