->''"I didn't expect to win the Oscar. You grow up watching the Oscars on TV and you think it happens to fancy people. It was really surreal."''

Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born in Cairo, New York; December 12, 1970) is an American film actress who began her career as a child model. Her film debut was in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' - where she played the younger version of Elizabeth [=McGovern=]. But she soon transitioned to leading roles, and one of them included the cult hit ''{{Film/Labyrinth}}'' alongside David Bowie, when she was only sixteen. Despite critics being lukewarm to her performance, more leading roles followed. And she started to win critics over with roles like ''Film/TheHotSpot''. Success didn't come that quickly however - she found herself typecast in {{Fanservice}} roles. For most of the 90s and early 2000s, Jennifer was [[BestKnownForTheFanservice heavily associated with nudity or titillation in her films]] - regardless of the quality of her performances. These were usually acclaimed, leading critics to sigh about wasted potential.

Things started to turn in her favour with a turn in the well-acclaimed CyberPunk film ''Film/DarkCity''. But it was with ''Film/RequiemForADream'' that she started to make the switch from MsFanservice to serious actress. More roles like ''Film/WakingTheDead'' kept earning her critical acclaim, and she managed to win an Oscar for ''Film/ABeautifulMind''. Nowadays she's a very respected actress with lots of accolades to her name. She's also got Marvel Comics cred due to her role in Ang Lee's ''{{Film/Hulk}}'' where she played Betty Ross.

As a fun fact, she's done three films that all feature the same exact shot: Jennifer's character stands at the end of a pier looking out to the sea. ''Film/DarkCity'', ''Film/RequiemForADream'' and ''Film/HouseOfSandAndFog'' all feature this shot.

She is married to Creator/PaulBettany.
!!Selected Filmography:
* ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' (1984)
* ''{{Film/Labyrinth}}'' (1986)
* ''The Hot Spot'' (1990)
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' (1991)
* ''Film/DarkCity'' (1998)
* ''Film/WakingTheDead'' (2000)
* ''Film/RequiemForADream'' (2000)
* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' (2001) - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
* ''Film/HouseOfSandAndFog'' (2005)
* ''Film/DarkWater'' (2005)
* ''Film/LittleChildren'' (2006)
* ''Film/BloodDiamond'' (2006)
* ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008'' (2008)
* ''Film/{{Inkheart}}'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Creation}}'' (2009)
* ''{{Film/Noah}}'' (2014)
* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' (2017)
* ''Film/OnlyTheBrave'' (2017)