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Jennifer Lawrence: All You Need to Know About This Talented Actress

Updated on July 9, 2014
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence | Source

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is known for her superior acting ability and her unfiltered mouth. She often says what she’s thinking and is one of the realest celebrities out there. She has had blunder after blunder on camera (falling at the Oscars, not once but twice) but has handle each embarrassing moment with grace and has shown the world that actors and actresses are just like us. Celebrities are simply people that fans have placed on a pedestal and Lawrence is aware of this. But where did Jennifer Lawrence come from?

Just the Beginning. . .

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born in Louisville, Kentucky on August 15, 1990. She has two older brothers and her family lives on a farm in the suburbs of Kentucky. Lawrence was born to a working class family, her father working in construction and her mother a camp manager at a children’s day camp. When Lawrence became a teenager she was able to convince her family to take her to New York City to find a talent agent.

Finally, in 2007 Lawrence had her big break at the young age of 17. Lawrence began appearing on the TBS comedy television show “The Bill Engvall Show.” She appeared in 31 episodes as the character Lauren Pearson, the daughter of the title character. Lawrence appeared on the “The Bill Engvall Show” from 2007-2009, until it was cancelled in its third season. Lawrence followed her role on “The Bill Engvall Show” with roles in the movies “Garden Party” and “The Poker House.” After her roles in the two smaller films, she finally made it to the big screen in the movie “The Burning Plain.” After starring with Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger, she finally landed the role that would bring the Academy's attention to her. In 2010, Lawrence's performance in “Winter’s Bone” led to an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Lawrence’s role in “Winter’s Bone” would be her break out role, that would lead to many new things. Lawrence would become known as a “Sundance Darling” after her roles in “Winter’s Bone” and “Like Crazy.”

Lawrence on "The Bill Engvall Show"

A young Jennifer Lawrence
A young Jennifer Lawrence | Source

A Force to be Reckoned With

Lawrence was beginning to become a force to be reckoned with when she landed the role of young Mystique in the movie “X-Men: First Class.” Lawrence would play the blue shape shifting mutant not once, but twice. However, the X-Men role was not her biggest role, Lawrence would go on to win the role of Katniss Everdeen in the adaptation to the best-selling novel “The Hunger Games.” Lawrence was instantly propelled into a new world of celebrity. The character of Katniss Everdeen is highly beloved by the fans of the best-selling novel, so Lawrence instantly became a hit with all of the “Hunger Games” fans. “The Hunger Games” would go onto to be one of the highest grossing films of all time making over $407 million dollars domestically. “The Hunger Games” was the first successful movie based entirely on a female action lead. Jennifer Lawrence had made it. She was now an A-list actress and everyone knew her name. Soon she was the new face of Dior and her face was plastered on billboards everywhere.

In 2012, she took another role in a movie that was adapted from a novel, “The Silver Linings Playbook” with Bradley Cooper. This would be one of the best decisions she would ever make. Her portrayal of Tiffany, a slightly crazy neighbor, won her an Oscar for Best Lead Actress in 2013.

Lawrence reprised her role as Katniss Everdeen in the sequel “Catching Fire” and signed on to appear in the final two movies. “Catching Fire” grossed over $409 million domestically beating “Iron Man 3.” However, Lawrence was still busy taking parts. She appeared in the movie “American Hustle” with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper. She was nominated for another Oscar for her performance in “American Hustle” but unfortunately this time she did not secure a win.

Lawrence in "American Hustle"

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Things to Come

Lawrence has many movies on her plate including the next two “Hunger Game” movies, a role in the movie “Serena” which Lawrence replaced Angelina Jolie in. Other movies still to come from this bright, intelligent, humble, skillful, and graceful actress include: “East of Eden”, “The Rules of Inheritance”, “The Glass Castle”, “The Ends of the Earth”, and “Burial Rites.” Needless to say Lawrence is not going anywhere and she will be very visible in the near future with the many movies that she is planning to star in.

Winter's Bones

Lawrence as Mystique
Lawrence as Mystique | Source

Tumble at the Oscars 2013

Jennifer Tumbles Again at the Oscars: 2014

Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen | Source

Wardrobe Malfunction?

Little Known Facts About Jennifer Lawrence

  • She auditioned for the part of Bella Swan, but ultimately the role went to Kristen Stewart.

  • She was in the music video “The Mess I Made” for the band Parachutes in 2009

  • Lawrence never took acting classes

  • Lawrence played basketball, field hockey, and softball as a child.

  • Jennifer learned to skin squirrels and chop wood for her role in “Winter’s Bone.”

  • Lawrence graduated from high school two years early while maintaining a 3.9 GPA

  • Was one of People’s Most Beautiful People in 2011

  • Lawrence auditioned for the role of Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with Dragon Tattoo” but the role went to Rooney Mara

  • She has had on again of again relationship with her co-star Nicholas Hoult, from X-Men

Lawrence at Oscars 2014
Lawrence at Oscars 2014 | Source

Role in "Hunger Games"


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