Elizabeth Olsen Biography

Elizabeth Olsen is an American actress. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

Elizabeth Olsen
Quick Facts

Birthday: February 16, 1989

Nationality: American

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Age: 30 Years, 30 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Also Known As: Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen

Born in: Sherman Oaks

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'6" (168 cm), 5'6" Females


father: David Olsen

mother: Jarnett Olsen

siblings: Ashley Olsen, Jake Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Taylor Olsen, Trent Olsen

U.S. State: California

Personality: ENTP

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education: New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Asia, 2007 - Campbell Hall School, Atlantic Theater Company, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University

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Elizabeth Olsen is an American actress best known for her role in the critically acclaimed film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ for which she earned much appreciation. She is also known for her role in films like ‘Silent House’ and ‘Godzilla’. She is the younger sister of actresses Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, and was introduced to the show business at an early age. She began acting when she very young, with appearances in her sisters' films. Sensing her talent, her parents also had her enrolled for ballet and singing lessons. Growing up, there was no doubt in her mind that she was destined to be a performer. After completing high school, she enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts to hone her skills and spent a semester studying at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. An ambitious young woman, she had appeared in several movies even before she graduated from Tisch. Pretty, confident and talented, she successfully made the transition from being a child star to an adult actress. Her career received a big boost when she appeared in the film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ and touched even greater heights when she was cast as Sarah in the horror movie remake ‘Silent House’. She continues to mature as a performer and is exploring versatile and challenging roles.

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Elizabeth Olsen
Childhood & Early Life
  • Elizabeth Olsen was born on February 16, 1989 in Sherman Oaks, California, to Jarnette, a personal manager and former dancer with the LA ballet, and David Olsen, a real estate developer and mortgage banker in Los Angeles. Her parents divorced in 1996.
  • She has two elder twin sisters, Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen who became celebrities at a young age. She also has an older brother named Trent Olsen, and two younger half siblings, Jake Olsen and Courtney Taylor Olsen.
  • She received singing and ballet lessons in her childhood and started acting at a very young age. She occasionally appeared in her elder sisters' movies and by the age of eleven, she had enacted minor roles in ‘How the West Was Fun’ and the straight-to-video series ‘The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley’. These earned her some experience in acting and she started auditioning for other projects while still in fourth grade.
  • She was a student of Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, California right from Kindergarten t oclass 12.
  • For graduation, she enrolled at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2009, she travelled to Moscow, Russia to study a semester at the Moscow Art Theatre School, through the MATS program at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Centre. She finally graduated in March 2013 after almost six years of discontinuous study.
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  • Elizabeth Olsen started her professional acting career when she was only four years old and appeared in six of Mary-Kate and Ashley's productions. She also auditioned for the film ‘Spy Kids.’
  • In 2011, she acted in her first major role in the film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’. She received critical acclaim for her performance and won several critics awards. In the film she enacted the protagonist role; a girl called Martha who suffered from hallucination and paranoia after she escaped from an abusive cult and returned to her family.
  • Next, she appeared in the psychological horror movie ‘Silent House’ as Sarah. Although the film got mixed response, her performance was greatly appreciated. She also appeared in Carlotta’s music video ‘The Queen’.
  • She was next seen in the movies ‘Liberal Arts’by director Josh Radnor and ‘Red Lights’ by director Rodrigo Cortés. Both the films were released in 2012.
  • In 2013, she was seen in the movie ‘Very Good Girls’ in which she starred alongside Dakota Fanning.The same year, she co-starred in the American remake of the South Korean film ‘Oldboy’ in which she played the role of a young social worker, Marie. Later that year, she starred in ‘Kill Your Darlings’ in which she essayed the character of author Edie Parker.
  • In 2014, she acted in ‘Godzilla’ opposite Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
  • In 2015, she played the role of ‘Scarlet Witch’ in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron,’ the sequel to ‘The Avengers’ (2012).
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  • She will again play the role of Scarlet Witch in ‘Captain America: Civil War’. The film is scheduled to release in 2016.
Major Works
  • Her performance in the film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ was highly appreciated and her sensitive portrayal of the lead character Martha, a girl suffering from delusions and paranoia, won her several awards.
  • Her films 'Godzilla' and 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' became international blockbusters and made big money at the box office. The movie 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' earned $1.4 billion.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2011, Elizabeth Olsen was nominated for 19 different awards for her performance in the critically acclaimed film ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’. She finally won five awards: Chicago Film Critics Association’s Most Promising Performer, Florida Film Critics Circle’s Pauline Kael Breakout Award, Ghent International Film Festival’s Special Mention Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s New Generation Award, and Vancouver Film Critics Circle’s Best Actress Award.
  • In 2013, she was nominated for BAFTA Rising Star Award. She also won the Fangoria Chainsaw Best Leading Actress Award for ‘Silent House’ the same year.
  • In 2015, she won the Deauville American Film Festival’s Hollywood Rising Star Award for the movie ‘I Saw the Light’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • She began dating co-actor Boyd Holbrook in September 2012 and got engaged to him in March 2014. However, the couple broke up and called off their engagement in January 2015.
  • The Olsen siblings are of English descent on their mother's side and Norwegian descent on their father's side.
  • Elizabeth Olsen’s elder sisters' luxury fashion brand ‘Elizabeth and James’ was partly named after her.
  • She claims to be an atheist.

1. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy)

2. Wind River (2017)

  (Mystery, Drama, Thriller, Crime)

3. Captain America: Civil War (2016)

  (Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure)

4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

  (Adventure, Thriller, Action, Sci-Fi)

5. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

  (Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)

6. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

  (Thriller, Drama, Mystery)

7. Ingrid Goes West (2017)

  (Comedy, Drama)

8. Liberal Arts (2012)

  (Comedy, Romance, Drama)

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