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Jenna Fischer (born March 7, 1974) is an actress best known for her role as Pam Beesly in the U.S. adaptation of The Office. Jenna Fischer was born Regina Marie Fischer in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, but was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, attending Nerinx Hall High School in suburban Webster Groves. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Truman State University.

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Actress: 

A Little Help (2010) .... Laura
Solitary Man (2009)
 "The Office" .... Pam Beesly (91 episodes, 2005-2009)
The Promotion (2008) .... Jen Stauber
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007) 

The Brothers Solomon (2007)  .... Michele
Quebec (2007) 
 Blades of Glory (2007) .... Katie Van Waldenberg 
Slither (2006) .... Shelby 
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
 "Six Feet Under" .... Sharon Kinney 
 "That '70s Show" .... Stacy Wanamaker 
Lucky 13 (2005/I) .... Sorority Girl 1 
LolliLove (2004) .... Jenna 
"Cold Case" .... Dottie 1943
The Women (2004) .... Leslie 
Employee of the Month (2004)

Jenna Fischer portrays Pam Beesly, the office receptionist who tolerates her boss’ awkward attempts at humor in NBC’s “The Office.”

 

Jenna Fischer talked about her career aspirations in an interview with the student newspaper, The Index, at her alma mater: "Honestly it would be great to get to play Pam for a long, long time ... ," she said. "I don't have real big aspirations to be a movie star. I would love to be on a long-running hit TV show. You end up playing a defining role."


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No stranger to television, Jenna Fischer includes among her credits guest-starring roles on “Six Feet Under,” “That ‘70s Show,” “Cold Case,” “Miss Match,” “Strong Medicine,” “What I Like About You,” “Off Centre,” “Undeclared” and “Spin City.” Her feature-film credits include “Employee of the Month,” “Lucky 13” and “The Specials,” and the soon-to-be-released horror movie “Slither” from Universal Pictures.

Jenna Fischer recently wrote and directed the feature film “Lollilove,” starring herself, Linda Cardellini (NBC’s “ER”), Judy Greer, and her husband, James Gunn.


 Jenna Fischer of Lollilove

As a result, Jenna Fischer was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Emerging Actor Award at last year’s St. Louis Film Festival. In addition, she received the Tromadance Independent Soul Award at the American Film Market. “LolliLove” is out on DVD. Her experience on the low-budget film (principal photography cost $1500, mostly for food) discouraged her from any future directorial aspirations, as she told a St. Louis arts and entertainment magazine: "The directing was exhausting and the writing was painful. It was very difficult to direct and star in a movie. We also had a very small crew so I did a lot of things a normal director doesn’t have to do, like make the props and serve lunch. I was simultaneously getting into character, going over my lines, set dressing the next shot, coaching an actor, and brainstorming with my D.P. I’m good at multitasking, but that was too much for me. I couldn’t enjoy any one part the way I would have liked. I think I’ll stick to acting."

 

 

Jenna Fischer was raised in St. Louis, Missouri where, at the age of 5, she took her first acting class with Sean Gunn (Kirk on the “Gilmore Girls”). The class was taught by her mother, Anne Fischer. Jenna and Sean stayed in touch over the years and in October 2000 she married his brother, writer/director James Gunn. She was part of the cast for Gunn's 2006 horror film Slither.  Much like her character Pam Beesly, Jenna Fischer has a talent for administrative work and toiled for many years as both a receptionist and administrative assistant. She can type 85 words per minute with 90 percent accuracy.

 

Jenna Fischer appeared on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown, during the series shot in New Orleans, Louisiana. She played for Catholic Charities, and finished in 2nd place, behind Keegan-Michael Key and ahead of Mario Cantone, Rocco DiSpirito, and Jordan Peele. She won $5,000 for her charity."

 

 

A former volunteer with the animal rescue organization Kitten Rescue as a foster parent for sick and injured cats, Jenna Fischer has a passion for animals. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, their dog Wesley, and cat Andy. 

 

Trivia:

Height:5' 4˝"

Originally enrolled at Truman State University as a Pre-Law student; later changed to Theatre. Considered becoming a veterinarian due to her love for animals; ultimately opted for working with Kitten Rescue and being the proud owner of a dog and a cat (Andy, featured prominently with Jenna in 2006 issue of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful)   #37 in People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful, 2006 issue.
Mother Anne Fischer and younger sister Emily are both elementary school teachers.
 
Has one sibling - Emily, her younger sister.
 
Eerily connected to many "Jims" in her life - her father Jim Fischer, her husband James Gunn, Jim Zulevic (who casted her in The Specials (2000) and subsequently introduced her to James), and finally (and more famously known), her TV counterpart Jim Halpert (played by John Krasinski).

Jenna and Jim of The Office

 

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