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Jessica Biel Biography

Born March 3, 1982, in Ely, Minnesota, Jessica is a controversial sexy model and inspiring actress. Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Jessica started doing plays at the age of nine with roles in "The Sound of Music", "Annie", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Anything Goes". In 1994, while attending Diane Hardin's Young Actor's Space in Los Angeles, Jessica was discovered by her current manager, Jeff Morrone, from Innovative Artists. Jessica's on-screen career began in 1996, where she played Mary Camden, the oldest daughter of a minister couple in the squeaky clean TV hit "7th Heaven". She also branched out to the big screen with parts in "Ulee's Gold" in '97 and "I'll Be Home For Christmas" in 1998, where she played opposite Home Improvement's Jonathan Taylor Thomas.

Under the watchful eye of her father, she was featured in several modeling covers including Sassy Magazine in '96, Teen and Moxie Girl in 1998, and the huge honor from People Magazine in '99 when they named her one of the worlds 50 most beautiful people. Jessica has the charisma and sex appeal needed to be a movie starlet or a pin-up girl. Her breakthrough came when she was cast in Aaron Spelling's WB production, "7th Heaven" (1996) as Mary Camden. Although she gained considerable attention for her work on the show, she became increasingly frustrated with her role, blaming her saintly image for the loss of a leading role in American Beauty (1999) to Thora Birch. Feeling her character in the series was limiting her film career, despite a role in the acclaimed drama Ulee's Gold (1997), Biel attempted to get out of her contract. When the producers refused, Biel turned to Gear Magazine where she posed nude; the controversial cover and photo spread resulted in her leaving the television series by mutual consent. Unfortunately, Biel's film career did not take off as quickly, only as she had hoped and she frequently appears as a guest on "7th Heaven" (1996).

Jessica is a high school honor student and enjoys dancing and singing. It comes as no surprise that she has a life outside of acting by going to college at Tufts University, and toyed with the idea of going to UCLA. Jessica also is an amateur photographer, enjoys rollerblading, collects vintage glasses in her spare time.


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