Bio Taken from Jennifer's Website Bio Page:
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Jennifer is an American actress and filmmaker who is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the indie hits Kissing Jessica Stein and Friends With Kids.
Jennifer started her career as a New York-based theater actor, starring in over 25 Off-Broadway and regional productions before coming to Hollywood in 1997. Within weeks of her arrival, she landed a series regular role in ABC’s Two Guys, A Girl and A Pizza Place, alongside Ryan Reynolds, Traylor Howard and Richard Ruccolo. That same year, she co-wrote and starred in an Off-Broadway play with Heather Juergensen called Lipschtick: The Story of Two Women Seeking The Perfect Shade, which caught the attention of Hollywood studios. The play was optioned by Radar Pictures to be made into a film, starring Westfeldt and Juergensen.
After one season on Two Guys, 20th Century Fox Studios pulled Jennifer from that show to cast her as the lead of another show for them, the short-lived Holding The Baby on Fox.
While Westfeldt was busy shooting sitcoms, she and Juergensen were also hard at work developing their play into a screenplay. Frustrated by the slow pace of studio development, they bought the rights back to their script and decided to make their film independently, on a shoestring budget. The film was Kissing Jessica Stein.
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