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Jennifer Connelly

Facts about Jennifer Connelly

Date of Birth:12 December 1970
Birthplace:Catskill Mountains, New York
First Name:Jennifer
Middle Name:Lynn
Last Name:Connelly
Height:5' 7?" (171 cm)
Eye Color:Green
Hair Color:Black
Star Sign:Sagittarius
Claim to Fame:Betty Ross on The Hulk
Religion:Roman Catholic
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born dec. 12, 1970 (51 years ago)) is an American movie actress and former child model. Although she has been working in the movie industry since she was a teenager and catapulted to fame on the basis of her appearances in movies like Labyrinth and Career Opportunities, she gained a new level of acclaim and exposure following her work in the 2000 (21 years ago) drama Requiem for a Dream, and the 2001 (20 years ago) 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 years

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 paternal grandparents were of Irish Catholic and Norwegian descent, respectively, while her maternal grandparents were Jewish, their families having come from the Russian Empire and Poland (Connelly's mother was schooled in a yeshiva). Connelly was raised in Brooklyn Heights, near the Brooklyn Bridge (6 walls), and attended St. Ann's 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 TV commercials. These led to movie auditions and her first movie role was as "young Deborah Gelly", a supporting role in Sergio Leone's 1984 (37 years ago) gangster epic, Once Upon a Time in America, filmed mostly in 1982 (39 years ago) when she was eleven. She next starred in Italian horror-director Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985, 36 years ago) and in the coming-of-age movie Seven Minutes in Heaven.


Connelly became a star with her next picture, the fantasy Labyrinth (1986, 35 years ago), playing Sarah, a teenager who wishes her baby brother into the world of goblins ruled by goblin king Jareth (David Bowie), so she then must journey through a labyrinth to retrieve him. The movie disappointed at the box office, but gained a following among fantasy fans. Connelly starred in several obscure films, such as Etoile (1988, 33 years ago) and Some Girls (1988, 33 years ago). The Dennis Hopper-directed The Hot Spot (1990, 31 years ago) was not a success, either critically or commercially. Another film, Career Opportunities, was more successful. It would be the first of seven movies in which she appeared nude. Connelly was featured on the cover of Esquire in Aug. 1991 (30 years ago), 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 (29 years ago). Connelly began studying English at Yale, and two years later transferred to Stanford.

The big-budget Disney movie The Rocketeer (1991, 30 years ago) similarly failed to ignite Connelly's career; after its failure, she took some time off from acting. The 1996 (25 years ago) independent movie 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 (26 years ago) ensemble drama, Higher Learning. The critically favored 1998 (23 years ago) science fiction movie 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 (21 years ago) biopic Pollock, in which she played Jackson Pollock's mistress.

Breakthrough and 2000s

Connelly's big breakthrough was the 2000 (21 years ago) movie Requiem for a Dream. Connelly starred alongside Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans as drug addicts on the edge of a breakdown. The movie firmly established her as a serious actress. Connelly next starred in Ron Howard's movie A Beautiful Mind (2001, 20 years ago), essaying the role of Alicia Nash, the long-suffering wife of the brilliant, schizophrenic mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. (played by Russell Crowe). The movie 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 movies in 2003 (18 years ago): 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 movie work of the late 1990 (31 years ago). Connelly appeared in the 2005 (16 years ago) horror movie Dark Water, which was based on a Japanese film. In 2006 (15 years ago), 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 also 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 (14 years ago).

Connelly next appeared alongside Keanu Reeves (5 walls) in the 2008 (13 years ago) remake of the 1951 (70 years ago) sci-fi classic The Day The Earth Stood Still. Her 2009 (12 years ago) roles include a small independent thriller with her husband Paul Bettany, and a co-starring role opposite Jennifer Aniston (39 walls) and Ginnifer Goodwin in He's Just Not That Into You.

In 2008 (13 years ago), she was named the face of Balenciaga's ads, as well as the new face for Revlon cosmetics.

Personal life

Connelly has a son, Kai (born 1997 (24 years ago)), from her relationship with photographer David Dougan. She also dated Josh Charles in 2001 (20 years ago). She is married to actor Paul Bettany, whom she met while working on A Beautiful Mind. The couple's son, Stellan (named after actor Stellan SkarsgÄrd), was born on Aug. 5, 2003 (18 years ago). His godfather is the actor Charlie Condou.

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


  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Phenomena
  • Seven Minutes in Heaven
  • Labyrinth
  • Ballet
  • Some Girls
  • The Hot Spot
  • Career Opportunities
  • The Rocketeer
  • The Heart of Justice
  • Of Love and Shadows
  • Higher Learning
  • Mulholland Falls
  • Far Harbor
  • Inventing the Abbotts
  • Dark City
  • Waking the Dead
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Pollock
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Hulk
  • House of Sand and Fog
  • Dark Water
  • Little Children
  • Blood Diamond
  • Reservation Road
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Inkheart
  • He's Just Not That Into You
  • 9
  • Creation
  • American Pastoral
  • The Ice at the Bottom of the World


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