From “The Avengers” to “Ghost In The Shell” if you’ve been watching movies in the last 15 years, you have seen her beautiful face and body. To the surprise of many, Scarlett has become one of the highest paid and most sought after actors on the planet.
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (/dʒoʊˈhænsən/; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She was among the world’s highest-paid actresses from 2014 to 2016, has made multiple appearances in the Forbes Celebrity 100, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, she aspired to be an actress from a young age, and first appeared on stage in an Off-Broadway play as a child.
Johansson made her film debut in the fantasy comedy North (1994) and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Manny & Lo (1996). She gained further recognition for her work in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001).
Johansson shifted to adult roles in 2003 with her performances in Lost in Translation (for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress) and Girl with a Pearl Earring. She was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards for these films, and for playing an estranged teenager in the drama A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004).
A seductress in the psychological thriller Match Point (2005). Other films during this period include the mystery thriller The Prestige (2006) and the comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008).
She also released two albums: Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008) and Break Up (2009), both of which charted on the Billboard 200. In 2010, Johansson debuted on Broadway in a revival of A View from the Bridge, which won her a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress.
Later that year, she began portraying Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She voiced an intelligent computer operating system in the 2013 comedy-drama Her, and played an alien in the 2013 science fiction film Under the Skin.
A woman with psychokinetic abilities in the 2014 science fiction action Lucy. She was the highest-grossing actress of 2016, and is also, as of May 2017, the highest-grossing actress of all time in North America in nominal dollar terms.
As a public figure, Johansson is considered a Hollywood sex symbol. She is a prominent celebrity brand endorser, and also supports various charities and causes. She has been married twice, to the Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011 and the French businessman Romain Dauriac (with whom she has a daughter) from 2014 to 2017.
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York. Her father, Karsten Olaf Johansson, is an architect originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was an art historian, screenwriter and film director, whose own father was Swedish.
Scarlett’s mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, from Poland and Russia. She has an older sister, Vanessa, also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; and a twin brother, Hunter. Johansson also has an older half-brother, Christian, from her father’s first marriage. She holds both American and Danish citizenship.
The actress is a maternal great-niece of Phil Schlamberg, the last known combat death of World War II, who was the wingman to Captain Jerry Yellin. Johansson’s first leading role was as Amanda, the younger sister of a pregnant teenager who runs away from her foster home in Manny & Lo (1996) alongside Aleksa Palladino and her brother, Hunter.
Scarlett Johansson,” while critic Mick LaSalle, writing for the same paper, commented on her “peaceful aura”, and believed, “If she can get through puberty with that aura undisturbed, she could become an important actress.” Johansson earned a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female for the role.
After appearing in minor roles in Fall and Home Alone 3 (both 1997), Johansson attracted wider attention for her performance in the film The Horse Whisperer (1998), directed by Robert Redford.
The drama film, based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Nicholas Evans, tells the story of a talented trainer with a gift for understanding horses, who is hired to help an injured teenager played by Johansson. The actress received an “introducing” credit on this film, although it was her seventh role.
On Johansson’s maturity, Redford described her as “13 going on 30”. Todd McCarthy of Variety commented that Johansson “convincingly conveys the awkwardness of her age and the inner pain of a carefree girl suddenly laid low by horrible happenstance”. For the film, she was nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress.
She believed that the film changed many things in her life, realizing that acting is the ability to manipulate one’s emotions. On finding good roles as a teenager, Johansson said it was hard for her as adults wrote the scripts and they “portray kids like mall rats and not seriously … Kids and teenagers just aren’t being portrayed with any real depth”.
Johansson later appeared in My Brother the Pig (1999) and in the neo-noir, Coen brothers film The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001). Her breakthrough came playing a cynical outcast in Terry Zwigoff’s black comedy Ghost World (2001), an adaptation of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel of same name.
Johansson auditioned for the film via a tape from New York, and Zwigoff believed her to be “a unique, eccentric person, and right for that part”. The film premiered at the 2001 Seattle International Film Festival; it was a box office failure, but has since developed a cult status.
Johansson was credited with “sensitivity and talent [that] belie her age” by an Austin Chronicle critic, and won a Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. With David Arquette, Johansson appeared in the horror comedy Eight Legged Freaks (2002), about a collection of spiders that are exposed to toxic waste, causing them to grow to gigantic proportions and begin killing and harvesting.