An American actress Jennifer Marie Morrison was born on April 12, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Arlington Heights, Illinois. She has two siblings, her sister, Julia, is a singer-songwriter and music therapist, and her brother, Daniel, is a high school band director. Jennifer is the oldest of three children. As for her parents, her father, David L. Morrison, is a retired music teacher and high school band director who was named Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education in 2003.

Morrison attended South Middle School, and then graduated from Prospect High School in 1997. She was an All-State clarinet player in the school's marching band, sang in the choir, and was a cheerleader in the school pep squad. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she majored in Theatre and minored in English, graduating in 2000. What is more, she studied at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Morrison started her career as a child model, appearing in print advertisements for JCPenney and Montgomery Ward, and commercials for Rice Krispies and Mondo. Aged 11 she even appeared on a kids' version of celebrated US magazine Sports Illustrated with basketball superstar Michael Jordan. Morrison has been always fond of photography and filming.

Morrison's movie debut came in 1994, playing the daughter of Richard Gere and Sharon Stone in Intersection. The real success came to her after playing Dr. Allison Cameron in the television series House M.D., for which she was nominated for a prestigious Screen Actors Guild Award.

Morrison began dating her House co-star, Jesse Spencer. He proposed to Morrison at the Eiffel Tower on December 23, 2006, and the two had planned to marry later in the year. In August 2007 they called off their engagement.

Her career got firmly back on track in 2004 when she signed up for the romantic comedy Surviving Christmas. The following year she signalled her ambition to move on to a role behind the camera by producing the mystery Flourish. Since leaving House, her career has continued to progress with roles in films like Star Trek, How I Met Your Mother and Warrior.

In 2009, Morrison returned to the big screen, appearing in the opening scene of J. J. Abrams' Star Trek reboot as James T. Kirk's mother, Winona. In the fall of 2010 Morrison NBC's Chase was added to her biography. She played the role of Faith, a single mother-turned-fugitive, who embarks on a bloody killing spree across Texas with her daughter in law.

Morrison has had a starring role in ABC's Once Upon a Time since October 2011. She plays the role of Emma Swan, a bail bonds collector who turns out to be the missing daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. Jennifer Marie Morrison’s net worth is about $6 million.

In April 2016 Morrison launched her own film production company, Apartment 3C Productions, named after the apartment she shared with her friends during her time at Loyola University Chicago. She directed her first feature film, Sun Dogs, under this label during the summer of 2016.

Last Modified: Mar 12, 2020

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