Jennifer Lawrence, born August 15, 1990 to Karen and Gary Lawrence, began her acting career at the age of 14 when she landed a few commercial and film roles during a summer stay in Manhattan. By the time she was 22 years old, she had progressed to become the youngest actress ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress.
Lawrence is best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the domestic box office blockbuster The Hunger Games. Other notable performances include her role as Ree in Winter's Bone (2010), for which she received her first Academy Award nomination, Mystique in X-Men: First Class and her Academy Award winning role as Tiffany in the 2012 comedy Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence's role in Silver Linings Playbook also landed her a Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe, Satellite Award and the Independent Spirit Award in addition to the nod from the Academy. She has since received yet a third Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the comedic drama American Hustle.
Credit: Gage SkidmoreLawrence spent her early childhood in Louisville, Kentucky with her parents and two older brothers Ben and Blaine. Known as 'Jen' by her family and close friends, she was voted most talkative by her schoolmates and according to her childhood friend Andy Strunk's mother, hasn't forgotten her home and friends despite her whirlwind Hollywood life. 'Jen' was an athletic child, participating in school sports such as hockey, softball and cheer leading, but according to a 2011 interview, she never enjoyed school, saying "I hated being behind a desk. School just kind of killed me." Lawrence ended her dreaded school routine by finishing two years early, part of the deal that she made with her mother before she was allowed to fully pursue her acting career.
Lawrence's family supported her ambitions to become an actress after her summer in New York by moving to Los Angeles where she got her foot into Hollywood's door through the small screen, including bit parts in Monk, Cold Case Files and Medium. Lawrence then landed a regular spot with the cast of TBS's The Bill Engvall Show after being passed up for the lead roll in Twilight, which went to Kristen Stewart. During her time on The Bill Engvall Show, Lawrence also landed roles in smaller movies such as Garden Party and The Burning Plain and received a Los Angeles Film Festival award for her lead role in Lori Petty's autobiographical film The Poker House.
After three seasons, The Bill Engvall Show was canceled and Lawrence subsequently landed what most consider to be her breakout roll in Winter's Bone. Lawrence said in a 2010 interview with The Guardian that she would have "walked on hot coals to get the part." Lawrence, who is number 10 on the Maxim's 2011 "Hot 100" women list and one of People Magazine's most beautiful people in the world, said that she had to "be as ugly as possible" for the audition and apparently went to great lengths to adapt her look to the part, including not washing her hair for a week and wearing absolutely no makeup after a long flight to New York on the red-eye.
Lawrence has stated in recent interviews that she may try her hand at directing some day, but is not set on any one course of action. For now, 2014 is shaping up to be a busy year at the box office for Lawrence who will be reprising her blockbuster roles for sequels to both the X-Men and The Hunger Games.
|2007-9||The Bill Engvall Show|
|2007||Not Another High School Show|
|2008||The Poker House|
|2008||The Burning Plain|
|2011||X-Men: First Class|
|2012||The Hunger Games|
|2012||Silver Linings Playbook|
|2012||House at the End of the Street|
|2013||The Devil You Know|
|2013||The Hunger Games: Catching Fire|
|2014||X-Men: Days of Future Past|
|2014||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1|
|2015||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2|