Jennifer Eve Jennie Garth is an American actress. She is known for starring as Kelly Taylor throughout the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise and Valerie Tyler on the sitcom What I Like About You . In 2012, she starred in her own reality show, Jennie Garth A Little Bit Country on CMT.
Garth was born in Urbana, Illinois, to John and Carolyn Garth. The youngest of seven children , Garth spent much of her youth on a 25acre horse ranch between Sadorus, Illinois and Arcola, Illinois. For a time the family stayed in Tuscola, Illinois but eventually they settled in Glendale, Arizona, when Garth was around thirteen years old. She studied dance and modeled, and was soon discovered at a local talent competition by Hollywood scout and manager, Randy James. She attended Greenway High School as a freshman and transferred to Apollo High School in her sophomore year. Determined to become an actress, Garth would receive audition materials from Los Angeles that she would work on with local acting coach, Jean Fowler. She left school during her junior year to work with James in Los Angeles and would later obtain her high school diploma in California. She continued taking acting classes and going to auditions almost daily and soon landed a role as Erica McCray in the NBC television ser