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Jennifer Lawrence is an American actress who portrays Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, and the final installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.


Jennifer was born in Indian Hills, Kentucky and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (née Koch), a children's camp manager, and Gary Lawrence, who owns Lawrence & Associates, a small construction company. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and is of English, German, Irish, and Scottish descent. In school, she was prescribed medication for social anxiety and hyperactivity. She acted in local theater and, by the age of 14, had decided to pursue an acting career, persuading her parents to take her to New York City to find a talent agent. Prior to finding success in Hollywood, Lawrence attended Kammerer Middle School in Louisville. She graduated from high school with a 3.9 average. While growing up and in between acting, Lawrence served as an assistant nurse at the children's summer day camp, which her mother ran.


Lawrence's most famous roles to date are in Winter's Bone, Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle. She was nominated for the Acadamy Award for Best Actress for Winter's Bone, but ended up winning that same award for Silver Linings Playbook. She also won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in American Hustle. She has starred in several other major films such as The House at the End of the Street,The Burning Plain, The Poker House, and X-Men: First Class. She also reappears in the sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

She placed 10th in PopSugar's PopSugar 100 Top 10 Rising Stars released in June 2011.[1]

The Hunger Games

Lawrence on the set of The Hunger Games.

Lawrence's casting as Katniss was approved by author Suzanne Collins and director Gary Ross in defense of some speculation that she might be too old for the role.[2] For her audition, she played the scene where she pleaded with her mother to speak after her father's death. On May 18, 2011, Entertainment Weekly revealed the very first photo of her as Katniss Everdeen on their magazine cover.[3] Lawrence almost dropped out of the film due to an injury on set, but handled it and continued to play Katniss. While goofing around on the set with co-star Josh Hutcherson, Lawrence accidentally kicked him in the head, giving him a concussion. However, he downplayed its effects to continue filming.

It has been confirmed that a file of Lawrence's vocals were used for the soundtrack of The Hunger Games film. She was awarded "Best Female Performance" at the MTV Movie Awards in California, for her role as Katniss.

She is very close friends with her co-star, Josh Hutcherson. Lawrence and Hutcherson were raised in towns close to each other.

Personal life

While filming X-Men: First Class in 2010, Lawrence began a romantic relationship with her co-star Nicholas Hoult. The couple broke up around the time they wrapped X-Men: Days of Future Past in 2014.[4][5]

In September 2016, she began dating director Darren Aronofsky, whom she met during the filming of mother!. The couple split in November 2017. In 2018, she began dating Cooke Maroney, an art gallery director, and they became engaged in February 2019. In October 2019, she married Maroney in Rhode Island. They were confirmed to be expecting their first child in September 2021.[6] As of May 2019, she resides in Lower Manhattan, New York City and Beverly Hills, California.


She has started The Jennifer Lawrence Foundation where she has a art fund she started in 2016 to provide art access to children and a Kentucky Community Organization.[7]

External links


  1. PopSugar 100: Your Top 10 Rising Stars!
  2. Brian Gallagher (03-18-2011). The Hunger Games Director Gary Ross Defends Jennifer Lawrence Casting. MovieWeb. Retrieved on April 26, 2011.
  3. This Week's Cover: First look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in 'The Hunger Games' -- Exclusive. Entertainment Weekly. (05-18-2011). Retrieved on 05-19-2011.
  4. Feinberg, Scott (November 20, 2017). "Awards Chatter' Podcast – Jennifer Lawrence ('Mother!')". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 22, 2017. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  5. Dubroff, Josh (November 13, 2015). "Jennifer Lawrence Discusses Her Split from Nicholas Hoult". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on December 24, 2016. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  6. White, Chelsea; Juneau, Jen. "Jennifer Lawrence Is Pregnant, Expecting First Baby with Husband Cooke Maroney". People. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  7. Official Foundation Website. Retrieved on 2/14/2020