Jennifer Love Hewitt got her first name from her older brother Todd Daniel Hewitt (b. November 8, 1970), who picked the name after a little blonde girl he then had a crush on. Her mother selected her middle name, Love, which she goes by offstage from her best friend at college. Her mother, Pat, is a speech pathologist and her father, Danny, is a medical technician. Her parents separated when she was six months old. Born in Waco, Texas, she was raised by her mother in Harker Heights, Texas. She made her official performing debut at age 3 where she sang at a livestock show. At age 5, she was taking tap, jazz, and ballet lessons which led her to joining the Texas Show Team, which toured the Soviet Union and Europe. At age 10, the family moved to L.A. with the encouragement of talent scouts, while Todd stayed behind to finish high school in Texas. Jennifer quickly found commercial work and a role on Disney's "Kids Incorporated" (1984) in 1984. She went through a series of television flops before finally hitting it big on "Party of Five" (1994) in 1995.
Sent 3 dozen pink roses to Gwyneth Paltrow the night before Paltrow won the Oscar in 1999. Hewitt also wrote her a 2 page letter praising her as a role model and admiring her work. Paltrow sent a reply a week later, and Hewitt framed it - "it's my favorite thing". When the 2 actresses met for the first time at the 2000 Golden Globes, "she came up to me and gave me a hug for the flowers. I thought I was going to pass out. I was absolutely going to have a heart attack."
Was almost cast as Juliet in Romeo + Juliet (1996), but at the last moment she lost the part to Claire Danes because the director felt she wasn't "modern" enough.
Lost the role of Darlene in Brokedown Palace (1999) to Kate Beckinsale because of scheduling conflicts.
Auditioned for the role of Tricia Jones in Mallrats (1995).
Was considered for the role of Helen in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) before being cast as Julie.
At the age of 4 while at a restaurant-dance hall she disappeared. She was found on the stage singing "Help Me make It Through The Night".
Cat named Don Juan; got the name "Love" from mother's college roommate; mother's name is Pat, older brother is Todd.
Love Hewitt's first job was on "Kids Incorporated" (1984). Little did she know that one of the guest stars would turn out to be her future co-worker on "Party of Five" (1994), Scott Wolf.
Was considered for the title role in Lolita (1997).
Attended school with actress Christine Lakin. Both graduated from Laurel Springs High School, class of 1997.
Was offered a role on the WB's "Charmed" (1998), taking over Shannen Doherty's place, but turned it down. 
Born at 10:48 PM CST.
Was Enrique Iglesias's girlfriend in his video for "Hero".
Broke her finger filming the "flopper dive" scene in Heartbreakers (2001).
Voted in at #7 in FHM's Sexiest Girls of 2002 poll, American edition. [June 2002]
Her mom is Italian, her father is German.
Hosted the Comedy for a Cure and raised over $100,000 for Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance's research programs.
Voted #14 in Rush Magazine's Sexiest Women 2002 list.
Recently performing as Nancy Sinatra on NBC's "American Dreams" (2002), she adopted a puppy on location and named her Boots. At the time she was performing "These Boots Were Made For Walking," hence the appropriate name.
Dated Rich Cronin of LFO (1999-2001)
She has recorded four albums: "Love Songs" in 1992, "Let's Go Bang" in 1995, "Jennifer Love Hewitt" in 1996, and "BareNaked" in 2002, which was produced by singer/songwriter Meredith Brooks.
Briefly dated actor Wilmer Valderrama (1999).
Ranked #11 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World" (2002).
Was listed as a potential nominee on both the 2003 and 2005 Razzie Award nominating ballots. She was listed a suggestion in the Worst Actress category on the 2003 ballot for her performance in the film The Tuxedo (2002). And was suggested again two years later in the Worst Actress category of the 2005 ballot for her role in Garfield (2004). She failed to receive either nomination.
Named #32 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Contrary to reports, she was not replaced by 'Jennifer Lopez' in The Wedding Planner (2001). Hewitt has stated in interviews that she had been developing her own film by the same title, but was forced to cancel it once the film with Lopez was released. The two films were unrelated.
Ranked #24 in the 100 Greatest Teen Stars.
Named #20 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005).
Named #43 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Engaged to Ross McCall [November 29, 2007].
A fan of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club.
Is slightly claustrophobic, and while filming an episode of Ghost Whisperer (2007), in an underground tunnel set, a removable wall had to be installed so she could get out quickly.
Ranked #20 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Ranked #96 on Forbes Celebrity 100 List for 2008. The annual list ranks the most powerful and best-paid celebrities in Hollywood. (2008).