Biography

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Lynn Connelly, born December 12, 1970 in the Catskill Mountains (New York) is an American supermodel and film actress. Jennifer started modeling at the age of ten by appearing in magazines and TV commercials. In a short time thanks to a role of a young dancer in the film Once Upon a Time in America, a 1984 film directed by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro, James Woods and Elizabeth McGovern she began her film career. Thanks to this interpretation she was then chosen as the protagonist of the Jim Henson fantasy Labyrinth alongside David Bowie. She has received critical acclaim for her work on several occasions, in the 1998 film Dark City and for her portrayal of Marion Silver in the 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream, in the film A Beautiful Mind (2001), for which won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

 

Early life

Connelly's parents, Father Gerard Connelly (Irish Catholic immigrant) who worked as a clothing manufacturer and Eileen, mother (New York Jewish) antiquarian and masseuse in Esalen. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, right by the Brooklyn Bridge, she went to St. Ann's School. A friend of her father's, known through the clothing trade, was an advertising executive and it was he who suggested that Jennifer audition at a modeling agency. Thus she began her career at the age of 10 in newspaper and magazine advertisements and then moved on to television commercials.

 

Early film career

The fantasy film Labyrinth (1986), a product of the talent of Jim Henson, George Lucas, former Monty Python member Terry Jones and designer Brian Froud, reputed to be a solid hit and a cult reputation today, consolidates Connelly a star. of the cinema. Connelly plays a teenage girl (Sarah) who tries to help her little brother enter the goblin world ruled by the goblin king Jareth (character played by rock superstar David Bowie). The film is full of adventures reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, The Muppets and Monty Python and eventually Sarah (Connelly) manages to save her little brother. Connelly's success has not always been clear and certain, he recorded a Japanese pop single, "Jennifer's X'mas" (Toshiba-EMI, 1986), an Italian Balcannica record and starred in several obscure films: Etoile (1988) and Some Girls (1988). The Hot Spot (1990), directed by Dennis Hopper was not appreciated, both critically and commercially. Career Opportunities, the 1991 American romantic comedy starring Frank Whaley, was more successful and is considered a cult classic for teenagers It and Hot Spot requested to create a rigidly pre-established and generalized opinion of the "sexpot", her voluptuous figure was emphasized by both films, most notably in the film Hot Spot where Connelly had her first scene topless. Hot Spot, is the first of seven films in which she appeared naked. In August 1991, Connelly appeared on the cover of Esquire as part of the film "Women We Love". Connelly starts studying English at Yale, two years later she moves to Stanford. She did not graduate from either institution. The Rocketeer (1991), a high-budget Disney film, failed to restart Connelly's career, so she decided to take a break from acting. Far Harbor (1996), is an indie film that feels more like a student film. Connelly plays Ellie, the hostess of the gathering. For Connelly, this is a transitional role. Most of her films of hers before this one required her to simply play the pretty girl, but here she, almost for the first time, manages to put in a little effort as an actress in a serious part. Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and Waking the Dead (2000) are smaller but well-regarded films in which Connelly began appearing. Higher Learning, an American drama (1995) written and directed by John Singleton, Connelly plays a college lesbian. Dark City (1998), a science fiction film, offers Connelly the chance to work with high-level actors such as Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Ian Richardson and Kiefer Sutherland. In the 2000 Jackson Pollock biopic Pollock, Connelly plays Pollock's lover by revisiting her naive image of her, albeit in a more understated way. Connelly's big hit was the 2000 film Requiem for a Dream where she starred alongside Jared Leto and Marlon Wayans as heroin addicts on the verge of exhaustion. The film firmly classified her as a serious actress. In Ron Howard's film A Beautiful Mind (2001), playing the role of Alicia Nash, the suffering wife of the brilliant and schizophrenic mathematician John Nash (Russell Crowe), critics rewarded the direction and interpretations of the actors, a commercial success that allowed to Connelly to earn an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. A featured article in TIME magazine was published for her appearance on A Beautiful Mind. Connelly turned down several roles such as the lead role in The Ring due to scheduling conflicts, the role of Katherine Thorn in The Omen because the original film disturbed her, the role of Veronica in Heathers was written with her in mind, but she refused and lost at the last minute to Ione Skye in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything. She starred in a small indie thriller with her husband Paul Bettany and had a small role in Drew Barrymore in He Just Doesn't Like You.

 

Comeback

Requiem for a Dream, a 2000 American drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky, marks Connelly's real turning point. Four characters in the film, including Connelly and Jared Leto, drug users on the verge of exhaustion imprisoned in a world of disappointment and despair. The film premiered at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, selected as an out of competition film, followed by its US theatrical release on October 6, 2000 by Artisan Entertainment. Received a positive critical response from critics despite moderate box office success, firmly established Jennifer Connelly as a serious and talented actress. Connelly's star was on the rise and she later starred in Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind (2001).

 

Personal life

British actor Paul Bettany is Connelly's husband, met while working on A Beautiful Mind; the couple's son, Stellan (named after Stellan Skarsgård), was born on August 5, 2003 and his godfather is actor Charlie Condou. From her previous relationship with photographer David Dougan she has a son Kai (born 1997) She is 5'7 "tall, she is fluent in Italian and French. She loves physical activities such as swimming, gymnastics and bicycling, she also loves camping, hiking and walking, and is interested in quantum physics and philosophy. She likes horses, Pearl Jam, SoundGarden, Jesus Jones and she occasionally wears a small picture of the Dalai Lama on a necklace. Cobalt blue, forest green and "very pale green / gray - a bit like the color of the sea" are her favorite colors. She likes to draw and was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.

Trade Mark

- Dark, thick eyebrows

- Dark hair and green eyes

- Curvaceous, buxom figures

- Deep sultry voice

- Freckle on her upper lip

 

Selected Filmography

Jennifer Connelly in the 1991 film The RocketeerHulk 2 (2007)
The Blood Diamond (2007)
The Berkeley Connection (2006)
Little Children (2006)
Dark Water (2005)
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Hulk (2003)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The $treet (2000) (TV series)
Pollock (2000)
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Waking the Dead (2000)
Dark City (1998)
Higher Learning (1995)
The Rocketeer (1991)
The Hot Spot (1990)
Labyrinth (1986)
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)