Born in Toronto, Jeanne Beker began her career in show business at the age of 16 and has never looked back. A mother of two daughters, Jeanne Beker is one of the most iconic and influential women in the fashion industry both here in Canada and around the world.
Jeanne first landed a recurring role on a CBC sitcom called TOBY in 1968. At 19, after playing a mixed bag of characters on various Canadian and U.S. productions, she headed for New York City to study at the celebrated Herbert Berghoff Studio. One year later, she returned to Toronto and entered the Theatre program at York University.
Later, Jeanne went to Paris and studied mime with Marcel Marceau's teacher, the great Etienne Decroux. In a strange turn of events, Jeanne found herself living in Newfoundland in 1975, as the only professional mime artist in the province. Not wanting to risk the chance of starving in a garret, (to say nothing of the fact that mimes weren't in great demand), she landed a gig with CBC radio reporting on arts and entertainment, regionally and for the network.
Three years later, Jeanne returned to Toronto once again, this time to work for 1050 CHUM, producing daily lifestyle and entertainment features for the radio station. It was in 1978, the year CHUM bought Citytv and the station was eager to produce a music magazine-style show that Jeanne was brought onboard to co-star in what became the groundbreaking, award-winning THE NEWMUSIC (winner of an Iris Award in 1984).
One year later, Jeanne became an entertainment anchor and reporter for the station's news program CITYPULSE, while continuing her duties at THE NEWMUSIC. When MuchMusic was launched in 1984, Jeanne was also there, anchoring ROCKFLASH segments. Growing a little weary of the intensity of rock 'n' roll in 1985, she jumped at the chance to host FASHIONTELEVISION (FT), which became the station's most widely syndicated show, with viewers across Canada and in more than 130 countries across the globe.
The success of FT led to the launch of the digital channel, FashionTelevisionChannel (launched in 2001). And today, Jeanne is host and segment producer of both FT and FashionTelevisionChannel - which remains Canada's first and only channel dedicated to fashion, beauty, and design. Jeanne travels to the fashion capitals of the world and brings viewers the latest trends that hit the runways, while interviewing countless designers from Betsey Johnson to Karl Lagerfeld. FT the series is seen in Canada and in countries around the world - including Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
In addition, Jeanne helped pioneer fashion on the Internet with American communications giant MCI, when she became editorial director of @fashion in 1995 - the web's first fashion site. And with FashionTelevision.com hitting the one million mark of podcasts downloaded per month, people around the world now have 24-hour access to Jeanne and episodes from Canada's leading fashion series.
Jeanne's design credits include a limited time only clothing line launched in 2001 at Eaton's department stores across Canada, followed by a line of body wear (titled Inside Out), sold exclusively at Sears Canada in the fall of 2003.
From 2003 to 2009, Jeanne was the editor-in-chief of FQ Magazine and SIR Magazine - Canada's Magazines of Stylish Living. She also co-executive produced the documentary series COVER STORIES (airing on FashionTelevisionChannel), which gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the business side of running her magazines. Jeanne is currently a regular featured columnist with The Globe and Mail - Canada's National Newspaper.
Jeanne is also a published author with her autobiography Jeanne Unbottled: Adventures in High Style, The Big Night Out (her first book for young adults who want to look their best) and Passion for Fashion: Careers in Style (a comprehensive career guide for those who dream of breaking into the fashion industry). She is also currently working on two books for release in the spring of 2011.
Jeanne is also a judge on CTV's CANADA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, a popular Canadian reality series in which aspiring model hopefuls are taught the ins and outs of the modeling world, as they compete for the grand prize. Jeanne also adds Style Correspondent to her résumé, sharing her passion for fashion and insider industry knowledge with recurring spots on CTV's CANADA AM and ETALK - Canada's most-watched entertainment newsmagazine.
In February 2010, Jeanne joined etalk hosts Tanya Kim and Ben Mulroney along with etalk reporters Leah Miller and Lainey in Vancouver to cover the 2010 Olympic Winter Games for CTV.
Recognized by numerous organizations for her ongoing community involvement and influence in the fashion world, Jeanne was highly praised by Fashion Group International for her impact on the fashion industry and accepted the Vantage Women of Originality Award (awarded to women who are pioneers in their chosen field). She was also the recipient of the Variety Club Diamond Award and received the prestigious Crystal Jury Award in 2006 from Women in Film and Television, for her exceptional achievements in Canadian television. Past Honorary Chair of Toronto's Annual Fashion Cares, Jeanne currently sits on the honorary board for Gilda's Club Greater Toronto.
For more information, visit www.FashionTelevision.com. Fashionistas can also follow Jeanne Beker on Twitter (@Jeanne_Beker), as the style icon tweets directly from the runways and fashion capitals of the world.