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Jennifer Connelly is an Academy Award winner American actress who started out as a child artist and reached the epitome of her film career with the movie ‘A Beautiful Mind’.

InformationDetail
BirthdayDecember 12, 1970
NationalityAmerican
FamousJewish Actresses, Millionaires, Stanford University, Yale University, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses, INFJ
SpousesPaul Bettany
Known asJennifer Lynn Connelly
Childrens Kai Dugan, Stellan Bettany
Universities
  • Stanford University,Yale University
  • St. Ann's
  • Brooklyn Heights
  • NY (1988)
  • Yale University (transferred)
  • Stanford University
Notable Alumnis
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University
Birth PlaceRound Top
ReligionJewish
Height169cm
GenderFemale
FatherGerard
MotherEileen Connelly
Net Worth$32 million
Sun SignSagittarius
Born inRound Top
Famous asActress

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Who is Jennifer Connelly?

Jennifer Lynn Connelly is an American actress who started out very young in the industry and made it very big. She started child modeling at the age of 10 when her father’s friend pursued the Connelly family to use her good looks for print and television commercials. For her first appearance in Hollywood movies, she was asked to perform a ballet routine. Connelly landed her lead roles in Italian movies and English language movies only when she was a teenager. Slowly and gradually she was making a mark for herself in the industry but all the attention and daunting work in the movies overwhelmed her and she decided to take a break and study drama in the Stanford University. She featured in the breakthrough role of her film career in the movie ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and after that there was no looking back for her with lead roles in movies like ‘A Beautiful Mind’, ‘Blood Diamond’, etc. For ‘A Beautiful Mind’ Connelly was honored with prestigious awards like Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA. The Character of ‘Alicia Nash’ that she portrayed in the movie was critically very well received.

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Childhood & Early Years

Jennifer Connelly was born in Cairo, New York, to Ilene and Gerard Connelly. Her father was a clothing manufacturer and her mother an antiques dealer. She was raised in Brooklyn Heights where she attended Saint Ann’s school.

Career

Connelly auditioned as a child model when she was 10, at the suggestion of a friend of her father’s. Her modeling career started with the Ford Modeling Agency and she appeared on the cover of several magazines and Japanese pop songs.

In 1984, Connelly appeared in a Hollywood movie for the first time, in ‘Once Upon a Time in America’. She performed a ballet routine in the movie. During the same time, she made her first appearance on the television.

She got her first lead roles in 1985 with the Italian horror movie, ‘Phenomena’ and ‘Seven Minutes in Heaven’. These movies did not do wonders for Connelly’s image but it got her the required media exposure and attention.

In 1986, Connelly played a teenager in the fantasy film, ‘Labyrinth’. Her performance in the movie was highly criticized and the movie itself bombed at the box office but it became a cult film later.

She took a little break from acting to join back school and make sense of the things as her acting career was growing larger. Connelly joined Yale in 1988 to study English and later joined Stanford to study drama.

In 1990, Connelly’s parents encouraged her to join back movies and she left Stanford to act in ‘The Hot Spot’. Although the movie did not achieve commercial success but her performance in the movie earned critics’ appreciation.

Connelly’s next big movies were released in 1991––romantic comedy ‘Career Opportunities’ in which she worked opposite Frank Whaley and Disney’s ‘The Rocketeer’. Both the movies failed to take her career to new heights.

In 1996, Connelly did the most controversial intimate scene with her co-star John Malkovich in the movie ‘Mulholland Falls’, in which she played the role of his mistress who gets mysteriously murdered.

Connelly took a break from the commercial cinema and did a low budget film, ‘Inventing the Abbotts’, for which she gained critical acclaim. The following year, she did ‘Dark City’, and her performance as ‘femme fatale Emma’ charmed everyone.

In 2000, she appeared in what is considered as the breakthrough film of her career, ‘Requiem for a Dream’. She played the emotionally heightened and difficult role of a woman who gets addicted and becomes a prostitute.

Connelly gave another brilliant performance in ‘Waking the Dead’. Previously, the director of the movie was of the view that she is not a serious actress but the clips from her recent movies changed it.

Next came the most prominent movie in Connelly’s life, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ in 2001, in which she played the role of Alicia Nash, wife of schizophrenic mathematician, John Nash. She won an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for it.

In 2003, she did ‘The Hulk’ and played the role of Betty Rose, who was a scientist and main protagonist’s former girlfriend. Connelly got interested in the movie because of Ang Lee’s unusual take on the Marvel Comics superhero.

She did ‘House of Sand and Fog’ in 2003, which was based on a novel by the author Andre Dubus III. She played the role of an abandoned wife who feels lost and lonely.

After remaining away from cinema for two years, Connelly’s ‘Dark Water’ came out in 2005. In this horror and psychological thriller, she was appreciated for playing the role of a mother who is haunted by her past.

Year 2006 proved to be a creatively fulfilling one in Connelly’s film career as she did movies like, ‘Little Children’ alongside Kate Winslet and ‘Blood Diamond’ opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Both the movies were nominated for multiple Academy Awards.

‘Reservation Road’ in 2007 gave Connelly another opportunity to prove her acting skills as a serious actress. She starred in the movie with Joaquin Phoenix. The character that she played was stronger than any she played before.

In 2008, Connelly did ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ opposite Keanu Reeves and the following year, she did a light romantic comedy, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ along with Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, etc.

Connelly appeared in the drama biopic ‘Creation’ in 2009, a movie based on Charles Darwin’s life. She played the role of Darwin’s wife who used to oppose his ideas and struggled with the death of their daughter.

In 2010, Connelly did Dustin Lance Black’s ‘Virginia’. The movie was only meant to get limited theatrical release and her performance as a mentally unstable woman was very well received by the critics.

Connelly took up a comedy venture in 2011, ‘The Dilemma’, starring opposite Vince Vaughn. The same year, she did a comedy-thriller film with religious satire undertones, titled ‘Salvation Boulevard’, along with Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear.

Major Works

‘A Beautiful Mind (2001)’ is considered Connelly’s most prominent work until now. Her portrayal of Alicia Nash, wife of schizophrenic mathematician and a noble laureate John Nash, won her an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe.

Awards & Achievements

Although Connelly has been critically acclaimed for many movies like, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Little Children’, ‘Reservation Road’, etc. it was Ron Howard’s ‘A Beautiful Mind’ that won her an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 2003, Connelly got married to actor Paul Bettany after meeting him on the sets of ‘A Beautiful Mind’. They have two children together: Stellan and Agnes Lark. She already has a son, Kai, from David Dugan.

Trivia

Connelly was named Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education in 2005.

She is the face of Revlon cosmetics and Parisian fashion house Balenciaga.

She has been mentioned as amongst the most beautiful women in the world by publications like, ‘Vanity’, ‘Esquire’ and ‘The Los Angeles Times’.

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Jennifer Connelly awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

2002Best Actress in a Supporting RoleA Beautiful Mind (2001)

Golden Globe Awards

2002Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureA Beautiful Mind (2001)

BAFTA Awards

2002Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleA Beautiful Mind (2001)

Jennifer Connelly biography timelines

  • // 12th Dec 1970
    Jennifer Connelly was born in Cairo, New York, to Ilene and Gerard Connelly. Her father was a clothing manufacturer and her mother an antiques dealer. She was raised in Brooklyn Heights where she attended Saint Ann’s school.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, Connelly appeared in a Hollywood movie for the first time, in ‘Once Upon a Time in America’. She performed a ballet routine in the movie. During the same time, she made her first appearance on the television.
  • // 1985
    She got her first lead roles in 1985 with the Italian horror movie, ‘Phenomena’ and ‘Seven Minutes in Heaven’. These movies did not do wonders for Connelly’s image but it got her the required media exposure and attention.
  • // 1986
    In 1986, Connelly played a teenager in the fantasy film, ‘Labyrinth’. Her performance in the movie was highly criticized and the movie itself bombed at the box office but it became a cult film later.
  • // 1988
    She took a little break from acting to join back school and make sense of the things as her acting career was growing larger. Connelly joined Yale in 1988 to study English and later joined Stanford to study drama.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, Connelly’s parents encouraged her to join back movies and she left Stanford to act in ‘The Hot Spot’. Although the movie did not achieve commercial success but her performance in the movie earned critics’ appreciation.
  • // 1991
    Connelly’s next big movies were released in 1991––romantic comedy ‘Career Opportunities’ in which she worked opposite Frank Whaley and Disney’s ‘The Rocketeer’. Both the movies failed to take her career to new heights.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, Connelly did the most controversial intimate scene with her co-star John Malkovich in the movie ‘Mulholland Falls’, in which she played the role of his mistress who gets mysteriously murdered.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she appeared in what is considered as the breakthrough film of her career, ‘Requiem for a Dream’. She played the emotionally heightened and difficult role of a woman who gets addicted and becomes a prostitute.
  • // 2001
    Next came the most prominent movie in Connelly’s life, ‘A Beautiful Mind’ in 2001, in which she played the role of Alicia Nash, wife of schizophrenic mathematician, John Nash. She won an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for it.
  • // 2001
    ‘A Beautiful Mind (2001)’ is considered Connelly’s most prominent work until now. Her portrayal of Alicia Nash, wife of schizophrenic mathematician and a noble laureate John Nash, won her an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, she did ‘The Hulk’ and played the role of Betty Rose, who was a scientist and main protagonist’s former girlfriend. Connelly got interested in the movie because of Ang Lee’s unusual take on the Marvel Comics superhero.
  • // 2003
    She did ‘House of Sand and Fog’ in 2003, which was based on a novel by the author Andre Dubus III. She played the role of an abandoned wife who feels lost and lonely.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, Connelly got married to actor Paul Bettany after meeting him on the sets of ‘A Beautiful Mind’. They have two children together: Stellan and Agnes Lark. She already has a son, Kai, from David Dugan.
  • // 2005
    After remaining away from cinema for two years, Connelly’s ‘Dark Water’ came out in 2005. In this horror and psychological thriller, she was appreciated for playing the role of a mother who is haunted by her past.
  • // 2005
    Connelly was named Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education in 2005.
  • // 2006
    Year 2006 proved to be a creatively fulfilling one in Connelly’s film career as she did movies like, ‘Little Children’ alongside Kate Winslet and ‘Blood Diamond’ opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Both the movies were nominated for multiple Academy Awards.
  • // 2007
    ‘Reservation Road’ in 2007 gave Connelly another opportunity to prove her acting skills as a serious actress. She starred in the movie with Joaquin Phoenix. The character that she played was stronger than any she played before.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, Connelly did ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still’ opposite Keanu Reeves and the following year, she did a light romantic comedy, ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’ along with Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, etc.
  • // 2009
    Connelly appeared in the drama biopic ‘Creation’ in 2009, a movie based on Charles Darwin’s life. She played the role of Darwin’s wife who used to oppose his ideas and struggled with the death of their daughter.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, Connelly did Dustin Lance Black’s ‘Virginia’. The movie was only meant to get limited theatrical release and her performance as a mentally unstable woman was very well received by the critics.
  • // 2011
    Connelly took up a comedy venture in 2011, ‘The Dilemma’, starring opposite Vince Vaughn. The same year, she did a comedy-thriller film with religious satire undertones, titled ‘Salvation Boulevard’, along with Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear.

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Jennifer Connelly's FAQ

  • What is Jennifer Connelly birthday?

    Jennifer Connelly was born at 1970-12-12

  • Where is Jennifer Connelly's birth place?

    Jennifer Connelly was born in Round Top

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    Jennifer Connelly's nationalities is American

  • Who is Jennifer Connelly spouses?

    Jennifer Connelly's spouses is Paul Bettany

  • Who is Jennifer Connelly childrens?

    Jennifer Connelly's childrens is Kai Dugan, Stellan Bettany

  • What was Jennifer Connelly universities?

    Jennifer Connelly studied at Stanford University,Yale University, St. Ann's, Brooklyn Heights, NY (1988), Yale University (transferred), Stanford University

  • What was Jennifer Connelly notable alumnis?

    Jennifer Connelly's notable alumnis is Stanford University, Yale University

  • What is Jennifer Connelly's religion?

    Jennifer Connelly's religion is Jewish

  • How tall is Jennifer Connelly?

    Jennifer Connelly's height is 169

  • Who is Jennifer Connelly's father?

    Jennifer Connelly's father is Gerard

  • Who is Jennifer Connelly's mother?

    Jennifer Connelly's mother is Eileen Connelly

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