Jennifer Connelly

Mimi ON Nov 05, 2008 AT 4:21 pm

“The ultimate goal isn’t to be famous; the ultimate goal is to work on stuff that matters.” As the face of Balenciaga, Jennifer Connelly obviously knows what matters. She began her career as a model at the tender age of 10. Due to her striking good looks, work flooded in for the young starlet. When she was offered a role in the 1984 film ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ she quickly dropped modelling to pursue acting.

Jennifer proved she had a brain to match her good looks when she attended Yale for a year to study drama and English literature, and then moved to Stanford for another year. She never finished her degree, something she very much regrets.

Jobs kept coming and Jennifer was kept busy, but she stayed off the radar until her breakthrough role in ‘Requiem for a Dream’ in 2000. Her performance established her as a serious actress and her subsequent performance alongside Russell Crowe in ‘A Beautiful Mind’ earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

One would think that a recent Academy Award winning actress would be inundated with jobs and would appear on every silver screen in the land. However, her only notable role since then was starring as a journalist alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2006 hit ‘Blood Diamond’. Jealous? Us? Never! (She also appeared in ‘The Hulk’ in 2004 but would we call that notable? I’m afraid not.).

Jennifer is 37 years old and is living in her native city of New York, with her husband Paul Bettany (her co-star on ‘A Beautiful Mind’), and her two sons, Stellan and Kai.

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly

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