Biography

About Jenny Lewis

Jennifer Diane “Jenny” Lewis (born January 8, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She was the primary vocalist of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley, and has released three solo albums. She performs as part of the duo Jenny & Johnny with boyfriend Johnathan Rice.

Lewis was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her mother, Linda, was a professional singer, and her father, Eddie Gordon, was a member of the Harmonica Gang. Lewis is Jewish. Lewis made her professional debut in a Jell-O commercial. She was featured in the short-lived 1986 Lucille Ball sitcom Life With Lucy, where she was cast as one of Lucy’s grandchildren. She also had small roles on TV shows, such as The New Twilight Zone, Baywatch, The Golden Girls, Growing Pains, Just the Ten of Us, Roseanne, Mr. Belvedere, and Brooklyn Bridge.

Lewis appeared in over a dozen teen movies, such as Troop Beverly Hills and The Wizard in 1989. She was featured in the 1996 made-for-TV movie Talk to Me with Yasmine Bleeth, as well as the films Foxfire, Big Girls Don’t Cry.

They Get Even, and Pleasantville. She played the part of Evangeline “Eva” Saint Claire in the 1987 film version of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and also appeared in 1988 made-for-TV film set in Vienna at the start of the Holocaust, A Friendship in Vienna. She played Beverly D’Angelo’s daughter in the 1996 made-for-TV film, Sweet Temptation. She continued acting until 1998, although the last released film – Don’s Plum, filmed 1995–96 – was not released until 2001.