Hot celebrity babe Jennifer Love Hewitt seamlessly transitioned from cute kid to precocious teen to sexy leading lady, all in front of the camera. After a promising start on Kids Incorporated, where she showed off her singing chops,
Hewitt appeared in a few small-screen duds before leaping to stardom on Party of Five. Although film parts followed (notably the horror hits I Know What You Did Last Summer, from 1997, and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, from 1998) her Party spin-off, Time of Your Life, quickly fizzled. Hewitt shifted her focus to music in 2002 by releasing the pop album BareNaked, which peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard 200; it was her fourth U.S. release. In 2005 she returned to her small-screen roots on the supernatural drama Ghost Whisperer. Off-camera, Hewitt has worked with a handful of charities, including St. Jude's Children's Hospital and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
She also had a long-term relationship with actor Ross McCall, to whom she was engaged; their romance ended in 2009. Also away from the screen, Hewitt's appearance was the subject of criticism (though she frequently is listed in various magazines as among her day's most attractive actresses) for her weight, following the publication of photos taken on a beach.
She took the opportunity to discourage women from being obsessed with being thin. Her stance drew praise from the famous and not-famous alike, though she subsequently took off weight following the controversy.
Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress, singer-songwriter, film and television director, and producer. Hewitt began her acting career as a child by appearing in television commercials and the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. She rose to fame in teenage popular culture in her roles in the Fox series Party of Five, as Sarah Reeves, and films I Know What You Did Last Summer and its sequel, as Julie James. As a singer, Hewitt has been signed by Atlantic Records and Jive Records.
She is primarily known for her recordings in the pop genre. Her most successful single on the Billboard Hot 100 is the 1999 release "How Do I Deal", which peaked at No. 59. In addition, she has contributed music to the promotion or soundtracks of acting projects.
Hewitt's appearance has been the subject of media attention throughout her career. She has been lauded as one of the most attractive women in the entertainment industry by publications such as Maxim, in which she was named the sexiest woman in the world in 1999, and TV Guide, which named her the sexiest woman on television in 2008. In 2007, paparazzi photos of Hewitt on a beach led to a much-publicized matter in which she defended her weight, and was supported by other celebrities.
These incidents received coverage from People magazine. In addition to acting, Hewitt has also served as producer on some of her film and television projects. In 2010, Hewitt wrote a book on relationships entitled The Day I Shot Cupid. She also starred on the hit CBS television program Ghost Whisperer as Melinda Gordon, a young woman who can communicate with ghosts. She won a Saturn Award in 2007 and 2008 for Best Actress on Television. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her television movie The Client List.