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Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence is best known for playing Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012), Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and Rosalyn Rosenfeld in American Hustle (2013).
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children’s camp, and Gary Lawrence, who works in construction. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and has English, German, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
Before Jennifer became an actress, she was involved in cheer-leading, field hockey, softball, and modeling, none of which she held a passion for. Her career began when she traveled to Manhattan at the age of 14. After conducting her first cold read, agents told her mother that “it was the best cold read by a 14- year-old they had ever heard”, and tried to convince her mother that she needed to spend the summer in Manhattan.
After leaving the agency, Jen was spotted by an agent in the midst of shooting an H&M ad and asked to take her picture. The next day, that agent followed up with her and invited her to the studio for a cold read audition. Again, the agents were highly impressed and strongly urged her mother to allow her to spend the summer in New York City. As fate would have it, she did, and subsequently appeared in commercials such as MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” and played a role in the movie, The Devil You Know (2013).
Shortly thereafter, her career forced her and her family to move to Los Angeles, where she was cast in the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007), and in smaller movies like The Poker House (2008) and The Burning Plain (2008).
Her big break came when she played Ree in Gerçegin Parçalari (2010), which landed her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. Shortly thereafter, she secured the role of Mystique in franchise reboot X-Men: The First Class (2011), which went on to be a hit in Summer 2011. Around this time, Lawrence scored the role of a lifetime when she was cast as Katniss Everdeen in the big-screen adaptation of literary sensation The Hunger Games (2012). That went on to become one of the highest-grossing movies ever with over $407 million at the domestic box office, and instantly propelled Lawrence to the A-list among young actors / actresses.
Three Hunger Games sequels are scheduled for release in November 2013, 2014, and 2015, with Lawrence reprising her role at least for the first one (Açlik Oyunlari: Atesi Yakalamak (2013)). In 2012 the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook earned her the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Satellite Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress, amongst other accolades, making her the youngest person ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress and the second-youngest Best Actress winner
Lawrence can also be seen in The Beaver (2011), Like Crazy (2011), House at the End of the Street (2012), and American Hustle (2013). She played the title role, Joy Mangano, in the 2015 David O. Russell film Joy (2015).
Born: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence
Birth Date: August 15, 1990
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
A natural talent with a striking presence and undeniable energy, Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence has established herself as one of Hollywood’s most promising young actresses. Lawrence is currently in production on Lionsgate’s Hunger Games, the first installment of the big screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel trilogy. Lawrence will portray Katniss Everdeen, a young woman who joins a fight-to-the-death contest to save her community. Directed by Gary Ross, the film has been set for a March 23, 2012 release.
This summer, Lawrence starred in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class as Mystique. The prequel follows Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr before they take the names Professor X and Magneto as two young men discovering their powers for the first time. The film was released by Fox on June 3rd. Also this summer, she was seen alongside Mel Gibson and Anton Yelchin in The Beaver directed by Jodie Foster. The whimsical drama centers on a grown man who wears a beaver puppet on his hand that he treats as a real person. Lawrence plays Norah, her class valedictorian and popular cheerleader who is the kind of girl you’re either hopelessly in love with, hopelessly jealous of, or both. The film was released by Summit Entertainment on May 20th.
Lawrence starred in Mark Tonderai’s House At The End Of The Street opposite Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot. The film tells the story of a young girl who moves to a new town with her mother. Upon arriving, she discovers her abode is right across the street from one in which a double murder occurred. House At The End Of The Street was released on April 20, 2010.
Previously, Lawrence’s performance in Winter’s Bone garnered her a 2011 Oscar® nomination for Best Actress in addition to nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, and Critic’s Choice Awards. Additionally, she was honored with the Breakthrough Actress award by the National Board of Review, the Rising Star award at the Palm Springs Film Festival, and the “New Hollywood Award” at the 2010 Hollywood Film Awards. The critically acclaimed film, directed by Debra Granik, also received an Osca®r nomination for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor in addition to winning the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Other film credits include a lead role in Guillermo Arriaga’s directorial debut The Burning Plain, opposite Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger. The film premiered at the 65th Venice Film Festival where Lawrence won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor.
She also starred in Lori Petty’s Poker House opposite Selma Blair and Bokeem Woodbine, for which she was awarded the prize of ‘Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition’ at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival. Additional film credits include Jason Freeland’s Garden Party opposite Vinessa Shaw as well as roles in Drillbit Taylor and Waverly Hills.
On television, Lawrence co-starred on three seasons of the TBS series “The Bill Engvall Show.” Written and created by Bill Engvall and Michael Leeson, “The Bill Engvall Show” is set in a Denver suburb and the comedy follows the life of Bill Pearson’ (played by Engvall), a family counselor whose own family could use a little dose of counseling.
Reigning from Louisville, Kentucky and a childhood of local theatre experience to her credit, Lawrence traveled to New York at age fourteen to explore a professional career in acting. She quickly caught the eye of casting directors and started acting in film and television during the summer of 2005 and hasn’t looked back.