Jody Jaress is an American actress and jazz and blues singer in the Los Angeles, California area. She began studying acting, singing, and dancing in the mid 1950s.
Jaress was born in Ottawa, Illinois, and is the eldest daughter of realtor, John William "Bill" Schafer (1923–2017) from Marion, Illinois and Freda Ellen Jones Schafer (1921–2005), formerly of Johnston City, Illinois who was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Association in Southern California. Jaress has two children, a son, JC Jaress (married to Anastasia King Jaress), and a daughter, Michele Lea Jaress (1967-1998). She divorced Michael F. Jaress, the father of her two children, in 1975.