Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, by Herbert Daniel Hewitt and Patricia Mae Shipp. Her father was an engineer and her mother worked as a speech therapist. Jennifer grew up in Killeen, also in Texas. As the name Jennifer was given by her brother, in honor of a girl he was in love, while her middle name, “Love“, was given by the mother, in honor of her companion college roommate, who was his best friend. After the divorce of parents, which occurred when Jennifer was 6 months old, the girl continued to live with her mother.
Even as a child Jennifer was attracted by the music, at the age of seven years already she could sing The Greatest Love of All Whitney Houston. Only a year later, in a piano bar, she entertained the audience with her version of Help Me Make It Through the Night. At 5 years, Hewitt began to learn tap dancing and ballet. At nine, she became a member of the Texas Show Team (which she toured Europe and the Soviet Union). Ten years on, following the advice of the talent scout, she moved to Los Angeles, California, with her mother, who helped her to break into the world of music and acting.
Jennifer is an honorary member of the Foundation for Children to which Audrey Hepburn had given aid. In 2002 the social worker Diana Napolis was arrested for making death threats against Jennifer Love Hewitt and Steven Spielberg, after “having verbally confronted” with the actress at the Grammy Awards in 2002. She was also convicted, but was later released provided they had no further contact with the persecuted. She’s been engaged for a year (2007-2008) with the actor Ross McCall. The November 21, 2013 she married Brian Hallisay, with whom she had two children, Autumn James Hallisay, born on November 26 of 2013, and Atticus Hallisay James, born on 24 June 2015.
Jennifer Love Hewitt began her acting career as a child by appearing in television commercials and the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. She rose to fame starring on the Fox teen-drama Party of Five (1995–99). She later starred in the horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its 1998 sequel.