Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American
film actress who rose to fame with her debut role in 1998's The
Horse Whisperer. She became one of Hollywood's most sought-after
young actresses after her critically-acclaimed roles in Lost in
Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring, both earning her Golden
Globe Award nominations in 2003.
Johansson was born in New York City to Karsten Johansson, a Danish-immigrant,
and Melanie Sloan, a Bronx-bred Jewish American. Her family has
a history of involvement in theater and acting as her paternal grandfather,
Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director, her older sister,
Vanessa, and twin brother Hunter, are both American actors. She
also has an older brother, Adrian, and a half-brother, Christian.
Johansson began her theater training by attending and graduating
from Professional Children's School in Manhattan in 2002, a school
renowned for its theater and acting training to young, hopeful actors
Johansson's acting career debuted in Hollywood and garnered praise
and widespread attention with her role in The Horse Whisperer. Following
the critical success of the 1998 picture, she followed with major
roles as Rebecca in Ghost World, Charlotte in Lost in Translation,
Griet in Girl with a Pearl Earring, Francesca in The Perfect Score
and Nola in Match Point. Most of her performances received positive
In 2003, she was nominated for two best actress awards at the Golden
Globes, one for drama (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and one for comedy
(Lost in Translation). She was also nominated for best actress for
both films at the BAFTAs, and won best actress for Lost in Translation.
Scarlett was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences in June 2004.In the same year, she starred in A Love
Song for Bobby Long, a film that, despite being widely ignored by
the movie-going public (grossing only $964,308 worldwide), earned
Scarlett a third Golden Globe Award nomination.
Johansson was involved for a short time in the film Mission: Impossible
III but did not officially join the cast because of scheduling conflicts,
although a falling out with Tom Cruise had been both widely reported
but quickly denied. She was replaced by Keri Russell.
In July 2005, Johansson starred with Ewan McGregor in the Michael
Bay-directed The Island, making her debut as a female lead in a
mainstream action film. She drew attention to both the film and
herself when she proposed that she'd wanted to film the sex scene
in the film topless, but director Michael Bay disapproved, wanting
to keep the film at a PG-13 rating. Though produced with high expectations,
when the movie opened to weak reviews and an even weaker box office,
the producers of the film accused Johansson of failing to connect
with and attract a mainstream audience.
Her film Match Point, directed by Woody Allen, opened in December
of 2005. Johansson received her fourth Golden Globe nomination for
Best Supporting Actress, however, the award went to Rachel Weisz,
for her role in The Constant Gardener.
Johansson endorsed the Calvin Klein perfume "Moment" and
was featured in several commercials and printed advertisements for
the product. Further establishing her position in Hollywood, she
became the face and spokesperson for the French luxury brand Louis
Vuitton in early 2005 and in January 2006 was named the spokesperson
In early 2006, Johansson appeared on the controversial cover of
the February 2006 issue of Vanity Fair in the nude with other Hollywood
it-girl Keira Knightley and world-renowned fashion designer Tom
In March of 2006, she topped the U.S. edition of FHM's poll of
the sexiest women alive (in the UK edition, Keira Knightley was
first with Johansson in third). In May of 2006, Maxim named Johansson
#6 in their Hot 100 issue.
She is an outspoken Democrat and campaigned for John Kerry in the
2004 Presidential Election.
Johansson took part in an anti-poverty campaign which was organized
by U2 lead singer, Bono.
Just Cause (1995)
If Lucy Fell (1996)
Manny & Lo (1996)
Home Alone 3 (1997)
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
My Brother the Pig (1999)
Ghost World (2000)
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
An American Rhapsody (2001)
Eight Legged Freaks (2002)
Lost in Translation (2003)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
The Perfect Score (2004)
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
A Good Woman (2004)
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) (voice)
In Good Company (2004)
Match Point (2005)
The Island (2005)
The Black Dahlia (2006)
The Nanny Diaries (2007)
The Prestige (2007)
Borgia (2007) - Lucrezia Borgia
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