While Hollywood can pride itself on having given us some of the most outstanding actresses of all time, such as Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren, none of these Oscar winners can pride themselves on having won the award at the young age of 22, a feat that Jennifer Lawrence has accomplished, making her the second-youngest winner of the award.
Lawrence, who is best known for her appearances in the film series X-Men and Hunger Games, has since developed both as an actress and as a person, and is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses and most influential people. Read on to learn more about her career and other facts, including her earnings and love life.
Who is Jennifer Lawrence?
Born August 15, 1990, in Indian Hills, Kentucky, Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is the daughter of summer camp manager Karen (née 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 therefore not allowed to play with other girls because she was very rough. After that, she took part in activities like cheerleading and played sports like softball, field hockey, and basketball for the boys’ team of her school.
After her interest in acting grew, Jennifer Lawrence began to participate in church plays and school musicals. One of her most remarkable early roles was as a prostitute in a church play based on the Book of Jonah. At the age of about 14, she was discovered by a talent scout and arranged an audition for talent agents. The young girl impressed the agents, and after she succeeded in convincing her mother that she wanted an acting career, she dropped out of school and began her acting career.
Her Movies and TV Shows
In 2006 Jennifer Lawrence made her acting debut in a supporting role in the film Company Town. In the same year, she appeared in an episode of Monk (2006). In 2007, she appeared in the series Cold Case and Medium, where her performances are said to have helped her get a regular role in the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007-2009).
After her performances on the show, which were critically acclaimed 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). Her breakthrough came in Winter’s Bone (2010), where her performance earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
Jennifer Lawrence became a household name in the 2010s when she took on the role of the shape-shifting mutant Mystique in the superhero movie X-Men: First Class (2011) and then played protagonist Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games (2012). Both films were a huge hit at the box office, and Lawrence’s performances were praised by critics in both films. This established her as a star actress, while she continued to play the Golden Globe and Oscar-winning role of Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Lining’s Playbook (2012).
Who is Her Boyfriend?
Jennifer Lawrence has been involved in several high-profile relationships over the years, most notably with English actor Nicholas Hoult and American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Since then, the actress has moved away from the film world to meet with gallery owner Cooke Maroney, director of the Gladstone Art Gallery in New York City.
The couple is believed to have begun meeting in mid-2008 after being introduced by a mutual friend, Lawrence’s best friend Laura Simpson. The two have taken great pains to keep details of their relationship secret, as very little is known about them. In February 2019, however, it was reported that the two have got engaged and want 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.