->''"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 well as voicing the Ai "Karen" in ''Film/SpidermanHomecoming''.

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)
* ''Career Opportunities'' (1991)
* ''Film/TheRocketeer'' (1991)
* ''Film/HigherLearning'' (1995)
* ''Film/MulhollandFalls'' (1996)
* ''Film/DarkCity'' (1998)
* ''Film/WakingTheDead'' (2000)
* ''Film/RequiemForADream'' (2000)
* ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' (2001) - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
* ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' (2003)
* ''Film/HouseOfSandAndFog'' (2003)
* ''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)
* ''Film/AlitaBattleAngel'' (2018)
!!Tropes associated with her:
* AbilityOverAppearance: Inverted. Despite having no ballet training, she was cast in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' precisely because of her resemblance to Elizabeth [=McGovern=]. Of course they liked her performance too. [[invoked]]
* ActorAllusion:
** Three films feature the same specific shot where Jennifer's character stands at the end of a pier looking out to the sea - ''Film/DarkCity'', ''Film/RequiemForADream'' and ''Film/HouseOfSandAndFog''. While filming the third, her reaction was "how many times have I done this already?"
** In two films she has played the devoted wife to a brilliant but insane Russell Crowe - ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' and ''{{Film/Noah}}''.
** She's played a 'Sarah Williams' in both ''{{Film/Labyrinth}}'' and ''Film/WakingTheDead''.
* ActorSharedBackground: Both she and her character Marion in ''Film/RequiemForADream'' had fathers who worked in the fashion industry. [[invoked]]
* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Ooh boy... [[invoked]]
** ''{{Film/Labyrinth}}'' while primarily known for Music/DavidBowie providing the majority of {{Fanservice}}, also is known for Jennifer being dressed up in very flattering princess dresses in two scenes.
** ''Career Opportunities'' is known for Jennifer wearing a tight cotton tank top, and a famous scene of her {{Gainaxing}} on a mechanical horse. The scene was used in the marketing, and one of her Yale professors even brought it up in class.
** ''The Hot Spot'' is remembered for her first nude scene.
** ''Film/MulhollandFalls'' is about her character having sex tapes as a plot point.
** ''Film/TheRocketeer'' for a scene where she puts on a stocking, and wears a tight white gown that shows plenty of cleavage in the latter half of the movie.
** ''Film/RequiemForADream'' even feels the effects of this trope, for the scene of Jennifer's character performing a lesbian sex show. The scene is shot and directed as FanDisservice - as [[spoiler: she's prostituting herself in exchange for drugs, and drugging herself so she can get through them]]. However porn sites have used the scene out of context, turning the horror into straight titillation.
* TheChanteuse: Having appeared in Film/DarkCity, she is the page image.
* CreatorCouple: She and husband Paul Bettany worked together on ''Shelter'' and ''Creation''. As of 2017, they are also both playing characters in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. [[invoked]]
* TheDanza: She plays Jenny in ''Film/TheRocketeer'', and Jennifer in ''Phenomena''. [[invoked]]
* DyeingForYourArt: [[invoked]]
** She normally has long hair, but cut it rather drastically into a bob for the movie ''Crime/Fly''.
** She also lost weight to play a homeless woman in ''Shelter''.
** Dyed her normally brown hair blonde for ''Virginia''.
* FakeBrit: Sort of in ''{{Film/Noah}}''. She uses an English-sounding accent to blend in with her cast members. Earlier she had played Emma Darwin with a passable English accent in ''Creation'' opposite husband Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin. [[invoked]]
* FormerChildStar: {{Averted}}. She has come a long way from ''{{Film/Labyrinth}}'' and other teen roles to become the respected adult actress she is today.
* NonSingingVoice: Her singing is dubbed in the theatrical release of ''Film/DarkCity'', but her actual voice is used in the Director's Cut. [[invoked]]
* OldShame: She's slightly embarrassed by her performance in ''{{Film/Labyrinth}}'', not helped by critics ripping it to shreds when the film was first released. But this seems to have diminished with time; she participated in the 30th anniversary DVD release's new bonus features and filmed a special introduction for the Fathom Events two-night theatrical reissue in September 2016. [[invoked]]
* RomanceOnTheSet: With Paul Bettany during ''Film/ABeautifulMind''. They married without dating in the interim. [[invoked]]
* SeparatedAtBirthCasting: ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' sees her playing [[TimeShiftedActor the younger version of Elizabeth McGovern]]. The two look very alike. [[invoked]]
* StarMakingRole: ''Film/RequiemForADream'' marked the point where Jennifer transitioned from MsFanservice roles to more serious, respected characters. [[invoked]]
* ThoseTwoActors: [[invoked]]
** Jennifer Connelly acted with Josh Lucas in both ''Film/ABeautifulMind'' and ''Film/{{Hulk}}''.
** Connelly also acted with Creator/NickNolte in ''Film/MulhollandFalls'', ''Film/{{Hulk}}'' and ''Film/{{Noah}}''.
* ThrowItIn: Jennifer prepared for ''Film/RequiemForADream'' by making her own clothes - as Marion is a dress designer. She ended up wearing most of her own wardrobe in the film. [[invoked]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
** Veronica in ''{{Film/Heathers}}'' was written for her, but she turned it down, and Creator/WinonaRyder played the part.
** She auditioned for Sarah in ''Film/TheAccused'', Charlie in ''{{Film/Firestarter}}'' and Diane Court in ''Film/SayAnything''.
** A love scene was filmed for ''Film/ABeautifulMind'', but cut from the final film.