January Jones

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January Jones

Jones at the 2008 Emmy Awards
Born January Kristen Jones
January 5, 1978 (1978-01-05) (age 36)
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Partner Jason Sudeikis (2010-2011)[1]
Children Xander Dane Jones (b. 2011)[2]

January Kristen Jones (born January 5, 1978) is an American actress. She is best known for playing the character Betty Draper on the TV series Mad Men.

Early life[change | edit source]

Jones was born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is named after January Wayne, a character in Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough.[3] She has two sisters – Jacey and Jina.[4]

Career[change | edit source]

Jones has had roles in the movies Anger Management (2003), Love Actually, and Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. In 2005, she was in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada. It was directed by and starred Tommy Lee Jones. In We Are Marshall (2006), she played the wife of football coach William "Red" Dawson.

She had the lead female role in the movie Love's Enduring Promise. Her character falls in love with a man who saves her father's life. She currently acts in the AMC series Mad Men as young housewife and mother Betty Draper Francis. She is also known for her role as Cadence Flaherty in the 2003 comedy American Wedding, the third movie of the American Pie series.

Jones was ranked No.82 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[5] She appeared on the cover of "The Hot Issue" of British GQ magazine in May 2009.[6]

On November 14, 2009, Jones hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.[7] She got bad reviews for this performance.[8]

In 2011, she starred alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger in Unknown, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra,[9]. She also played Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class.[10]

Personal life[change | edit source]

She said in Vanity Fair in 2009 that she has joined Oceana as a celebrity spokesperson. She was working to save endangered sharks.[11] Jones dated singer-songwriter Josh Groban from 2003–06.[12]

Jones gave birth to a son, Xander Dane Jones, on September 13, 2011.[13]

Filmography[change | edit source]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1999 It's the Rage Janice Taylor
2001 Glass House, TheThe Glass House Girl
2001 Bandits Claire/Pink Boots
2002 Taboo Elizabeth
2002 Full Frontal Tracy
2003 Anger Management Gina
2003 American Wedding Cadence Flaherty
2003 Love Actually Jeannie
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Eve
2005 Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, TheThe Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Lou Ann Norton
2006 Swedish Auto Darla
2006 We Are Marshall Carole Dawson
2009 Boat That Rocked, TheThe Boat That Rocked Elenore Retitled Pirate Radio in North America
2011 Unknown Elizabeth Harris
2011 X-Men: First Class Emma Frost
2011 Seeking Justice Laura Gerard
2012 American Reunion Cadence Flaherty Uncredited Cameo.
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Emma Frost
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Sorority Number One TV movie
1999 Get Real Jane Cohen Episode: "Pilot"
2002 In My Life Diane St. Croix TV movie
2004 Love's Enduring Promise Missie Davis TV movie
2005 Huff Marisa Wells
  • Episode: "The Good Doctor"
  • Episode: "The Sample Closet"
2007–present Mad Men Betty Draper Francis
2008 Law & Order Kim Brody Episode: "Quit Claim"

References[change | edit source]

  1. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20458385,00.html
  2. http://www.people.com/people/january_jones/0,,,00.html
  3. January Jones; The Anger Management Actress Wants to Be More Than a Flavor of the Month, People, April 21, 2003. Retrieved on August 18, 2008.
  4. 'If I met Betty, I'd say, "Leave your husband!'": actress January Jones on her prim-and-proper alter .
  5. "Maxim Magazine Hot 100 Women of 2002". Maxim. http://www.maxim.com/girls-of-maxim/january-jones. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  6. "January Jones on the Cover of UK GQ". 2009-05-26. http://fooyoh.com/menknowpause_lifestyle_living/2755305. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  7. Kate Stanhope. "January Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Host SNL". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Jones-Levitt-SNL-1011442.aspx.
  8. "From 'Mad' to bad? January Jones' 'SNL' debut meets tough reviews". MSN Entertainment. 2009-11-15. http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=441859. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
  9. Dark Castle Casts Up 'Unknown White Male'. Bloody-disgusting.com (October 26, 2009). Retrieved on May 27, 2011.
  10. Lesnick, Silas (2010-08-18). "January Jones Joins X-Men: First Class". Superhero Hype!. http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/105877-january-jones-joins-x-men-first-class. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  11. "Miss January". Vanity Fair. February 2009.
  12. "Josh Groban, January Jones Take a Breather". People. 2006-06-26. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,26334,1208272,00.html. Retrieved 2008-01-29.
  13. "January Jones Son Born" September 15, 2011, People Magazine. Retrieved on September 15, 2011

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