Jennifer Connelly biography 2022

Actress Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly biography

Jennifer Connelly was born December 12, 1970, in Catskill Mountains, New York, USA.

Although Jennifer Connelly claims she was tiny as a child, she was pretty enough to appear in magazines such as Seventeen at 10 after a friend of her father's recommended the model.

Signed with Ford models, Jennifer Connelly did her share of print and television before appearing in front of cameras as an actress. While a student at St. Ann's School, she landed a role as Elisabeth McGovern for a flashback sequence in the mobster film, Once Upon a Time in America, starring Robert De Niro.

With only an appearance on the television show Tales of the Unexpected on her acting resume, she was soon on her way. Her next outings, Creepers (aka Phenomena and Seven Minutes in Heaven), weren't the answers to her breaking through.

What did help Jennifer Connelly find her way out of obscurity was the lead role opposite David Bowie in Jim Henson and George Lucas' 1986 film, Labyrinth. 

By the time she had graduated high school, Jennifer had appeared in a video for Roy Orbison's "I had droved All Night" with Jason Priestley.

Appeared in television commercials in Japan; and even released a single in Japan entitled "Monologue of Love," in which she sings in Japanese.

But her career choice left her in a maze of disappointment, with roles in The Hot Spot and Career Opportunities. 

Balancing work and school, Jennifer Connelly attended Yale and then transferred to Stanford. She made acting her number one priority when she was cast in the lead of Disney's The Rocketeer. The movie skyrocketed Jennifer to new heights and led to a romance with her co-star, Billy Campbell.

In 1995, Jennifer Connelly was cast as a lesbian in Higher Learning, co-starring Tyra Banks, and the following year she appeared in Mulholland Falls and starred in Far Harbor.

She then had a streak, with 1997's Inventing the Abbotts, as Liv Tyler's sister, and less commercial films like Dark City, Waking the Dead, the critically-acclaimed Requiem for a Dream, in a convincing turn as a heroin addict, and Pollock.

Jennifer Connelly tried her hand at television with a starring role in the poorly rated The $treet. Although it was canceled, Jennifer became a star with her supporting role in A Beautiful Mind, opposite Russell Crowe. She is also busy raising her son, Kai (from her relationship with photographer Dave Dougan).

Her acting talents were recognized as nominated for a Best Supporting Female Independent Spirit Award for her role in Requiem for a Dream. Jennifer received her recognition with Best Supporting Actress trophies at the 2002 Golden Globe and Oscar award shows.

Jennifer did appear in the Ang Lee-directed "The Hulk."


last updated October 2022

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