Jennifer Beals

Beals in 2011, photo by DFree /

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 19, 1963

*African-American (father)
*Irish (mother)

Jennifer Beals is an American actress and model. She is known for her roles in the movies Flashdance and Devil in a Blue Dress. Her father, Alfred Leroy Beals, was African-American. Her mother, Jeanne Anderson, was white, and had Irish ancestry. Jennifer is married to Canadian entrepreneur Ken Dixon, with whom she has a daughter.

A picture of Jennifer’s parents can be seen here.

Jennifer’s paternal grandfather was named Leroy or Henry Beals.

Jennifer’s paternal grandmother was Susan “Susie” Ford (the daughter of Joseph “Joe” Ford and Francis/Frances Shipp). Francis was the daughter of Milam Shipp and Mary Brooks.

Source: Information on Jennifer’s father –


Curious about ethnicity

117 Responses

  1. donalda says:

    For many years I thought she was fully white.

  2. me says:

    i throught she was part jewish

  3. missy says:

    god jen looks white im italian and darker than her it depends on genetics

    • Tracy says:

      Human genetics are strange you never know how much of any descent a person will “look” like. A radio talk-show host had to to take back some comments. He said Soledad O’Brien was not black & shouldn’t be doing the “Black in America” docs for CNN. Her mom is a black Cuban & she does identify herself as black.

    • American87 says:

      She is white, but she has a mixed ancestry of Irish, African, and whatever else her African American side has. That´s the beauty of America and its rich and diverse cultural history…or better yet, we could make it even simpler and say she looks ¨American.¨Are we Americans ready for that yet????

  4. Angel Syrene says:

    She’s Jewish Irish

  5. Ammz says:

    Cohen is a Jewish surname, I’m sure…

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