Jennifer Gareis

Role Donna

Show Bold and Beautiful

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BIRTHDATE: August 28

BIRTHPLACE: Lancaster, PA

STAR SIGN: Virgo

YEARS ON SHOW: 2006 - present

MARITAL STATUS: Wed Bobby Ghassemieh on March 7, 2010

CHILDREN: Son Gavin Blaze Gareis Ghassemieh was born on June 11, 2010


Acting wasn’t always at the forefront of Jennifer Gareis‘ “beautiful” mind. With algebra and geometry as her favorite subjects in school, she took the advice of her older sister and worked toward a career in accounting. She attended Franklin & Marshall College located in her hometown, Lancaster, PA, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Although she was offered a job from a well-respected accounting firm in her senior year of college, she thanked them for the opportunity and chose to follow her dream: acting.

Trained as a swimmer since she was five years old, Gareis’ avid fitness regime proved a career asset when she moved to New York City, where she studied in the studios of Wynn Handman and William Esper. She worked as a model, appearing in the pages of high-profile magazines such as Glamour, Fitness, and Esquire. In 1994, she earned the title of Miss New York, and then became a top six finalist in the Miss USA pageant of that year.

Breaking into the business, she earned a supporting role in Barbara Streisand‘s The Mirror Has Two Faces (2006). A few years later, she landed the contract role of Grace Turner on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, her first long-term daytime stint. Adding film roles to her resume, she worked in the sci-fi flick, The 6th Day, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, and later joined the comedy Boat Trip with Cuba Gooding, Jr.

In 2006, Gareis joined the cast of BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL as Donna, another man-manipulating Logan sister. In her spare time (when there is such!), she works on completing her MBA from Pepperdine University. Juggling a full-time gig at B&B and managing class projects and papers, Gareis’ mathematical skills should prove useful in time management. Her official Web site is www.jennifergareis.com.

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Random facts

  • Co-hosted a live, year-long fitness show in New York City.
  • Enjoys biking, hiking, and yoga.
  • Was Miss New York 1994, and a Top 6 finalist for Miss USA.
  • Loves french fries.
  • Has two brothers and two sisters.

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