Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett Johansson
Born November 22, 1984 (age 22)
New York City, New York, USA
Notable roles Rebecca in Ghost World
Griet in Girl with a Pearl Earring
Charlotte in Lost in Translation
Nola Rice in Match Point
Golden Globe Awards
Nominated: Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring
2003 Lost in Translation
2004 A Love Song for Bobby Long
2005 Match Point
BAFTA Awards
Best Actress
2003 Lost in Translation

Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. She rose to fame with her role in 1998's The Horse Whisperer and subsequently gained critical acclaim for her roles in Ghost World, Lost in Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring, the latter two earning her Golden Globe Award nominations in 2003. She has been named the "sexiest" or "most beautiful" woman alive by several publications.[1]


[edit] Biography

[edit] Early life

Johansson was born in New York City. Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish architect, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, comes from a Bronx-bred Jewish American family,[2] of polish descent and met Karsten Johansson while living in Denmark with Scarlett Johansson's maternal grandmother, Dorothy, a former bookkeeper and schoolteacher.[3] Johansson has an older sister, Vanessa, who is also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; a twin brother, Hunter, also an actor; and a half-brother, Christian.

Johansson began her theater training by attending and graduating from Professional Children's School in Manhattan in 2002.

[edit] Career

After appearing in several films during the late 1990s, Johansson garnered praise and widespread attention for her performance in 1998's The Horse Whisperer and 2001's Ghost World. She won the "Upstream Prize" for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her performance as Charlotte in 2003's Lost in Translation. The same year, 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.

Johansson was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June of 2004. In the same year, she starred in the films The Perfect Score, In Good Company and A Love Song for Bobby Long, the last of which earned her a third Golden Globe Award nomination. Johansson was involved for a short time with the film Mission: Impossible III, but was not officially cast because of scheduling conflicts, although a falling out with the film's star, Tom Cruise, had been both widely reported and publicly denied.[4] 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 to appear topless in the film's sex scene, but director Bay disapproved, wanting to keep the film at a PG-13 rating.[5] In the same year, she starred in the Woody Allen-directed drama Match Point, which opened in December. Johansson received her fourth Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role but lost to Rachel Weisz. Johansson's next film, Scoop, another collaboration with Woody Allen, was released on 28 July 2006. The same year, she appeared in director Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia, a film noir shot in Los Angeles and Bulgaria. Johansson has noted that she was a fan of De Palma and had wanted to work with him on the film, despite her belief that she was "physically wrong" for the part.[6] Her reviews were mixed: positively noted that Johansson "takes to the pulpy period atmosphere as if it were oxygen",[7] whereas another reviewer referred to Johansson as "miscast".[8]

Johansson's most recent role was in the thriller The Prestige, which opened on October 20, 2006. She has also completed filming for The Nanny Diaries, in which she starred alongside Alicia Keys, and opposite Natalie Portman and Eric Bana in The Other Boleyn Girl, playing Mary Boleyn, which is scheduled for a 2007 release.[9] Johansson will also play Mary, Queen of Scots, in a film scheduled to begin production by the end of summer 2007.[10]

[edit] Other works

A nude Johansson with Tom Ford and a nude Keira Knightley on the February 2006 cover of Vanity Fair
A nude Johansson with Tom Ford and a nude Keira Knightley on the February 2006 cover of Vanity Fair

Johansson endorsed the Calvin Klein perfume "eternity Moment" and was featured in several commercials and printed advertisements for the product. One of the commercials was featured in her 2005 film The Island. 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 of L'Oreal.[11]

Johansson appeared on the controversial cover of the February 2006 issue of Vanity Fair in the nude with fellow Hollywood "it girl" Keira Knightley and world-renowned fashion designer Tom Ford. In March of 2006, she topped the U.S. edition of FHM's poll of the sexiest women alive (in the UK edition Johansson was third). In May of 2006, Maxim named Johansson #6 in their Hot 100 issue,[12] and in July of 2006, Reebok signed a deal with Johansson to co-create "Scarlett 'Hearts' Rbk", athletic footwear scheduled for a debut in the spring of 2007. Johansson will also be featured in Reebok's global women's advertising campaign, also in the spring of 2007. The company's press releases described Johansson as a "world renowned style icon" and an "inspiration for today's young women".[13] In November 2006, Johansson was named "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire magazine.[14]

In 2006, Johansson starred in a short film directed by Bennett Miller and set to Bob Dylan's "When the Deal Goes Down...", released to promote Dylan's album, Modern Times.[15] Between 2005 and 2006, she also sang the track "Summertime" for Unexpected Dreams - Songs from the Stars, a non-profit collection of songs recorded by Hollywood actors, and was in talks to appear in a stage version of The Sound of Music.

In October 2006, Fox News reported that Johansson has signed to record a music album with Rhino Entertainment's Atco Records, with a possible release date of Spring 2007. The album, entitled Scarlett Sings Tom Waits, will consist entirely of Johansson's cover versions of Tom Waits songs.[16] Johansson is also the leading lady in the Justin Timberlake music video "What Goes Around...".

[edit] Personal life

Johansson is a Democrat and campaigned for John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. She was later quoted as saying, of George W. Bush's re-election, that "[she was] disappointed. I think it was a disappointment for a large percentage of the population."[17] Johansson has also taken part in the anti-poverty campaign "ONE" which was organised by U2 lead singer Bono.

Johansson has previously stated that she has a connection to older men, and could not see herself dating anyone under the age of thirty. She has also noted that she does not discuss "any part" of her personal life with the press, specifying that she feels "it's nice to have everybody not know your business". However, this has not stopped Johansson from sharing "select" opinions and personal details.[18] Johansson's ex-boyfriend (and member of the band Steel Train), Jack Antonoff, has included negative lyrics that refer to Johansson in his band's song "Better Love".[19] Antonoff also references Johansson in the song 2 O'clock. She has been linked to many famous men, including Derek Jeter, Benicio Del Toro, Jared Leto, Justin Timberlake and most notably her The Black Dahlia co-star Josh Hartnett. The pair dated for around two years until the end of 2006, with Josh citing their busy professional lives as the reason for the split.[20]

Johansson has repeatedly said that she does not believe in monogamy or monandry, and that it is not human nature to be with just one person but "contrary to popular belief... [she is] not promiscuous" and she works "really hard" when she is in a relationship "to make it work in a monogamous way".[21] She gets tested for HIV twice a year, and has specified that she feels "it's part of being a decent human" and that she finds it "disgusting" and "irresponsible" when people do not do so.[22]

Johansson has claimed to be a fanatic for Swiss cheese, saying: "My greatest vice is cheese. Nothing else reigns over my life".[23] She has criticized the media and Hollywood for promoting an image that causes unhealthy diets and eating disorders among women, saying that she thinks "that being ultra-thin is not sexy at all. Women shouldn't be forced to conform to unrealistic and unhealthy body images that the media promote".[24]

When asked about her current religious affiliation, Johansson has answered: "That's a very personal question. I would rather not answer". She has, however, specified that she celebrates "Chrismakkuh," a "little of both" Hanukkah and Christmas.[25] She has noted that she dislikes it when celebrities thank God or Jesus in their award acceptance speeches.[26][27]

[edit] Selected filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1994 North Laura Nelson
1995 Just Cause Kate Armstrong
1996 Manny & Lo Amanda limited release
If Lucy Fell Emily
1997 Home Alone 3 Molly Pruitt
1998 The Horse Whisperer Grace MacLean
1999 My Brother the Pig Cathy Kaldwell
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Rachael 'Birdy' Abundas
An American Rhapsody Zsuzsi/Suzanne Sandor (at 15)
Ghost World Rebecca
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Ashley Parker
2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring Griet Golden Globe Nomination
Lost in Translation Charlotte Golden Globe Nomination; BAFTA Win
2004 In Good Company Alex Foreman
A Love Song for Bobby Long Pursy Will Golden Globe Nomination; limited release
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Mindy voice
The Perfect Score Francesca Curtis
2005 Match Point Nola Rice Golden Globe Nomination
The Island Jordan Two Delta/Sarah Jordan
2006 The Prestige Olivia Wenscombe
The Black Dahlia Kay Lake
Scoop Sondra Pransky
A Good Woman Meg Windermere limited release
2007 The Nanny Diaries Nan completed; scheduled for April 20
The Other Boleyn Girl Mary Boleyn post-production
2008 Mary Queen of Scots Mary I of Scotland pre-production
Preceded by
Nicole Kidman
for The Hours
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
for Lost in Translation

Succeeded by
Imelda Staunton
for Vera Drake

[edit] Footnotes

  1. ^ Sympatico Celebrity news. Retrieved on February 20, 2007.
  2. ^ Neil Young's Film Lounge. Peter Webber on Girl with a Pearl Earring. Retrieved on April 12, 2006.
  3. ^ The Jewish Forward. The Scarlett Grandma. Retrieved on April 12, 2006.
  4. ^ MSNBC. Scarlett Johansson escapes Cruise’s clutches. Retrieved on July 18, 2006.
  5. ^ Scarlett Johansson desperate to bare breasts. Retrieved on October 16, 2006.
  6. ^ MoviesOnline. Black Dahlia Interview : Scarlett Johansson. Retrieved on September 13, 2006.
  7. '^ Black Dahlia' a stylish misfire. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.
  8. ^ Kalamazoo Gazette. Stylish `Black Dahlia' recalls crime dramas of the 1940s. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.
  9. ^ MovieWeb. Scarlett Johansson Is The Other Boleyn Girl. Retrieved on July 18, 2006.
  10. ^ Scarlett to play Mary Queen of Scots. Retrieved on September 28, 2006.
  11. ^ IMDB News. Johansson: Because I'm Worth It. Retrieved on July 18, 2006.
  12. ^ Maxim's 2006 Top 100
  13. ^ BusinessWire. Reebok Partners with Screen Star Scarlett Johansson to Create Red-Hot Fashion Collection, Scarlett Hearts Rbk. Retrieved on July 25, 2006.
  14. ^ Esquire: Scarlett Johansson `Sexiest'. Washington Post. Retrieved on September 29, 2006.
  15. ^ Bob Dylan Short Film Details. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.
  16. ^ FoxNews. Scarlett Johansson Record Deal in the Works. Retrieved on October 16, 2006.
  17. ^ ContactMusic. JOHANSSON: AMERICANS DISAPPOINTED BY BUSH'S RE-ELECTION. Retrieved on July 18, 2006.
  18. ^ Reuters. Could Scarlett Johansson be Woody's next muse?. Retrieved on July 25, 2006.
  19. ^ TeenHollywood. Johansson Ex Writes a Song About Her. Retrieved on September 10, 2006.
  20. ^ "Fametastic", Josh Hartnett confirms split from Scarlett Johansson, 31 January 2007. Retrieved on 2007-02-08.
  21. ^ Sarah Womack and John Hiscock (2006-10-11). Everyone should have HIV test twice a year, says Johansson. Retrieved on December 5, 2006.
  22. ^ "Scarlett Johansson: 'I'm Not Promiscous'", Washington Post, 2006-10-09. Retrieved on 2006-10-10.
  23. ^ TheObserver. Retrieved on August 09, 2006.
  24. ^ Teen Hollywood. Johannson Disgusted With Hollywood Attitude To Weight. Retrieved on September 15, 2006.
  25. ^ BangItOut. Match Point (2005). Retrieved on July 18, 2006.
  26. ^ FemaleFirst. Scarlett Johansson slams God acceptance speeches. Retrieved on July 18, 2006.
  27. ^ ContactMusic. JOHANSSON'S BIZARRE RELIGIOUS MOMENT. Retrieved on July 18, 2006.

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