Jennifer Lawrence is an Academy Award winning American actress, famous for her portrayals of Katniss Everdeen and Raven Darkhölme / Mystique, in The Hunger Games and X-Men: First Class respectively.
Full Name: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence
Born: August 15, 1990, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Parents: Karen Lawrence (Mother), Gary Lawrence (Father)
Siblings: Blaine Lawrence, Ben Lawrence
Education: Kammerer Middle School
Awards: Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, etc.
Jennifer Lawrence is hailed as one of the most talented young actors of her generation. She became only the second youngest Best Actress award winner at the Oscars, when she won the award for her performance in the David O. Russell directed film Silver Linings Playbook (2013). She’s been constantly evolving as an actress, which is her hallmark according to many people within and outside the entertainment industry.
Birth, Family and Education
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990, in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A. She was born to Gary Lawrence and Karen Lawrence, her father and mother respectively. The couple has two other children named Blaine Lawrence and Ben Lawrence, who’re Jennifer’s siblings and older to her as well. Jennifer attended the Kammerer Middle School in her hometown, and graduated from high school two years early, to pursue a career in acting.
Lawrence started off in the entertainment industry with a few commercials for the MTV. She then landed a concrete role in the comedy fare The Bill Engvall Show, which aired on the TBS. Alongside her role of Lauren Pearson on the show, she featured in movies like The Poker House and The Burning Plain. After The Bill Engvall Show went off air, Jennifer was seen in guest roles on television shows such as Cold Case, Medium, and Monk.
Rise to Fame
Lawrence’s work until 2009 was accepted, but it didn’t give her the kind of exposure that 2010’s acclaimed film Winter’s Bone gave her. Directed by Debra Granik, the film had Lawrence cast as Ree Dolly, a seventeen-year-old in the Ozark Mountains who cares for her mentally ill mother and her younger brother and sister. The performance won her many rave reviews and nominations from the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, etc. In between, she appeared in an independent film Like Crazy, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
However, it was not until 2011 that Jennifer’s reputation as an actress sky rocketed. Her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in the film The Hunger Games, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins left everyone spellbound. Lawrence shot to instant international fame with the movie’s overwhelming success. Her performance was well received both, commercially and critically. She followed this excellent performance with another great one in the movie X-Men: First Class, wherein she was seen playing the role of Raven Darkhölme / Mystique.
Awards and Recognition
As any actor would confess, the best moment in his/her life would be that of winning an Academy Award, or an Oscar for their performance. Undoubtedly, this moment was Jennifer’s best as well, when she received the Academy Award for the Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her portrayal of Tiffany Maxwell in director David O. Russell’s romantic-comedy Silver Linings Playbook. In her characteristic style, Lawrence said “This is nuts”, on receiving the award. That very same year, she swept almost all awards for lead actress at various award events for her brilliant performance in the 2012 film, which is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Matthew Quick.
Jennifer Lawrence has been widely acclaimed for her effortless acting style, which makes expressing the inner emotions of some of the toughest characters look easy.