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Born: August 15, 1990
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky
Academy-Award winning actress Jennifer Lawrence began acting in church plays before convincing her parents to find her an agent in New York. Lawrence’s God-given talents impressed the agency despite her having no formal training. Excited about starting an acting career, Lawrence completed high school two years ahead of schedule.
In 2006, Lawrence played eldest daughter Lauren Pearson on The Bill Engvall Show. The show was cancelled in 2009 after three seasons. She received the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer in a TV Series for her role in the show.
2007 offered Lawrence a string of guest-starring roles in television, including parts in The Devil You Know, Cold Case, Medium and Monk. She received her first movie role in 2008's Garden Party, and later that year she played opposite Charlize Theron in The Burning Plane and held the lead in Lori Petty's The Poker House.
Lawrence’s role as Ree Dolly in Winter’s Bones, which won Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, is typically cited as her breakout performance. Her performance was highly acclaimed by critics. David Denby said to The New Yorker, “the movie would be unimaginable with anyone less charismatic playing Ree.” Lawrence received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress because of the role.
In 2011, she scored the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins novel The Hunger Games. The film had the third-highest opening box-office weekend, making Lawrence the highest-grossing heroine ever.
Lawrence reprised the role previously portrayed by Rebecca Romijn of X-Men villain Mystique in the series' prequel, X-Men: First Class in 2011. She began dating co-star, British actor Nicholas Hoult. The two have dated on and off since 2011.
In 2012, Lawrence played widow Tiffany Maxwell, opposite Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook. She received widespread praise and critical acclaim, eventually becoming the second-youngest actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
2013 saw the release of the second installment of the Hunger Games franchise, Catching Fire. It became the biggest November opening weekend, quickly surpassing numerous box office records. The movie met generally good reviews. Lawrence also saw the release of David O. Russell's American Hustle, in which she starred alongside Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, and Amy Adams. The film accumulated rave reviews from critics as it garnered multiple awards, including Best Picture at the 2014 Golden Globes. Lawrence won her second consecutive Golden Globe, this time winning Best Supporting Actress for her role as Rosalynn Rosenfeld.
Fortunately for fans of Lawrence, she doesn't seem to be slowing down in 2014 either. While she claimed she wanted to take 2014 to relax, the star has multiple films lined up for release including the much anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past and the first installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay.