12 of the Most Famous Jennifers in the World
The name “Jennifer” has lost a bit of steam these days. In the year 2000, it was the 26th most popular name in the United States. This was no doubt thanks to famous Jennifers like Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez making it a favorite name amongst new parents. But over the past two decades the name has dropped in the rankings and as of 2021, is the 493rd most popular name. How the mighty have fallen.
The origins of the name can be traced back to the Welsh, with Jennifer meaning “the fair one.” The name is believed to be intertwined with that of Gwenhwyfar, who in modern times is known as Guinevere from the Arthurian legends of the 11th century. As it is a name that has been around for centuries, it should come as no surprise that there are dozens of famous Jennifers in the world today.
While the name might not be as popular, there are still several Jennifers out there getting it done. These women have made it to the top of their fields, whether in the entertainment world or on the sporting pitch, and continually amaze and wow us regular folks.
In celebration of these amazing Jennifers, this article aims to shed some light on the most famous who are kicking all the goals. And if you like this piece then you’ll dig our look at the most famous people named Chris.
12 of the Most Famous Jennifers in the World
1. Jennifer Aniston
There was no bigger Jennifer than Jennifer Aniston in the late 90/early 00s. The daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, Aniston already had one foot in the door when she began her acting career with an uncredited role in the 1988 kids’ film Mac and Me. She followed this with her first major film role in the 1993 horror Leprechaun, which is an underrated cult classic.
It really kicked off for Aniston when she was cast as Rachel Green in the hit sitcom Friends. Along with the rest of the young cast, Aniston became a huge star and soon found herself a leading lady, starring in movies such as The Break-Up, Marley & Me, Horrible Bosses, and Murder Mystery 1 & 2.
With an estimated worth of around $300 million, Aniston has done pretty well for herself. The twice-married actor (Brad Pitt and Justin Theroux were the lucky guys) continues to be a big drawcard whose career shows no signs of slowing down.
2. Jennifer Lawrence
Winning the Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook at the 2013 Academy Awards at the age of 22, Jennifer Lawrence announced herself as one of Hollywood’s rising stars. The famous Jennifer has starred in two major franchises (The Hunger Games and X-Men), narrated the documentary A Beautiful Planet, and appeared in several blockbusters, including American Hustle and Red Sparrow.
Lawrence hasn’t had it all her own way though, having to navigate a nude photo scandal that almost derailed her career in 2014. She managed to come back bigger and stronger than ever and is one of the highest-paid actors in the world.
3. Jennifer Lopez
Is there anything Jennifer Lopez can’t do? The actor, singer, and dancer is a triple threat whose career continues to go from strength to strength. Starting her career as a backup dancer, Lopez exploded onto screens with her breakout role in Selena, based on the life of the Tejano music star of the same name. It’s rumored Lopez was paid $1 million for the role, the highest ever for a Lantino actor at that time.
While many expected her to focus on movies, Lopez pivoted to music and became a bonafide pop star, releasing several massively successful albums including On The 6, This is Me…Then, and Como Ama una Mujer. She made more history in 2001 when she dropped her number one album J. Lo and starred in the number one romantic comedy, Wedding Planner, all in the same week.
One of the most beautiful women on the planet, Lopez’s love life is as entertaining as her career. She’s been married four times and has finally found the love of her life in the shape of her ex-boyfriend turned husband Ben Affleck.
4. Jennifer Coolidge
Jennifer Coolidge is having some kind of career renaissance. Best known for playing Stifler’s mom in the American Pie franchise and loud-mouth blonde Zofia “Sophie” Kachinsky in 2 Broke Girls, Coolidge has been everywhere these past few years thanks to her role in the TV series The White Lotus. Her performance has seen the Boston actor claim a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Having been in the business for close to 30 years, it’s great to see Coolidge getting the recognition she deserves for all the hard work she has put in. You can always rely on her to give 100% and she makes anything she is in, be it a movie, commercial, or even when giving an award speech, that much more appealing.
5. Jennifer Hudson
Here is another famous Jennifer who is skilled in several disciplines. Hudson is an actor, singer, producer, and talk show host who is also the youngest woman and second African-American woman to win the EGOT, which is a person who has managed to be awarded an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Pretty impressive for someone who has only just hit her 40s.
Rising to fame after finishing seventh in the third season of American Idol, Hudson’s starring role in the movie Dreamgirls took her to another level. Over the past 15 years, the Chicago native has released three albums, been a coach on The Voice, starred in and produced the Aretha Franklin life story Respect, and currently hosts the talk show The Jennifer Hudson Show.
One of the hardest-working people in the business, Hudson is also a single mother who established the Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims in honor of her murdered mother, brother, and nephew.
6. Jennifer Grey
One of the stars of Ferris Buller’s Day Off and Dirty Dancing, Jennifer Grey was well on her way to stardom when she made the horrible decision to get plastic surgery. Believing she needed to keep her look fresh to compete with the women in Hollywood, Grey underwent two nose jobs that ended up totally changing her facial features.
She talked about the experience in a 2022 interview with People: “That was the first time I had gone out in public. And it became the thing, the idea of being completely invisible, from one day to the next. In the world’s eyes, I was no longer me.”
This led to a drop in offers, and even though Grey has still been actively working, she never evolved into the superstar everyone thought she would. Thankfully Grey is at peace with where she is and you can read all about her story in Grey’s 2022 book, Out of the Corner: A Memoir.
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7. Jennifer Love Hewitt
Child actors often go off the rails, but not Jennifer Love Hewitt. After getting her break on the Disney Channel series, Kids Incorporated, Hewitt became a household name when cast as Sarah Reeves Merrin in the hit teen drama Party of Five. This led to Hewitt scoring a role in the 1997 horror blockbuster I Know What You Did Last Summer.
The talented Hewitt has gone on to star in two live-action Garfield flicks, the supernatural series The Ghost Whisperer, and the current hit TV series 9-1-1. Not only is she an actor, but Hewitt can sing, although she hasn’t released an album since 2002s BareNaked.
8. Jennifer Garner
American actress Jennifer Garner has been in the business for almost three decades, starring in a wide range of movies and TV shows. The Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award winner has many credits to her name, with some of her best work coming in the movies 13 Going on 30, Juno, Dallas Buyers Club, and Peppermint, and the TV shows Alias, Upload, and Party Down.
Much loved by the acting fraternity, Garner is also involved in several charities and has shown her support for the Democratic party and the #metoo movement.
9. Jennifer Carpenter
She might not be the first Jennifer you think of, but Jennifer Carpenter’s career is more successful than you realize. Studying at New York City’s famed Juilliard School, Carpenter came to the attention of critics and movie fans with her harrowing portrayal of a possessed girl in The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
Carpenter has since had roles in the horror remake Quarantine, the violent prison drama Brawl in Cell Block 99, and voiced the character of Sonya Blade in the recent Mortal Kombat animated movies. She also had a memorable role in Dexter and was the lead in the TV shows Limitless and The Enemy Within.
10. Jennifer Morrison
Not every famous actor is a movie star. While Jennifer Morrison has starred in almost 40 full-length features, including the underrated Urban Legends: Final Cut, she is best known for her work on the small screen. She played Dr. Allison Cameron in the medical drama House, Zoey Pierson in How I Met Your Mother, and Emma Swann in Once Upon a Time.
Morrison has also done some directing work, appeared in several music video clips, and walked the boards in London’s West End. She continues to build a solid resume and is only getting better with each project she commits to.
11. Jennifer Connelly
Debuting in the crime classic Once Upon a Time in America, Jennifer Connelly’s filmography is as impressive as it gets. Always willing to take risks, Connelley’s projects include the drug drama Requiem for a Dream, the child’s fantasy flick Labyrinth, the superhero movie Hulk, and the recent Hollywood blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick.
Not one to get caught up in the hype machine, Connelly is relatively low-key, letting her work be a representation of her personality. Regularly hailed for both her beauty and talent, Connelly is currently starring in the TV adaptation of Snowpiercer and will next be seen in the New Zealand comedy Bad Behaviour.
12. Jennifer Nettles
As one of the founding members of the country duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles has had great success in the music business. Sugarland has released six albums since 2004s Twice the Speed of Life and won two Grammy Awards and five Academy of Country Music Awards. As a solo artist, Nettles has released several albums and scored a massive hit with her 2006 duet with Bon Jovi on the track “Who Says You Can’t Go Home.”
Although she hasn’t released any music as a solo artist or with Sugarland in several years, Nettles is keeping busy with her role on the Go-Big Show.
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