Updated: 03/02/2017 03:13 PM | First Published: 02/27/2017 05:22 PM

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly wrapping her arms around herself

Jennifer Connelly is a renowned name in American film industry who is best recognized for playing the Oscar-winning role as Alicia Nash in 2001 released film A Beautiful Mind. Apart from this, she has played noteworthy roles in movies like Labyrinth, Requiem for a Dream, Hulk, etc.

A former model, Jennifer started working as an actress in 1982 when she was just 12. She was born on 12 December 1970 in the Catskill Mountains in Cairo, New York to Gerard Karl Connelly, a clothing manufacturer and Ilene, an antique dealer. 

Since Connelly’s mother is a Jewish, she was sent to a yeshiva (Jewish institution) for education during her childhood. Later, she went to Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. From 1976 to 1980, the family lived in Woodstock, NY and returned to Brooklyn Heights. Connelly once again joined Saint Ann’s following her return. 

For higher education, she first studied at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Two years later, she transferred to Stanford University and studied Drama. She dropped out from there within a year to focus on her career.  

At the age of 10, Connelly began modeling, initially for print advertisements and then for television commercials. She gave modeling a try after a friend of her father who worked as an advertising executive suggested her to do so.

Connelly’s modeling career began at Ford Modeling Agency. She mostly appeared in commercials as a child model and began appearing in magazines during her teens. She has been featured on the cover of Seventeen magazine several times during 1986 and 1988.

In 1982, Jennifer was first introduced to the acting industry when she was selected to play the role of young Deborah Gelly in Once Upon a Time in America. The same year, she also appeared in an episode of Tales of the Unexpected.

After more than three decades in the entertainment industry, Jennifer has established herself as one of the sought after actresses. She is also enjoying a stable relationship with her husband of 14 years, Paul Bettany. She is a mother to three children.

Name Jennifer Connelly
Profession Actor
Gender Female
Birthday December 12, 1970
Age 50 Years Old