Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. The films she has acted in have grossed over $6 billion worldwide, and she was the world’s highest-paid actress in 2015 and 2016. Lawrence appeared in Time‘s 100 most influential people in the world list in 2013 and in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list in 2014 and 2016.
During her childhood, Lawrence performed in church plays and school musicals. At age 14, she was spotted by a talent scout while vacationing in New York City with her family. Lawrence then moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career by playing guest roles in television shows. Her first major role came as a main cast member on the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007–2009). Lawrence made her film debut in a supporting role in the drama Garden Party (2008), and had her breakthrough playing a poverty-stricken teenager in the independent drama Winter’s Bone (2010). Her career progressed with her starring roles as the mutant Mystique in the X-Men film series (2011–2019) and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games film series (2012–2015). The latter established her as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time.
Lawrence went on to earn accolades for her collaborations with director David O. Russell. Her performance as a depressed young widow in the romance film Silver Linings Playbook (2012) earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second-youngest winner of the award. She subsequently won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing a troubled wife in the black comedy American Hustle (2013). Lawrence also received Golden Globe Awards for both of these films, and for portraying Joy Mangano in the biopic Joy (2015). She has since starred in the science fiction romance Passengers (2016), the psychological horror film Mother! (2017), and the spy thriller Red Sparrow (2018).
Lawrence is an outspoken feminist and has advocated for Planned Parenthood. In 2015, she founded the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation, which has advocated for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the Special Olympics. She formed the production company Excellent Cadaver in 2018.
Faced with an unresponsive mother and a criminal father, Ozark teenager Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) does what she can to manage the household and take care of her two younger siblings. Informed by the sheriff (Garret Dillahunt) that their father put their home up for bond and then disappeared, Ree sets out on a dangerous quest to find him. Her entire family’s fate now in her hands, Ree challenges her outlaw kin’s code of silence and risks her life to learn her father’s fate.
The first film l ever saw with Jennifer Lawrence in was the 2010 Winter’s Bone and l thought that her performance was excellent in her role as teenager Ree Dolly. After that l saw her in X-Men: First Class and after that it was The Hunger Games series, although l have seen most of her movies now – but l have been a fairly avid fan since 2010.
Below are what l consider her 9 [ish if you don’t include the series of course] best performances to date, in my opinion and those that l have seen so far – but how about you? Fan of her work or not?
Like Crazy – 2011
An American boy falls in love with a British student. Their love is tested when immigration issues force them apart and the two have to struggle with the pitfalls of a long-distance relationship.
Silver Linings Playbook – 2012
Pat, who is sent to a mental health facility after brutally attacking his wife’s lover, walks out of the centre after eight months and meets Tiffany in a bid to mend ways with his wife.
X-Men: First Class – 2011
During the Cold War, fellow mutants Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr join forces with other mutants to save humanity from a nuclear attack and a possible world war.
X-Men: Days of Future Past – 2014
Wolverine travels back in time to stop Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask, whose death leads to the creation of the Sentinels, which are robots designed to kill mutants.
X-Men: Apocalypse – 2016
The all-powerful mutant Apocalypse, who is long revered as a god, wants to cause extinction on earth. The X-Men must work together to demolish his plans.
The Hunger Games – 2012
Katniss volunteers to replace her sister in a tournament that ends only when one participant remains. Pitted against contestants who have trained for this all their life, she has little to rely on.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – 2013
After Katniss and Peeta’s victory sparks hope and possible rebellion from the citizens of Panem, the two are targeted by the Capitol that wants to quell the revolution before it is too late.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 – 2014
After putting a permanent end to the games, Katniss Everdeen, Gale, Finnick and Beetee join forces to save Peeta and a nation that she has inspired by her courage.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 – 2015
After realising that she is no longer fighting for survival, Katniss Everdeen sets out to assassinate the tyrannical President Snow and liberate the people of Panem.
Joy – 2015
Despite facing several hardships, Joy Mangano, a divorced mother of two, rises against all odds and sets up a successful business empire.
A Beautiful Planet – 2016
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station capture breathtaking footage of the natural wonders of Earth.
Passengers – 2016
During a voyage to a distant colony planet, Jim’s hypersleep pod malfunctions, waking him up. He and fellow passenger Aurora must work together to prevent their spaceship from meeting with a disaster.
Mother – 2017
A poet and his wife lead a tranquil existence in a burnt-out house. However, when uninvited guests come barging in, the couple’s life turns chaotic and shocking events unfold.
Red Sparrow – 2018
Dominika Egorova, a former ballerina, enrols in a Russian Intelligence programme and becomes a sparrow, using her body as a weapon to entrap a CIA agent.