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Scarlett Johansson

"You don't become an actress," the blond beauty has been quoted as saying. "You are an actress."

And Scarlett Johannson should know, having begun her acting career at age 8.

Born in New York City on November 22nd, 1984, Scarlett Johansson (sometimes erroneously credited as Scarlett Johansen or Scarlett Johanssen) attended classes in her hometown at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for Young People.

Thereafter, she made her stage debut in 1992 in an off-Broadway production of Sophistry, alongside a young Ethan Hawke.

Two years later, Johansson was starring in her first film role in North, starring Elijah Wood, and with several more minor film appearances to her credit finally made her breakout performance at age 13 in Horse Whisperer alongside acting veteran Robert Redford. Although the film generally received lackluster reviews, it was the young Scarlett Johansson's gifted performance that everyone was talking about.

Her film career stalled out for several years more years - with appearances in such unremarkable films as My Brother the Pig in 1999 - but she would gain a formidable teen following as Rebecca in Ghost World in 2000. In 2001, she turned her talents to a more serious role playing a young refugee fleeing communist Hungary in An American Rhapsody.

2003 resulted in a watershed year for Johansson, who made her mark in Hollywood as a serious adult actress with two critically acclaimed performances - in Lost in Translation opposite Bill Murray, and in the title role of Girl with a Pearl Earring.

scarlett johannson in lost in translation, iron man 2, and the avengers
With her first adult film role opposite Bill Murray in Lost in Translation (2003), Scarlett Johansson has
also starred as action hero" Black Widow" in such films as Iron Man 2 (2010) and The Avengers (2012)

Johansson received a nod for Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes in 2006 for her role opposite Jonathan Rhys-Meyers in Woody Allen's Match Point. She next appeared in yet another Woody Allen film, Scoop alongside Hugh Jackman.

Despite her growing recognition as a serious Hollywood actress, the sexy star's most head-turning performance that year was a nude photoshoot in Vanity Fair magazine which hit newsstands February 2006. Shortly thereafter, Johansson was also named the world's sexiest woman in a poll by FHM Magazine, with a similar honor won from Esquire magazine as 'the sexiest woman alive' in their November 2006 issue.

In 2008, Scarlett Johansson co-starred with Natalie Portman in the costume drama The Other Boleyn Girl. More popular film portrayals by Johansson include the Marvel comic book character Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in the films Iron Man 2 (2010) and The Avengers (2012).

On Broadway, the 2010 revival of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" gave Johansson some of her best reviews for her star turn in the classic production, resulting in her Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play.

The following year, the actress returned to the big screen in the family film, We Bought a Zoo, opposite Matt Damon and played screen star Janet Leigh in the biopic Hitchcock (2012).

Offscreen, Johansson has been romantically linked to actors Jared Leto, Josh Hartnett, and former husband, actor Ryan Reynolds who she married in 2008. The couple announced their divorce three years later.

More about Scarlett Johansson around the Web:


Scarlett Johansson - IMDb - Biography, quotes and Scarlett Johansson trivia, filmography, notable TV appearances, photo gallery.

Scarlett Johansson - Complete biography with details on her life and early career, private life, extensive filmography, pictures, and related resources from Wikipedia.


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