Who is Jenilee Harrison?
Jenilee is an American actress, probably best known for her role in the sitcom “Three’s Company” where she replaced blonde roommate Cindy Snow. She also appeared in the TV series “Dallas” as Jamie Ewing Barnes.
Jenilee Harrison Age, early life, family and educational background
Jenilee used to be born under the zodiac sign of Gemini on June 12, 1958 in Northridge, California, USA, in a middle class household, which makes her 62 years old in 2020. Jenilee’s father was an aerospace engineer, while her mother worked as a math teacher. She is an American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity.
Jenilee spent most of her childhood in the San Fernando Valley, where she grew up with her two younger brothers and two older sisters. Although her parents divorced when she was 15 years old, Jenilee was very close to both of them.
Harrison was blessed with a great figure and naturally glowing skin. As a cheerful, tall girl, her looks were complemented by a slim body that gave her a complete impression of a chic girl. As a young woman, she participated in several beauty pageants and won many of them, including Miss Hollywood, Miss San Fernando Valley, Miss Young America, and Miss Los Angeles.
Despite her fame as a model, Jenilee did not give up on her studies and continued to pursue academic excellence alongside a modeling career. Jenilee appeared in several television commercials and used the money she received from her performances to pay for her college tuition. She attended the University of Southern California (USC), graduating with a teaching degree in 1980, the same year she won the Sweetheart of Sigma Chi title. While at USC, Harrison met Joyce Selznick, the acting coach, who gave her numerous tips on how to improve her acting skills.
Jenilee Harrison Professional Career and Rise to Stardom
from Jenilee career began in 1978 when she was selected to be on the National Football League (NFL) cheerleading squad for the Los Angeles Rams’ Embraceable Ewes; Jenilee saw this as her ticket to Hollywood. She was also featured in the early moments of the Super Bowl XIV highlight movie, which shows the Rams cheerleaders’ locker room before the game. Jenilee was also in the second season episode of “CHiPs” when Ponch and Jon pulled over a fan full of Rams cheerleaders.
Jenilee’s breakthrough came when she was cast in ‘Three’s Company’, a popular ABC TV sitcom.
She was meant to be on the show as a replacement for the giddy dumb blonde, Chrissy Snow, who was played by Suzanne Somers. Jenilee actually played the character of Cindy Snow, Chrissy’s cousin, and resembled her cousin, except she wasn’t “dumb.” Jenilee made her big debut in season five of the series in the seventh episode. When she entered the show, she was Janet and Jack’s new roommate, and from day one Cindy proved herself to be a klutz by how she beat Jack down.
She was able to bring a lot of hilarity and gaiety to this show, as well as adding the jokes of the show as she was witty and clumsy.
Although she replaced Somers, she did not appear in the credits, but as the star guest in the credits.
Jenilee reprized her character during the sixth season of ‘Three’s Company’ and this time she got opening credits. While it was no longer a meaty role, fans loved her in-and-out looks, as well as the laughs and fun she brought to the show. She had a minor role in the early episodes, but her character took shape midway through the season, resulting in significantly more screen time.
However, by the time the show’s sixth season came to a close, Jenilee’s character was considered obsolete and not included in the next season, and her role was later dropped from the series and she only appeared briefly. during the 24e episode of season six in ‘Janet Wings Out’.
Jenilee had her next role in the popular drama series “Dallas” as Jamie Ewing Barnes in 1984; two years later, her character was killed in a rock climbing accident.
In addition to her TV appearances, Jenilee has also made her mark in films; in 1984 she appeared in the movie “Tank” as a reluctant prostitute, alongside C. Thomas Howell and James Garner.
She also appeared in ‘Malibu’, a television miniseries starring Oscar winners Eva Marie Saint and James Coburn.
Between the mid 1980s and 1990s, Jenilee made guest appearances on various shows such as ‘The New Mike Hammer’, ‘The Love Boat’, ‘Hotel’, ‘Simon & Simon’, ‘They Came from Outer Space’, ‘Murder She Wrote’ and ‘She’s the Sheriff’. After a long hiatus, Jenilee returned to television in 1999 when she appeared on “That 70s Show” on FOX-TV. Since 2005, she has appeared in infomercials as a spokesperson for many products, including the Ultimate Chopper with Chef Tony.
Jenilee Harrison Personal life, married and children
Jenilee has had romantic relationships with several men, including former baseball player and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, and LA Rams guard Dennis Harrah. In 1988, she tied the knot with Dr. Bruce Oppenheim, a famous Los Angeles chiropractor, and became stepmother to Bruce’s two children, Zachariah and Ariel, from his previous union with actress Cybill Sheperd. Jenilee has no children with her husband.
Jenilee Harrison Net Worth
Jenilee earns her income from acting. As of 2020, reputable sources estimate that of Jenilee Harrison net value to be no less than $3 million.