Jennifer Connelly

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Jennifer Connelly (born 12.12.1970)

Jennifer Connelly is an American actress and former child model. In 2001, she won an Academy Award for her role in A Beautiful Mind.

Jennifer Connelly: Childhood

Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains area of New York, to Ilene and Gerard Connelly. Her mother was an antiques dealer and her father worked in clothing manufacturing. She was raised in Brooklyn Heights, close to the Brooklyn Bridge and studied at St. Ann's private school, aside from the four years that the family lived in Woodstock.

After a family friend suggested she try modeling, Jennifer Connelly started appearing in newspaper and magazine advertisements, moving on to television commercials. She soon moved on to auditioning for film work and her first role came when she appeared as 'young Deborah Gelly' in Sergio Leone's 1984 film Once Upon A Time in America. The film also starred James Woods, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Her next role came in 1985 when she took a starring role in Dario Argento's horror Phenomena. Donald Pleasence also starred in the film. That same year, she featured in Seven Minutes In Heaven, a 'coming-of-age' film.

Jennifer Connelly: Acting Career

A major breakthrough came in 1986 when Jennifer Connelly stared in Labyrinth, along with David Bowie. Although the film was not a huge success at the time, it soon became a cult classic. Connelly then went on to star in a number of more obscure films, including 1988's Etoile and 1988's Some Girls (with Patrick Dempsey). In 1990, Jennifer Connelly appeared in the Dennis Hopper-directed The Hot Spot, which failed to impress either the public or the movie critics. Career Opportunities, with Frank Whaley, however, proved to be more successful.

In 1991, Jennifer Connelly was featured on the cover of Esquire magazine. The following year, she starred opposite Jason Priestley in the video for Roy Orbison's 'I Drove All Night'. That same year, she appeared in the Disney film The Rocketeer, though this film also failed to boost her career. Following its release, Jennifer Connelly took a break from acting.

In 1996, she returned to appear in the independent film Far Harbor. She carried on appearing in small-budget, but revered films, such as Inventing the Abbotts in 1997, which also starred Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler and Billy Crudup. The following year, she worked with the highly regarded actors Keifer Sutherland, Ian Richardson and William Hurt in the 1985 science fiction Dark City. In 2000, she appeared in Waking the Dead, with Billy Crudup again, as well as Molly Parker. That same year, she played Jackson Pollock's mistress in Pollock, opposite Ed Harris.

From 2000, Jennifer Connelly's career enjoyed something of a revival, starting with her appearance in Requiem for a Dream, based on the novel by Hubert Selby Jr. Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans also starred in the film. The following year, she starred in the Ron Howard-directed A Beautiful Mind, opposite Russell Crowe and Ed Harris. The film was a huge success and Jennifer Connelly won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

In 2003, Jennifer Connelly starred in two films, Hulk, alongside Eric Bana, which was directed by Ang Lee and House of Sand and Fog, alongside Ben Kingsley. Two years later, she starred in the horror film Dark Water.

Connelly then starred opposite Kate Winslet in the movie adaptation of Little Children along with Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson. She then played a journalist in the highly acclaimed Blood Diamond opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, followed by a role opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Reservation Road.

In 2008, Jennifer Connelly appeared with Keanu Reeves in the sci-fi remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still. The film received mixed reviews. She also took a starring role in He's Just Not That Into You with Jennifer Aniston and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Jennifer Connelly: Personal Life

Jennifer Connelly has a son named Kai, from her relationship with the photographer David Dougan. Kai was born in 1997. She is now married to the actor Paul Bettany, who she met whilst she was working on A Beautiful Mind. They have a son, Stellan, born in 2003.

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