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Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an American film actress and former child model. Although starring as early as a teenager in films such as Once Upon a Time in America, Labyrinth and Career Opportunities, she gained critical acclaim following her work in the 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream, and the 2001 biopic A Beautiful Mind, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the BAFTA and Golden Globe awards.

Early life

Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains of New Yorkmarker, the daughter of Ilene, an antiques dealer, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer who worked in the garment industry. Connelly's father was of Irish Catholic and Norwegian descent, and Connelly's mother was Jewish, a descendant of immigrants from Russiamarker and Polandmarker (Connelly's mother was schooled in a yeshiva). Connelly was raised in Brooklyn Heightsmarker, near the Brooklyn Bridgemarker, and attended St. Ann's private school, except for four years the family spent living in Woodstockmarker, New Yorkmarker. One of her father's friends was an advertising executive, who suggested that she audition at a modeling agency.

At the age of ten, Connelly's career started in newspaper and magazine ads, then moved to television commercials. These led to movie auditions and her first film role was as "young Deborah Gelly", a supporting role in Sergio Leone's 1984 gangster epic, Once Upon a Time in America, filmed mostly in 1982 when she was eleven. She next starred in Italian horror-director Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985) and in the coming-of-age movie Seven Minutes in Heaven.

Early career

Connelly became a star with her next picture, the fantasy Labyrinth (1986), playing Sarah, a teenager who wishes her baby brother into the world of goblins ruled by goblin king Jareth (David Bowie), where she then must journey to retrieve him; the film disappointed at the box office, but became a cult classic in later years with a large fan following. Connelly starred in several obscure films, such as Etoile (1988) and Some Girls (1988). The Dennis Hopper-directed The Hot Spot (1990) was not a success, critically or commercially; it would be the first of seven movies in which she appeared nude. Another film, Career Opportunities, was more successful.

Connelly was featured on the cover of Esquire in August 1991, as part of the "Women We Love" feature. She appeared alongside Jason Priestley in the Roy Orbison music video for "I Drove All Night" in 1992.

The big-budget Disney film The Rocketeer (1991) similarly failed to ignite Connelly's career; after its failure, she took some time off from acting. The 1996 independent film Far Harbor played her against type and hinted at a much broader range than she had previously shown. Connelly began to appear in smaller but well-regarded films, such as 1997's Inventing the Abbotts and 2000's Waking the Dead. She played a collegiate lesbian in John Singleton's 1995 ensemble drama, Higher Learning. The critically favored 1998 science fiction film Dark City afforded her the chance to work with such actors as Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Ian Richardson, and Kiefer Sutherland. Connelly revisited her ingenue image, although in a more understated way, for the 2000 biopic Pollock, in which she played Jackson Pollock's mistress.

Breakthrough and 2000s

Connelly's big breakthrough was the 2000 film Requiem for a Dream. Connelly starred alongside Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans as drug addicts on the edge of a breakdown. Connelly next starred in Ron Howard's film A Beautiful Mind (2001), essaying the role of Alicia Nash, the long-suffering wife of the brilliant, schizophrenic mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. (played by Russell Crowe). The film was a critical and commercial success and earned Connelly a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her appearance in A Beautiful Mind led to a featured article in Time magazine.

Connelly starred in two films in 2003: Hulk and House of Sand and Fog. Hulk was a moderate success at the box office and afforded Connelly the chance to work with noted director Ang Lee. House of Sand and Fog, based on the novel by Andre Dubus III, was reminiscent of much of her independent film work of the late 1990s. Connelly appeared in the 2005 horror film Dark Water, which was based on a Japanese film. In 2006, Connelly appeared in two films, both of which were nominated for multiple Academy Awards. She played a major role in an adaptation of the novel Little Children alongside Kate Winslet. Although her role as Kathy Adamson is very important in the novel, director Todd Field gave her character less screen time, instead focusing on the characters played by Winslet and Patrick Wilson. She played a journalist in Blood Diamond opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. She next appeared in Reservation Road with Joaquin Phoenix, which was given a limited release in the fall of 2007.

Connelly appeared alongside Keanu Reeves in the 2008 remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still. Her 2009 roles include a costume drama biopic with her real-life husband Paul Bettany called Creation, in which the couple play the 19th century married couple Charles Darwin and his wife in the months surrounding his controversial theories on evolution. Jennifer also co-starred in a role opposite Jennifer Aniston and Ginnifer Goodwin in He's Just Not That Into You.

In 2008, she was named the face of Balenciaga's ads, as well as the new face for Revlon cosmetics.

Personal life

Connelly began studying English at Yalemarker, and two years later transferred to Stanfordmarker.

Connelly has a son, Kai (born 1997), from her relationship with photographer David Dougan. She is married to actor Paul Bettany, whom she met while working on A Beautiful Mind. The couple's son, Stellan (named after their friend, actor Stellan Skarsgård), was born on August 5, 2003. His godfather is the actor Charlie Condou.

Connelly was a vegan for years, but reverted to eating meat when pregnant with Kai.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1984 Once Upon a Time in America Young Deborah Gelly
Phenomena Jennifer Corvino
1985 Seven Minutes in Heaven Natalie Becker
1986 Labyrinth Sarah Williams
1988 Ballet Claire Hamilton / Natalie Horvath
Some Girls Gabriella d'Arc
1990 The Hot Spot Gloria Harper
1991 Career Opportunities Josie McClellan
The Rocketeer Jenny Blake Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1992 The Heart of Justice Emma Burgess TV Movie
1994 Of Love and Shadows Irene
1995 Higher Learning Taryn
1996 Mulholland Falls Allison Pond
Far Harbor Ellie
1997 Inventing the Abbotts Eleanor Abbott
1998 Dark City Emma Murdoch / Anna
2000 Waking the Dead Sarah Williams
Requiem for a Dream Marion Silver Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress



Pollock Ruth Kligman
2001 A Beautiful Mind Alicia Nash Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
American Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actres
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Empire Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture













2003 Hulk Betty Ross Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
House of Sand and Fog Kathy Nicolo Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

2005 Dark Water Dahlia Williams
2006 Little Children Kathy Adamson
Blood Diamond Maddy Bowen
2007 Reservation Road Grace Learner
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Helen Benson
Inkheart Roxane Cameo
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Janine
9 7 (voice only)
Creation Emma Darwin
American Pastoral Levov's Wife announced
2010 The Ice at the Bottom of the World Vamadela in production


References

  1. Jennifer Connelly's Love Saves Russell Crowe in a Beautiful Mind—but Her No. 1 Guy Is 4-Year-Old Kai
  2. Jennifer Connelly Biography (1970-)
  3. Stated in interview on Inside the Actors Studio, 2004
  4. http://nw.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=56493
  5. "She jokes that she was raised with a double dose of guilt, having an Irish Catholic father and a Jewish mother who was schooled at a yeshiva in New Rochelle"
  6. Kalogerakis, George. "Mind Games", New York , February 18, 2002. Accessed November 15, 2007. "Connelly grew up mostly in Brooklyn Heights, the daughter of a clothing-manufacturer father and antiques-dealer mother. She attended Saint Ann's and started modeling when she was 10."
  7. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) - Box office / business
  8. Jennifer Connelly by Richard Schickel
  9. http://www.usmagazine.com/Us_Poll_Is_Jennifer_Connelly_New_Balenciaga_Ad_Hot_or_Not
  10. http://www.boston.com/ae/celebrity/articles/2008/07/23/jennifer_connellys_revlon_deal/
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  13. Jennifer Connelly's Son Broke Her Veganism


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