Actress Jennifer Garner

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on November 24, 2002

Please tell me about Jennifer Garner, who stars on the series Alias. Is she James Garner's daughter? We love the show.
—Sam R., California

Jennifer Garner isn't James Garner's daughter. The Houston native was raised in West Virginia by her mother, a retired English teacher, and a father who is a former chemical engineer. Garner studied ballet for nine years while growing up, then enrolled at Denison University in Ohio as a chemistry major. Her love of the stage was stronger than her love for science, so she became a drama major. Garner moved to New York after graduating in 1994 and was a restaurant hostess while pursuing an acting career. She then moved to Los Angeles and later got a part on the WB show Felicity, where she met her husband, Scott Foley. Before hitting it big with Alias, Garner was in the short-lived series Significant Others and Time of Your Life. Her movie credits include Pearl Harbor and Dude, Where's My Car? She can be seen later this year in Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio. She and Foley live in the Los Angeles area with their two dogs and one cat.