December nineteen, 1963
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Known for||Alexandra Owens:
The L Discussion
(built-in December 19, 1963)
is an American actress and former teen model. She made her moving-picture show debut in
(1980), earlier receiving disquisitional acclaim for her role in
(1983), for which she won NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Moving picture and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for All-time Actress – Move Picture Comedy or Musical.
Beals has appeared in several notable films including
Devil in a Blue Apparel
The Terminal Days of Disco
The Book of Eli
Before I Fall
(2017). On idiot box, she starred as Bette Porter on the Showtime drama series
The 50 Discussion
(2004–2009) and later went on to star in the series
The Chicago Lawmaking
The Book of Boba Fett
(2021). She reprised her role equally Bette Porter in
The L Word: Generation Q
beginning in December 2019.
Beals was born and raised in the Southward Side of Chicago, Illinois,
the daughter of Jeanne (née Anderson), an uncomplicated school teacher, and Alfred Beals, who owned grocery stores.
Beals' father was African-American, and her mother is Irish-American.
She has two brothers, Bobby and Gregory.
Her father died when Beals was nine,
afterwards which she spent a summer at Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park, Colorado.
Her mother married Edward Cohen in 1981.
Beals says her biracial heritage affected her... she "always lived sort of on the outside", with an idea "of being the other in lodge".[iv]
She got her commencement job at the age of 13 at an ice cream store, using her height at the fourth dimension (she is now 5 ft eight in [i.73 grand]) to convince her boss she was sixteen.[half dozen]
She was inspired to become an extra by two events: working on a high school production of
Fiddler on the Roof
Balm in Gilead
with Joan Allen while volunteer-ushering at the Steppenwolf Theatre.
Beals graduated from Francis West. Parker Schoolhouse,[ten]
and so participated in Goodman Theatre Young People's Drama Workshop.[xi]
She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in American Literature in 1987.
She deferred a term and then she could film
While at Yale, Beals was a resident of Morse College.
Beals had a small role in the 1980 moving-picture show
and so came to fame with her starring function in
Flashdance. The third-highest grossing U.South. film of 1983,
is the story of 18-twelvemonth-old Alex, a welder by twenty-four hour period and sensual dancer by night, whose dream is to be accepted someday at an illustrious schoolhouse of dance. Beals was cast for this key office while still a student at Yale. She was nominated for a Golden World and the film received an Academy Laurels for Best Song. Many of Beals's elaborate dance moves were really performed past dance double Marine Jahan.
Gymnast Sharon Shapiro performed the flips every bit a body double for actress Beals.
After she filmed
Flashdance, Beals resumed her studies, making only one picture show during that time: playing the titular character
with vocalist-histrion Sting, a gothic horror moving-picture show loosely based on the 1935 classic
Bride of Frankenstein,
shot during her summer break.
She also appeared every bit Cinderella in the eponymous episode of
Faerie Tale Theatre, opposite Matthew Broderick.[xiii]
Beals was asked by Joel Schumacher to practice
St. Elmo's Fire
but turned it down, preferring to stay at Yale.
Later graduating from Yale in 1987, Beals resumed her acting career, playing the love involvement in the boxing moving picture
contrary Craig Sheffer.
Starring contrary Nicolas Cage, she portrayed a lusty and thirsty vampire in 1989'due south
In 1995, Beals and Denzel Washington co-starred in
Devil in a Blue Apparel, a flow film based on a Walter Mosley novel featuring L.A. private detective, Easy Rawlins. Beals plays a biracial woman passing for white. That same yr she appeared with Tim Roth in two segments of the four-story album
Four Rooms, one of which was directed by her and then-hubby, Alexandre Rockwell.
Rockwell had previously directed her in the 1992 independent film
In the Soup, which was a Grand Prize winner at the Sundance Picture show Festival.
In 2003, she played ane of the sequestered jury members in the motion picture adaptation of
She had a leading role in 2006's
The Grudge 2, sequel to the hitting horror pic of two years earlier. In 2010, Beals reunited with Denzel Washington in the post-apocalyptic activeness drama
The Book of Eli, where she played a blind adult female who is the female parent of Mila Kunis' character and a consort of a local autocrat played by Gary Oldman.
Beals portrayed UCLA Bruins gymnastics head motorcoach Valorie Kondos Field, in the
motion-picture show about Ariana Berlin.
In 2017, the actress played the part of Samantha Kingston's mother, in the picture version of
Earlier I Autumn.
In 2019, she played the role of Karen in the romance picture
In 1992, she appeared in
2000 Malibu Road
as attorney Perry Quinn. It was her first television series; she said she had been leery every bit she previously had not "found a graphic symbol I wanted to live with for several years".[eleven]
In 2004, Beals made a cursory cameo in the final episode of
Frasier. In 2007, she appeared in the pocket-size Television receiver drama
My Name Is Sarah, in which she plays Sarah Winston, a sober woman who joins Alcoholics Anonymous to acquit research for her book but finds herself falling in dear with a recovering alcoholic and—equally a upshot—having to deal with her original deception in joining the grouping.
Beals starred in Commencement's
The L Give-and-take, wherein she played Bette Porter, an Ivy League-educated lesbian. At Beals's request, Bette was fabricated biracial, enabling Pam Grier's Kit Porter character to go Bette's half-sister.
Beals's initial research for the function focused more on the woman's profession as an art museum director than on her life equally a lesbian;
"I was much more than obsessed by the work that Bette did, because she was and then obsessed by the work that she did."
The serial ran for six seasons and concluded in March 2009.
She also appears alongside Tim Roth in
Lie to Me, as Cal Lightman's ex-married woman, Zoe Landau.
Beals was the female atomic number 82 in Fox's TV drama
The Chicago Lawmaking. Her graphic symbol Teresa Colvin is Chicago'south first female police force superintendent.
The serial was canceled after its starting time season.
Beals turned downward an offering to appear on
Dancing with the Stars, saying: "I am not a dancer. They asked me and I said 'no.' You could back upwards a truck to my door filled with cash and I wouldn't do information technology."
In 2013, Beals signed on for the master office of the ABC drama airplane pilot
produced past McG and developed by Ilene Chaiken.
On March 10, 2014, it was announced that Beals would star as Dr. Kathryn Russo in
Proof, a TNT supernatural medical drama about a hard-nosed surgeon, struggling with the loss of her teenage son, who begins to investigate that at that place may be life afterward death. The series ran from June xvi through August 18, 2015, and was produced by Kyra Sedgwick.
On February 27, 2017, Beals played the leader of a small grouping of peculiarly trained government operatives for the new series
Taken, which serves equally a prequel to the
In September 2018, Beals was bandage in the role of Sheriff Lucilia Cable for the
In Dec 2019, Beals reprised her role as Bette Porter in
The L Word: Generation Q, the sequel series to
The L Word, and as well executive-produces the show. She stars alongside fellow
The L Word
cast members, Katherine Moennig and Leisha Hailey.
In December 2021, Beals appeared in the series premiere of
The Book of Boba Fett, a Disney+ series in the
franchise, where she portrays the Twi'lek Garsa Fwip.
In 2022, Beals appeared equally art gallery possessor Cassandra Webb in the NBC series
Police force & Order: Organized Offense
for five episodes.
Beals is also well known for her support of women's rights. In August 2012, she appeared alongside Troian Bellisario in the web serial
on the YouTube channel WIGS.
Its first season is a three-episode arc featuring the stories of women in the army being abused, predominantly by more than powerful superiors. The stories focused on ofttimes unreported cases of sexual corruption and how and why most of the cases went unreported or unsettled. Beals has as well appeared in ii interviews, discussing her views in relation to
In January 2013, Troian Bellisario confirmed on her Twitter and Instagram that she and Beals were filming more than
returned on May 3, 2013, with a second season of 12 episodes.
While attending Yale, Beals dated time to come movie executive Robert Simonds.
She married Alexandre Rockwell in 1986, earlier divorcing in 1996.
In 1998, she married Ken Dixon, a Canadian entrepreneur. On October xviii, 2005, Beals gave birth to their daughter. Dixon likewise has 2 children from a previous marriage.
Beals has described herself every bit a spiritual person. She has expressed interest in the Bible and Catholicism, as well as Judaism, to which she in one case considered converting, and is a practicing Buddhist.
She has been a vocal advocate for gay rights, proverb, "I recollect after playing Bette Porter on
The L Discussion
for six years I felt like an honorary member of the community."
Beals was a Celebrity G Marshal at the 2006 San Francisco Pride Parade.
In Oct 2012, she received the Man Rights Campaign'southward Ally For Equality Award, in recognition of her outstanding support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.[l]
Beals is a practitioner of kung-fu, sanshou, and kickboxing, and is a triathlete.
Beals is a photographer and has had shows featuring her work under her married name, Dixon.
In 1989, she spent some fourth dimension in Haiti photographing the elections.
She published a book near her time on
The Fifty Word
featuring her own photographs.
In 2010, Beals served as the One thousand Marshal of the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago,
during which she spoke of the two charities important to her: the Matthew Shepard Foundation and the Pablove Foundation.
|1980||My Bodyguard||Clifford's Friend|||
|1988||The Run a risk||Lady Olivia Candioni|
|Split Decisions||Barbara Uribe|
|1990||Dr. M||Sonja Vogler|
|1991||Blood and Physical||Mona|
|1992||In the Soup||Angelica Pena|
|Day of Atonement||Joyce Ferranti|
|1993||The Princess and the Cobbler||Princess YumYum (vocalisation)|
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Gertrude Benchley|
|Dead on Sight||Rebecca Darcy|
|The Search for One-eye Jimmy||Ellen|
|Devil in a Blue Dress||Daphne Monet|
|Let It Be Me||Emily Taylor|
|1996||The Twilight of the Golds||Suzanne Stein|
|1998||The Prophecy II||Valerie Rosales||Video|
|The Last Days of Disco||Nina|
|1999||Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying||Jessica|
|2001||The Anniversary Party||Gina Taylor|
|Out of Line||Parole Officer Jenny Capitanas|
|2003||Runaway Jury||Vanessa Lembeck|
|2004||Catch That Kid||Molly|
|2005||Break a Leg||Juliet|
|Desolation Sound||Elizabeth Storey|
|2006||The Grudge 2||Trish Kimble|
|Troubled Waters||Special Amanuensis Jennifer Beck|
|2009||Queen to Play||L'Américaine|
|2010||The Book of Eli||Claudia|
|A Night for Dying Tigers||Melanie|
|2015||Full Out||Double-decker Valorie Kondos-Field|
|The Laws of the Universe Part 0||Inkar (voice)||
|2016||Manhattan Night||Lisa Wren|
|2017||Before I Fall||Mrs. Kingston|
|2018||The White Orchid||Vivian|
|2020||Ali'southward Realm||Primary Dawson||Brusque|
|2022||Luckiest Girl Alive||Lolo Vincent|
|1985||Faerie Tale Theatre||Cinderella||Episode: "Cinderella"|
|1990||The Madonna and the Dragon||Patty Meredith||Goggle box flick|
|1992||Terror Stalks the Class Reunion||Virginia||TV movie|
|2000 Malibu Road||Perry Quinn||Main cast|
|Indecency||Ellie Shaw||Tv film|
|1993||Night Owl||Julia||TV movie|
|1997||The Outer Limits||Robin Dysart||Episode: "Bodies of Evidence"|
|1998||Nothing Sacred||Justine Madsen Judd||Main cast (Episode 14+)|
|1998||The Spree||Xinia Kelly||TV movie|
|1999||Body and Soul||Gina||Television movie|
|The Hunger||Jane||Episode: "And She Laughed"|
|2000||A Firm Divided||Amanda Dickson||TV movie|
|2001||The Big House||Lorraine Brewster||Goggle box movie|
|Subsequently the Tempest||Mrs. Gavotte||Television picture show|
|The Banquet of All Saints||Dolly Rose||TV movie|
|2002||They Shoot Divas, Don't They?||Sloan McBride||Tv motion-picture show|
|2003||Without Malice||Samantha Wilkes||Television receiver movie|
|2004||Frasier||Dr. Anne Ranberg||Episode: "Goodnight, Seattle: Role 1 & 2"|
|2004–2009||The L Give-and-take||Bette Porter||Main bandage|
|2007||Police & Lodge||Sofia Archer||Episode: "Charity Case"|
|My Name Is Sarah||Sarah Winston||Television set movie|
|2009–2010||Lie to Me||Zoe Landau||Recurring cast (flavour ane–2)|
|2010||The Night Before the Dark Earlier Christmas||Angela Fox||TV flick|
|2011||The Chicago Lawmaking||Teresa Colvin||Principal bandage|
|2012||Castle||CIA Amanuensis Sophia Turner||Episode: "Pandora" & "Linchpin"|
|Widow Detective||Lainey||TV pic|
|2012–2013||The Mob Doctor||Celeste LaPree||Recurring cast|
|Lauren||Major Jo Rock||Main cast|
|2013||Westside||Lisa Carver||Unsold TV airplane pilot|
|2014||Motive||Sophia Balfur||Episode: "They Made Me a Criminal"|
|A Wife's Nightmare||Liz Michaels||Telly movie|
|2015||Proof||Dr. Carolyn "Cat" Tyler||Main cast|
|2016–2017||The Night Shift||Dr. Sydney "Syd" Jennings||Recurring bandage (season three), guest (flavour 4)|
|2017||The Concluding Tycoon||Margo Taft||Recurring cast|
|2017–2018||Taken||Christina Hart||Main cast|
|2019||Swamp Matter||Lucilia Cablevision||Master cast|
|2019–present||The L Discussion: Generation Q||Bette Porter||Primary cast|
|2021–2022||The Book of Boba Fett||Garsa Fwip||3 episodes|
|2022||Law & Gild: Organized Criminal offense||Cassandra Webb||Recurring Bandage|
|2019-present||The Fifty Word: Generation Q||Co-executive producer|
Awards and nominations
|1984||NAACP Image Awards||NAACP Image Honor for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||Flashdance||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||Aureate Globe Honour for Best Actress||Nominated|
|1986||Razzie Awards||Razzie Laurels for Worst Actress||The Bride||Nominated|
|1996||NAACP Epitome Awards||NAACP Image Honor for Outstanding Actress in a Move Picture||Devil in a Blue Dress||Nominated|
|1998||Satellite Awards||Satellite Award for All-time Actress – Miniseries or Idiot box Film||The Twilight of the Golds||Won|
|2001||Satellite Awards||Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||A House Divided||Nominated|
|2005||Satellite Awards||Satellite Award for Best Extra – Boob tube Series Drama||The L Discussion||Nominated|
|2007||NAACP Image Awards||NAACP Epitome Laurels for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2008||NAACP Paradigm Awards||NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Serial||Nominated|
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