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Also Known As: Jennifer Lynn Connelly Died:
Born: December 12, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, model

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Though she had been a model and performed in over a dozen movies since she was 12 years old, actress Jennifer Connelly spent most of her early life trying to make a name for herself. While certainly known in Hollywood, Connelly remained relatively anonymous to the public at large until her major breakthrough with a gutsy performance in "Requiem for a Dream" (2000). Prior to that role, Connelly had several brushes with potential stardom, especially with her turns in "The Rocketeer" (1991) and "Inventing the Abbotts" (1997), both of which could have seriously launched her career had they been hits. But it was her Oscar-winning performance as the tortured wife of a brilliant mathematician suffering from schizophrenia in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) that put Connelly on the map for good. Since that time, she churned out other award-worthy performances - notably "House of Sand and Fog" (2003) and "Reservation Road" (2007), while taking on the occasional blockbuster like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (2008), certainly making Connelly one of the most compelling, yet underrated actresses of her time.

Though she had been a model and performed in over a dozen movies since she was 12 years old, actress Jennifer Connelly spent most of her early life trying to make a name for herself. While certainly known in Hollywood, Connelly remained relatively anonymous to the public at large until her major breakthrough with a gutsy performance in "Requiem for a Dream" (2000). Prior to that role, Connelly had several brushes with potential stardom, especially with her turns in "The Rocketeer" (1991) and "Inventing the Abbotts" (1997), both of which could have seriously launched her career had they been hits. But it was her Oscar-winning performance as the tortured wife of a brilliant mathematician suffering from schizophrenia in "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) that put Connelly on the map for good. Since that time, she churned out other award-worthy performances - notably "House of Sand and Fog" (2003) and "Reservation Road" (2007), while taking on the occasional blockbuster like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (2008), certainly making Connelly one of the most compelling, yet underrated actresses of her time.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cry/Fly (2014)
2.
 Noah (2014)
3.
 Winter's Tale (2014)
4.
5.
 Dilemma, The (2011)
6.
 9 (2009)
7.
 Creation (2009)
9.
 Inkheart (2008)
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Raised in Brooklyn Heights, New York
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Began modeling and doing commercials at age ten; continued working as a model until her teens
1984:
Made feature acting debut in "Once Upon a Time in America"; played Elizabeth McGovern's character as a child
1986:
Starred in the coming-of-age movie "Seven Minutes in Heaven"
1986:
Played a teenager who wishes her baby brother into the world of goblins ruled by king Jareth (David Bowie) in "Labyrinth"
1991:
Cast as the female lead, opposite Bill Campbell in "The Rockateer"
1993:
Played a spoiled rich girl, opposite Frank Whaley in John Hughes' "Career Opportunities"
1995:
Portrayed a collegiate lesbian in John Singleton's "Higher Learning"
1996:
Played Nick Nolte's mistress whose death is at the center of a mystery in "Mulholland Falls"
1997:
Portrayed one of three alluring sisters in "Inventing the Abbotts"; first collaboration with Billy Crudup
1998:
Co-starred as Rufus Sewell's estranged spouse in "Dark City"
2000:
Re-teamed with Crudup for the romantic drama "Waking the Dead"
2000:
Breakthrough role was as a drug addicted fashion designer in Darren Aronofsky's "Requiem for a Dream"
2000:
Played Jackson Pollock's mistress in the biopic "Pollock" starring and directed by Ed Harris
2001:
Played Alicia Nash, the long-suffering wife of schizophrenic mathematician, John Forbes Nash, Jr. (played by Russell Crowe) in Ron Howard's film "A Beautiful Mind"
2003:
Cast opposite Eric Bana in Ang Lee's "The Hulk"
2003:
Played a recovering addict trying to save her home in Vadim Perelman's "House of Sand and Fog"
2005:
Starred in the thriller "Dark Water," which was based on a Japanese film
2006:
Played Patrick Wilson's wife in Todd Field's "Little Children"
2006:
Played a journalist in Edward Zwick's "Blood Diamond" opposite Leonardo DiCaprio
2007:
Acted in the Terry George directed "Reservation Road" with Joaquin Phoenix
2008:
Co-starred in the remake of the 1951 science fiction movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
2009:
Joined an ensemble cast for the feature adaptation of the bestselling book, "He's Just Not That Into You"
2009:
Lent her voice to the feature-length adaptation of Shane Acker's short film, "9"
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Education

Stanford University: Palo Alto , California -
Saint Ann's School: New York , New York -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1988
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1988

Notes

"I like doing things that intimidate me."---Jennifer Connelly in Vanity Fair, February 1996.

"I wasn't a kid who wanted to be an actress. I suddenly found myself making movies, and eventually I had to stop, take acting apart, and then choose it again on my own terms."---Connelly quoted in Movieline, October 2000.

On her childhood interest... "I had no aspirations, I had no movie posters in my room, I wasn't a movie buff. I liked Evel Knievel and animals and I kind of liked science."---Connelly US Weekly Sepetmber 2, 2002.

"I don't want that leap (into comedy) with the wrong film and have people say, 'See? We told you. She's only good at playing neuroic, suicidal people. Put her back into drama, quick!'"---Connelly on wanting to pursue other types of roles, to VLife, June/July 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Billy Campbell. Actor. Met on the set of "The Rocketeer" (1991); became engaged in 1991; no longer together.
companion:
David Dugan. Photographer. Father of Connelly's son; no longer together.
companion:
Josh Charles. Actor. Dating in 2000; no longer together in 2002.
husband:
Paul Bettany. Actor. Began dating in 2002; met on the set of "A Beautiful Mind"; married c. December 2002 in Scotland.
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father:
Gerard Connelly. Clothing manufacturer. Married once before.
mother:
Eileen Connelly. Antiques dealer.
son:
Kai Dugan. Born in July 1997; father, David Dugan.
son:
Stellan Bettany. Born August 5, 2003; named after Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgaard.
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