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Jennifer Connelly


Birth name:

Jennifer Lynn Connelly




Catskill Mountains, New York, USA



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United States

Executive summary:

Betty Ross in The Hulk


5' 7½" (1.71 m)


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Jennifer Connelly - Biography


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

Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains of New York, 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 Russia and Poland (Connelly's mother was schooled in a yeshiva). Connelly was raised in Brooklyn Heights, near the Brooklyn Bridge, and attended St. Ann's private school, except for four years the family spent living in Woodstock, New York. 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.

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 still in existence. 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.
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.

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.

Connelly has a son, Kai (born 1997), from her relationship with photographer David Dugan. 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.


Jennifer Connelly - Personal Quotes


Acting is great. When it works it is so fulfilling. You do the research and work with other talented people who are creative and compassionate and use all your faculties. The ability to express yourself completely is the most wonderful feeling in the world. Each film is a chapter in my life wherein I learn so much more about myself.

I so much enjoy being able to completely allow myself to be consumed by a role, and really grow in the process,once you've done that, it's hard to go back working on things you don't care about.

[talking about the films she did in the beginning of her career]: You don't want to get rid of your experiences, because they're your experiences - good or bad - and you need them, but it would be great if they weren't on the video shelf!

[Talking about her character in A Beautiful Mind (2001)]: Alicia is the person who's trying to ground John Nash in reality and bring him home, literally, and back to what he was. In A Beautiful Mind, there are scenes that were painful and scary and sad. I didn't have to go through degradation as I did in Requiem for a Dream (2000), but there is a lot of emotional terrain in this movie. There's a tragedy in the family and it takes a toll on each of them as they try to live with each other.

[talking about her son Kai Dugan]: We've already done plays together. Very short plays. He dictates them to me. Sometimes he casts me, sometimes he doesn't. And when I'm in the play, he'll sometimes say to me, "No Mom, you didn't say that right!"

[on "The Ball Room Dance" scene, her favorite from Labyrinth (1986)]: I wore a beautiful silver ball gown, which was a refreshing change from the blue jeans I wore in almost every other scene. It was really a gorgeous set, with masses of huge chandeliers and thousands of flickering candles, hundreds of silken cushions and curtains, and masses of people in strange masks and ornate dresses. There was the thrill of dancing with David Bowie to one of the songs he composed especially for the film. There wasn't enough room, for technical reasons, to really dance around properly, but we just drifted slowly and gracefully (I hope!) to David's music, and he looked fabulous! It's all a sort of magical fantasy sequence inside a huge bubble.

[about her son]: "I don't think I would be doing this quality of work if it hadn't been for my son. He's changed me. He's helped me to understand myself and find my place in the world."


Jennifer Connelly - Filmography


What's Wrong with Virginia (2010) .... Virginia
Creation (2009/I) .... Emma Darwin
9 (2009/I) (voice) .... 7
He's Just Not That Into You (2009) .... Janine
... aka Er steht einfach nicht auf Dich! (Germany)
Inkheart (2008) .... Roxanne
... aka Tintenherz (Germany)
The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) .... Helen Benson
... aka D.T.E.S.S. (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka The Day the Earth Stood Still: The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version)
Reservation Road (2007) .... Grace Learner
Blood Diamond (2006) .... Maddy Bowen
Little Children (2006) .... Kathy Adamson
Dark Water (2005) .... Dahlia
House of Sand and Fog (2003) .... Kathy
Hulk (2003) .... Betty Ross
A Beautiful Mind (2001) .... Alicia Nash
"The $treet" .... Catherine Miller (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
- Framed (2001) TV Episode .... Catherine Miller
- Junk Bonds (2001) TV Episode .... Catherine Miller
- Past Performance (2001) TV Episode .... Catherine Miller
- Turf Wars (2001) TV Episode .... Catherine Miller
- Rebound (2000) TV Episode .... Catherine Miller
(7 more)
Pollock (2000) .... Ruth Kligman
Requiem for a Dream (2000) .... Marion Silver
... aka Delusion Over Addiction
Waking the Dead (2000) .... Sarah Williams
Dark City (1998) .... Emma Murdoch/Anna
Inventing the Abbotts (1997) .... Eleanor Abbott
Far Harbor (1996) .... Ellie
Mulholland Falls (1996) .... Allison Pond
Higher Learning (1995) .... Taryn
Of Love and Shadows (1994) .... Irene
... aka De amor y de sombras (Argentina)
The Heart of Justice (1993) (TV) .... Emma Burgess
The Rocketeer (1991) .... Jenny Blake
Career Opportunities (1991) .... Josie McClellan
... aka One Wild Night
The Hot Spot (1990) .... Gloria Harper
Some Girls (1988) .... Gabriella D'Arc
... aka Sisters
Étoile (1988) .... Claire Hamilton/Natalie Horvath
... aka Ballet
Labyrinth (1986) .... Sarah
Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985) .... Natalie Becker
... aka Deslices de joventud (USA: Spanish title: dubbed version)
Phenomena (1985) .... Jennifer Corvino
... aka Creepers (USA)
The Valley (1985) (V) .... Jennifer Corvino/Herself
Once Upon a Time in America (1984) .... Young Deborah
... aka C'era una volta in America (Italy)
"Tales of the Unexpected" .... The Girl (1 episode, 1982)
... aka Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected
- Stranger in Town (1982) TV Episode .... The Girl


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