Jennie Eisenhower

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Jennie Eisenhower
Born (1978-08-15) August 15, 1978 (age 43)
San Clemente, California, U.S.
💼 Occupation
Actress
📆 Years active  2003–present
👩 Spouse(s)
Anthony Cheslock
(m. 2011; div. 2017)

Sara Neville (m. 2020)
👶 Children1
👴 👵 Parent(s)David Eisenhower
Julie Nixon Eisenhower
👪 RelativesDwight Eisenhower (great-grandfather)
Mamie Eisenhower (great-grandmother)
Richard Nixon (grandfather)
Pat Nixon (grandmother)
John Eisenhower (paternal-grandfather)

Jennie Elizabeth Eisenhower (born August 15, 1978) is an American actress and director. Eisenhower has performed in theater productions Off-Broadway and in regional theatre, being nominated for seven Barrymore Awards and winning two of them. She has had played minor roles in several feature films. She is a great-granddaughter of Dwight D. Eisenhower and granddaughter of Richard Nixon, both presidents of the United States.

Early life[edit]

Eisenhower was born in San Clemente, California,[1] to Julie Nixon Eisenhower and David Eisenhower. Her maternal grandparents were U.S. President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon, while her paternal great-grandparents were U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower.[2] She spent her childhood in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.[1] She has one brother, Alexander Richard Eisenhower (b. 1980), and one sister, Melanie Catherine Eisenhower (b. 1984).[3]

In 1996, Jennie Eisenhower was presented as a debutante to high society at the International Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.[4]

Career[edit]

Eisenhower has performed in Off-Broadway productions and at regional theaters across the United States. For her performances in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she has won two Barrymore Awards: Best Actress in a Musical (2009) for Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits, and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (2004) for The Wild Party.[5] She has also been nominated for Barrymore Awards for her work in Show Boat at the Media Theatre (2010), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Theatre Horizon in Norristown (2011), Little Women at Bristol Riverside Theatre (2011), Parade at the Arden Theatre (2013) and Bullets Over Broadway (2018).[5]

Other appearances have included Passion at the Arden Theatre Company (2015), Kiss Me, Kate at the Act II Playhouse (2016), and A Grand Night for Singing (2012),[6] Arsenic and Old Lace (2014), The Humans (2018)[7] and The Best Man (2020) at the Walnut Street Theatre, where she has also directed several productions; Off-Broadway appearances include "Suburb" at York Theatre.[8] Elsewhere in Philadelphia, Eisenhower directed 1776 in 2016[9] and Falsettos in 2019,[10] among other works.[11]

Eisenhower has appeared in small roles in the films Mona Lisa Smile (2003) Arthur (2011) and The Suspect (2013).[8] She taught theatre as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Eisenhower has been married twice.[13] She was married to Anthony Cheslock from 2011 to 2017; they had one daughter, Chloe, born in 2013.[13][14] After her divorce, she began to identify as a lesbian; she married Sara Neville on October 10, 2020, in Pennsylvania.<[13]

Eisenhower wrote a 2007 book about her grandmother, Pat Nixon: The Untold Story. She is a Democrat and voted for Barack Obama in 2012,[15] Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

  • Mona Lisa Smile (2003) – Girl at the Station
  • Head Space (2006) – TV Correspondent
  • Arthur (2011) – Alexis
  • The Suspect (2013) – Instructor

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Historical play's lead adds touch of history"[dead link], St. Petersburg Times
  2. Leiby, Richard (February 23, 2005). "Jennie Eisenhower, Making Herself Perfectly Clear". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  3. Bennett, Kitty. "Where Are They Now? Julie and David Eisenhower", AARP Bulletin, December 22, 2010. p. 2.
  4. Yazigi, Monique (January 1997). "The Debutante Returns, With Pearls and Plans". New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The Barrymore Awards: Jennie Eisenhower". Theatre Philadelphia. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  6. Rovner, Ruth. "For Jennie Eisenhower, it's indeed A Grand Night for Singing", Main Line Media News, May 7, 2012, accessed December 20, 2021
  7. Dunleavy, Tim. "Review: The Humans at the Walnut Street Theatre", DC Metro Theater Arts, January 28, 2018
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Jennie Eisenhower". Walnut Street Theatre. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  9. Eger, Henrik. "1776 And All That: Interview with director-choreographer Jennie Eisenhower", Phindie, May 4, 2016
  10. Von Bergen, Jane M. "On stage at 1812 Productions: Two women in their 50s. Why that’s more radical than it should be." The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 14, 2019
  11. Buehler, Pati. "BWW Interview: Philly's Own Jennie Eisenhower", BroadwayWorld.com, February 28, 2014, accessed December 20, 2021
  12. Groome, Clark. "Only 3 people in U.S. history share her distinction; Eisenhower/Nixon kin currently starring in local play", Chestnut Hill Local, October 24, 2013, accessed December 20, 2021
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 "Biography". Jennie Eisenhower Official Site. Retrieved 20 December 2021.
  14. Eisenhower, Jennie (29 October 2013). "Chloe turns 4 months". Jennie Eisenhower Official Site. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "Election 2012: All the Presidents' Daughters". 2 October 2012.

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