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JENN GOTZON's BIOGRAPHY (pdf)
Actress JENN GOTZON is a small-town girl who has big dreams of making a difference in people's lives as a RISING INDIE FILM STAR starring in 9 feature films coming to theaters and dvd this year ranging from family-friendly films, faith-based movies, romantic-comedies to edgy, action thrillers and historical human interest portrayals.
Actress JENN GOTZON’s career break portraying President Nixon's daughter Tricia Nixon (cameo) in Ron Howard's Oscar nominee 'Frost/Nixon' launched her as an American leading lady starring in several movies (in theaters 2012 and 2013) shooting her to No. 2 on IMDb Starmeter. (1) GOTZON, “who is compared to a young Meryl Streep for her chameleon-like transformations,” stated by Valley Social Magazine, strives to make a difference in people's lives through the roles she plays on and off screen through mentorship and educational programs ie. talent convention AMTC (Actors Models Talent for Christ) and motivational outreach high school program Inspiring Audiences.
Raised in the countryside of the Lehigh Valley in PA, GOTZON has persistently pursued her dream to play complex protagonist characters who find redemption in the climax of the film’s storylines. She began performing right out of high school, appearing in murder mystery dinner theater, competing for Miss America and dancing for Walt Disney World.
After studying at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, GOTZON moved to California and landed a string of bit parts in big productions like Ang Lee's HULK, Sundance pleaser 500 DAYS OF SUMMER, along with Emmy-winning TV series PUSHING DAISIES and HOUSE. Big parts in smaller productions came her way, too, including 168 Film Festival 2008 best film winner STAINED that earned her the fest's best actress award for her lead role as a political. At the 2008 Wildwood By-The-Sea (NJ) Film Festival she was named Rising Star of the year for her leading lady turn in the speed-dating romantic comedy short CHEMISTRY whose fest director Paul Russo described GOTZON as "having the acting depth of Kate Winslet and the charisma of Reese Witherspoon."
Since the Pennsylvania native got her big break, ironically, on Pennsylvania Avenue in FROST/NIXON, GOTZON’s dream began coming true. Last year, she starred in five feature films (in chron order): romance-mystery-drama DOONBY opposite "The Dukes of Hazzard" star John Schneider; political-thriller DRAGON DAY about a Chinese cyber-takeover of the U.S.; French and Indian War drama and true-story ALONE YET NOT ALONE, in which she plays an historical British captive; musical with a twist of faith SEPTEMBER SKIES; and entertaining family drama GODS COUNTRY, directed by her husband Chris Armstrong and set to be distributed by Sony. This year, GOTZON commenced principal photography on inspirational drama I AM… GABRIEL written and directed by Chuck Norris’s son Mike Norris (starring her Doonby co-star John Schneider and Dean Cain), 1940’s old-Hollywood comedy THE SCREENWRITERS, crime suspense thriller UNTOUCHED as the district attorney and The Divine Comedy triology as heroine Beatrice in Dante's Inferno Documented.
Next up in the queue for production: MIRACLE UNDERGROUND, romantic golf comedy GENTLEMAN ONLY, LADIES PREFERRED and romantic-comedy
THREE TIMES A LADY with “Hercules” Kevin Sorbo. She and her writer-director-Super-Bowl-commercial-finalist hubby are working on a New Orleans action-thriller about life significance ONE SMALL LIFE. All are socially relevant films that endeavor to make a difference in people's lives.
As an athlete, GOTZON's actor's bucket-list is to play a romantic lead in a cowboy, western movie as an avid horseback-rider, strong-willed softball player in a championship softball themed film and adventure, action expert snow skiier tearing up fresh tracks on the mountainside. She also loves character transformations that depicts inner wounds of the human condition struggling with life's obstacles and addictions that allow redemption and direction of hope in the climax of the storyline allowing the viewer to not only be entertained, but taking a step towards healing through faith and prayer.
GOTZON’s ultimate passion is impacting and inspiring audiences through the message behind the roles she plays. She developed a motivational mentor-outreach program, "Inspiring Audiences," where she speaks to high school students, screens her movies and shares her journey on overcoming life’s obstacles pursuing her dream to educate and encourage how they, too, can follow their heart’s desire and live their dreams. She provides mentorship through her facebook page: www.facebook.com/jenngotzon.fanpage.
Ref (1): Jenn Gotzon hit No. 2 on IMDb Starmeter for the week of May 15, 2011 when “Doonby” was in market at Festival de Cannes.
Gotzon's mentor, manager, publicist and cherished friend Scotty Dugan passed away to Glory on Dec. 21, 2011. Scotty was Gotzon's inspirational backbone to her acting career and responsible for the launch of her dreams to play protagonist roles in redemptive, family-friendly stories. RIP: Scotty Dugan.
[bio updated February 2012]