One of the world’s highest paid actresses since 2016, Jennifer Shrader Lawrence, is an American actress who is currently ruling Hollywood. She has been nominated four times for the Academy Award, taking the Oscar home in the category of ‘Actress in a Leading Role’ for the movie ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ at only 22 years, the second youngest to ever receive an Oscar for ‘Best Actress’. Her movies gross over 600 million dollars a year, collectively they have crossed 5 billion dollars. She has outdone some of the mega stars of tinseltown to acquire a net value of over 46 million dollars. Since her school days she has performed at plays and musicals. Her performances evolved with time and was eventually spotted by the television industry in her teens. In a couple of years she advanced from television to the big screen with memorable roles such as ‘Mystique’ in ‘X-Men’ and ‘Katniss Everdeen’ in the ‘Hunger Games’. Jennifer Lawrence is one of Hollywood’s most versatile and talented actresses. She is not known to hold back; she is vocal and states her opinion outright. Lawrence is a firm feminist and philanthropist, propagating gender equality, and financially assisting various foundations for the marginalized.
Childhood & Early life
She was born in Indian Hills, Kentucky on 15th August 1990. Her father, Gary was a construction worker and her mother, Karen was the manager at a summer camp.
Her childhood involved her two brothers, Ben and Blaine. She hardly ever played with girls and was a tomboy. Not finding herself fitting in with the rest of her classmates, she developed anxiety.
There was only one place where she felt she shone the best - on stage. She loved acting and would participate in numerous plays in church and school.
While holidaying in New York, she was spotted by a photographer who made arrangements with ad and television agencies for her. She was only fourteen, hence her mother was skeptical and objected a career in acting.
Finally with perseverance, she requested her mother to sign her on with the CESD Talent Agency. Her parents agreed but the condition placed before her was that she must first graduate from high school. She ended up graduating two years before the completion of high school to pursue her career.
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A Teenage Artist
She got her breakthrough in 2006, when she appeared in the television show ‘Company Town’. Following her television debut she starred in many sitcoms in minor guest roles.
Her character ‘Lauren’ in ‘The Bill Engvall Show’ landed her a television series that ran for three seasons. She was critically acclaimed by prestigious magazines and received her first award for her performance in the show.
In 2008, her debut film ‘Garden Party’ was launched. The same year Guillermo Arriaga signed her own for ‘The Burning Pain’. Her portrayal of the eldest daughter of a drug addict mother in ‘The Poker House’ sealed her fate in the industry.
In 2010, she acted in ‘Winter’s Bone’, her performance as a helpless yet dauntless seventeen year old girl took her talent to the Oscars, where she was nominated as ‘Best Actress’, though she didn’t win the award, her nomination was enough to get her career in the spotlight.
After acting in ‘Like Crazy’ and ‘The Beaver’, she was offered ‘X-Men: First Class’ in 2011 by Matthew Vaughn. She perfectly portrayed the limitations and prowess that the character required.
Following the X-Men feat,she was offered a film series that placed her amongst the elite of the industry. ‘The Hunger Games’ in which she plays ‘Everdeen’ a film set in a post-apocalyptic future, was just the tip of the iceberg.
The role was demanding physically for which she trained in yoga, archery, tree climbing and combat. Initially she was hesitant but with the support of her mother she pushed her limits.
After receiving accolades for her fabulous projection of an action star in X-Men and Hunger Games, she took on a more sober role with a character named ‘Tiffany Maxwell’ in the romantic drama ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.
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David O. Russell signed her on after she auditioned for him over ‘Skype’. He shared his inhibitions about her being too young for such a complex role, but she convinced him that she could do the part.
Sticking by her word, she delivered an outstanding performance in the movie and won an Oscar for the ‘Best Performance as an Actress in a Leading Role’.
The sequel to the ‘Hunger Games’ series, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ earned almost 865 million dollars at the box office, becoming her highest gross release.
In 2013, her performance in ‘American Hustle’ as the neurotic wife, ‘Rosalyn Rosenfeld’, once again won her many awards in the category of a supporting actress, including a nomination at the Oscars.
A Promising Career
In 2014 two of her films ‘Serena’ and ‘X-men: Days of the Past’ released. Both did fairly well, giving her credit for her remarkable acting in the films. Followed by her performance in Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2, the last series to the ‘Hunger Games’.
With her performance in ‘Joy’ in 2015, Lawrence stood tall as an actress. An Oscar nomination for the same, titled her as the youngest artist to ever receive four nominations for the Academy Awards.
The next year she narrated ‘A Beautiful Planet’, played ‘Mystique’ in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and acted as ‘Aurora Lane’ in the Sci-Fi ‘Passengers’, the third movie’s storyline didn’t do well at the box office, but her acting was recognized in the movie.
2017 to 2018 will see Lawrence star in a stirring performance in the film ‘Mother’ directed by Darren Aronofsky, she will play a spy in ‘Red Sparrow’. With her most awaited film ‘Bad Blood’ directed by Adam McKay in the queue.
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Her roles in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Joy’ have left a lasting impression on the world of cinema. All three movies have spanned different times in her career so far, with ‘Joy’ being her latest release, indicating a steady graph.
Lawrence has extended support to several charitable programs such as ‘Feeding America’, Thirst Project’ and ‘Do Something’. In 2015, she raised funds for ‘Special Olympics World Summer Games’ by screening ‘Serena’.
Awards & Achievements
She won the most distinguished award as an actress by earning herself an Oscar for her role in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, critics all over the globe acclaimed her acting skills naming her the best performer of the current generation.
She received the Golden Globe Award in two categories. In 2012 and 2015 she won “Best Actress” for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ and ‘Joy’ respectively. 2013 saw her receiving Best Actress in Supporting Role for the film, ‘American Hustle’.
In her career she has earned six People’s Choice Awards for ‘X-Men’ and the ‘Hunger Games’, a Satellite Award and Saturn Award.
Personal Life & Legacy
In 2010, she began dating Nicholas Hoult, they were one of the most talked about couples. However, rumors of them tying the knot were crushed when they broke up in 2014.
Jennifer was dragged into an embarrassing situation when a couple of her nude photographs were leaked. She accused the publisher and writer, calling the leakage a “sex crime” as the pictures were personal and not meant for public circulation. However, she quickly recovered from the incident.
Presently residing at Beverly Hills, California, Jennifer has started ‘Jennifer Lawrence Foundation’. She donated a sum of 2 million dollars for the installment of a cardiac intensive care unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital.
She survived two fatal accidents as a child, when she was only 18 months she was knocked over by a car. A few years later she fractured her tailbone after falling off a running horse.