While Hollywood can boast of having given us some of the most outstanding actresses ever, such as Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, none of these Academy Award for Best Actress winners can boast of having won the award at the young age of 22, a feat that has been achieved by Jennifer Lawrence, making her the second-youngest winner of the award.
Lawrence, who is best known for appearing in the X-Men and Hunger Games film series, has since that time grown as both an actress and a person, ranking as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and named amongst the most influential people. Read on to find out more about her career and other facts, including her earnings and love life.
Who is Jennifer Lawrence?
Born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15, 1990, in Indian Hills, Kentucky, the actress is the daughter of summer camp manager Karen (nee Koch) and construction worker, Gary Lawrence. She is the youngest of three siblings, with two older brothers named Ben and Blaine.
Lawrence attended Kammerer Middle School in Louisville. She was very hyperactive as a child and was thereby not allowed to play with other girls due to how rough she was. She went on to participate in activities such as cheerleading and played sports like softball, field hockey and basketball for her school’s boys team.
After having grown interested in acting, Jennifer Lawrence began taking part in church plays and school musicals. One of her most notable early roles was that of a prostitute in a church play that was based on the Book of Jonah. At around the age of 14, a talent scout spotted her and arranged for her to audition for talent agents. The young girl impressed the agents and after managing to convince her mother that she wanted to pursue an acting career, she dropped out from school and launched her acting career.
Her Movies and TV Shows
In 2006, Jennifer Lawrence made her acting debut in a minor role in the film Company Town. That same year, she guest appeared in an episode of Monk (2006). In 2007, she guest appeared in the series Cold Case and Medium, where her performances were said to have helped her bag a series regular role in the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007-2009).
Following her performances on the show, which received critical acclaim and earned her a Young Artist Award, the young actress made her film debut in Garden Party (2008) and then appeared in The Burning Plain (2008) and The Poker House (2008). She had her breakthrough performance in Winter’s Bone (2010), where her performance earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
In the 2010s, Jennifer Lawrence moved towards becoming a household name as she took the role of the shape-shifting mutant Mystique in the superhero film, X-Men: First Class (2011) and then played protagonist Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012). Both films enjoyed huge success in the box office and Lawrence’s performances were praised by critics in both films. This established her as a star actress as she further went on to play the Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning role of Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
Who is Her Boyfriend?
Jennifer Lawrence has been involved in a few high profile relationships over the years; most notably with English actor Nicholas Hoult and American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. The actress has since moved away from the film world to date art gallerist Cooke Maroney, the director of New York City’s Gladstone art gallery.
The couple is thought to have begun seeing each other in mid-2018 after they were introduced to each other by a mutual friend, Lawrence’s best friend, Laura Simpson. The two have tried really hard to keep details about their relationship private, as very little is known about them. In February 2019, however, it was reported that the pair got engaged and were looking to get married as soon as possible.
How Much is Jennifer Lawrence Worth?
Having appeared in films that have grossed over $6 billion worldwide, it should not come as a surprise to find out that Jennifer Lawrence has an estimated net worth of $130 million.
After having gained plaudits for her acting ability over the years, the young actress was reportedly taking home about $10 million per film in 2014, the same year Forbes named her the second-highest-paid actress in the world. In 2015 and 2016, her earnings increased and she was now noted to outrightly be the world’s highest-paid actress, a position she has since relinquished as in 2017 and 2018 she was named the third and fourth highest-paid actress in the world.
Like many other young entertainers who have found themselves in huge wealth, Lawrence has given away some of her money to charity. In 2016, she gave the Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville $2 million. She further supports charitable organizations like the World Food Programme, Feeding America, and the Thirst Project.