Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly


12/12/1970, Catskill Mountains, New York, USA

Birth Name

Jennifer Lynn Connelly


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Jennifer Connelly was born December 12, 1970, in Catskill Mountains, NY. She grew up in Brooklyn Heights. When she was 10 a family friend suggested that she try modeling. She then started to appear in newspaper and magazine ads and then moved on to television commercials. After she…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jennifer is ranked #50 in the "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM".

    • Jennifer was ranked #46 in Glamour's The 50 most glamorous women of '08.

    • Jennifer has been nominated for two SAG Awards. In 2002, she was nominated for both Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture and Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role for A Beautiful Mind.

    • In 2002, Jennifer won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for A Beautiful Mind.

    • In 2002, Jennifer won an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for A Beautiful Mind.

    • Jennifer's first film was Once Upon a Time in America when she was only 11. She played Elizabeth McGovern's character as a young girl.

    • Jennifer was ranked #14 in Celebrity Sleuth's "25 Sexiest Women of 1993". She was ranked #74 in FHM-USA's "100 Sexiest Women" in 2002. She was also ranked #85 in Askmen's "Most Desirable Woman" in the same year. The following year, she was ranked #53 in Stuff's "103 Sexiest Women".

    • She has said she used to use the online username "ecksor", which is a phonetic spelling of XOR (Exclusive OR) - a tribute to her cousin Jerry who is a computer security expert.

    • She enrolled at Yale as an English major, then transferred two years later to Stanford.

    • She was nearly cast as Diane Court in Cameron Crowe's Say Anything (1989), but Ione Skye got the part instead.

    • In three of her movies - Dark City (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), and House of Sand and Fog (2003) - she appears standing at the end of a pier in a striking image. All three directors created the shots for different reasons, and they are not a homage or reference to each other, just an unlikely coincidence.

    • She named her son Stellan after Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård.

    • Jennifer has two sons, Kai Dugan (born July 1997) with David Dugan, and Stellan Bettany (born August 5, 2003) with husband Paul Bettany.

    • Jennifer's father is of Irish and Norwegian heritage and her mother is of Russian and Polish descent.

    • As of 2006 her measurements are 34C/D-22-34.

    • She is the daughter-in-law of actor Thane Bettany.

    • The character Veronica in Heathers (1989) was originally written with her in mind, but she turned the role down.

    • Jennifer was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People magazine in 2002.

    • She speaks fluent Italian and French.

    • She cut a single in Japan, which she sang in phonetic Japanese. She says her agent made up the idea that she is semi-fluent in the language.

  • Quotes

    • Jennifer Connelly: I've always been looking for something sacred in my life: I've always read religious texts and philosophy and I've found what I've been looking for in a much more practical way-in the process of living life.

    • Jennifer Connelly: (revealing her and husband Paul might adopt an orphan) We absolutely are considered adopting. We have a son who went through a separation of his parents and then a new stepfather and a new sibling. He's had a lot of change so I have to be sensitive to him. These are reasons why I didn't come home with a child even though, believe me, I would call Paul at night when he was away. I'd say, 'There's this baby and I don't know what to do and I love him so much and if I leave here he might die.'

    • Jennifer Connelly: I think it's a different type of horror film than has existed before. (Talking about the movie Dark Water)

    • Jennifer Connelly: The producers were great. They tried so hard to make it bearable. They got a hot tub so I could sit around and be warm between without having to dry off the whole time. But there was a lot trudging around in cold, dank water. (talking about the movie Dark Water)

    • Jennifer Connelly: I try to stay focused on my life and do try not to be brought into the Hollywood fantasy.

    • Jennifer Connelly: I was drawn to them both for similar reasons...they're both complicated characters who are struggling with their lives. People say that Marion, the girl I played in Requiem for a Dream, was pretty dark, too, so I guess I should be careful. I tend to get offered a lot of drug-addict parts, women on the verge, so I think I'm going to do a comedy next time.

    • Jennifer Connelly: I am a huge fan of personal hygiene, so I embrace water.

    • Jennifer Connelly: I thought it was brave of Walter to allow the protagonist of the film to do things that she wishes she hadn't done. It happens. You make mistakes as a parent. Then you wish you hadn't said that, or you wish you hadn't told them how to dress. You cringe.

    • Jennifer Connelly: By some beautiful twist of fate I've landed in this vocation that demands that I feel and helps me to learn...No film has moved or taught me more than A Beautiful Mind.

    • Jennifer Connelly: It was really nice working with her, ... She's a very sweet little girl. We had a lot of rehearsal time together. When we were just getting to know each other she would tell me stories about her dog and her grandma before we got on with doing scenes together. She worked really hard but seemed to enjoy it. I hope we didn't torture her too much.

    • Jennifer Connelly: You don't want to get rid of your experiences, because they're your experiences - good or bad - and you need them, but it would be great if they weren't on the video shelf.