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Jennifer Shrader Lawrence

August 15, 1990 (1990-08-15) (age 29)
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her films have grossed over $5.5 billion worldwide, and she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. She appeared in Time's 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and in the Forbes Celebrity 100 in 2014 and 2016.

Lawrence's fame grew with her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series (2012–2015), which established her as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time. She went on to earn various accolades for her collaborations with director David O. Russell.

Lawrence is known in the media as an advocate for feminism and gender equality. She is the founder of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, through which she supports various charitable organizations.

Early life

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Jennifer was born in Indian Hills, Kentucky. Lawrence was educated at the Kammerer Middle School in Louisville. She did not enjoy her childhood due to hyperactivity and social anxiety and considered herself a misfit among her peers. Lawrence has said that her anxieties vanished when she performed on stage and acting gave her a sense of accomplishment. Lawrence's school activities included cheer-leading, softball, field hockey and basketball, which she played on a boys' team. While growing up, she was fond of horseback riding and frequently visited a local horse farm.

She dropped out of school when she was 14 without receiving a GED or a diploma. She has said that she was "self-educated" and that her career was her priority.

Lawrence was 14 and on a family vacation to New York City when she was spotted on the street by a talent scout who arranged for her to audition for talent agents. After Lawrence's first cold reading, the agents said that hers was the best they had heard from someone that young. She signed on with the CESD Talent Agency. At that time, she considered acting to be a natural fit for her abilities, and she turned down several offers for modelling assignments.

In the media

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Jennifer Lawrence and writer/director Andres Useche 2015

In 2012, the review website IndieWire described Lawrence's personality as "down-to-earth". She is frequently referred to as "America's Sweetheart" in the media. An IGN writer considers her to be a "sharp", "funny" and "quirky" actress who likes to "stay grounded" despite considerable success. Lawrence says that she does not believe in being "cocky" about her success.

In 2012, Rolling Stone called her "the most talented young actress in America." Her Hunger Games co-star Donald Sutherland has favorably compared her craft to that of Laurence Olivier and considers her an "exquisite and brilliant actor". David O. Russell has praised her effortless acting that makes her performances look easy.

During her career, Lawrence has played roles in both high-profile, mainstream productions and low-budget independent films, and has appeared in a range of film genres. She did not study acting and has not been involved in professional theater. She instead bases her acting approach on her observations of people around her.

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Jennifer Lawrence at the Golden Globes 2013

In 2015, Lawrence was named "Entertainer of the Year" by Entertainment Weekly a title she also won in 2012 and was recognized as the highest-grossing action heroine in Guinness World Records for starring in the Hunger Games series. In 2015 and 2016, Forbes reported that she had emerged as the world's highest-paid actress with annual earnings of $52 million and $46 million, respectively. The magazine ranked her as the world's third highest-paid actress in 2017, with earnings of $24 million.


Lawrence won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook (2012). She has won three Golden Globe Awards and also won a BAFTA Award. Her other accolades include seven MTV Movie Awards, six People's Choice Awards, a Satellite Award, and a Saturn Award.


Jennifer Lawrence at Mother Press Conference (cropped)
Jennifer Lawrence during a press conference of the movie "Mother!" Venice, Italy
Jennifer Lawrence at the 83rd Academy Awards crop
Jennifer Lawrence at the 83rd Academy Awards 2011
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Jennifer Lawrence speaking at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Garden Party Tiffany "Tiff"
2008 Poker House, TheThe Poker House Agnes
2008 Burning Plain, TheThe Burning Plain Mariana
2010 Winter's Bone Ree Dolly
2011 Like Crazy Sam
2011 Beaver, TheThe Beaver Norah
2011 X-Men: First Class Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
2012 Hunger Games, TheThe Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen
2012 Silver Linings Playbook Tiffany Maxwell
2012 House at the End of the Street Elissa Cassidy
2013 The Devil You Know Young Zoe Hughes Filmed in 2005
2013 Hunger Games: Catching Fire, TheThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire Katniss Everdeen
2013 American Hustle Rosalyn Rosenfeld
2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
2014 Serena Serena Pemberton
2014 Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Katniss Everdeen
2015 Dior and I Herself Documentary
2015 Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, TheThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Katniss Everdeen
2015 Joy Joy Mangano
2016 A Beautiful Planet Narrator Documentary
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Raven Darkhölme / Mystique
2016 Passengers Aurora Lane
2017 Mother! mother
2018 Red Sparrow Dominika Egorova
2019 Dark Phoenix Raven Darkhölme / Mystique Post-production

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