Jennifer Love Hewitt

Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress and singer. She is well-known for her roles in the Fox television series Party of Five, as Sarah Reeves, from (1995-1999), and also starred in the I Know What You Did Last Summer films, as Julie James. Hewitt can currently be seen on the CBS television series Ghost Whisperer, as Melinda Gordon, a young newlywed who communicates with the dead. As a singer, her single “How Do I Deal” reached twenty-six on the American charts.

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Early life and career

Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, to Herbert Daniel Hewitt and Patricia Mae Shipp. Her father is a technician and her mother worked as a speech pathologist. Hewitt grew up in Harker Heights, Texas. After the divorce of her parents, Hewitt and her only sibling, Todd Hewitt, were brought up by her mother. Her first name was given to her by her brother, after a girl of whom he was fond as a youngster, while her middle name, “Love”, was given to her by her mother after her best friend in college.

As a young girl, Hewitt was attracted to music which led to her first encounters with the entertainment industry. At the age of three, she sang “The Greatest Love of All” (as recorded by Whitney Houston) at a livestock show. Just a year after that, at a restaurant-dance hall, she entertained an audience with her version of “Help Me Make It Through the Night”. By the time she was five, Hewitt already had tap dancing and ballet in her portfolio. At nine, she became a member of the Texas Show Team (which also toured in the Soviet Union). At the age of ten, at the suggestion of talent scouts, she moved to Los Angeles, California, with her mother to pursue a career in both acting and singing.

After moving to Los Angeles, Hewitt appeared in more than twenty television commercials. Her first break came as a child actor on the Disney Channel variety show Kids Incorporated (1989–1991). In 1992, she played Pierce Brosnan’s daughter in a pilot for NBC called Running Wilde, which featured Brosnan as a reporter for Auto World magazine whose stories cover his own wild auto adventures, but the series wasn’t picked up and the pilot never aired. She later played on television in several short-lived series, such as Fox’s Shaky Ground (1992–1993), ABC’s Byrds of Paradise (1994), and McKenna (1994–1995). Finally, Hewitt became a young star after landing the role of Sarah Reeves on the popular Fox Television show Party of Five (1995–1999), joining the cast during its second season. She continued the same role in the short-lived Party of Five spinoff, Time of Your Life (1999). Hewitt was also one of the producers, but the show was cancelled after only half a season. She won sexiest woman of the year in 1997.

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Film and music career

She made her film debut in the independent film Munchie (1992). Hewitt became a film star after a lead role in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997). The film had great box-office appeal (125,000,000 U.S. dollars worldwide), and Hewitt became one of the most popular young stars in the USA (together with her co-stars: Freddie Prinze Jr., Ryan Phillippe, and Sarah Michelle Gellar). She also played in the sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998). Other notable film roles included the high-school comedy Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) and a starring role with Sigourney Weaver in the romantic comedy hit Heartbreakers (2001).

In 2000, Hewitt appeared in The Audrey Hepburn Story. That same year, she was the “most popular actress on television” due to her Q-rating (a measurement of a celebrity’s popularity) of thirty-seven. For that reason, Nokia chose her to become its spokesperson, because of her “fresh image”, and her being “a symbol of youthfulness and wholesomeness”. In 2002, she was paired with Jackie Chan in the action comedy The Tuxedo which was a box office bomb.

Since September 2005, Hewitt has starred in the television series Ghost Whisperer. In Australia, Ghost Whisperer has been popular since its introduction; in the United States, the show averages 9-10 million viewers for each new episode.

To date, she has released four albums with some success, most notably in Europe and Japan. Her first album was released in Japan, where she is widely considered a pop star. Her explanation for her success in Japan is that the Japanese “love perky music. The poppier the music, the better.”

In March 2005, Hewitt was featured in Maxim magazine and their Girls of Maxim gallery. In May 2006, the magazine named her #29 in their Hot 100

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Trivia

  • Apparently a big fan of Sizzler restaurants. On a September 21, 2006 appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, she expressed her desire to be a spokesperson for Sizzler.
  • She has been dating actor Ross McCall since January 2006.
  • Has dated singer John Mayer.
  • Auditioned for the role of Juliet in Romeo + Juliet but lost the role last minute to Claire Danes when the director felt she was not modern enough for the part.
  • Lost the role of “Darlene” in Brokedown Palace due to scheduling conflicts with the film Can’t Hardly Wait. Kate Beckinsale later got the role.
  • Was originally set to star in The Wedding Planner but was replaced by Jennifer Lopez after Lopez expressed interest in playing the part.
  • Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Auditioned for the role of “Elektra” in Daredevil and the role of “Trica Jones” in Mallrats
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt has said she would not do nude scenes in movies

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Awards

  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award — Favorite Female Newcomer (I Know What You Did Last Summer) (1998)
  • Blockbuster Entertainment Award — Favorite Actress (I Know What You Did Last Summer) (1998)
  • People’s Choice Award — Favorite Female Television Performer in a New Series (Time of Your Life) (2000)
  • Family TV Awards — Favorite Female Actress (Ghost Whisperer) (2006)

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Filmography

  • Munchie (1992), Andrea Kurtz
  • Sister Act 2 (1993), Margaret
  • Little Miss Millions (1993), Heather Lofton
  • House Arrest (1996), Brooke Figler
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997), Julie James
  • Trojan War (1997), Leah Jones
  • Zoomates (1998), voice of Helen
  • Can’t Hardly Wait (1998), Amanda Beckett
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Julie James
  • Telling You (1998), Deb Freidman
  • The Suburbans (1999), Cate
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2001), voice of Madelaine
  • The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina (2001), voice of Thumbelina
  • The Devil and Daniel Webster (2001), The Devil
  • Heartbreakers (2001), Page Conners/Jane Helstrom
  • The Tuxedo (2002), Del Blaine
  • The Truth About Love (2004), Alice Holbrook
  • Garfield: The Movie (2004), Liz
  • If Only (2004), Samantha Andrews
  • Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (2005)
  • Delgo (2006), voice of princess Kyla
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006), Liz
  • Streetlight (2007), Mena

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Television

  • Ghost Whisperer (2005–present)
  • Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber (2005)
  • Family Guy episode Stuck Together, Torn Apart (2001) (voice)
  • The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
  • Time of Your Life (1999)
  • Party of Five (1995–1999)
  • Boy Meets World (1998) (Guest Appearance)
  • McKenna (1994–1995)
  • Byrds of Paradise (1994)
  • Shaky Ground (1992–1993)
  • Kids Incorporated (1989–1991) (as Love Hewitt)

Commercials

In 2005, Jennifer Love Hewitt appeared in a Hanes advertising campaign titled “Look who we’ve got our Hanes on now”. The campaign also featured other celebrities such as Michael Jordan, Marisa Tomei, Damon Wayans, Matthew Perry, and on Spanish-language advertising, Aracely Arambula, and Pablo Montero. In 2006, the campaign added Kevin Bacon and Christina Applegate to their lineup.

Jennifer Love Hewitt has appeared in a Don’t Mess With Texas commercial.

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Production credits

  • Ghost Whisperer (2005)
  • Bunny (2000)
  • The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000)
  • Time of Your Life (1999)

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Discography

Albums

* 1992 Love Songs
* 1995 Let’s Go Bang
* 1996 Jennifer Love Hewitt
* 2002 BareNaked – 37 U.S., 31 AUS
* 2006 Cool With You: The Platinum Collection

Singles

* From Let’s Go Bang
o 1995: “Couldn’t Find Another Man”
* From Jennifer Love Hewitt
o 1996: “No Ordinary Love”
* From I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (soundtrack)
o 1999: “How Do I Deal” — #59 U.S., #8 AUS
* From BareNaked
o 2002: “Barenaked” — #6 AUS (Gold)
o 2003: “Can I Go Now” — #12 AUS (Gold)
o 2003: “You” (never confirmed)
o 2003: “Hey Everybody” (radio release and limited edition CD singles in Australia)

Soundtracks

* From House Arrest
o 1996: “It’s Good To Know I’m Alive”

* From [[I Still Know What You Did Last Summer))
o 1998: “How Do I Deal?”

* From Disney’s Superstars Hits
o 2002: “I’m Gonna Love You”

* From If Only
o 2003: “Love Will Show You Everything”, “Take My Heart Back”

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