Jenny Lewis in recent photo
|Birthname:||Jennifer Diane Lewis|
|Born:||January 8, 1976|
|Birthplace:||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Years active:||1985–present (acting)|
|Appeared on/Involved with:||The Golden Girls|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Old Friends" (Season 3 premiere)|
Jennifer Diane "Jenny" Lewis (born January 8, 1976) singer-songwriter musician and former child actress. She was the primary vocalist of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley, and has released two solo albums. She currently performs as part of the duo Jenny & Johnny with boyfriend Johnathan Rice. She made a guest appearance on The Golden Girls as a child named Daisy, who was a "Sunshine Cadet" scout, in the Season 3 opening episode "Old Friends".
Jenny made her professional acting debut in a Jell-O commercial. She was featured in the short-lived 1986 ABC-TV Lucille Ball sitcom Life With Lucy, where she was cast as one of Lucy's grandchildren. She also had small roles on TV shows, such as The New Twilight Zone, Baywatch, Growing Pains, Just the Ten of Us, Roseanne, Mr. Belvedere, and Brooklyn Bridge.
Lewis appeared in over a dozen teen-themed movies, such as Troop Beverly Hills, and in 1989 starred in The Wizard. She was featured in the 1996 made-for-TV movie Talk to Me with Yasmine Bleeth, as well as the films Foxfire, Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even, and Pleasantville. She played the part of Evangeline "Eva" Saint Claire in the 1987 film version of Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. She played Beverly D'Angelo's daughter in the 1996 made-for-TV film, Sweet Temptation. She continued acting until 1998, although the last released film – Don's Plum, filmed 1995–96 – was not released until 2001.
Rilo Kiley Edit
In 1998, Lewis and friends Pierre De Reeder, Dave Rock and then-boyfriend Blake Sennett formed the band Rilo Kiley. (Rock was eventually replaced by Jason Boesel) In an interview with NPR's All Songs Considered, Lewis remarked that she wanted to name the group Love's Way (after her parents' lounge act in Las Vegas), but Sennett "didn't go for it."
Beginning with a country sound, Rilo Kiley gravitated toward a downbeat indie rock sound, gaining the attention of Warner Bros., who signed the band for the release (via its own imprint, Brute/Beaute Records) of their 2004 album More Adventurous, which gained the band some success. Critics such as Pitchfork attributed this to the "wise" decision to emphasize Lewis's voice and presence more so than in previous albums. The song "Portions For Foxes" was a hit. Rilo Kiley's 2007 album Under The Backlight was released directly by Warner Bros.
It was announced on July 14, 2011 that Rilo Kiley had officially split up.
- ↑ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. [[[:Template:Allmusic]] "Rilo Kiley biography"]. allmusic.com. Template:Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
- ↑ "Jenny Lewis Discography". Star Pulse. http://www.starpulse.com/Music/Lewis,_Jenny/Discography/Index/P542837/1/. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
- ↑ Ayers, Michael D.. "Jenny Lewis Is Tired of Being in a Band | Blogs". Vanity Fair. http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2010/08/qa-jenny-lewis-is-tired-of-being-in-a-band. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- ↑ "Interview: Jenny Lewis | The Jewish Chronicle". Thejc.com. 2010-11-18. http://www.thejc.com/arts/arts-interviews/41395/interview-jenny-lewis. Retrieved 2012-05-25.
- ↑ "The Blue-Eyed Soul of Jenny Lewis". NPR.org. 2006-10-16. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6254742. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
- ↑ Dahlen, Chris (August 15, 2004). "Rilo Kiley More Adventurous > Review". PitchforkMedia. http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/reviews/albums/6789-more-adventurous/. Retrieved Template:Date.
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