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. Princess says:

    She looks White.

  2. kiwi7777 says:

    What’s funny is she denied her father (who passed away when she was little) to achieve an acting career yet she hasn’t really been in anything successful after Flashdance and now she wants to tell everybody her father was black when her fame decreased. Whether she looks mix or not she still hid who she was. Thank God for Mariah Carey at least she was brave enough to tell everyone who she was regardless of the backlash.

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      (to achieve an acting career yet she hasn’t really been in anything successful after Flashdance)

      What about the (L Word)?Also through her career,she’s played a mixed-blooded person often.While to me,it was Mariah who choose to be more ambiguous about her ethnicity. Also,what’s so brave about telling people you’re part black?(especially when it was easy to tell)

  3. mids says:

    She’s looks about as mixed as kim jong il

  4. mids says:

    I’m willing to bet that her father is mixed as well. Problem is that mixed people are considered black so a mixed person and a white person could reproduce and still end up with a quarter mixed and yet they would be considered black or mixed because for some reason their mixed parent is considered black, ugh

    • jttaino says:

      thats becuase of bigoted stupid people there is no such thing as “race” geneticists have proven that(read my profile). i agree she’s probaly a quater “black” if that, if she doesn’t look black why should she call herself that this applies to other people as well.

      • fuzzybear44 says:


        ( i agree she’s probaly a quater “black” if that)

        While i don’t know her percentage,I can tell you her dad didn’t have to be half black,for her to look like that

    • midori29 says:

      @@mixed there are many Brazilians and Venezuela ns who have a coal black parent that come out looking like Jennifer Beals, her dad does not have to be mixed at all. Heck some look lighter and whiter than Jennifer. You have not seen alot of mixtures. Im from South America , ive seen nearly every racial combination.

    • Alice says:
      Cohen is also of Irish origin and a variant of Coyne, Kilcoyne.

    • jenna says:

      and her mother is white which makes her biracial im italian with a biracial daughter i helped produce her

    • Angel Syrene says:

      She is not black,she is mixed,Irish,Jewish and Black

      • Angel Syrene says:

        Alice:Cohen is Never Irish surname,Cohen and Levy is 100% Jewish

        • Alice says:

          Cohen and Levy are also Irish names. Cohen can be of Irish, Jewish or German origin.

          Levy in Ireland is a variant of Leavey.

        • Alice says:

          Bobatu names can have different origins. Cohen happens to have a Jewish origin and an Irish origin. No I’m not trippin I just know my Irish names.

          • Bobatu says:

            Her Mama is Jewish-Irish. Period . Ain’t nothing wrong with that…why you trying to say she just Irish. Not many Irish Jews now but used to be more. Mostly from Lithuanian Jewish origins. I know my names too.

          • Alice says:

            If people want to think Cohen is solely of Jewish origin don’t let enlightenment get in your way. It’s not that hard to research if you really wanted to learn. You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.

          • Alice says:

            Bobatu I’m not trying to say her mother is Irish. I’m showing that the name Cohen has an Irish origin also. Anyway her mother is stated as Irish American. I can’t find anything that says her mother is Jewish and I don’t think there is anything wrong with Jewish. Why isn’t there many Irish Jews now?

          • Alice says:

            The Jewish population in Ireland has at it highest being 5,500 in the late 1940s, but has since (2008) declined to around 2,000, mainly through emigration to larger Jewish communities such as those in the United States, England and Israel.
            The Minister for Justice and Defence is an Irish Jew Alan Shatter.

          • Alice says:

            “Yet there were in Ireland – and there are to this day-Cohens who are as Irish as the Levys who were once Dunlevys.18 Irish-American Coans researching their family name on the web are doubtless pleased to find a site that offers an impressive coat of arms and a family tree that traces their ancestors back to one Caomhain, “who was chief of the clan in the year 876 AD.” They may be surprised, however, to find among the many forms of their patronymic the Jewish-sounding Cohen.19 In fact, according to Ida Grehan’s 1997 Dictionary of Irish Family Names, Cohen is “more usually” an Irish than a Jewish surname in Ireland.

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          • Bobatu says:

            Anyone in Ireland with the surname Cohen (and with that EXACT spelling of it) is either

            1. Jewish
            2. Not Jewish but married to a Jewish person and has taken their surname
            3. Not Jewish (as in non practising) but of Jewish decent.

            Coen, Cowan, Cowen, Gowan etc…. are not the same as COHEN.


          • Paul says:

            Cohen can be Irish or Jewish surname. It is the most common surname for Jewish people today.A lot of Irish surname were changed from the Gaelic names into English.Coyne Coen Kilcoyne are other variants used in Ireland

          • Alice says:

            @Bobatu did you read any of the references? Why are you so insistent that Cohen is solely Jewish despite references showing that there are non-Jewish Cohens. The majority of Cohens are Jewish but if they are from Ireland they are nearly certain to have an Irish origin. I really don’t know why you are having trouble accepting this?

    • exotiq says:

      @boss….Moron…She’s MIXED!!! …News Flash, the one drop rule doesn’t exist anymore dumbass! …If you put her next to a typical black woman and say that she’s black like her, everyone will be laughing at you!!!! That’s like saying Demi Moore is black also, just because her hair is dark, as opposed to blonde–who’s going to believe you?!!! I’m so over the ignorance in this country!! If it looks like a duck, it’s a damn duck!!! She’s MIXED…get that through your head, and this goes for all the rest of you ignorant fools! …Yes, she’s PARTLY black, but OBVIOUSLY, you don’t see it…if you didn’t know that her father was black, you would never know from looking at her–she doesn’t even look mixed in fact!!! She looks like she could be Irish, Spanish, Italian, any other Caucasoid race/ethnicity!!! …And please don’t let another black self-hating fool say “Well, there are black people that look like her”…. Show me proof and then show me how many you see walking around every day!!! …No wonder other countries make fun of us….need I say more?! lol …Geez….

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