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Meet Jennifer Lawrence: Oscar Winning Actress

Updated on May 31, 2015
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence

Who is Jennifer Lawrence? Besides, of course, Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games movie was highly anticipated and well received. Some argued that it wasn't as good as the book but what movie is? The world waited anxiously to see how Hollywood would interpret the highly popular Hunger Games book trilogy and I think the result wasn't too bad.

At the same time, people wondered who Jennifer Lawrence was. We wondered how long she had been acting, what other movies she had appeared in and what she was going to be doing after The Hunger Games.

We aren't wondering anymore. We know who Jennifer Lawrence is and she has had a highly successful year since the Hunger games movie was released. If you are a movie fan, you will likely not have missed her in the Silver Linings Playbook. Even if you did not see that movie, you no doubt are aware that Jennifer Lawrence took home the Oscar for Best Actress at the 85th Academy Award ceremony held in February, 2013 for her role in that film.

If you are curious about this young actress who is currently being seen and heard everywhere, read on.

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"I never play characters who are like me, because I'm a boring person, and I wouldn't want to see me in a movie." ~ Jennifer Lawrence

How & When Did Jennifer Lawrence Get Started Acting?

She was talented and took her talent to New York City.

Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress who was born on August 15, 1990 in Kentucky, the youngest of three siblings. Jennifer started acting professionally at the age of 14, when she auditioned in New York City with a few agencies despite the fact that she had never had any acting training. IMDB says that her interview was deemed "the best cold read by a 14-year old ever."

She left one audition and was immediately spotted by another agent who was in the midst of shooting an advertisement. The very next day that second agent invited her to audtion and was also impressed by her ability.

Eventually, it was decided that Jennifer would stay in New York City for the summer of 2004 in order to work on her career.

What Other Movies Has Jennifer Lawrence Been In?

Jennifer Lawrence has a number of acting roles on her resume.

Jennifer did spent the summer of 2004 in New York City working. She debuted in a guest spot for MTV and went on eventually to film commercials, appear in in guest spots on Monk, Cold Case, Medium and Devil You Know.

Success meant a move to Los Angeles where she appeared in the 2007 television series The Bill Engvall Show and 2008 movies Garden Party, The Poker House and The Burning Plain. Of course, her greatest success (before The Hunger Games) was in Winter's Bone in 2010, for which she won awards including Hollywood Awards' Best Newcoming Actress. In 2011, she appeared in Jodie Foster's The Beaver, X-Men: First Class as Mystique and Like Crazy.

Jennifer Lawrence Movies

  • The Bill Engvall Show: Season 1 (2007)
  • The Poker House (2008)
  • The Burning Plain (2008)
  • Winter's Bone (2010)
  • The Beaver (2011)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • Like Crazy (2011)
  • The Hunger Games (2012)
  • House at the End of the Street (2012)
  • The Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
  • Catching Fire (2013)
  • Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014)
  • Mockingjay, Part 2 (2015)

Jennifer Lawrence in Winter's Bone

Jennifer received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in this indie film.

Winter's Bone was an unexpected hit in 2010 and earned Jennifer Lawrence a nomination for Best Actress at the Oscars. She was the second youngest actress ever to be nominated for that honour.

Winter's Bone is an R rated movie that includes drug dealing, drug use and profanity that I have yet to see...the trailer makes shivers go up my spine. I'm not sure if I look forward to watching it or not but I will say that I am intrigued. The New York Times called Jennifer's performance, "watchful, precise and quietly heroic."

The Hunger Games Trilogy

The Hunger Games Trilogy
The Hunger Games Trilogy

Jennifer Lawrence plays the main female character, Katniss Everdeen

If you are reading this page, it is a pretty sure thing that you know The Hunger Games. If you have seen the movie, you have been introduced to Jennifer Lawrence.

Director Gary Ross has been quoted to have said that Lawrence's talent is "unique in her generation." He also said that casting her was simple since Jennifer is also "brave, strong, self-confident, she knows who she is ... she's very clear, there isn't a great filter. Jen will kind of say anything, all of which can describe Katniss."

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD]

Catching Fire was released on November 22, 2013.


The hardest part of the role for Jennifer was knowing that no one would want to watch a movie for two hours if they did not like the character coupled with the fact that in the book Katniss Everdeen struggles to make people like her.

Physically, getting ready for The Hunger Games meant Jennifer had to really get in shape. Her regime included free-running, combat training, climbing, yoga and archery. She would have liked to do more of her stunts than she did but the studio was not keen on letting their lead actress place herself at risk.

No doubt about it, Jennifer's role as Katniss Everdeen has set the world on fire. It will definitely define her career.

Because of her role in The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence intends to be a good role model for young girls.

Silver Linings Playbook
Silver Linings Playbook

The Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Jennifer Lawrence was brilliant in the Silver Linings Playbook. So brilliant in fact that she took home the Oscar for Best Actress at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. I went to the movie theatre to see the film with uncertainty. Would Jennifer be able to pull it off? That is, would she be able to convince me that she was another character and not Katniss Everdeen? Well, she did and I am thrilled to be able to HIGHLY RECOMMEND the movie the Silver Linings Playbook.

Jennifer Lawrence - Oscar for the funniest speech...

Jennifer Lawrence isn't as poised or as perfect as some Academy Award winning actresses but that is why I like her. Her reactions, which sometimes prove embarrassing, make her seem real. Enjoy this short and edited video of her question and answer segment after she received the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Jennifer Lawrence for Christian Dior - Miss Lawrence is the new face of The Miss Dior bag.

Jennifer Lawrence is the new face of the Miss Dior bag and, in this short Youtube video from the photo shoot, she looks stunning. What do you think?

What's Next For Jennifer Lawrence?

  • Watch for more of Jennifer Lawrence as a face for Christian Dior.
  • Watch for her in Mockingjau, which opens on November 21, 2014.
  • Watch for her in a movie called Serena, based on the novel by the name Serena. Rumoured North American release date is February 26, 2015
  • Watch for her in the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

A Mockingjay pin
A Mockingjay pin | Source

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Are you a fan of Jennifer Lawrence? - Will you continue to watch for news about this young actress?

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks! I know Jennifer has been in a few great movies recently. I need to get this page updated!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Jennifer Lawerence! She is amazing in The Hunger Games! Great job making this lens!

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      paulgrossman 5 years ago

      She was great in Silver Linings Playbook...Definitely Oscar-worthy!

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Movie director Mark Tonderal compares Jennifer Lawrence to one of Hollywood's hottest female stars.He told MTV News that the Oscar nominated actress has the potential to "be this generation's Mery Streep. I seriously think she's that good. She's an incredible actress."Very interesting lens on one of Hollywood's hottest thespian talent.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      She is really beautiful ....

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      SoftballPrincess 5 years ago

      i love the hunger games!!!! jennifer lawrence did a fantastic job!!!

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      Risteard O'Marcahain 5 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful looking young woman - Interesting that she looks so different from different poses - classic for a actress to be able to take on other roles

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      SophiaStar LM 5 years ago

      I absolutely loved her in Winter Bone I thought she did an amazing job. I still have yet to see the Hunger Games, but I have a feeling she will continue to grow in success.

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      I've heard so much about this movie i feel like I've seen it already! lol very nice lens here, it was interesting to read.

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      Winhty772 5 years ago

      Enjoyed this lens very much! Excellent job!

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      howtop10 5 years ago

      Look forward to seeing her performances in other flicks!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      The Burning Plain and Winter's Bone were very good movies. Not sure if I'll watch The Hunger Games.

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      AlokaRuwanpathi 5 years ago

      nice lens!!

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      Just finished the book and I can't wait to see the movie! I haven't seen Jennifer Lawrence before, but she looks perfect for the part.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      I'm really looking forward to this movie - I shall also read the book, but after I have seen the movie.

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      neuromancer lm 5 years ago

      I would definetely suggest to read the book first.

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      ivanjuras 5 years ago

      Watched the movie yesterday. Definitely one of the best this year for me. She performed flawlessly.

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      Jennifer Lawrence is so pretty...Looking forward for the movie..

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      SquidooColouringPages 5 years ago

      I have read novel about the hunger games and i'm gonna watch it tomorrow at cinema :)

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Thank you for sharing this article and one of the things I was so impressed with about this movie is how they had an incredibly strong leading lady that for once was not sexualized at all. She could be strong without wearing skimpy tight clothes. Wrote my own lens on some other thoughts on the book & movie if you are interested at Thank you for sharing this great lens.

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      This was such a great movie. We saw it last night!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @Karlaashlee: Read the book & then see the movie. The book is a young adult book so it shouldn't take you long to get through it. You'd probably still have time to catch The Hunger Games in the movie theatres.

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      Karlaashlee 5 years ago

      OMG! I cannot wait to see this movie. Still debating if I should read the book first?! But Jennifer Lawrence seems to be one to look out for!

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      MelonyVaughan 5 years ago

      She is a very talented actress. Great lens!

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      Matthew 5 years ago from Silicon Valley

      Jennifer did a fantastic job in Hunger Games, and while I have not seen her earlier movies, I now have them on the list to watch. Thank you for sharing

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @BunnyFabulous: And I need to see her in Winter's Bone.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @intermarks: Absolutely!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @AlexTedford: I think it did. Be sure to come back and let us know what you think when you have seen the movie.

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @MartieG: How exciting for your grandson! How old is he?

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @WJT LM: Sounds like a great idea, WJT!

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      bluefire1020 5 years ago

      Wow, haven't seen Hunger Games yet but will soon. Thank you for sharing! =)

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Nice lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      WJT LM 5 years ago

      Jennifer Lawrence is fantastic. She did a good job in Winter's Bone as Ree and X Men: First Class as Mystic. I've watched The Hunger Games and have to say she did a fantastic job in The Hunger Games too. Apparently, she have a good sense of humor too. What I would love to see next her to star in a comedy film. That would be great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. God bless!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      She was terrific in Hungar Games! My grandson was actually one of the extras in the movie so I saw it the first day! Nice lens :>)

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      tyrosine 5 years ago

      Sure of cos i will :) great to know more about her

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      AlexTedford 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Hopefully the movie will do the book justice!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Jennifer Lawrence is so beautiful. She is amazing and wonderful.

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      TheEmone 5 years ago

      Dammmmnn :D

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      Not really. Just heard of her because of the Hunger Games movie.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Winter's Bone was a tough movie to see, but it was extremely well-done, and Jennifer Lawrence definitely deserved a nomination for her role. Looking forward to reading the Hunger Games 1st book and seeing her in the movie.

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      Dianne Loomos 5 years ago

      I'd never heard of Jennifer Lawrence but looking forward to seeing her in The Hunger Games.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      it's amazing to me that Jennifer Lawrence's career began at age 14. Just from watching the trailer, I am thrilled that Jennifer looks about like I thought Katniss looked in the books. I am excited and looking forward to the movie!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      @tandemonimom lm: I knew she had done Winter's Bone but I had no idea she had had so many other roles (even if they are not major roles.) She's certainly off to a great start!

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      tandemonimom lm 5 years ago

      I had not realized Jennifer Lawrence was the actress in Winter Bone - I thought she was brand new to the screen!