Jennifer Westfeldt is an American actress and writer best known for co-writing (with Heather Juergensen) and starring in the hit independent film Kissing Jessica Stein.
Westfeldt graduated from Guilford High School in Connecticut and went on to study at Yale University. She performed in many plays and musicals before moving from New York to Los Angeles in the mid-90's.
She landed a leading role in the ABC series Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place in 1998, as Melissa, Pete Dunville's girlfriend. Other television credits include Judging Amy, Snoops and Holding the Baby.
Jennifer attended a writers camp in the hope of learning how to develop and write stage material for herself. At the camp she met, and became friends with Heather Juergensen.
They wrote a number of vignettes, performed under the title of "Lipschtick", to be performed on stage. One particular piece was about two straight women who decide to try at a lesbian relationship together.
The concept was so popular they were encouraged to write it up as a movie script. It took them over two years to develop the script and as soon as it was complete they bought the rights to the it and financed the film independently.
They titled the movie Kissing Jessica Stein. It was a critical and financial success.
Jennifer went on to appear onstage on Broadway in Wonderful Town in 2003.
When not busy acting, Jennifer continues to enjoy writing and developing new material.