Born: 12 December 1970
Birthplace: New York
Best known as:
The Oscar-winning co-star of A Beautiful Mind
Jennifer Connelly won an Academy Award as best supporting actress for playing the wife of mathematician John Forbes Nash in A Beautiful Mind (2001, with Russell Crowe as Nash). Connelly was only 15 when she landed her first big role, in Jim Henson's 1986 fantasy feature The Labyrinth (co-starring David Bowie). She grew up to become a voluptuous leading lady in a variety of films, including the sex-tinged drama The Hot Spot (1990), John Hughes's Career Opportunities (1990), the cartoony The Rocketeer (1991, with a villainous Timothy Dalton) and Inventing the Abbots (1997, with Liv Tyler and Billy Crudup). She has also starred in the short-lived TV series The $treet (2000), as Jackson Pollock's mistress in the film Pollock (2000), with Ben Kingsley in The House of Sand and Fog (2003), and as a journalist on the trail of Leonardo DiCaprio's naughty diamond smuggler in Blood Diamond (2006).
Like Jodie Foster, Connelly enrolled in Yale University; Connelly later transferred to Stanford... Connelly married actor Paul Bettany, who also appeared in A Beautiful Mind, in a private ceremony in Scotland in December of 2002.
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