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Jennifer Syme

Name  Jennifer Syme
Role  Actress
Parents  Maria St. John

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Full Name  Jennifer Maria Syme
Born  December 7, 1972 (1972-12-07) Pico Rivera, California, U.S.
Died  April 2, 2001, Los Angeles, California, United States
Movies  Ellie Parker, Lost Highway
Similar People  Keanu Reeves, Ava Archer Syme‑Reeves, River Phoenix, Patricia Taylor, Sandra Bullock

Jennifer Maria Syme (December 7, 1972 – April 2, 2001) was an American actress and personal assistant.


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Early life and career

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Syme was born in Pico Rivera, California, where she lived for the first eighteen years of her life. Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, she landed a job working for director David Lynch. Syme had a few minor film roles including a part in Lynch's Lost Highway. She later joined the staff of a music label. She was also a personal assistant to Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction and, later, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


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On April 1, 2001, Syme attended a party at musician Marilyn Manson's home. After being driven home by another party guest shortly before dawn, she left her home, reportedly to return to the party. On the morning of April 2, 2001, Syme drove her 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee into a row of parked cars on Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles. She was partially ejected from the vehicle and died instantly. Syme was 28 years old. Syme is buried next to her daughter, Ava Archer Reeves (stillborn in December 1999), whose father is the actor Keanu Reeves, in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles.


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In tribute to Syme’s memory, David Lynch dedicated the 2001 film Mulholland Drive to her.

In April 2002, Syme’s mother, Maria St. John, sued Marilyn Manson for wrongful death for giving Syme “various quantities of an illegal controlled substance” and for "instructing [Syme] to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition". Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, Manson issued a statement denying responsibility for Syme's death, stating that the lawsuit was "completely without merit".

An investigation into the accident concluded that Syme, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was inebriated at the time of the accident. Reports also stated that police found two rolled up dollar bills that contained a white, powdery substance and two bottles of prescription drugs, a muscle relaxant and an anticonvulsant. Syme's mother told police her daughter was seeking treatment for back pain and depression just a few days prior to her death.


  • Lost Highway
  • Production assistant

  • Hotel Room (1 episode, 1993)
  • Lost Highway (1997)
  • References

    Jennifer Syme Wikipedia

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