Jennifer Connelly

Biography

Date of Birth 12 December 1970, Catskill Mountains, New York, USA Birth Name Jennifer Lynn Connelly Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m) Mini Biography Jennifer Connelly grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan, except for the four years her family spent in Woodstock, New York. Back in Brooklyn Heights, she attended St. Ann's school. Her father was in the garment industry, and a close friend of the family was an advertising executive. When Jennifer was 10, the friend suggested that her parents take her to a modeling audition. She began appearing in newspaper and magazine ads (among them, "Seventeen" magazine) and soon moved on to television commercials. A casting director saw the girl and introduced her to Sergio Leone, who was seeking a young girl to dance in his gangster epic Der var engang i Amerika (1984). After graduation, she enrolled at Yale, and then transferred two years later to Stanford. Her first film appearance after that was a British TV series "Tales of the Unexpected" (1979) in 1984. Her first movie appearance was in Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985). Has appeared in a rock video "I Drove All Night," a Roy Orbison song, co-starring Jason Priestley. Is appearing in an upcoming Miller Beer commercial. Released a single called "Monologue of Love" in Japan in the mid-1980s, in which she sings in Japanese a charming little song with semi-classical instruments arrangement. B-side is "Message Of Love," which is an interview with music in background. Trained in classical theater and improvisation, studying with the late drama coach Roy London, Howard Fine, and Harold Guskin. She did television commercials in Japan. Was "engaged" in an unconventional sense, i.e., no real plans to marry, to Billy Campbell, her co-star in Rocketeer (1991). They were together on and off for about five years. Lives in New York. She's 5'7", speaks fluent Italian and French. Was a member of Gold's Gym in Venice for a year or two, but is no longer active. Enjoys physical activities such as swimming, gymnastics, bike riding. Is an outdoors person -- camping, hiking and walking. Is interested in Quantum Physics and philosophy. Is fairly level-headed and grounded as a person and is not overly seduced by the Hollywood fantasy. Likes horses, Pearl Jam, SoundGarden, Jesus Jones. Occasionally wears a small picture of the The Dalai Lama on a necklace. Favorite colors: cobalt blue, forest green, and "very pale green/gray -- sort of like the color of the sea". Likes to draw. Mini Biography Jennifer Connelly was born December 12, 1970, at Catskill Mountains, New York. The daughter of Gerard, a clothing retailer, and Eileen Connelly, an antiques dealer, she spent four years in Woodstock, New York, but grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan. She attended Saint Ann school in Brooklyn Heights, and when she was 10, family friends suggested to her parents that they should take her to a modeling audition. This led Jennifer to a modeling career, and she soon began appearing in magazine ads, and then later in commercials. Her acting debut came in an episode of the British horror-anthology series "Tales of the Unexpected" (1979). Her first movie experience came when a casting director introduced her to legendary filmmaker Sergio Leone, who was seeking an actress who could fill the role of a young girl to dance in his dramatic epic, Der var engang i Amerika (1984). Although having little screen time, the few minutes she was on-screen were enough to reveal her talent. After Leone's movie, horror master Dario Argento signed her to play her first starring role in his thriller Phenomena (1985). The film made a lot of money in Europe but, unfortunately, was heavily cut for American distribution. The late 1980s saw her appearing in a smash hit and three lesser seen films. Amongst the latter was her roles in Étoile (1989), as a ballerina and in Some Girls (1988), where she played a self-absorbed college freshman. The smash hit was Labyrinten til troldkongens slot (1986), released in 1986. Jennifer got the job after a nation-wide talent search for the lead in this fantasy directed by Jim Henson and produced by George Lucas. Her career entered in a terribly calm phase after those films, until Dennis Hopper, who was impressed after having seen her in "Some Girls," cast Jennifer as an ingénue small-town girl in Hot Spot (1990), based upon the 1950s crime novel "Hell Hath No Fury". It received mixed critical reviews, but it was not a box office success. Rocketeer (1991), an ambitious Touchstone super-production, came to the rescue. The film was an old-fashioned adventure flick about a man capable of flying with rockets on his back. Critics saw in "Rocketeer" a top-quality movie, a homage to those old films of the 1930s in which the likes of Errol Flynn starred. After "Rocketeer," Jennifer made Career Opportunities (1991), The Heart of Justice (1992) (TV), Mulholland Falls (1996), and Inventing the Abbotts (1997). In 1998, she was invited by director Alex Proyas to make Dark City (1998), a strange, visually stunning science-fiction extravaganza. In this movie, Jennifer played the main character's wife, and she delivered an acclaimed performance. The film itself didn't break any box-office record but received positive reviews. This led Jennifer to a contract with Fox for the television series "The $treet" (2000), a main part in the memorable and dramatic love-story Waking the Dead (2000) and, more important, a breakthrough part in the polemic and applauded independent Requiem for a Dream (2000), a tale about the haunting lives of drug addicts and the subsequent process of decadence and destruction. In "Requiem for a Dream," Jennifer had her career's most courageous, difficult part, a performance that earned her a Spirit Award Nomination. She followed this role with Pollock (2000), in which she played Pollock's mistress, Ruth Klingman. Most recently, Ron Howard chose her to co-star with Russell Crowe in Et smukt sind (2001), the film that tells the true story of John Nash, a man who suffered from mental illness but eventually beats this and wins the Nobel Prize in 1994. Jennifer plays Forbes' wife and won a Golden Globe, BAFTA, AFI and Oscar as Best Supporting Actress. Spouse Paul Bettany (1 January 2003 - present) 2 children Trade Mark Often plays intelligent, thoughtful characters Dark, thick eyebrows Trivia Has a son, Kai Dugan (born 1997), with photographer David Dugan. Cut a single in Japan, which she sang in phonetic Japanese. She says her agent made up the idea that she is semi-fluent in the language. Is fluent in French and Italian. Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002. The character Veronica in Heathers (1988) was originally written with her in mind, but she turned the role down. Daughter-in-law of actor Thane Bettany and Anne Kettle. First child with husband Paul Bettany, a son named Stellan Bettany, born 5 August, 2003. Stellan's Godfather is the actor Charlie Condou, Paul's best friend. Her father is of Irish and Norwegian heritage and her mother is of Russian and Polish descent. Named her son Stellan after Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård. In three of her movies (Dark City (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), and House of Sand and Fog (2003)), she appears standing at the end of a pier in a striking image. All three directors created the shots for different reasons, and they are not an homage or reference to each other, just an unlikely coincidence. She was nearly cast as Diane Court in Cameron Crowe's Alle elsker Lloyd (1989). Ione Skye got the part instead. Enrolled at Yale as an English major, then transferred two years later to Stanford. Has said she used to use the online username "ecksor", which is a phonetic spelling of XOR (Exclusive OR) - a tribute to her cousin Jerry who is a computer security expert. Ranked #14 in Celebrity Sleuth's "25 Sexiest Women of 1993". Ranked #53 in Stuff's "103 Sexiest Women" (2003). Ranked #74 in FHM-USA's "100 Sexiest Women" (2002). Ranked #85 in Askmen's "Most Desirable Woman" (2002). Ranked as #88 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005). Is a vegan. Has an interest in mathematics and software. Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#54). [2007]. Auditioned for the title role of Firestarter (1984). With Et smukt sind (2001) and Reservation Road (2007), has now played the wife of Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, who both appeared in Gladiator (2000) = Crowe as the hero and Phoenix as the villain. Is an only child. The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), in which she starred, opened on her 38th birthday. December 12, 2008. Returned to work 7 months after giving birth to her son Kai in order to begin filming Waking the Dead (2000). Returned to work 5 months after giving birth to her son Stellan in order to begin filming Dark Water (2005). Has twice played a character named "Sarah Williams". First was in Labyrinten til troldkongens slot (1986), second was in Waking the Dead (2000). Expecting her third child [December 14, 2010]. Gave birth to her daughter Agnes Lark Bettany, with husband Paul Bettany, at home in New York via scheduled water birth (31 May 2011). Princess Jasmine's appearance in the Disney animated film Aladdin (1992) was based and influenced on her, as well as the sister of her animator, Mark Henn. When she was 17 she auditioned for the role of Sarah Tobias in Anklaget (1988), but the part went to Jodie Foster. Returned to work 10 months after giving birth to her daughter Agnes to begin filming Writers (2013). 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 Et smukt sind (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 Labyrinten til troldkongens slot (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.

Expand
Person Photo

Birth Name

Jennifer Lynn Connelly

Birth Place

Cairo, New York, États-Unis

Birth Date

12/12/1970
Known For
Movie Poster

Labyrinth

Sarah

Movie Poster

A Beautiful Mind

Alicia Nash

Movie Poster

Top Gun: Maverick

Penny Benjamin

Movie Poster

Blood Diamond

Maddy Bowen

Movie Poster

Phenomena

Jennifer Corvino

Movie Poster

The Dilemma

Beth

Movie Poster

Dark Water

Dahlia

Movie Poster

Dark City

Emma Murdoch

Movie Poster

American Pastoral

Dawn

Movie Poster

Stuck in Love

Erica

Starring In
Movie Poster

Bad Behaviour

Lucy

Movie Poster

Sergio Leone - L'italiano che inventò l'America

Self

Movie Poster

Top Gun: Maverick

Penny Benjamin

Movie Poster

Alita: Battle Angel

Chiren

Movie Poster

Only The Brave

Amanda Marsh

Movie Poster

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Karen / Suit Lady (voice)

Movie Poster

American Pastoral

Dawn

Movie Poster

Shelter

Hannah

Movie Poster

Noah

Naameh

Movie Poster

Winter's Tale

Virginia Gamely

Movie Poster

Aloft

Nana Kunning

Movie Poster

Stuck in Love

Erica

Movie Poster

The Dilemma

Beth

Movie Poster

Salvation Boulevard

Gwen Vandermeer

Movie Poster

Virginia

Virginia

Movie Poster

Creation

Emma Darwin

Movie Poster

9

#7 (voice)

Movie Poster

He's Just Not That Into You

Janine

Movie Poster

7 (voice)

Movie Poster

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Helen Benson

Movie Poster

Inkheart

Roxanne

Movie Poster

Reservation Road

Grace Learner

Movie Poster

Little Children

Kathy Adamson

Movie Poster

Blood Diamond

Maddy Bowen

Movie Poster

Dark Water

Dahlia

Movie Poster

Various Artists: Live 8

Herself

Movie Poster

House of Sand and Fog

Kathy

Movie Poster

Hulk

Betty Ross

Movie Poster

A Beautiful Mind

Alicia Nash

Movie Poster

Requiem for a Dream

Marion Silver

Movie Poster

Pollock

Ruth Kligman

Movie Poster

Dario Argento - An eye for horror

Jennifer Corvino (archive footage)

Movie Poster

Waking the Dead

Sarah Williams

Movie Poster

Dark City

Emma Murdoch

Movie Poster

Inventing the Abbotts

Eleanor Abbott

Movie Poster

Mulholland Falls

Allison Pond

Movie Poster

Of Love and Shadows

Irene

Movie Poster

Far Harbor

Ellie

Movie Poster

Out There

Woman in grocery line (uncredited)

Movie Poster

Higher Learning

Taryn

Movie Poster

The Heart of Justice

Emma Burgess

Movie Poster

The Rocketeer

Jenny

Movie Poster

Career Opportunities

Josie McClellan

Movie Poster

The Hot Spot

Gloria Harper

Movie Poster

Ballet

Claire Hamilton / Natalie Horvath

Movie Poster

Some Girls

Gabriella D'Arc

Movie Poster

Labyrinth

Sarah

Movie Poster

Seven Minutes in Heaven

Natalie Becker

Movie Poster

Phenomena

Jennifer Corvino

Movie Poster

Dario Argento's World Of Horror

Herself

Movie Poster

Once Upon a Time in America

Young Deborah

Movie Poster

Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary

Herself (uncredited)

MobileIcon
app store google play