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Jennifer Connelly (actress)
Known for Requiem for a Dream (2000), A Beautiful Mind (2001)

  • Birthday:December 12, 1970
  • Birth Place: Catskill Mountains, New York
  • Birth Name: Jennifer Lynn Connelly
  • Biography: Jennifer Lynn Connelly  is an American film actress. Although she has been working in the film industry since she was a teenager, she has only recently received critical acclaim for her work, most notably for Requiem for a Dream (2000) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), for which she won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.   Connelly is married to the British actor Paul Bettany, whom she met while working on A Beautiful Mind; the couple's son, Stellan (named after Stellan Skarsgård), was born August 5, 2003. She has also a five-year-old son, Kai, from a previous relationship. Connelly grew up in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Bridge, attending St. Ann's School, except for four years the family spent living in Woodstock, New York. Her father was in the garment industry, and one of his close friends through the trade was an advertising executive. The executive friend suggested Jennifer audition at a modelling agency. At the age of 10, her career started in newspaper and magazine ads, then moved to television commercials. Her first film role was in the 1984 film Once Upon a Time in America, where she had a small part as "young Deborah Gelly" in Sergio Leone's gangster epic. She next starred in cult Italian horror director Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985). Connelly became a star on her next picture, the fantasy Labyrinth (1986). Connelly played Sarah, a teenager who wishes her baby brother into the world of goblins ruled by goblin king Jareth (played by rock superstar David Bowie). Through a series of adventures reminiscent of Alice In Wonderland, The Muppets and Monty Python, Sarah does indeed manage to rescue her brother. A product of the talents of Jim Henson, George Lucas, ex-Monty Python member Terry Jones and designer Brian Froud, the film was a solid hit and enjoys a cult reputation today. Connelly seemed stuck as to how to follow up on this success. She made a Japanese pop record and starred in a couple of truly obscure movies - Etoile (1988)and Some Girls (1988). The Dennis Hopper directed Hot Spot (1990) was underwhelming, both critical and commercially. She began studying English at Yale, but transferred two years later to Stanford. She did not graduate from either institution. The big-budget Disney film The Rocketeer (1991) similarly failed to restart Connelly's career. For most of the 1990s, Connelly would be stuck with insipid, obscure films or bit parts. The former ingenue seemed destined to be a fondly remembered footnote for her role in Labyrinth. However, Connelly began one of the screen's great comebacks in the late 1990s. The moody indie film Far Harbor (1996), showed her playing against type and hinted at a much broader range than she had previously shown. Connelly surprisingly began to appear in smaller but well regarded film such as Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and Waking the Dead (2000). The film Dark City (1998) represented a retrogression of sorts, with Connelly portraying a two-dimensional torch singer character in a dystopian future. However, it did afford her the chance to work with such top-flight actors as William Hurt, Rufus Sewell and Kiefer Sutherland. Similarly, Connelly drug up her ingenue image again (although in a more understated way) for the film Pollock (2000), although the presence of such talent as Ed Harris (who also directed) and Marcia Gay Harden must have been an incentive. Connelly's big breakthrough finally came in the 2000 film Requiem For a Dream. The edgy, experimental film started Connelly and Jared Leto as drug users on the edge of a breakdown. The film, which was a big critical success, firmly established Jennifer Connelly as a serious, talented actress. Connelly's star was on the rise and she next starred in Ron Howard's film A Beautiful Mind (2001). Connelly essayed the role of Alicia Nash, the long-suffering wife of a brilliant mathematician John Nash, (played by Russell Crowe) who struggles with mental illness. The film, based on real life events, was a critical and commercial success and earned Connelly an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress - which she won. Clearly established in film, Connelly could work with the best and brightest talent in both commercial and independent film. Connelly starred in two films in 2003: The Hulk and House of Sand and Fog. The Hulk was something of a box office disappointment, but afforded Connelly the chance to work with noted director Ang Lee. House of Sand and Fog, based on the novel by Andre Dubus, was reminiscent of much of her independent film work of the late 1990s. Connelly's most recent film is Dark Water (2005). Dark Water, based on a Japanese film, was a foray into subtle horror that failed to win over either critics or audiences.
    Jennifer Lynn Connelly  is an American film actress. Although she has been working in the film industry since she was a teenager, she has only recently received critical acclaim for her work, most notably for Requiem for a Dream (2000) and A Beautiful Mind (2001), for which she won an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.

     

    Connelly is married to the British actor Paul Bettany, whom she met while working on A Beautiful Mind; the couple's son, Stellan (named after Stellan Skarsgård), was born August 5, 2003. She has also a five-year-old son, Kai, from a previous relationship.

    Connelly grew up in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn near the Brooklyn Bridge, attending St. Ann's School, except for four years the family spent living in Woodstock, New York. Her father was in the garment industry, and one of his close friends through the trade was an advertising executive.

    The executive friend suggested Jennifer audition at a modelling agency. At the age of 10, her career started in newspaper and magazine ads, then moved to television commercials.

    Her first film role was in the 1984 film Once Upon a Time in America, where she had a small part as "young Deborah Gelly" in Sergio Leone's gangster epic. She next starred in cult Italian horror director Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985).

    Connelly became a star on her next picture, the fantasy Labyrinth (1986). Connelly played Sarah, a teenager who wishes her baby brother into the world of goblins ruled by goblin king Jareth (played by rock superstar David Bowie). Through a series of adventures reminiscent of Alice In Wonderland, The Muppets and Monty Python, Sarah does indeed manage to rescue her brother. A product of the talents of Jim Henson, George Lucas, ex-Monty Python member Terry Jones and designer Brian Froud, the film was a solid hit and enjoys a cult reputation today.

    Connelly seemed stuck as to how to follow up on this success. She made a Japanese pop record and starred in a couple of truly obscure movies - Etoile (1988)and Some Girls (1988). The Dennis Hopper directed Hot Spot (1990) was underwhelming, both critical and commercially.

    She began studying English at Yale, but transferred two years later to Stanford. She did not graduate from either institution.

    The big-budget Disney film The Rocketeer (1991) similarly failed to restart Connelly's career. For most of the 1990s, Connelly would be stuck with insipid, obscure films or bit parts. The former ingenue seemed destined to be a fondly remembered footnote for her role in Labyrinth.

    However, Connelly began one of the screen's great comebacks in the late 1990s. The moody indie film Far Harbor (1996), showed her playing against type and hinted at a much broader range than she had previously shown. Connelly surprisingly began to appear in smaller but well regarded film such as Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and Waking the Dead (2000). The film Dark City (1998) represented a retrogression of sorts, with Connelly portraying a two-dimensional torch singer character in a dystopian future. However, it did afford her the chance to work with such top-flight actors as William Hurt, Rufus Sewell and Kiefer Sutherland. Similarly, Connelly drug up her ingenue image again (although in a more understated way) for the film Pollock (2000), although the presence of such talent as Ed Harris (who also directed) and Marcia Gay Harden must have been an incentive.

    Connelly's big breakthrough finally came in the 2000 film Requiem For a Dream. The edgy, experimental film started Connelly and Jared Leto as drug users on the edge of a breakdown. The film, which was a big critical success, firmly established Jennifer Connelly as a serious, talented actress. Connelly's star was on the rise and she next starred in Ron Howard's film A Beautiful Mind (2001).

    Connelly essayed the role of Alicia Nash, the long-suffering wife of a brilliant mathematician John Nash, (played by Russell Crowe) who struggles with mental illness. The film, based on real life events, was a critical and commercial success and earned Connelly an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress - which she won. Clearly established in film, Connelly could work with the best and brightest talent in both commercial and independent film.

    Connelly starred in two films in 2003: The Hulk and House of Sand and Fog. The Hulk was something of a box office disappointment, but afforded Connelly the chance to work with noted director Ang Lee. House of Sand and Fog, based on the novel by Andre Dubus, was reminiscent of much of her independent film work of the late 1990s.

    Connelly's most recent film is Dark Water (2005). Dark Water, based on a Japanese film, was a foray into subtle horror that failed to win over either critics or audiences.

Movies - View all clips

He's Just Not That Into You (2009) 1 clips of total 4 clips Sexy 2009-06-06
Little Children (2006) 1 clips of total 5 clips Sexy 2007-05-21
House Of Sand And Fog (2003) 4 clips of total 4 clips Top Less 2006-03-01
Waking The Dead (2000) 3 clips of total 3 clips Top Less 2012-05-07
Requiem For A Dream (2000) 3 clips of total 7 clips Full Frontal 2006-09-24
Inventing The Abbotts (1997) 3 clips of total 3 clips Top Less 2013-03-08
Mulholland Falls (1996) 8 clips of total 8 clips Top Less 2006-08-05
Far Harbor (1996) 1 clips of total 1 clips Sexy 2012-03-17
Of Love And Shadows (1996) 2 clips of total 2 clips Top Less 2007-04-24
Higher Learning (1995) 1 clips of total 3 clips Sexy 2006-05-12
The Heart Of Justice (1992) 3 clips of total 3 clips Sexy 2009-01-10
Career Opportunities (1991) 2 clips of total 2 clips Sexy 2007-04-18
The Hot Spot (1990) 3 clips of total 14 clips Full Frontal 2011-07-23
Some Girls (1988) 2 clips of total 4 clips Sexy 2008-11-15
Once Upon A Time In America (1984) 1 clips of total 4 clips 2011-01-18

Pictures

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