Biography[edit | edit source]
Early Life[edit | edit source]
Goodwin was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her mother, Linda, is a former educator, and her father, Tim, formerly owned and operated a recording studio. Goodwin changed her name from "Jennifer" to "Ginnifer" to distinguish her name, and to assist in pronunciation of her name in her regional dialect. She has a younger sister, Melissa, who is a stop motion animator on shows such as Robot Chicken.
Goodwin was raised attending First Unitarian Church, and later, Temple Israel. She went to school at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. She then graduated from Lausanne Collegiate School in 1996, then attended Hanover College (majoring in Theater) for one year before moving on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University. While a student at BU, she performed in numerous student short films, as well as several college and local stage productions. Goodwin was given the "Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award" by the Bette Davis Foundation, and graduated with honors.
Career[edit | edit source]
Goodwin first appeared on television in 2001 in a guest role in Law & Order and a recurring role inEd until 2003. From 2006 to 2011, Goodwin starred in a main role in HBO’s Big Love, and later starred in a main role in ABC’s Once Upon A Time until 2018. She has also made television appearances in Electric City , The Twilight Zone (2019) and Netflix’s Heartstrings.
She has also appeared in movies including her movie debut Mona Lisa Smile in 2003, Walk the Line, Day Zero, Birds of America, Something Borrowed and Zootopia.
In January 2017, Goodwin was cast as Marianne in the Los Angeles production of Constellations, which ran from June 14 to July 23, 2017 at the Geffen Playhouse.
Personal Life[edit | edit source]
Goodwin dated actor Joey Kern and they became engaged in December 2010, but ended their engagement in May 2011. Goodwin subsequently began dating her Once Upon a Time co-star Josh Dallas in late 2011. They became engaged in October 2013, and got married on April 12, 2014. They have two sons, born in May 2014 and June 2016 respectively.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Attended and failed a clown course.
- Is 12th cousins with Prince William and Prince Harry of the British royal family.
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External Links[edit | edit source]
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