One of the most famous celebrity moms, Jennifer Garner, was born on April 17, 1972. The actress was born in Texas, but raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her parents. Her mother, Pat, was an English teacher and her father, Bill, a chemical engineer. Jennifer, the middle sibling to two sisters, spent her younger years studying ballet.
Back in 2004 Jennifer shared this about her parents: “My parents started with nothing—just ambition and a work ethic, to me, they’re everything that’s good about America. They proudly pulled themselves up and then lifted us up.”
She spoke about their strict upbringing: “I sometimes joke that we were just a step away from being Amish, my parents set standards because they wanted us to have what they didn’t have, they scrimped and saved to pay for ballet and music lessons. They took us to London, where we saw plays—I loved the theater. They wanted us to know a bigger world.”
After high school Jennifer enrolled in Denison University as a chemistry major but changed to drama major after realizing her passion for the stage. After college she headed to New York where she worked as a hostess while she pursued her dream of acting.
Jennifer landed her first part on TV in “Zoya”. She starred in other TV shows and played minor roles in movies for five years before landing the role of Sydney Bristow on the series “Alias”. The show was a hit and Jennifer shot to stardom, earning her several awards including a Golden Globe.
She met her future husband, Ben Affleck, on the set of “Pearl Harbor” in 2001, but the two didn’t make a love connection until they paired up on the set of “Daredevil” in 2003. They started dating in early 2004 and announced in spring of 2005 that they were expected a child together. Ben proposed on Jennifer’s 33rd birthday and they were married just two months later on June 29, 2005 in front of only one other person, Jennifer’s Alias co-star Victor Garber, who officiated the wedding.
Their first daughter, Violet Anne was born on December 1, 2005. The couple also welcomed another daughter, Seraphina Rose, on January 6, 2009.
Jennifer loves to cook and garden, and even named her dog “Martha Stewart”. One of the many reasons Jennifer is beloved as a celebrity mom is because of her down-to-earth persona and we often see her running those “typical” mom errands of driving the kids to and from school and running household errands.
Jennifer and Ben welcomed their third child, a baby boy named Samuel Garner Affleck on February 27th, 2012.
- DOB: 4/17/1972
- Marriages: Ben Affleck 6/29/05- present , Scott Foley 10/19/2000 – 3/30/2003
- Children: Violet Anne Affleck 12/01/2005, Seraphina Rose Affleck 1/6/2009, Samuel Garner Affleck 2/27/12