Childhood & Early Life
Jennifer Collene Rubin was born on April 3, 1962 in Phoenix, Arizona. Nothing is known about her family background except that her mother was interested in fashion and liked journals like Vogue magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. She also has a sister, who is currently suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.
Under her mother’s influence, Rubin developed an interest in fashion early in her life. Very soon, she began to nurture an ambition to become a model. Also interested in swimming, she soon became a competitive swimmer.
After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Arizona, where she was discovered by the Ford Modeling Agency while walking across the campus. Eventually, she entered the agency’s modeling contest and on winning the competition moved to New York City to start her career in modeling.
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On relocating to New York City, Rubin began modeling full time and was voted Ford International Model of the Year in 1984.
In 1985, she was picked up by Calvin Klein to appear for their Obsession ads. Made by David Lynch, those ads made her very popular.
Soon, she began to appear on all major journals like Harper Bazaar, Vogue, Glamour, and Interview Magazine. Her success in them led to her acting in Super Bowl commercials for Chevrolet, Coke, and Budweiser etc. She could also be seen on billboards all over the city.
By 1986, she became concerned that modeling assignments might dry up with age and decided to go into acting. According to an interview given in February, 2018, she debuted in films with ‘Blueberry Hill’, appearing in it as Ellie Dane. However, the film was not released before 1988.
Her first film to be released was the well-known slasher film, 'A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors', in 1987. In the same year, she also debuted on television with 'Song of the Younger World/The Girl I Married' episode of 'The Twilight Zone'.
In 1988, Rubin’s three films were released, namely, ‘Bad Dreams’, ‘Permanent Record and ‘Blueberry Hill’. They were followed in 1990 by the comedy film, ‘Too Much Sun’.
In 1991, she was seen in the role of Edith Minturn Sedgwick in the movie ‘The Doors’ and as Patti in the movie ‘Delusion’. They were followed by 'A Woman, Her Men, and Her Futon' (1992), ‘The Crush ‘(1993) and ‘Bitter Harvest’ (1993)
In 1994, she appeared in five full length feature films; as Karen in 'Gospel According to Harry', Jamie Harris in 'Playmaker', Eva in 'Saints and Sinners', Sam Guinness in 'Red Scorpion 2' and Anne Richmond 'Stranger by Night'. Those apart, she also starred in a short entitled, ‘The Coriolis Effect’.
In the second half of 1990s, she appeared in seven full-length feature films. They were ‘Screamers’ (1995), ‘Little Witches’ (1996), ‘Loved’ (1997), ‘Plump Fiction’, (1997), ‘Last Lives’ (1997), ‘Road Kill’ (1999) and ‘Deal of Lifetime’ (1999).
Also in 1990s, she began working behind the camera, producing ‘Road Kill’. During this decade, she also appeared in four television films; 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' (1991), 'The Fear Inside' (1992), 'Full Eclipse'(1993) and 'Twists of Terror' (1997). Meanwhile in 1995, she appeared in Chris Isaak's music video, ‘Somebody's Crying’.
In early 2000s, she appeared in six feature films; ‘Bel Air’, 'Sanctimony' and 'Fatal Conflict' in 2000; 'Reunion' and 'Amazons and Gladiators' in 2001 and 'Cruel Game' in 2002. Those apart, she appeared in three television films, ‘Lawless: Beyond Justice' (2001), ‘Falcon Down’ (2001) and 'Dreamweaver' (2006) during this period.
In 2009, she appeared in ‘Transmorphers: Fall of Man’, which was followed in 2010 by a documentary entitled ‘Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy’. Her last television movie, 'Heebie Jeebies' was released in 2013 and last feature film, ‘Untold’ was released in 2014.
From 2010, she ventured into a new line, starting to write screenplays like ‘Hot Hemp Pancakes’, ‘Oopsy-Daisy’, and ‘The Bookie-Lady’. As of 2019, all of them are in preproduction stage.