Jennifer Connelly
American actress
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Lynn Connelly) is an American film actress, who began her career as a child model. She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before making her motion picture debut in the 1984 crime film Once Upon a Time in America. Connelly continued modeling and acting, starring in films such as the 1986 Labyrinth and the 1991 Career Opportunities.
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Nostalgia Theater Podcast: Thirty Years of <i>Labyrinth</i>!
Huffington Post - 4 months
It was thirty years ago that Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) first invited young Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) into his magical, mysterious maze in the Jim Henson-directed classic Labyrinth. As I discussed in my retro review last month, the film didn't land with audiences at the time, it's become a beloved, multi-generational cult artifact in the years since, with its mix of dazzling puppetry and compelling performances making it feel as timeless today as when it was first released. For the latest Nostalgia Theater show, I celebrate this auspicious anniversary with my special guests Terry J. Erdmann &amp; Paula M. Block, authors of the brand-new book Labyrinth: The Ultimate Visual History. Join us for a fun chat as we track the film's origins, secrets of its casting, plans for a sequel, and why there can never be another Goblin King who can ever match the late, great David Bowie. Check it out at the embed below, or subscribe at iTunes, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn Radio, or Google ...
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Movie Review: American Indictment of Marriage
Huffington Post - 4 months
It's about time. Ever wonder what your life would be like if you did not marry him or her? Ever listen to a snore next to you and wish you were alone? This film is for you. The perfect Miss America ...Jennifer Connelly, marries the champion high school athlete, Ewan Mac Gregor. They have a perfect blonde baby, Dakota Fanning, and have a perfect home in country. Well, the baby is not so perfect and has a stutter. The perfect Miss America has a breakdown and reveals she never wanted to marry, but wanted a career. And your stomach turns as you may recall moments in your life similar to Ewan Mac Gregor and Jennifer Connallys. This film is not a comedy. Connelly delivers a painfully accurate portrait of a wife on the brink. Mac Gregor is like the Salesman in Death of a Salesman, but without the struggle, only the tic toc precision of a capitalistic society that worships financial gain and rising to the top . Money honey as his family disintegrates around him. Ma ...
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Jennifer Connelly Absolutely Killed It In This LBD
Huffington Post - 4 months
If Victoria Beckham taught us anything, it’s that there is no piece of clothing more powerful than the little black dress.  Like us, Jennifer Connelly must have seen “Spice World” her fair share of times. The 45-year-old looked outrageously beautiful in a simple LBD outside of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Los Angeles on Tuesday. She paired the look with strappy heels and a clutch, but truthfully, the ultra-chic dress stands tall on its own.  We’re all about making a big, bold statement on the red carpet (hello, Lupita Nyong’o!), but every once in a while it’s nice to be reminded that sometimes the best looks are also the simplest.    Get the scoop on how to live your best life. Sign up to receive all the best tips and tricks here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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PHOTOS: Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany Hit the Beach
ABC News - 6 months
When they're not on set, stars kick back at the beach and pool.
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Bowie Classic 'Labyrinth' Gets A Reboot, And We Have Questions
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Watch out for your annoying little siblings (looking at you, Jennifer Connelly). Jareth the Goblin King is back! According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Bowie's 1986 movie "Labyrinth," is officially getting a reboot. TriStar has a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to revamp the cult classic, THR reports, and "Guardians of the Galaxy" co-writer Nicole Perlman is on board to make it happen. Now we're left with a maze of questions, so here we go: Is this a reboot? A prequel? Or what? The original movie tells the story of a girl who enters the labyrinth to save her baby brother from turning into a goblin. So what's this new version going to be? THR doesn't have the answer yet. It's hard to imagine anyone playing Jareth the Goblin King besides the late David Bowie, so a straight-up redo seems unlikely. But, come on, there has to be more of this: Will there be more contact juggling?  Bowie secretly had a professional juggler performing hi ...
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Bowie Classic 'Labyrinth' Gets A Reboot, And We Have Questions
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Watch out for your annoying little siblings (looking at you, Jennifer Connelly). Jareth the Goblin King is back! According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Bowie's 1986 movie "Labyrinth," is officially getting a reboot. TriStar has a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to revamp the cult classic, THR reports, and "Guardians of the Galaxy" co-writer Nicole Perlman is on board to make it happen. Now we're left with a maze of questions, so here we go: Is this a reboot? A prequel? Or what? The original movie tells the story of a girl who enters the labyrinth to save her baby brother from turning into a goblin. So what's this new version going to be? THR doesn't have the answer yet. It's hard to imagine anyone playing Jareth the Goblin King besides the late David Bowie, so a straight-up redo seems unlikely. But, come on, there has to be more of this: Will there be more contact juggling?  Bowie secretly had a professional juggler performing hi ...
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This Honest Trailer Proves How 'F**king Awesome' David Bowie Was In 'Labyrinth'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
You know David Bowie is jamming to "Magic Dance" in heaven right now.  Following the rock icon's untimely death earlier this month, fans demanded that the '80s fantasy film "Labyrinth" get the Honest Trailer treatment.  Ask and ye shall receive because this send-up to the weirdly wonderful "Labyrinth" captures everything we love and remember about the cult classic: Bowie's hypnotic pronunciation of "baby," the cheesy special effects, the uncomfortable sexual tension between Bowie and then 16-year-old Jennifer Connelly and, of course, the "Magic Dance." PSA: We've already sheared several wigs for our Jareth the Goblin King Halloween costume, so please choose another classic Bowie look out of respect. Watch the trailer above. More coverage of David Bowie: David Bowie's Final Album, 'Blackstar,' Is A Goodbye Letter To Fans 15 Duets That Prove David Bowie Was A Genre-Bending Mad Genius Remembering David Bowie's Incredible Decades-Long Career In Mu ...
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The Complexity of Mourning a Celebrity Accused of Sexual Abuse
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Every other week, I co-lead an all-gender process and support group. Last night, one of our topics of discussion was, of course, David Bowie. Some of the people in the room felt displaced, distraught by his death. In this intergenerational space we held those who grew up knowing David Bowie was a big deal already as well as those who grew up along with David Bowie and saw his career take off. In this space, we shared stories of the personal meanings of his life as well as the confusing feelings left in his wake as some of us discovered information about his abuses and problematic behaviors. Yesterday, all throughout social media, I saw countless stories shared of how David Bowie's music touched a million queer and trans people of varying races, ages, and countries. I have seen my newsfeed inundated with people's shock and memories, with the ways in which he inspired them in ways they did not even know until he passed, with the ways he changed music, science fiction, and gender. ...
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Jennifer Connelly Shares David Bowie Memories in 2015 ‘Kimmel’ Appearance
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
The Academy Award-winning actress co-starred with Bowie in the Jim Henson film "Labyrinth," when she was 14 years old.
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12 Vintage Baby Names That Aren't Wildly Popular -- Yet
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Looking for fresh name inspiration for your 2016 baby? Some of the newest names are the oldest -- favorites from a century ago, ready for revival in the coming year. Twenty years ago, Amelia and Oliver were the new old names to watch. Now that they’re near the top of the charts, another set of vintage-sounding names is on the rise. None of these rank in the U.S. top 1000 -- yet -- but they’re all poised to make a comeback in 2016.   Agnes Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany named their daughter Agnes Lark in 2011. By 2014, there were 187 girls with the name. Agnes is a gentle, vintage choice, big in the 1890s, while the nickname Aggie fits right in with Abby, Addie, Maddie, and Maggie. The movie "Despicable Me" also featured three adorable sisters with sassy, retro names -- Margo, Edith, and Agnes. Lottie Charlotte was on the rise well before William and Kate chose the name for their little princess. Charlie is a modern, vibrant take on Charlotte, while Lottie is elegant. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jennifer Connelly
  • 2014
    Age 43
    Working again in collaboration with A Beautiful Mind co-star Russell Crowe, she portrayed Naameh in Darren Aronofsky's 2014 biblical epic Noah.
    More Details Hide Details The film opened to favorable reviews. The Washington Post declared Connelly and Crowe's performances "impressively grounded, powerful"; The Denver Post felt that Connelly portrayed the role with "fine intelligence". Variety deemed her appearance "solid but underused", while Detroit News stated "Connelly has too little to do, but when she lets go, she hits hard." Indiewire wrote that Connelly conveyed the role with a "steady hand", while St. Paul Pioneer Press defined her interpretation as "compelling".
    Connelly had a role in the 2014 film adaptation of the 1983 Mark Helprin novel, Winter's Tale, the directorial debut of Akiva Goldsman, alongside Colin Farrell and William Hurt; As well as starring in the English-speaking directorial debut of Claudia Llosa Cry/Fly.
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    She re-teamed with her Requiem for a Dream director Darren Aronofsky and A Beautiful Mind co-star Russell Crowe for the 2014 biblical epic Noah.
    More Details Hide Details Connelly was named Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education in 2005. She has been the face of Balenciaga fashion advertisements, as well as for Revlon cosmetics. In 2012, she was named the first global face of the Shiseido Company. Magazines including Time, Vanity Fair and Esquire, as well as the Los Angeles Times newspaper have included her on their lists of the world's most beautiful women.
  • 2013
    Age 42
    On August 2013, it was announced that Connelly was cast by her husband, Paul Bettany, for his directorial debut Shelter.
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  • 2012
    Age 41
    During the same year, Connelly recorded an audiobook version of Paul Bowles' The Sheltering Sky, which integrates the A-List Collection of, released in March 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Her next project, starred alongside Greg Kinnear was the family drama Stuck in Love, the directorial debut of Josh Boone. Connelly played the ex-wife of Kinnear's character, with whom he is obsessed. The film was premiered during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
    In February 2012, Connelly was announced as the first global brand ambassador for Shiseido, having previously worked with the company in the 1980s in a series of advertisements for the Japanese market.
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  • 2011
    Age 40
    She gave birth to her third child on May 31, 2011, in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details On November 14, 2005, Connelly was named Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education. She appeared in an advertisement highlighting the global need for clean water, and sought donations for African, Indian, and Central American drilling projects for the non-profit organization Charity: Water. On May 2, 2009, she participated in Revlon's annual 5k Run/Walk for Women. In May 2012, Connelly was named ambassador for Save the Children fund, to advocate for children's rights in the United States and worldwide. Publications such as Vanity Fair, Esquire, and the Los Angeles Times have ranked her among the most beautiful women in the world.
    Her next project, George Ratliff's Salvation Boulevard, premiered during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details In the film Connelly played Gwen, the wife of Carl Vanderveer (Greg Kinnear); the couple are members of the Church of the Third Millennium, led by pastor Dan (Pierce Brosnan).
    In 2011, Connelly starred in Ron Howard's comedy The Dilemma with Vince Vaughn.
    More Details Hide Details Although the Austin Chronicles review noted, "Vaughn nails it, and his nicely nuanced everyguy performance is aided by the always-excellent Connelly," the movie opened to generally negative reviews. Variety remarked, "Connelly, though a shade looser and more spontaneous than usual, seems stuck at an emotional remove from the action".
  • 2009
    Age 38
    In 2009, she appeared in the costume drama biopic Creation, in which she played Emma Darwin, wife of Charles Darwin, opposite her real-life husband Paul Bettany.
    More Details Hide Details Set during the writing of On the Origin of Species, the movie depicts Darwin's struggle with the subject of the book as well as with his wife, who opposed his theories, and their mourning for their daughter Annie. The San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Darwin's wife, a religious woman who disapproved of her husband's theories, is played by Jennifer Connelly, Bettany's real-life wife, in the kind of casting that doesn't always work, but it does here. We believe in the Darwins' history together, their familiarity and affection. Connelly's English accent is also as good as Renée Zellweger's and Gwyneth Paltrow's. She doesn't get just the sounds right, but also the music and the attitude". She then voiced the character named "7", an adventurous warrior in the animated film 9. Dustin Lance Black's Virginia premiered on September 15, 2010, at the Toronto International Film Festival. Two years later, it was announced that the movie would receive a limited theatrical release in May 2012. Connelly portrayed the title role of Virginia, a mentally unstable woman who has a 20-year affair with the local sheriff, whose daughter then starts a relationship with Virginia's son. Connelly prepared for the role by watching documentaries on schizophrenia. She also spent time at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the New York University's Cancer Center to understand the afflections and obstacles of her character. While she was preparing for the role, director Dustin Lance Black requested Connelly's advice to design the set of Virginia's house, as well as the selection of the apparel to create the character's style.
  • 2008
    Age 37
    Connelly portrayed astrobiologist Helen Benson alongside Keanu Reeves in the 2008 remake of the 1951 science fiction film The Day The Earth Stood Still. Unlike the original movie, in which Benson was a secretary and her relationship with Klaatu was the focus, the remake featured Benson in a troubled relationship with her stepson, portrayed by Jaden Smith. This was followed by a role in the 2009 romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You, which also featured Jennifer Aniston and Ginnifer Goodwin.
    More Details Hide Details The film was based on the self-help book of the same name. Variety praised her portrayal: "Despite its layer of darkness Connelly gives a really rich performance as a woman whose principles back her into a corner".
    Parisian fashion house Balenciaga and Revlon cosmetics signed Connelly as the face of their 2008 campaigns.
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  • 2007
    Age 36
    Her next appearance was as Grace in the drama Reservation Road with Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo, a film released in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details After her son dies in a hit-and-run, Grace gradually tries to overcome her grief, while her husband Ethan (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes obsessed with discovering who killed him. By her own account, the character she played in the movie proved tougher than any of her previous roles. USA Today's Susan Wloszczyna commented, "The strong performances of Jennifer Connelly and Mark Ruffalo... raise the film above overheated melodrama".
  • 2005
    Age 34
    After a two-year absence from the film scene, Connelly returned in the 2005 horror/psychological thriller Dark Water, which was based on a 2002 Japanese film of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details She played Dahlia, a frightened young woman traumatized by her past, who moves with her daughter to an apartment in New York City where paranormal happenings take place. In his review, critic Roger Ebert wrote, "I cared about the Jennifer Connelly character; she is not a horror heroine but an actress playing a mother faced with horror. There is a difference, and because of that difference, Dark Water works". She played Kathy Adamson in an adaptation of the novel Little Children alongside Kate Winslet, a movie which focuses on the relationship between Sarah Pierce (played by Winslet) and Brad Adamson (Patrick Wilson). Connelly co-starred in Blood Diamond opposite Leonardo DiCaprio where she portrayed journalist Maddy Bowen, who is working on exposing the real story behind blood diamonds. New York praised her performance: "Connelly is such a smart, sane, unhistrionic actress that she almost disguises the fact that her character is a wheeze." Both Little Children and Blood Diamond were nominated for multiple Academy Awards.
  • 2003
    Age 32
    On January 1, 2003, in a private family ceremony in Scotland she married actor Paul Bettany, whom she had met while working on A Beautiful Mind.
    More Details Hide Details The couple's first child was born the same year.
  • 2001
    Age 30
    The script of Ron Howard's 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, loosely based on Sylvia Nasar's 1998 biography of the mathematician John Nash, sparked her interest in the project.
    More Details Hide Details Connelly was invited to an audition after her agent Risa Shapiro sent the producers a tape with a clip of the yet unreleased Requiem for a Dream. She was cast by the film's producer, Brian Grazer, as Alicia Nash, the caring and enduring wife of the brilliant, schizophrenic mathematician, played by Russell Crowe. Howard and the producers eventually chose them after being particularly impressed by their screen chemistry. The film was a critical and commercial success, grossing more than US$313 million worldwide. Connelly had the chance to meet the real Alicia Nash before starting shooting and learned more about her life. For her portrayal, Connelly earned a Golden Globe, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and a BAFTA for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Time magazine critic Richard Schickel called her performance "luminous" and the actress intelligent and passionate. Roger Ebert wrote, " Jennifer Connelly is luminous as Alicia. Although the showier performance belongs to Crowe, it is Connelly's complex work, depicting a woman torn by love for and fear of the same man, that elevates the film to a higher level".
  • 2000
    Age 29
    Also in 2000, she appeared in Waking the Dead, a film based on the 1986 novel of the same name, playing Sarah Williams, an activist killed by a car bomb in Minneapolis while she was driving Chilean refugees(Strangely, Sarah Williams was also the name of Connelly's character in Labyrinth).
    More Details Hide Details Initially, director Keith Gordon was reluctant to cast Connelly in this role as he did not consider her a serious actress. Her agent Risa Shapiro persuaded him to watch Connelly's performance in Far Harbor. Gordon later said: "There was a subtlety and depth even to her gaze that captured more of the relationship than I ever could have hoped for." About her role, Connelly said, "Waking the Dead was the first film I worked on where whatever I did felt like my own thing. I was really trying to make something of the part and threw myself into it, so that meant a lot to me". The New York Times described her performance, "As Sarah, Ms. Connelly captures a burning ethereality and willfulness that are very much of the period. And she and Mr. Crudup connect powerfully in love scenes that convey the fierce tenderness of a relationship whose passion carries a tinge of religious fervor."
    During 2000, she appeared as Catherine Miller in the FOX drama series The $treet, about a brokerage house in New York.
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    In 2000 she appeared in what critics considered her breakthrough film, Requiem for a Dream, directed by Darren Aronofsky and based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby, Jr. Connelly played Marion Silver, the girlfriend of Harry, played by Jared Leto; the movie also starred Marlon Wayans and Ellen Burstyn.
    More Details Hide Details Her character is a middle-class girl from Manhattan Beach who pursues the dream of establishing a dress shop. She becomes addicted to heroin and descends into a life of prostitution. Connelly prepared for the role by renting an apartment in the building where the character lived. During her time in the apartment, Connelly isolated herself, painted, listened to music that she considered that her character would, designed clothes, and used the time to reflect about addictions and their origin. Connelly also talked to addicts and attended Narcotics Anonymous meetings with a friend who was in recovery. Critics acclaimed the individual performances for the actors' emotional courage in portraying physical and mental degradation. Connelly said she became interested in the script for its depiction of the addictions and their effects on the lives and affections of the characters and their relatives. The critic Elvis Mitchell wrote in The New York Times,
  • 1998
    Age 27
    Her next appearance was in the critically acclaimed 1998 science fiction film Dark City, where she played alongside Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Ian Richardson and Kiefer Sutherland.
    More Details Hide Details Connelly portrayed femme fatale Emma, a torch singer whose husband, John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell), suffers from amnesia. As Murdoch is regaining his memories, Emma is kidnapped by Mr. Hand (Richard O'Brien) and The Strangers, who alter her memories and assign her a new identity. Author Sean McMullen wrote, "Jennifer Connelly is visually splendid as the 1940s femme fatale (Emma)." The animated drawing of Aladdin was modelled after Tom Cruise and Jasmine was based on Connelly. In 2001, Ed Harris directed Connelly in the biopic Pollock in which she played Ruth Kligman, Jackson Pollock's mistress.
  • 1997
    Age 26
    She began to appear in small-budget films which did well with critics, such as 1997's drama Inventing the Abbotts, set in the late 1950s, in which she played the part of Eleanor, one of three daughters of the town millionaire, Lloyd Abbott.
    More Details Hide Details About her performance, director Ron Howard said, "She not only was beautiful and seductive but gave some difficult psychological moments in the film a lot of depth and complexity. She had an extraordinary combination of talent and beauty, and I guess I stored that information in the back of my brain".
  • 1996
    Age 25
    While filming The Rocketeer, she began a romance with co-star Billy Campbell. They were involved for five years before they broke up in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Her first son was born in 1997, with photographer David Dugan.
    She next appeared in the 1996 independent film Far Harbor as Elie, a prominent person in a Hollywood studio who writes a screenplay based on her traumas.
    More Details Hide Details It was followed that year by the neo-noir crime thriller Mulholland Falls, which featured the murder of Allison Pond (Connelly), mistress of General Timms (John Malkovich), and the investigation by a group of detectives led by Maxwell Hoover (Nick Nolte). New York magazine wrote about a clip that reveals the link between Timms and Pond: "This footage is actually dirty. That is, it makes us feel like voyeurs when looking at it, but it's so juicily erotic that we can hardly look away". About nudity in the movie, Connelly said: "It kind of shocked everyone who knows me that I wound up doing this movie, because I had always been so careful about nudity, it was very much a part of this character and I couldn't be coy or guarded or self-conscious--otherwise it wouldn't work. It was sort of a challenge I wanted to take on, I guess".
  • 1995
    Age 24
    In 1995, director John Singleton cast Connelly as a lesbian college student in Higher Learning.
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  • 1994
    Age 23
    Connelly next appeared in Of Love and Shadows, a 1994 Argentine-American drama film written and directed by Betty Kaplan starring Antonio Banderas.
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  • 1991
    Age 20
    Connelly's next film was the 1991 romantic comedy Career Opportunities, starring alongside Frank Whaley.
    More Details Hide Details People magazine criticized the film for exploiting Connelly's body. The marketing included a life-size cardboard cutout showing Whaley watching Connelly ride a mechanical horse, with the caption "He's about to have the ride of his life". In an interview with Rolling Stone, Connelly said that a Yale professor brought it to her attention and "... that wasn't something I felt all that comfortable about". The big-budget Disney film The Rocketeer (1991) followed later that year, but failed to ignite her career. She played Jenny Blake, the aspiring actress girlfriend of stunt pilot Cliff, "the Rocketeer". New York characterized the movie as "pallid". The review said of her performance, "Connelly is properly cast; she has the moist, full-to-the-cheek bones sensuality of the Hollywood starlets of that period, but she's a little straight". She appeared alongside Jason Priestley in the Roy Orbison music video for "I Drove All Night" the following year.
  • 1990
    Age 19
    In 1990, Dennis Hopper directed The Hot Spot, in which Connelly played Gloria Harper, a woman being blackmailed.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a box office failure but Connelly was praised. Stephen Schaefer wrote for USA Today, "Anyone looking for proof that little girls do grow up fast in the movies should take a gander at curvaceous Jennifer Connelly in The Hot Spot. Not yet 20, Connelly has neatly managed the transition from child actress to ingenue". During an interview with Shaeffer, Connelly commented on her first nude scene: "The nudity was hard for me and something I thought about but it's not in a sleazy context". The same year, director Garry Marshall considered her for the role of Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman, but ultimately felt that she was too young for the part.
  • 1986
    Age 15
    Connelly gained public recognition with Jim Henson's 1986 film Labyrinth with David Bowie, in which she played Sarah, a teenager on a quest to rescue her brother Toby from the world of goblins.
    More Details Hide Details Although a disappointment at the box office, the film later became a cult classic. The New York Times, while noting the importance of her part, panned her portrayal: "Jennifer Connelly as Sarah is unfortunately disappointing.... She looks right, but she lacks conviction and seems to be reading rehearsed lines that are recited without belief in her goal or real need to accomplish it." Two years later, she starred as a ballet student in the Italian film Étoile, and portrayed college student Gabby in Michael Hoffman's Some Girls. Balancing work and school, she studied English for two years at Yale University in 1988 and 1989, before transferring to Stanford University in 1990 to study drama. There, she trained with Roy London, Howard Fine and Harold Guskin. Encouraged by her parents to continue with her film career, Connelly left college and returned to the movie industry the same year.
    In December 1986, she recorded two pop songs for the Japanese market: "Monologue of Love" and "Message of Love".
    More Details Hide Details Connelly sang in phonetic Japanese as she did not speak the language.
    She appeared on the cover of several issues of Seventeen in 1986 and 1988.
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    Connelly continued modeling and acting, starring in films such as the 1986 film Labyrinth and the 1991 films Career Opportunities and The Rocketeer.
    More Details Hide Details She gained critical acclaim for her work in the 1998 science fiction film Dark City and for her portrayal of Marion Silver in the 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream. In 2002, Connelly won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for her supporting role as Alicia Nash in Ron Howard's 2001 biopic A Beautiful Mind. Her later credits include the 2003 Marvel superhero film Hulk where she played Bruce Banner's true love Betty Ross, the 2005 horror film Dark Water, the 2006 drama Blood Diamond, the 2008 science fiction remake The Day the Earth Stood Still, the 2009 romantic comedy He's Just Not That into You and the 2009 biographical drama Creation.
  • 1984
    Age 13
    Her mother started taking her to acting auditions. At once, Connelly was selected for a supporting role as the aspiring dancer and actress Deborah Gelly in Sergio Leone's 1984 gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America.
    More Details Hide Details The role required performing a ballet routine. During the audition, Connelly, who had no ballet training, tried to imitate a ballerina. Her performance, and the similarity of her nose to Elizabeth McGovern's, who played the character as an adult, convinced the director to cast her. Connelly described the movie as "an incredibly idyllic introduction to movie-making". While Once Upon a Time in America was being filmed, Connelly made her first television appearance, in the episode "Stranger in Town" of the British series Tales of the Unexpected. Her first leading role was in Italian giallo-director Dario Argento's 1985 film Phenomena, as a girl who uses her psychic powers to communicate with insects, in order to pursue the serial killer of students of the Swiss school where she has just enrolled. She next had the lead in the coming-of-age movie Seven Minutes in Heaven, released the same year.
    She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before she made her debut role in the 1984 crime film Once Upon a Time in America.
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  • 1970
    Born on December 12, 1970.
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