A pretty face discovered while walking down a Manhattan street made it big in Hollywood and became a star of the wildly popular Hunger Games series. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15, 1990 in Indian Hills, Kentucky. Her dad Gary is a construction worker and her mother Karen is a summer camp manager. She attended the Kammerer Middle School in Louisville. During her childhood she suffered from hyperactivity and social anxiety, and considered herself a misfit among her peers. Lawrence says that her anxieties vanished when she performed on stage, and that acting gave her a sense of accomplishment. Lawrence grew up with her two elder brother and also played softball, field hockey and basketball, which she played on a boys team that her father coached. She was fond of horseback riding while growing up and frequently visited a local horse farm.
Her first acting assignment was at the age of nine with the role of a prostitute in a church play based on the Book of Jonah, for which a family friend congratulated her mother and praised her performance. For the next few years, she continued to take parts in church plays and school musicals. During a family vacation to New York, when Lawrence was 14, she was spotted on the street by a talent scout who arranged for her to audition for agents. Lawrence’s mother was not keen on allowing her to pursue an acting career, but briefly moved to the city to let her read for roles. After Lawrence’s first cold reading, the agents said that hers was the best they had heard from someone that young; Lawrence’s mother convinced her that they were lying. Lawrence said her early experiences were difficult as she felt lonely and friendless. She signed on with the CESD Talent Agency, who convinced her parents to let her audition for roles in Los Angeles. Lawrence’s mother agreed to let her pursue acting on the condition that she graduate from high school. Lawrence was eventually home-schooled in Los Angeles, and graduated two years early with good grades. Considering acting to be a natural fit for her, she turned down several offers for modelling assignments at the time.
Between her acting jobs in the city, she made regular visits to Louisville, during which she served as an assistant nurse at her mother’s camp.
Lawrence rose to greater fame in the role of the shape-shifting mutant Mystique in X-Men: First Class (2011), a role she reprised in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). She made the transition to stardom upon being cast as heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012)—the film version of the first book in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins’s runaway best-selling young-adult novels. As Katniss, Lawrence played a character with some similarities to Ree, another tough teenager using outdoor survival skills to stay alive in dire circumstances. Lawrence also starred in another notable film in 2012, director David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook. In that movie she played Tiffany Maxwell, a young widow who befriends a man struggling with mental illness (played by Bradley Cooper). She won critical acclaim in the popular film and became the second youngest woman to win the Academy Award for best actress (2013). Lawrence then appeared as the wife of a con artist (Christian Bale) in Russell’s cat-and-mouse romp American Hustle (2013); the role earned her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. Lawrence’s fame continued to grow 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. Lawrence has been the highest-paid actress in the world since the year 2015. She went on to earn various accolades from her collaborations with director David O. Russell. Her performance as a depressed widow in the romance film Silver Linings Playbook (2012) received an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second youngest Best Actress Oscar winner. She subsequently won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing a troubled wife in the black comedy American Hustle (2013). She narrated A Beautiful Planet (2016), a documentary featuring footage of Earth taken from the International Space Station. Her other 2016 credit was the sci-fi romance Passengers, in which she played a writer who was among 5,000 hibernating intergalactic travelers heading to another planet. She also received Golden Globe Awards for her roles in both of these films and for playing the title inventor in the biopic Joy (2015). She appeared in Time’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and Forbes Celebrity 100 the following year and in 2016.
Lawrence is known in the media for being a vocal advocate of feminism and gender equality, and is the founder of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation through which she supports various charitable organizations.
She dated her X-Men co-star, Nicholas Hoult, from 2011 to 2013. A year later, she was involved in an on-and-off again relationship with Coldplay’s Chris Martin, which reportedly ended in the summer of 2015. At an all time career hike, Lawrence was one of several actresses targeted in August 2014 by hackers who released nude photo of the star online. For which she stated,” Just because I am a public figure, just because I am an actress does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting.” But nothing stopped J” from establishing herself as a successful American actress.1