Jennifer Shrader Lawrence(born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky , she was spotted by a talent scout in New York City at the age of 14. She soon moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career by playing guest roles in television shows. Her first major role came as a main cast member on the sitcomThe Bill Engvall Show(2007–09). She made her film debut with a supporting role inGarden Party(2008), following which she had her breakthrough with the acclaimed role of a poverty-stricken teenager in the independent dramaWinter's Bone(2010).Lawrence achieved wider recognition for playing the mutant Mystique inX-Men: First Class(2011), a role she reprised in later installments of theX-Menfranchise . Her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in theHunger Gamesfilm series (2012–15) established her as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time. Lawrence has earned several accolades from her collaborations with the director David O. Russell . She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for playing a depressed widow in the romantic dramaSilver Linings Playbook(2012), making her the second-youngest Best Actress Oscar winner . She received the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for portraying a troubled wife in the black comedyAmerican Hustle(2013). She also won three Golden Globe Awards for her roles in the two aforementioned films and for starring as the eponymous inventor in the biopicJoy(2015).As of 2016, Lawrence is the highest-paid actress in the world and her films have grossed over $5 billion worldwide. She is the youngest actress to accrue four Academy Award nominations. Lawrence is also a vocal advocate of feminism and gender equality, and is the founder of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation through which she supports various charitable organizations.
She describes her childhood as an "unhappy" experience, as she suffered from hyperactivity and social anxiety and considered herself a misfit among her peers.
that led to a family friend telling her mother, "We don't know if we should congratulate you or not, because your kid's a great prostitute".For the next few years, Lawrence continued to take on parts in church plays and school musicals.
Between her acting jobs in the city, Lawrence made regular visits to Louisville, during which she served as an assistant nurse at her mother's camp.
The series premiered in 2007 and ran for three seasons.The critic Tom Shales ofThe Washington Postconsidered Lawrence to be a "scene-stealer" in her part and David Hinckley of theNew York Daily Newswrote that she was successful in "deliver[ing] the perpetual exasperation of teenage girls".Lawrence won a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer in a TV Series for the role in 2009.
The Burning Plain(2008), a drama narrated in a hyperlink format . Lawrence was cast as the teenage daughter of Kim Basinger 's character who discovers her mother's extramarital affair; she shared the role with Charlize Theron , both actresses portrayed the role at different stages of the character's life. Mark Feeney ofThe Boston Globeconsidered Lawrence to be miscast in the part, but Derek Elley ofVarietypraised her as the production's prime asset, writing that she "plumbs fresher depths" into the film.Her performance earned her the Premio Marcello Mastroianni award for Best Emerging Actress at the Venice Film Festival .Also that year, Lawrence appeared in the music video for the song "The Mess I Made" by Parachute .
and Peter Travers of theRolling Stonemagazine opined that "her performance is more than acting, it's a gathering storm. Lawrence's eyes are a roadmap to what's tearing Ree apart."The acclaimed production won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival ;Lawrence was awarded the National Board of Review Award for Breakthrough Performance and among accolades, received her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress , making her the second youngest person to be nominated in the category.
She then appeared inThe Beaver, a black comedy directed by Jodie Foster , in which she played the daughter of Foster and Mel Gibson 's characters. Filmed in 2009, the production was delayed due to controversy concerning Gibson, and eventually failed to find a wide audience.Greater success came to Lawrence later that year when she starred alongside James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in her first high-profile release—the superhero filmX-Men: First Class(2011)—which served as a prequel to the previous films in theX-Menfranchise . She portrayed the shape-shifting mutant Mystique , a role played by Rebecca Romijn in the earlier films.Writing forUSA Today, Claudia Puig considered the film to be a "classy re-boot" of the franchise, and believed that Lawrence's "high-spirited performance" empowered the film.With a worldwide gross of $350 million,X-Men: First Classbecame Lawrence's most widely seen film to that point.
The critic Roger Ebert agreed that she was "strong and convincing in the central role".With worldwide revenues of over $690 million,The Hunger Gamesbecame a top-grossing film featuring a female lead,making Lawrence the highest-grossing action heroine of all time.The success of the film established Lawrence as a star; she remarked: "I wasn't famous 24 hours earlier and I got up to go about my day as usual and went to the grocery store. All of a sudden there were like 25 paparazzi following me and there was a three-car pile up."
wrote in his review: "Just 21 when the movie was shot, Lawrence is that rare young actress who plays, whois, grown-up. Sullen and sultry, she lends a mature intelligence to any role."Travers noted that Lawrence "is some kind of miracle. She's rude, dirty, funny, foulmouthed, sloppy, sexy, vibrant, and vulnerable, sometimes all in the same scene, even in the same breath."She won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film, becoming, at age 22, the second-youngest Best Actress Oscar winner.Lawrence's final release of the year was alongside Max Thieriot and Elisabeth Shue in Mark Tonderai 's critically panned thrillerHouse at the End of the Street.
Lawrence did little research for the part, and instead relied on her instincts and knowledge of the era from the films and television shows she had seen.During the film's production, Lawrence damaged some of her costumes, causing the wardrobe department to create a number of identical dresses.The critic Geofrrey Macnab ofThe Independentpraised Lawrence, writing that "it's a funny and acerbic performance, very different indeed from her warrior heroics inThe Hunger Games", and particularly took note of an improvised scene in which she aggressively kisses Adams on the lips.Lawrence's performance won her the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress, in addition to a third Academy Award nomination, her first in the supporting category.
franchise to that point.Justin Chang ofVarietypraised Lawrence's look in the film but thought that "she has relatively little to do here other than glower, snarl and let the f/x artists do their thing".Lawrence's next two releases were in the final parts ofThe Hunger Gamesfilm series—Mockingjay – Part 1(2014) andPart 2(2015).For the musical score of the former film, she sang the song " The Hanging Tree ",which charted on multiple international single charts.In a review for the latter, Manohla Dargis ofThe New York Timesdrew similarities between Lawrence's rise to stardom and Everdeen's journey as a rebel leader, writing: "Lawrence now inhabits the role as effortlessly as breathing, partly because, like all great stars, she seems to be playing a version of her 'real' self".Both films earned more than $650 million worldwide.
and was nominated for another Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the youngest person to accrue four Oscars nominations.Lawrence began 2016 by providing the narration forA Beautiful Planet, a documentary film that explores Earth from the International Space Station .She then played Mystique for the third time inX-Men: Apocalypse(2016). Helen O'Hara ofEmpiremagazine considered the film to be a letdown from the previous installments of the franchise and criticized Lawrence for making her character "more unrelentingly grim than ever".As of 2016, Lawrence's films have grossed over $5 billion worldwide.
In addition, Lawrence has co-written the screenplay for a comedy film with Amy Schumer , in which the pair will co-star as sisters.She will also star in Steven Spielberg 's film adaptation of photojournalist Lynsey Addario 's memoirIt's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War,and will feature as Elizabeth Holmes , founder of the Theranos blood testing company, in Adam McKay 's filmBad Blood.
Lawrence did not study acting nor was she involved in professional theater.She says, "I've always studied people and been fascinated by their reactions and feelings. And I think that's the best acting class you can take – watching real people, listening to them and studying them."
and cited her as the most powerful actress, ranking at No. 12 overall in the magazine's Celebrity 100 list.In 2015 and 2016,Forbesreported that she had emerged as the world's highest-paid actress with annual earnings of $52 million and $46 million, respectively.Entertainment Weeklynamed Lawrence the "Entertainer of the Year" in 2015.Lawrence was recognized as the highest-grossing action heroine in the 2015 edition of theGuinness World Recordsfor starring in theHunger Gamesfranchise.
"Most Beautiful People" in 2011 and 2013,Maxim'sHot 100 from 2011–14,andFHM'ssexiest woman in the world in 2014.From 2013–15, she was featured inGlamour'sannual listing of the best dressed women, topping the list in 2014.
|Garden Party||2008||Tiffany "Tiff"|
|Poker House, TheThe Poker House||2008||Agnes|
|Burning Plain, TheThe Burning Plain||2008||Mariana|
|Winter's Bone||2010||Ree Dolly|
|Beaver, TheThe Beaver||2011||Norah|
|X-Men: First Class||2011||Raven Darkhölme / Mystique|
|Hunger Games, TheThe Hunger Games||2012||Katniss Everdeen|
|House at the End of the Street||2012||Elissa Cassidy|
|Silver Linings Playbook||2012||Tiffany Maxwell|
|Devil !The Devil You Know||2013||Young Zoe Hughes|
|Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TheThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire||2013||Katniss Everdeen|
|American Hustle||2013||Rosalyn Rosenfeld|
|X-Men: Days of Future Past||2014||Raven Darkhölme / Mystique|
|Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||2014||Katniss Everdeen|
|Dior and I||2015||Herself|
|Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||2015||Katniss Everdeen|
|Beautiful !A Beautiful Planet||2016||Narrator||Documentary|
|X-Men: Apocalypse||2016||Raven Darkhölme / Mystique|
|Company Town||2006||Caitlin||Television film|
|Monk||2006||Mascot||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Big Game"|
|Cold Case||2007||Abby Bradford||Episode: "A Dollar, a Dream"|
|Medium||2007||Claire Chase||Episode: "Mother's Little Helper"|
|Medium||2008||Young Allison||Episode: "But for the Grace of God"|
|Bill Engvall Show, TheThe Bill Engvall Show||2007–09||Lauren Pearson||31 episodes|
|Saturday Night Live||2013||Host||"|
|Saturday Night Live||2014||Herself||/Kendrick Lamar"|
|"The Mess I Made"||2010||Parachute|
(2015), and Best Supporting Actress forAmerican Hustle(2013). She has also won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role forAmerican Hustle(2013).
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