Jessica Biel ( full name Jessica Claire Biel) was born on March 3, 1982 in Ely, Minnesota and she is an American actress, best known for her role as Mary Camden on the drama series 7th Heaven and her roles in feature films, such as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Jessica Biel initially trained to become a vocalist with the hope of performing in musical theater and appeared in several musicals at an early age including The Sound of Music, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, and anything Goes.
It wasn't until Jessica Bell attended the International Modeling & Talent Association Convention in Los Angeles in 1994 when her career started to take off as a teen print model.
However, Jessica Bell's big break came when at 14 years old when she landed the role of Mary Camden on the WB TV Series 7th Heaven. The family drama from Aaron Spelling and Brenda Hampton became the most popular (and remains the longest running) series on the fledgling network.
Jessica Bell's film career also began at age 15 when she played alongside Peter Fonda in his Golden Globe winning performance in Ulee's Gold (1997). Aside from acting, Jessica Bell became a spokesmodel for L'Oreal cosmetics in 2002.
In 2000, Jessica Bell posed topless in a layout of Gear magazine. It was controversial because she was only 17 at the time of the shoot. Jessica Bell's frustration and fear about being typecast was one of the reasons that led to her decision. Jessica Bell blamed her saintly image on 7th Heaven for limiting her film career, including losing a lead role in American Beauty which eventually went to Thora Birch.