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Also Known As: Died:
Born: November 22, 1984 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actress, singer

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In the mid-2000s, when gossip stories about twenty-something actresses behaving badly dominated headlines, Scarlett Johansson was nowhere to be found. Johansson was certainly one of the most respected actresses of her generation, having made an impact in a number of roles as intriguing young muses to older men in crisis, but she preferred to limit her dramatic behavior to movie screens. For her physical allure and intelligence, the born-and-bred New Yorker was courted by creative filmmakers like Robert Redford, who gave her a breakout role in "The Horse Whisperer" (1998), the Coen Brothers, Frank Miller and Woody Allen, who cast her in his late-career hits "Match Point" (2005) and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008). Johansson's translucent skin, curvy figure and flair for distant melancholy made her well-suited for period dramas like "Girl with the Pearl Earring" (2003) and "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008), but the versatile actress also connected with young adult audiences for personifying the complex modern woman in films like "Ghost World" (2001) and "Lost in Translation" (2003). Johansson's number of intellectual pursuits outside of Hollywood also suggested that the poised performer would still be...

In the mid-2000s, when gossip stories about twenty-something actresses behaving badly dominated headlines, Scarlett Johansson was nowhere to be found. Johansson was certainly one of the most respected actresses of her generation, having made an impact in a number of roles as intriguing young muses to older men in crisis, but she preferred to limit her dramatic behavior to movie screens. For her physical allure and intelligence, the born-and-bred New Yorker was courted by creative filmmakers like Robert Redford, who gave her a breakout role in "The Horse Whisperer" (1998), the Coen Brothers, Frank Miller and Woody Allen, who cast her in his late-career hits "Match Point" (2005) and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008). Johansson's translucent skin, curvy figure and flair for distant melancholy made her well-suited for period dramas like "Girl with the Pearl Earring" (2003) and "The Other Boleyn Girl" (2008), but the versatile actress also connected with young adult audiences for personifying the complex modern woman in films like "Ghost World" (2001) and "Lost in Translation" (2003). Johansson's number of intellectual pursuits outside of Hollywood also suggested that the poised performer would still be going strong when others her age had long since burnt out.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jungle Book, The (2015)
2.
 Jungle Book, The (2015)
3.
 Hail Caesar (2015)
5.
 Chef (2014)
7.
 Lucy (2014)
8.
 Under the Skin (2013)
9.
 Her (2013)
10.
 Don Jon (2013)
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Milestones close milestones

1993:
Made her off-Broadway debut in "Sophistry" at Playwrights Horizons
1994:
Made feature acting debut in "North"
1995:
Played Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw's daughter in "Just Cause"
1996:
Starred in the independent film "Manny & Lo"
1997:
Landed a featured role in "Home Alone 3"
1998:
Portrayed a young girl injured in a riding accident in "The Horse Whisperer"; co-starred and directed by Robert Redford
2001:
Co-starred with Thora Birch in "Ghost World," directed by Terry Zwigoff
2001:
Featured as a piano-playing nymphet, opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the Coen brother's "The Man Who Wasn't There"
2003:
Co-starred with Bill Murray in "Lost in Translation," directed by Sofia Coppola; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2003:
Cast as a 17th century servant girl in "Girl with a Pearl Earring"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2004:
Became the official face of Calvin Klein's new fragrance
2004:
Joined Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid for the comedy "In Good Company"
2004:
Co-starred with John Travolta in "A Love Song for Bobby Long"; earned a Golden Globe nomination Best Actress
2005:
Appeared opposite Ewan McGregor in Michael Bay thriller "The Island"
2005:
Made first collaboration with director Woody Allen "Match Point"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Supporting Actress
2006:
Re-teamed with Allen for the comedy "Scoop" as a college newspaper journalist opposite Hugh Jackman
2006:
Cast as Aaron Eckhart's wife in "The Black Dahlia," Brian De Palma's adaptation of James Ellroy's classic noir novel
2007:
Played the nanny of a wealthy Manhattan household in "The Nanny Diaries"
2008:
Released debut album <i>Anywhere I Lay My Head</i>; consists of one original tracks and ten cover versions of Tom Waits songs
2008:
Joined Spanish actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem for Woody Allen's "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
2009:
Joined an ensemble cast for the feature adaptation of the bestselling book "He's Just Not That Into You"
2010:
Made her Broadway debut in a revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From The Bridge"
2010:
Cast as Tony Stark's assistant Natalie Rushman (aka Black Widow) in Jon Favreau's "Iron Man 2"
2011:
Co-starred with Matt Damon in the Cameron Crowe directed family feature "We Bought a Zoo"
2012:
Reprised Black Widow role in the Marvel superhero ensemble feature "The Avengers"
2012:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2012:
Portrayed actress Janet Leigh opposite Anthony Hopkins' "Hitchcock"
2013:
Featured in the indie comedy "Don Jon"
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Education

Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute: New York , New York -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York - 2002

Notes

Describing her desire for a show business career, a three-year old Johansson reportedly told her mother she "had a fire in [her] brain to act."

"Unfortunately, because it's adults writing these scripts, it's tough. The problem is that adults portray kids like mall-rats, and not seriously; after all, we're just like little adults and people with feelings too. Kids and teenagers just aren't being portrayed with any real depth."---Johansson on the teen actor's search for intelligent roles, to Andrew Urban at UrbanCinefile.com, July 1998.

"Look, I'm the kind of person that doesn't put up with bullshit. Does that make me uncommonly mature? I don't know. I think you mature with experiences, and how other people view you and your maturity really depends upon when you have those experiences ... I think I was born with a great awareness of my surroundings and an awareness of other people. I know when I really connect with somebody and I know when I feel like I've known somebody before. And I absolutely know what it feels like to meet an old soul, to know an old soul. So for my mom and Bob Redford, two people I really respect, to say that about me, well, that's a huge compliment."

"Maybe years from now, when I'm having my midlife crisis and need to find myself, I'll search deep down inside and find that old soul of mine and dust it off. But for now I'm enjoying getting to know all about my young soul."---Scarlett Johansson on her perceived maturity to Interview, July 2001.

"I don't plan on selling out. I mean, it's nice getting a dinner reservation ahead of other people, but when it comes down to it, the most important thing to me is the actual work."---Johansson to Movieline's Hollywood Life February 2004

Johansson was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

"There's cute, there's pretty, there's hot and there's beautiful. Scarlett Johansson falls in the beautiful bracket."---Frankie Muniz quoted in People May 10, 2004

"People just don't type cast me," she says. "I've played so many different roles, from a high school student, to a wife, to a 17th-century Dutch maid, to trailer trash. For a while, I thought I might get typecast as the bitter, shitty teenager who's always sarcastic, but luckily that was a fear that was never a reality."---Johansson to Empire, March 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Jared Leto. Actor. Rumored to be dating as of May 2004.
companion:
Patrick Wilson. Actor. Rumored to be dating as of January 2004.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Karsten Johansson. Had bit role in "Manny & Lo".
mother:
Melanie Johansson. Had bit role in "Manny & Lo".
sister:
Vanessa Johansson. Had bit role in "Manny & Lo".
brother:
Adrian Johansson.
brother:
Hunter Johansson. Twin of Scarlett; had bit part in "Manny & Lo".
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