Jennifer Conely

Jennifer Lynn Connelly born December 12, 1970 in Catskill Mountains, New York is an Academy Award-winning American film actress and former child model. Although she has been working in the film industry since she was a teenager and catapulted to fame on the basis of her appearances in films like Labyrinth and Career Opportunities, she did not receive wide exposure for her work until the 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream, and the 2001 biopic A Beautiful Mind, for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.At the age of ten, her career started in newspaper and magazine ads, then moved to television commercials. These led to movie auditions and at the age of eleven, her first film role was as "young Deborah Gelly," a supporting role in Sergio Leone's 1984 gangster epic, Once Upon a Time in America. She next starred in Italian horror director Dario Argento's Phenomena (1985) and in the coming-of-age movie Seven Minutes in Heaven. Connelly became a star on her next picture, the fantasy Labyrinth (1986) playing Sarah, a teenager who wishes her baby brother into the world of goblins ruled by goblin king Jareth (David Bowie). The film disappointed at the box office. Connelly made a Japanese pop single record, "Jennifer's X'mas" , an Italian Balcannica record[citation needed] and starred in several obscure films, such as Etoile (1988) and Some Girls (1988).
The Dennis Hopper-directed The Hot Spot (1990) was underwhelming, both critically and commercially. Another film, Career Opportunities, was more successful and is considered a teen cult classic. It and Hot Spot threatened to typecast her in the "sexpot" stereotype with both films emphasizing her voluptuous figure, particularly Hot Spot which contained her first topless scene. It would be the first of seven movies in which she appeared nude. Connelly was featured on the cover of Esquire in August 1991, as part of the "Women We Love" feature. She appeared alongside Jason Priestley in the Roy Orbison music video for "I Drove All Night" in 1992. Connelly began studying English at Yale, and two years later transferred to Stanford.
The big-budget Disney film The Rocketeer (1991) similarly failed to ignite Connelly's career; after its failure she took some time off from acting.