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Beverly Hills, 90210: 10 Things About Kelly That Would Never Fly Today

On Beverly Hills, 90210, Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth)is the quintessential rich teenage girl. She doesn't feel loved by her family, she can go shopping whenever she wants, and she's boy crazy. After a while, she becomes a much nicer, better, and smarter person, and she manages to change a lot.

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Since this classic teen soap opera was on the air such a long time ago, the characters couldn't be featured in the exact same storylines today, and there's a lot about Kelly that seems very dated now. Here are a few blasts from her past — try not to cringe too much.

10 She Doesn't Think Twice About Stealing Her Best Friend's Boyfriend

Kelly is part of one of the most notorious love triangles in teen TV history. Basically, she steals her best friend Brenda Walsh's (Shannen Doherty) boyfriend. Kelly doesn't care that Dylan McKay (Luke Perry) is already dating Brenda and that they've been serious for a while — she just goes for it. Although Kelly mentions feeling bad, she still does it, and she doesn't take a step back from Dylan, but dives in even deeper.

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This wouldn't fly today, as most contemporary women would never choose a boy over a best pal, and it definitely wouldn't win Kelly any friends.

9 She Wants To Date An Older Guy

There's a Beverly Hills, 90210/Melrose Place crossover when Jake Hanson (Grant Show) spends a bit on time on the former. He and Kelly flirt a lot, and she definitely wants to date him.

She's still a teenager, though, and he's much older, so this flirtation and potential relationship wouldn't be viewed so kindly today.

8 She Gets A Nose Job While Still In High School

It's pretty crazy to think that Kelly gets a nose job while she's still in high school. While this was something that was talked about a lot back in the '80s and '90s, it's not looked upon so positively in 2020, and people want young girls to embrace their flaws instead of jumping to plastic surgery as a quick fix.

The fact is that Kelly is way too young to get a procedure like this, and it shouldn't have happened.

7 She Joins A Cult

The storyline when Kelly joins a cult could be considered one of the worst story lines on the show, and it's also something that feels very dated. If this show aired now, Kelly would know better than to join a group like this, as she would have read all kinds of news stories about how dangerous this is.

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There wasn't as much awareness of this subject back then, though, so Kelly made this decision.

6 She Hangs Out With A Classmate Who Shoplifts

In the first season, Kelly's friend Tiffany (Noelle Parker) shoplifts, and Kelly is often present when this happens.

Hanging out with someone who repeatedly commits a crime isn't exactly cool, and Kelly doesn't seem to really get that this is a big deal. It's only when Brenda is there too and they get arrested that Kelly seems to realize it's a problem.

5 She Only Cares About Being Loved And Popular (At The Beginning)

Kelly Taylor's priorities are seriously out of whack at the beginning of the series. She wants everyone to adore her and being popular is her only dream and goal.

This may change as she graduates from high school and sees what the real world is like, but wanting to be the most popular and famous girl in school isn't cool anymore.

4 She Gets Addicted To Diet Pills

Beauty, weight, and self-esteem are often topics of discussion on teen dramas. Beverly Hills, 90210 is no different, and Kelly gets addicted to diet pills.

This is treated like just another thing that women do to look good and it's only when things get really bad that everyone realizes Kelly could die. This isn't a very progressive series when it comes to letting females celebrate their flaws and appreciate what they look like.

3 She Gets Too Involved With Strangers

While Kelly wants to help people, she often puts herself into dangerous situations that would be taken more seriously today. She gets very involved in the personal lives of strangers without ever asking questions that would indicate if there was any real danger. In one instance, Kelly has a kid stay with her for a while because she met them on the beach.

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It's really sweet that she does this, but she could get in a lot of trouble for not going to a social worker right away. She should go through the right legal channels.

2 She Dates Matt While He's Still Married

Kelly often acts like a do-gooder, but she dates Matt (Daniel Cosgrove) while he's still married.

It's a serious and sad situation as his wife has schizophrenia, but it doesn't make sense that Kelly would go ahead and jump into this relationship when he's not available.

1 She Forgives Steve When She Really Shouldn't

Kelly and Steve Sanders (Ian Ziering) have a long history together as they were in a serious relationship as freshman in high school. When Kelly finds out that Steve was the one behind some terrible rumors about her back then, as people would often lie about how promiscuous she was, she forgives him.

She really shouldn't lend her forgiveness to such a super serious matter. With the #MeToo movement, this just wouldn't fly today, and Kelly would have an important conversation with Steve instead of accepting his explanation that he was young, making it okay to say these things.

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Fictional character in Beverley Hills 90210

Kelly Taylor

Kelly, portrayed by Jennie Garth, matures from adolescence to adulthood.

Portrayed byJennie Garth
First appearance"Class of Beverly Hills" (1990; Beverly Hills, 90210
Last appearance"Rats and Heroes" (2010; 90210)
Created byDarren Star
OccupationOwned "Kelly Taylor Public Relations"
Partner in a clothing store
Volunteer at an AIDS hospice
Manager of a free clinic
Guidance Counselor (spin-off)
ParentsJackie Taylor (deceased on spin-off)
Bill Taylor
Mel Silver (step-father)
SiblingsJoy Taylor (paternal half-sister)
Erin Silver (maternal half-sister)
David Silver (step-brother)
ChildrenUnnamed Child (with Brandon Walsh; miscarried)
Sammy (son, with Dylan McKay)

Kelly Marlene Taylor, portrayed by Jennie Garth, is the lead female character of Beverly Hills, 90210 for the majority of the show's duration. Initially presented as a "spoiled teen vixen",[1] the role was gradually expanded by producers.[2] Subsequently, Kelly became instrumental in launching the first spin-off, was written with a more compassionate demeanor, overcame several perils and personal challenges, and attracted many romantic suitors and triangles. Appearing for the entirety of the series' run, the character is noted for her development from youth to adulthood.

Kelly appears prominently in a majority of the shows that compose the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise. In addition to her role in launching the spin-off Melrose Place, Garth was the first performer from the original show to be cast in the third spin-off, 90210. Having appeared in the most series premieres, as well as the most episodes of any figure throughout the continuity, she is the de facto central character of the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise.

Garth's portrayal has earned recognition from critics and co-stars. In a 1995 article on the actress, TV Guide's Mary Murphy stated that, "Her signature role—the sensitive, seductive, and tortured Kelly Taylor—tapped into the very essence of teenage angst and brought her a huge cult following."[2] Actors Jason Priestley,[3]Grant Show,[4] and Sara Foster[5] have expressed admiration for Garth's work. In a 2009 article, Nellie Andreeva of The Hollywood Reporter called the character of Kelly "organic to 90210's setting."[6]

Beverly Hills, 90210[edit]


Throughout the course of the first series, Kelly became one of the show's most developed characters. When introduced in 1990, she was presented as, on the surface, a stereotypical spoiled type who placed high value on a posh appearance and material possessions. However, the character would become increasingly layered as the series progressed.[1]

The reasons for Kelly's behavior first started to reveal themselves in episode 7, "Perfect Mom", when Kelly was forced to confront her mother's drug addiction and alcoholism. Several of her friends, particularly the Walsh family and Andrea Zuckerman, first came to appreciate Kelly's difficulties in life when they saw her handle this problem.[7] During episode 13, "Slumber Party,"[8] Kelly revealed that she was taken advantage of by a senior during her freshmen year in high school, which had led to a promiscuous lifestyle and reputation which deeply hurt her self-esteem. The others then began to realize that Kelly had been through more difficulties than they were aware of, and later, she and Andrea would become close friends. When Andrea was pregnant and was contemplating an abortion in season 4, Kelly was one of the primary people she reached out to.[9]


Toward the end of the second season, Kelly met a man named Jake Hanson (played by Grant Show), an emotionally guarded biker who was slightly older than she. While Jake ultimately resisted their romance, citing Kelly's age, he admitted to admiring her for her heart and kindness. This story line was used to launch the spin-off series Melrose Place.[10] Eventually, Kelly was revealed to have a notable conscience during a summer fling with Dylan McKay, the boyfriend of her friend Brenda, often being the voice of reason during their affair.[11] Kelly went through a period of minor depression during her senior year in high school in season 3. The stress caused from her love for Dylan, someone who she could not be with because of his relationship with Brenda, added to her struggles. Even when Kelly dated Dylan out in the open, following his relationship with Brenda, it caused her to temporarily lose Brenda as a friend.[12]

Also during this time, Kelly's mother had a new baby, Erin, got married, and put Kelly's childhood home up for sale. Self-consciousness over her figure, along with the anxiety she began to feel, caused her to lash out emotionally, abuse diet pills, and briefly lose control over her life.[13] The character's physical appearance is shown to play a part in her development. At various points of the series, she won the title of Spring Princess at a dance, and was voted her school's most beautiful girl. Kelly is aware of her appeal, but not to the point of conceit; instead, she is sometimes shown to be troubled by it. At one point, she entered a phase in which she felt that no one took her seriously, which was heightened when Dylan gave his manuscript to Andrea for review instead of to her. During this time, she began to feel that people only liked her because she was physically attractive.[14]

Creator Darren Star has commented on the character's progression.[15] In his DVD commentary of the episode "Spring Dance", Star notes Kelly's first attempt to romance Brandon Walsh,[16] in which she'd embraced her role as Spring Princess and used a largely forward and aggressive approach. He goes on to state that in the fourth season, when Kelly was prone to expressing her affections in a more gentle and compassionate manner,[17] she made a greater impression on Brandon. While pursuing Jake on Melrose Place, a confused Kelly eventually asks, "Don't you think I'm pretty?" This contrasts with her attitude one year later, when she becomes more interested in having others appreciate her for what lies beneath the surface.[14] This development is standardized one additional year later, via her aforementioned second pursuit of Brandon Walsh, which ends in success.

Rise in prominence[edit]

The evolution of Kelly's character led to developments both on-screen and off. In a 1995 article on Garth, TV Guide reported that the show's creators made a conscious decision to place her character at center stage. An anonymous producer cites "faith in Jennie as an actress," further stating that he and producer Aaron Spelling "knew she had the chops to do it."[2] This development would gradually lead to Kelly supplanting Brenda as the prominent female lead, as the former received what the producer called "better story lines."[2] Reportedly, these matters became a source of tension between Garth and Shannen Doherty, who played Brenda.[2] Following Doherty's final appearance on the show in 1994, however, Garth stated, "We were friends at work, and I miss her most of the time."[18]

The approach of season 3 marked the beginning of Kelly's rise from supporting player to the main character.

Ultimately, throughout the first five seasons, Kelly gained an increasing degree of screen presence and growth. Amidst her continuing development,[19] her role in launching the spin-off, her prominent triangle with Brenda and Dylan,[20] her later affections with male lead Brandon,[21] and the launch of a second triangle with Brandon and Dylan,[22] Kelly became the character that several major events or changes were based around. Additionally, she was given varying involvement in noted story lines not surrounding her—including Dylan's family trauma, Brenda's acting pursuits, and David's recovery from drug use.[23][24] Her status would become standardized throughout the course of the series' run.[1]

In addition to Melrose Place, she would later be used to help launch the third spin-off, 90210 (with Garth being the first performer from the original show to be cast).[25] This development would make Kelly Taylor the most prominent figure in the collective franchise, via the most appearances in episodes and series premieres.[26][27] Shannen Doherty, who returned as Brenda in the third spin-off, reported that she and Garth, like their characters, had renewed their friendship, stating, "Now we’re really good friends—and I love her."[28]


Kelly faced several difficult issues and obstacles, often with the assistance of loved ones, including her occasionally difficult home life, being trapped in a fire, being tricked into joining a cult,[29] and becoming temporarily addicted to cocaine.[30] In addition to many other matters, she endured getting amnesia,[31] shooting her rapist in self-defense,[32] becoming unexpectedly pregnant and having a miscarriage, and learning that it would be difficult for her to have children because of a condition called endometriosis.[33] In overcoming these matters, she was able to become a better person and help others.[34]

Tori Spelling's Donna Martin and Kathleen Robertson's Clare Arnold were among Kelly's best friends and roommates. Tiffani Thiessen's Valerie, who replaced Brenda, became Kelly's nemesis, but right before Valerie's departure, the two women formed a truce.[35]

Kelly's two most prominent romantic relationships were with Jason Priestley's Brandon and Luke Perry's Dylan. In season 5, she was faced with making a choice between the two, as a result of Brandon proposing and Dylan confessing his feelings for her and asking her to leave with him on a trip around the world. She declined to choose between the two men at that time, instead stating, "I choose me," but also affirming her love for both of them. In the seventh season, however, she finally stated that she had chosen Brandon.[36] She nearly married Brandon, but the two decided that they were not ready.[37] Following Jason Priestley's departure from the series, Jennie Garth became the officially billed lead, with the character of Kelly further maturing, reuniting romantically with Dylan, and starting her own PR firm.

Melrose Place[edit]

For the launch of the series Melrose Place in 1992, Jennie Garth made a multi-episode special guest appearance. During the final episodes of Beverly Hills, 90210 season 2, Grant Show played his Melrose Place character Jake, who started a relationship with Kelly which led into early episodes of the spin-off. During Kelly's appearances, her relationship with Jake was largely on-and-off due to his discomfort with her youth. In the end, after weeks of trying to break up with Kelly, Jake pretended to cheat on her, prompting her to leave him.[38] Afterward on both Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, Kelly, Donna, Jake, and others made occasional comments concerning Kelly and Jake's brief relationship.


In 2008, Kelly Taylor returned in the spin-off 90210, now working as a guidance counselor at her alma mater West Beverly Hills High School. It was revealed that in the intervening years, she attained a master's degree and had a son named Sammy with Dylan. She and Dylan ended their relationship soon after. It was also revealed that West Beverly principal Harry Wilson was Kelly's neighbor growing up.[39]

Kelly's tenuous relationship with her mother Jackie (Ann Gillespie) continued in the series' first season, with tension arising due to Jackie's drunken negligence of Erin, a recurring character in the original series and a regular in the spin-off.[40] She also resumed her friendship with Brenda Walsh. However, their relationship was briefly strained by Kelly's and possibly Brenda's lingering feelings for former boyfriend Dylan McKay, as well as Brenda sleeping with Kelly's ex-boyfriend, Ryan Matthews, a teacher at West Beverly.[41] Following Brenda's discovery that she could not have children, she and Kelly made amends once again.[42]

On the night of Donna's moving-back party, Kelly and Ryan met at a convenience store. She was told by a fortune teller that she would meet a man with a six-pack. In his hands, Ryan was holding a six-pack of beer. Kelly and Ryan then went to his apartment, where they were last seen making out.[43] Ultimately, she and Ryan chose not to pursue a romantic relationship.

In the second season, Kelly began to spend more time with Harry, much to the chagrin of his wife Debbie. It was implied that both Kelly and Harry had begun to develop feelings for each other. However, Garth refused to participate in a proposed story line involving an affair.[44] Upon learning that Jackie was dying of cancer, Kelly was initially distant from her mother and protective of Erin (who is commonly called by her surname Silver), eventually causing Silver to move out and live with Jackie. The day after Silver's "half-birthday," Jackie was admitted to the hospital. After talking to Silver, Kelly gained the strength to visit their mother. Eventually, Kelly and Jackie made amends before Jackie's untimely death. Garth departed the series following season 2, later citing problems with the newly appointed show-runner, Rebecca Sinclair, and the direction the show took.[45] Although not written out after her last appearance, she was mentioned several times later in the show, indicating that she was still around looking after her sister, just not on screen.[46]



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The character Naomi Clark(AnnaLynne McCord, left), of 90210, has been compared to Kelly Taylor.

With regard to Garth's long-running portrayal, Nellie Andreeva of The Hollywood Reporter acknowledged the character of Kelly as being "organic to 90210's setting" in a 2009 article.[6] On November 24, 2008, SOAPnet aired a Beverly Hills, 90210 marathon titled "Kelly's Leftovers", dedicated to the character's love life.[47] While discussing the Melrose Place spin-off in a 2009 interview, Grant Show, who played Jake Hanson in the original, stated that he would be open to appearing if Jennie Garth did so as Kelly Taylor.[4] After being confirmed to direct a season 1 episode of the spin-off 90210, Jason Priestley commented that he hoped Jennie Garth would be among the actors present.[3]Sara Foster, who was cast as Jen Clark in the spin-off, has stated that she was excited and nervous about meeting Garth, who she'd watched in the original series.[5]

In its biographical article on the actress, Yahoo! states that "playing the popular tramp-turned-good girl Kelly through the years afforded Garth the opportunity to not only grow up on camera in front of America, but to fully develop her character and improve her acting chops each season."[48] Additionally, Kelly Taylor has been cited by the media as an inspiration for the character Naomi Clark (AnnaLynne McCord), introduced in 90210.[49][50] On September 2, 2010 (9/02/10), featured an article on the original series, quoting a Twitter message in which Garth stated, "Love to the original cast and crew. And the new kids too."[51]


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The Top 10 Most Horrible Injustices That Kelly Taylor Suffered Through On ‘Beverly Hills 90210’

What’s worse than almost being raped, almost being burned to death, or almost being murdered? If you’ve delved 9 seasons deep in 90210, bad things come to those who wait to find out, and you will never feel more sorry for Kelly Taylor than at the very end of the “Dog’s Best Friend” episode. On her way to help Dylan out of a late night jam, Kelly finds herself on a too quiet, too dark street where she is accosted at knifepoint and then raped in an alleyway. Has it really come to this? Could we not give poor Kelly a break in the penultimate season? Did Aaron Spelling hate Jennie Garth so much because she was so flirty on Growing Pains or something? What did she do to deserve this???

It gets worse in the following episodes: Kelly’s current heartthrob is a lawyer named Matt, who has a heart of gold, and a pocket filled with pennies. Matt’s latest client is… the guy who raped Kelly. Through a really dumb coincidence, Matt sends the rapist to Donna’s clothing boutique to find a gift, where he’ll come face to face with his victim. This time, Kelly doesn’t need any man to rescue her, and uses a gun Dylan supplied her with to mow down the rapist in the store. YOU GO GIRL!!!


And when you’re done plugging him, go after the writers and get them to write you a happy ending for yourself. And they basically did. Even though the show ends with Donna & David’s nuptials, we get closure for Kelly’s turbulent love life when she finally opens her heart to Dylan, for good. For better or worse, until death does her parts, Kelly Taylor’s ups and downs will remain in our hearts and minds forever. Be safe Kelly! We are with you!! XOXO

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Jennie Garth

American actress

Jennie Garth

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Garth at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards


Jennifer Eve Garth

(1972-04-03) April 3, 1972 (age 49)

Urbana, Illinois, U.S.

Years active1989–present

Daniel B. Clark

(m. 1994; div. 1996)​

Peter Facinelli

(m. 2001; div. 2013)​

Dave Abrams

(m. 2015)​

Jennifer Eve Garth (born April 3, 1972)[1] is an American actress. She is known for starring as Kelly Taylor throughout the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise and Val Tyler on the sitcom What I Like About You (2002–06). In 2012, she starred in her own reality show, Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country on CMT. Her memoir titled Deep Thoughts From a Hollywood Blonde was published by New American Library on April 1, 2014.[2]

Early life[edit]

Garth was born in Urbana, Illinois, to John and Carolyn Garth. The youngest of seven children (though their only child together), Garth spent much of her youth on a 25-acre horse ranch between Sadorus and Arcola, Illinois. For a time the family stayed in Tuscola, Illinois; but eventually they settled in Glendale, Arizona, when Garth was around 13 years old. She studied dance and modeled, and was soon discovered at a local talent competition by Randy James, Hollywood scout and manager. 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 Jean Fowler, a local acting coach. She left school during her junior year to work in Los Angeles with James and later obtained her high school diploma in California.


In 1990, she landed the role of Kelly Taylor in the series Beverly Hills, 90210. Throughout the series, Garth's character went through several trials and tribulations, and dealt with difficult issues in her personal life and with her family.[3] Garth appears in all ten seasons of the show. She directed two episodes which was the second most of any cast member. She won a Young Artist Award and was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for the role. She was also instrumental in launching the spin-offs Melrose Place and 90210, with the character of Kelly becoming a continuity icon by appearing in the most franchise episodes.[4][5]

Her successful role on Beverly Hills, 90210 opened the door to several lead roles in made-for-TV films in the 1990s, including Danielle Steel's Star (1993), Without Consent (1994), Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg (1994), Falling for You (1995), and An Unfinished Affair (1996). She also had minor and supporting roles in the theatrical films Telling You (1998), My Brother's War (1997), and Power 98 (1996).

Garth ranked No. 59 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2000,[6] and #93 on the magazine's 100 Sexiest Women of 2001.[7]

In 2002, Garth co-starred with Amanda Bynes in the WB sitcomWhat I Like About You as Valerie Tyler. She and Bynes appeared on the show for all four seasons. The show centered around the relationship of the Tyler sisters, along with their friendships and romances. In 2003, she starred in the television movies The Last Cowboy and the Christmas family drama Secret Santa, playing a journalist. She and the cast of Secret Santa won the 2004 CAMIE Award.

In 2005, she voiced her Beverly Hills, 90210 character Kelly Taylor, as well as an additional role in the DVD Film Family Guy Presents Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story. The ensemble cast included Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis, and Drew Barrymore. Garth also starred in the TV teen drama film Girl, Positive (2007), playing a teacher who was HIV positive. She and co-star Andrea Bowen (known for the series Desperate Housewives) each won a Prism Award for their performances. In 2007, Garth appeared on Dancing with the Stars: season five and was paired with Derek Hough. They reached the semi-finals in the competition.

In September 2008, Garth returned to the role of Kelly Taylor on the series premiere of The CW's spin-off series90210. In the new series, Garth's character, Kelly Taylor, is a Guidance Counselor at the fictional West Beverly High, where her half-sisterErin Silver attends.[8] Kelly was reintroduced with a four-year-old son, whose father is ex-boyfriend Dylan McKay. The writers were eager to have her share scenes with former Beverly Hills, 90210 co-star Shannen Doherty, who reprised her role of Brenda Walsh.[9]Tori Spelling, who played Donna Martin in the original series, later joined the spinoff in a recurring role as well. Garth also reprised the role in season two.

On November 21, 2008, Garth appeared on the game showAre You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. She won $100,000 for her charity, the American Heart Association, for which she is spokeswoman for its "Go Red for Women" campaign.[10] This TV show also noted that Garth owns a horse ranch in Santa Barbara, California. In 2009, she played the role of Natasha in Candace Bushnell's Web series of The Boardroom.[11] She also appeared in a cameo role on the December 7 episode of the children's television show Sesame Street, entitled "Mary Mary Quite Contrary". In January 2010, Garth starred in an iVillage web series created by NBC Universal, Garden Party, about farm life, fresh produce and healthy eating.[12] On February 18, 2014, it was announced that production had started on The Jennie Garth Project, a ten-episode reality television series that aired on HGTV.[13] It chronicled Garth as she renovated a home in Hollywood Hills, California for herself and her three children.[13]

Garth released a memoir entitled Deep Thoughts from a Hollywood Blonde with Emily Heckman on April 1, 2014.[14] On May 3, 2017, Garth launched, "an online subscription box of products to indulge, inspire and pamper moms with every purchase benefiting a charity."[15] Garth collaborated with Dune Jewelry and launched Travelling Heart Collection in February 2018.[16]

Other ventures[edit]

In 1993, she released a workout video titled Body In Progress.[17] She has appeared in infomercials for Keurig Vue beverage brewer and Wen healthy hair care system, and commercials for migraine headaches and RAINN Crisis hotline.[18] In 2004, she appeared in a print ad for Wish-Bone salad dressings as part of their $25,000 Kitchen Makeover contest. In 2012, she appeared in a television commercial for clothing retailer Old Navy with Beverly Hills, 90210 co-stars Luke Perry and Jason Priestley.[18] She has graced the cover of numerous magazines, including Veronica, TV Guide, Woman's World, Health, Entertainment Weekly, Cookie, Sassy, Soap Opera Digest and People.[19]

In November 2020, Garth began a podcast titled 9021OMG with Beverly Hills 90210 co-star Tori Spelling, where the two, along with TV and radio personality Sisanie Villaclara, share memories from their time on the show.[20]

In February 2021, Garth won $168,000 on ABC's Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. Garth donated the money to Central Illinois Foodbank in Springfield, Illinois.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Garth was married to musician Daniel B. Clark from 1994 to 1996.[22]

In 1995, Garth met her second husband, actor Peter Facinelli, while filming the movie An Unfinished Affair.[23] Garth and Facinelli married on January 20, 2001, in a traditional Roman Catholic wedding mass.[23] They have three daughters; Luca Bella (b. 1997), Lola Ray (b. 2002), and Fiona Eve (b. 2006). In March 2012, Facinelli filed for divorce.[24][25] The divorce was finalized in June 2013.[26] Although there was no requirement to do so, Garth had converted to Catholicism when she married Facinelli.[27]

Garth subsequently began dating actor David Abrams in the fall of 2014 after they met on a blind date, and they became engaged in April 2015.[28] They married on July 11, 2015.[29] Garth and Abrams separated in 2017. In April 2018, the couple filed for divorce.[30] In February 2019, Garth appeared to have reconciled with Abrams filing a petition to dismiss the divorce proceedings.[31]

Jennie Garth back stage at the 2009 Heart Truth fashion show

In 2002, Garth was diagnosed with a leaky heart valve, a condition she stated would require monitoring for the rest of her life. She revealed the diagnosis in 2009.[32] "Down the road it’s something that could get more complicated or it could not," she commented. "People have had valve replacements and that kind of thing … but I’m prepared, that’s the key."[32] She revealed in her memoir that she started suffering from anxiety at age 19, saying "I wouldn't say that I ever stepped over the line into full-blown agoraphobia, but I would say I definitely came close."[33]




Dancing with the Stars performances[edit]

In 2007, Garth appeared on season five of Dancing with the Stars and was paired with Derek Hough. They reached the semi-finals in the competition.

Awards and nominations[edit]


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Beverly Hills 90210: Kelly's Transformation Over The Years (In Pictures)

Of all the main characters on Beverly Hills 90210, Kelly Taylor (Jennie Garth) has experienced the most changes throughout the show's ten seasons. She not only starts dressing more maturely and says goodbye to her long hair and bangs in favor of a chic bob haircut, but she grows more confident and brave as the years pass. It's fun to watch her transformation as fans can relate to the story of a young woman finding herself.

RELATED: Beverly Hills 90210: Brenda's Transformation Over The Years (In Pictures)

Kelly and her high school best friend Brenda (Shannen Doherty) have a lot in common and are considered the show's two main female characters, but Kelly stands out as she's on 90210 for its entire run time. From her major relationships to the pain and suffering that she experiences, Kelly definitely goes through a lot on this popular series.

10 Kelly Befriends Brenda And Struggles With Her Personal Life

Kelly is rich but really nice, though when she befriends Brenda at the beginning of season 1, she's still a bit of a brat. She cares about clothes and being liked, and while she wants to be friends with the new girl, it's clear that there's a bit of competition and envy there.

Kelly struggles with a lot of things in her personal life, from her insecurity to her mom's addiction and the fact that she didn't feel safe, comfortable, and loved at home. This is something that Kelly would always have to deal with.

9 During A Sleepover She Told Her Friends About Her Assault

While Kelly had always pushed aside negative emotions and put on a happy face, she put a stop to that in the season 1 episode "Slumber Party." Brenda invited some girls for a sleepover party, and Kelly told them that she was raped.

Kelly hadn't shared this before and she started to see that it was okay to open up. She could show her vulnerability and still have people care about her. This was definitely the first time that she learned that.

8 She Couldn't Help But See Dylan Behind Brenda's Back

Today, it looks pretty bad that Kelly dated Dylan behind Brenda's back. But from Kelly's perspective, she couldn't help it. She felt a connection there and she wanted to be with him.

This is one of the most famous storylines on the show and it really shook up the friend group. Kelly had to deal with feeling bad about what she did to Brenda, but she also loved Dylan (Luke Perry), so she was following her heart. This was a lesson in how sometimes doing what feels right can really hurt someone else.

7 Kelly Won Dylan In The End And Stayed Pals With Brenda

Even though Brenda and Dylan are an iconic couple, he and Kelly did end up together as the scandal reached its conclusion. She was thrilled as she had always struggled with feeling like people cared about her, and it meant a lot to her to be with Dylan.

RELATED: Beverly Hills, 90210: Every Main Character, Ranked By Likability

Kelly stayed pals with Brenda, which was another meaningful relationship in her life. She was relieved that she was able to keep both of them close to her.

6 Kelly Moved On From Dylan And Finally Got Her Chance With Brandon

At the end of season 1, Kelly told Brandon she liked him and he said they shouldn't date. This was definitely a hard moment for her as that kind of rejection is always embarrassing.

RELATED: Every Beverly Hills, 90210 Episode With A Major Event (& Their IMDb Score)

After realizing that she and Dylan should be apart, Kelly finally got her chance to date Brandon, and this was a really positive experience. She learned that she could be treated well and started understanding her self-worth more.

5 She Thought Brandon Was Bad For Her And Joined A Cult

Of course, Kelly was still learning and growing, so she went through a tough time after falling in love with Brandon. She met Patrick Findley (Alan Toy), a professor who was part of a cult called The New Evolution, and she thought that Brandon was bad for her.

The couple broke up because Kelly was influenced by Findley to say that Brandon was ruining everything for her. Even though this is exactly what happens in a cult because the person becomes isolated from their family and friends, she had no clue.

4 Kelly Fell For Matt And Opened A Clothing Store With Donna

Kelly and Matt (Daniel Cosgrove) started seeing each other, and this was an important romance for her. She fell hard for Matt and he even proposed, but they didn't get married as he had a lot of complex feelings for his ex-wife, who had mental health issues.

Kelly also opened a clothing boutique called Now Wear This with Donna Martin (Tori Spelling). Kelly was searching for what she wanted to do with her life, and things seemed to be going okay, although her love for Dylan was always lingering.

3 She Finally Found Her Calling In P.R.

Kelly had been jumping around from job to job and it didn't seem like she had a passion for anything in particular.

She finally discovered her calling with public relations, and she found her backbone and her voice when she worked for a firm and didn't feel right about it. She realized that she could go into business herself, and she seemed happy that she knew what she wanted to do every day.

2 Kelly Was Arrested For Shooting The Man Who Assaulted Her

Kelly was raped by a man named Joe Patch, and this was another dark, traumatic moment for the character. She fatally shot him and was then arrested.

RELATED: Beverly Hills 90210: 5 Subplots That Were Wrapped Up Perfectly (& 5 That Weren't)

Kelly was released, thankfully, and by this point on the show, she had really been through a number of tragedies and big moments. She thought she would marry Matt and Brandon, she was shot, brainwashed by a cult, and she was sexually harassed by a doctor at a clinic. By now, Kelly was starting to see that while these experiences were terrible, she was a strong person.

1 Kelly Celebrated Donna's Wedding And Realized She Wanted To Be With Dylan

The characters have all made big mistakes but by the series finale "Ode To Joy," it seemed like everyone was doing well.

Kelly celebrated Donna and David's (Brian Austin Green) wedding, an emotional moment for the whole gang since they had been together for so long. Kelly realized that she wanted to be with Dylan, and as the show wrapped up, it was clear that she had become a mature, kind, intelligent person who wanted to be happy and could handle anything that came her way.

NEXT: Beverly Hills, 90210: 5 Times Brenda Was An Overrated Character (& 5 Times She Was Underrated)


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