Ethnicity: Jennifer's mother is of Irish descent , while her father was African-American.
Jennifer Sue Beals was born in Chicago on December 19, 1963 as the second child of Jeanne Anderson and Alfred Beals. Her mother, an Irish-Catholic retired elementary schoolteacher, still lives in Chicago. Her African-American father owned a grocery store on the South Side of Chicago where she spent the first decade of her childhood. Her older brother Gregory, born in 1958, became a journalist after graduating from Yale and works for United Nations. Her younger brother Bobby, was born in 1964.