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. xoxo says:

    Don’t know what her dad looks like, but she looks white.

    • fuzzybear44 says:


      I don’t. Know if her father is mixed or not, but that type of nose is not uncommon to African American. HAlf my extended. Family has a caucasoid phenotype. Plus I ‘ve seen many other black people with those noses. The only thing you can say, is that it wasn’t. Common in the ones you’ve. Seen

  2. California says:

    Come on, this woman could never pass as white. She looks too ethnic, maybe not black but she looks VERY Hispanic.

  3. Multiethnicchick says:

    Her father is probably mixed. African American is an ethnicity and it includes mixed people. she’s probably mostly white

  4. WTF says:

    She hid her black ancestry so she could become a “star”. What’s funny is, she didn’t have much a career after that shitty dance movie. She’s just another washed up has-been; d-list actress with a failure of a career. Coming out as black might have actually helped her career…..

  5. WTF says:

    She could fool a lot of people into thinking she was Italian if she wanted… She’s a white-passing mulatto. I remember when everyone thought this trick was white.

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