Jennifer Morrison Biography
Birth Name - Jennifer Marie Morrison
Date of Birth - 12 April 1979
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Nickname - Jen
Height - 5' 5¼" (1.66 m)
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Jennifer Morrison was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Her father, David L. Morrison, is a music teacher who was named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003. Morrison's mother, Judy Morrison, was also a teacher. Both have since retired. She graduated from Prospect High School in 1997 where her parents also worked. During her time there, she played clarinet in the school’s marching band, sang in the choir and did cheerleading with the school’s pep squad. Morrison also has two younger siblings, Julia Morrison and Daniel Morrison.
After high school, she attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored and minored in Theatre and English respectively before graduating in 2000. She studied with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television.
Jennifer Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondos. At the age of ten, she was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with basketball star Michael Jordan.
She made her film debut at the age of fifteen as the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in the 1994 film, Intersection, and later appeared as the haunting Samantha in Stir of Echoes with Kevin Bacon in 1999. Her first leading role came in the 2000 film Urban Legends: Final Cut, and she has since gone on to appear in films including Grind with Adam Brody, Surviving Christmas with Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini and Mr. and Mrs. Smith with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2003, 2004 and 2005, respectively.
On television, she has worked on several hit shows including Touched by an Angel and Dawson's Creek before landing the role of immunologist Dr. Allison Cameron on House in 2004 co-starring alongside Hugh Laurie. In 2006, she starred in and produced the independent film Flourish.
In 2007, Morrison appeared as Kirce James in the video game Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars, a character which frequently interacts with the player during the course of the GDI campaign. She was also selected by TV Guide for its Top 10 of TV's Sexiest Stars for its 2007 Sexy Issue. Her House co-star, Omar Epps, wrote a testimonial for her which said, "She exudes a lightness and has a beautiful soul... Whenever she laughs, everyone laughs."
More information on Jennifer Morrison
March 2003: Her father, David Morrison, won the Illinois state 2003 teacher of the year award.
Attended Prospect High School in Illinois (Class of 1997) and majored in Theatre with a minor in English at Loyola University Chicago (she received her B.A. in 3 years' time - Class of 2000).
Played clarinet in high school marching and symphonic bands.
Former high school cheerleader.
Appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for Kids with Michael Jordan when she was around 10 or 11 years old.
Is a Chicago Cubs fan.
Is friends with Ashlee Simpson and has guest-starred on the latter's show on MTV several times.
Portrayed a Ball State University student in commercials for the school titled "Everything You Need," even though she wasn't then and never was a student at the university.
12/23/06: Engaged to "House M.D." (2004) co-star Jesse Spencer. He proposed in Paris, France, at the Eiffel Tower.
Studied with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.
Sang in her high school choir.
Has two younger siblings: a sister, Julia, and brother, Daniel. Parents are David and Judy Morrison.
A former child model. She did print advertisements for JC Penney and Montgomery Ward and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo.
Grew up in Arlington Heights, Illnois -- an affluent village and suburb of Chicago.
2007: Was chosen for the Top 10 of TV's Sexiest Stars for TV Guide's 2007 Sexy Issue along with the likes of Evangeline Lilly, Eva Longoria Parker, Patrick Dempsey and Josh Holloway.
Her favorite television shows are "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (2003), "Battlestar Galactica" (2004) (she specially likes the character of Starbuck), "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (1986), and "Planet Earth" (2006).
8/15/07: Engagement to Jesse Spencer has been called off.
Jennifer Morrison Filmography
Star Trek (2008)
Big Stan (2007) .... Mindy
"House M.D." .... Dr. Allison Cameron (80 episodes, 2004-2007)
... aka House (USA: short title)
- Games (2007) TV episode .... Dr. Allison Cameron
- You Don't Want to Know (2007) TV episode (credit only) .... Dr. Allison Cameron
- Ugly (2007) TV episode .... Dr. Allison Cameron
- Whatever It Takes (2007) TV episode .... Dr. Allison Cameron
- Mirror Mirror (2007) TV episode .... Dr. Allison Cameron
The Murder of Princess Diana (2007) (TV) .... Rachel
... aka Diana: The Final Journey (UK)
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (2007) (VG) .... Kirce James - GDI Intelligence Officer
Flourish (2006) .... Gabrielle Winters
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005) .... Jade - Associate #2
Lift (2004/II) .... Sarah
Surviving Christmas (2004) .... Missy Vanglider
The Sure Hand of God (2004) .... Lily Bowser
... aka Sinners Need Company (USA: TV title)
Mall Cop (2004) .... Chris
Grind (2003) .... Jamie
The Edge (2003) (TV)
Girl Fever (2002) .... Annie
... aka 100 Women (USA: DVD title) (USA: cable TV title)
Nantucket (2002) .... Alicia
Big Shot: Confessions of a Campus Bookie (2002) (TV) .... Callie
"The Random Years" .... Megan (1 episode, 2002)
- Pilot (2002) TV episode .... Megan
"Dawson's Creek" .... Melanie Shea Thompson (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
- Sleeping Arrangements (2002) TV episode .... Melanie Shea Thompson
- The Lost Weekend (2001) TV episode .... Melanie Shea Thompson
"Any Day Now" .... Mandy Singer (1 episode, 2002)
- In Too Deep (2002) TV episode .... Mandy Singer
Design (2002) .... Sonya Mallow
"Touched by an Angel" .... Melissa Dunnigan (1 episode, 2001)
- Most Likely to Succeed (2001) TV episode .... Melissa Dunnigan
"The Chronicle" .... Gwen (1 episode, 2001)
... aka News from the Edge (USA)
- Let Sleeping Dogs Fry (2001) TV episode .... Gwen
The Zeros (2001) .... Joyce
Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000) .... Amy Mayfield
... aka Légendes urbaines 2 (Canada: French title)
... aka Légendes urbaines: La suite (Canada: French title)
... aka Leyendas urbanas: Corte final (USA: Spanish title)
Stir of Echoes (1999) (as Jenny Morrison) .... Samantha Kozac
Miracle on 34th Street (1994) .... Denice
Intersection (1994) (as Jenny Morrison) .... Meaghan Eastman
Flourish (2006) (producer)
2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2007) (TV) .... Herself
"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" .... Herself (1 episode, 2007)
- Episode dated 19 March 2007 (2007) TV episode .... Herself
House Unplugged (2006) (TV) .... Herself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2006) (TV) .... Herself
"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" .... Herself (1 episode, 2005)
- Episode dated 2 May 2005 (2005) TV episode .... Herself
"The Ashlee Simpson Show" .... Herself (3 episodes, 2004)
- Valentine's Bummer (2004) TV episode .... Herself
- Ashlee Verses Her Label (2004) TV episode .... Herself
- Ashlee Moves Onward and Upward (2004) TV episode .... Herself
"Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica" .... Herself (1 episode, 2003)
- The Video Shoot (2003) TV episode .... Herself