Jennifer Eve 'Jennie' Garth (born April 3, 1972) is an American actress and director, best known for starring as Kelly Taylor throughout the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. As of 2012, she stars in her own reality show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country on CMT. Jennie Garth was born in Urbana, Illinois to John and Carolyn Garth, each of whom already had three older children from previous marriages: Johnny, Chuck, Lisa, Cammie, Wendy and Lynn. Garth spent much of her youth on a 25-acre (100,000 m) horse ranch in Arcola, Illinois. Her family eventually moved to Tuscola, Illinois, and then, when Garth was 13 years old, to Glendale, Arizona. There, she began taking dancing lessons and modeling, which led to her participation in a talent competition, where she was discovered by Hollywood talent scout and manager, Randy James. She attended Greenway High School as a freshman and later transferred to Apollo High School in her sophomore year.
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