Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Aug. 15th, 1990
Born in
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
5' 9

Jennifer Lawrence's Main TV Roles

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The Bill Engvall Show TV Show
The Bill Engvall Show

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Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009). She subsequently appeared in the independent films The Burning Plain (2008) and Winter's Bone (2010), for which she received her first Academy Award for Best Actress nomination; at the time, she was the second youngest person to receive a nomination in the category.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, to Lawrence & Associates construction owner Gary Lawrence and children's camp manager Karen (Koch) Lawrence. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine. She acted in local theater and, by the age of 14, had decided to pursue an acting career, persuading her parents to take her to New York City to find a talent agent. Prior to finding success in Hollywood, Lawrence attended Kammerer Middle School in Louisville. She graduated from high school two years early with a 3.9 average, aiming at a career in acting. While growing up and in between acting, Lawrence served as an assistant nurse at the children's summer day camp that her mother ran.

At age 22, Lawrence's performance in the David O. Russell-directed romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook (2012) earned her several awards, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) and the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second-youngest Best Actress winner at the Oscars. For her supporting role in Russell's comedy-drama American Hustle (2013), she was awarded the Golden Globe Award, the BAFTA Award and received a third Academy Award nomination, all for Best Supporting Actress.

She starred as shape-shifting villain, "Mystique", alongside 'James McAvoy' and 'Michael Fassbender' in X-Men: First Class, a prequel to the rest of the X-Men film series. Lawrence's Mystique is a younger version of the character played by 'Rebecca Romijn' in earlier X-Men films. In 2011, Lawrence appeared in The Beaver, a dark comedy starring 'Jodie Foster' and 'Mel Gibson'; it was completed in 2009 but the film spent an extended period of time stalled due to controversy and was released on May 6, 2011. In June 2011, it was announced that Lawrence was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

In 2012, Lawrence starred as "Katniss Everdeen" in the film The Hunger Games (2012), based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. Despite being a fan of the books, Lawrence took three days to accept the role because she was initially intimidated by the size of the movie and how it might affect her career. She underwent extensive training to get in shape for the role, including stunt training, archery, rock and tree climbing, combat, running, parkour, pilates, and yoga. The success of the Hunger Games, and Lawrence as Katniss, broke the male-centric nature of action films—prior to The Hungers Games, among the "top 200 worldwide box-office hits ever ($350 million and up), not one has been built around a female action star".

While filming began in September 2012, Catching Fire, the next installment in the Hunger Games series, was released on November 22, 2013. It became a major commercial and critical success. Lawrence's portrayal of Katniss Everdeen won her critical praise. Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice wrote that Lawrence is "both on fire and in the process of becoming, and it's magnificent to watch". On January 10, Catching Fire became the first movie with a sole female lead to have the highest domestic gross for its year since The Exorcist (1973).

In 2014, Lawrence will be reprising her role as "Mystique" in the film X-Men: Days of Future Past. She will reprise her role as "Katniss Everdeen" in the film adaptations of the final Hunger Games book; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set to be released (November 21, 2014) and Part 2 (November 20, 2015).

As of August 2013, Lawrence is dating X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past co-star 'Nicholas Hoult'. The couple started dating in 2011 after filming X-Men: First Class, but ended their relationship (January 2013), after 2 years of dating. They reconnected 6 months later (July 2013), after filming X-Men: Days of Future Past together.


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