Jennifer Shrader Lawrence, born on August 15, 1990, is an Oscar-winning American actress that rose to fame when she landed a leading role in “Winter’s Bone.” Lawrence is often referred to as the most successful actress of her generation and also the first actor born in the 1990s to win an Oscar. Her first significant Hollywood role was in the T.B.S sitcom, “The Bill Engvall Show” in 2007, and has played leading roles in very big Hollywood movies, including favorites like “The Hunger Games,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and the “X-Men” movies, alongside other prominent names in the industry including, Bradley Cooper. Celebrate her special day with us.
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence
The Lady and The Pickle
August 15, 1990
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is the Oscar-winning actress usually referred to as one of the most talented actors of her generation. Lawrence grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, with her two older brothers, Blaine Lawrence and Ben Lawrence, with her eyes on becoming a doctor when she got older. They grew up on their parent’s farm, just outside the city, and she was a very athletic child, involved in cheerleading, field hockey, and softball but never dreamt of becoming one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood years later. Her mother, Karen, manages a children’s camp, and her father, Gary Lawrence, works in construction. Lawrence was on a family vacation in New York when someone asked her to take her picture, took her mother’s number, and called them the next day to do a screen test.
Lawrence’s life changed dramatically after the screen test, as the agents praised it as “the best cold read by a 14-year-old they had ever heard.” She began appearing in advertisements for well-known companies, and in 2007 she was cast as the star of the T.B.S sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show.” Lawrence joined the cast of the mystery-drama movie “Winter’s Bone” in 2010 after the series concluded in 2009. For her performance, Lawrence received numerous nominations and accolades. She played the role of Raven in numerous “X-Men” films after 2010. She struck international fame when she played the starring role in “The Hunger Games,” which premiered on March 12, 2012. Also, in 2012, Lawrence landed the leading role, alongside Bradley Cooper, in the award-winning “Silver Linings Playbook” and won an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, Satellite Award, etc.
Lawrence continued starring in “The Hunger Games” movies and became the most-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. Lawrence met her current husband and father to her child, Cooke Maroney, through mutual friends in 2018. They kept their relationship and engagement very private through the years and exchanged vows in Rhode Island in 2019. In 2021, T.M.Z released the news that Lawrence and Maroney were expecting their first child after keeping the pregnancy out of the public eye.
Lawrence lands her first major role as a lead cast member in the T.B.S. sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show.”
Lawrence’s first starring role in the mystery drama film “Winter’s Bone” leads her to several nominations and awards at the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Satellite Awards, Hollywood Film Awards, and more.
Lawrence joins the cast of “X-Men” as Raven for “X-Men: First Class.”
Lawrence earns international fame for her leading role in “The Hunger Games.”
Lawrence wins her very first Oscar for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ for her performance in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
After keeping their relationship mostly private, Maroney and Lawrence exchange vows in Rhode Island.
Lawrence and her husband welcome their son, Cy.
Why We Love Jennifer Lawrence
She loves her fans
Some celebrities who walk the red carpet pay more attention to the paparazzi than their supporters and hardly ever acknowledge them. Lawrence, though, is a quite different kind of famous person. She hastily ended an interview during the London premiere of "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" to comfort a distraught fan in the audience. Because she was in a wheelchair, the "Hunger Games" fan was unable to see the red carpet in front of her. Fortunately, Lawrence can make anything better with a hug.
She’s honest about her body woes
Lawrence has spoken about the expectations of Hollywood actors to be thin, and she has previously been pressured to reduce weight by producers. "Someone told me I was fat and that if I didn't lose a specific amount of weight, I'd be fired," she explained. They brought in photos of me that were mostly naked and instructed me to use them as motivation for my diet. They assumed it wouldn't hurt me because of how my career had gone." Despite being in great shape and Hollywood's It girl, she refuses to comply.
She gives back to charity
Lawrence has frequently utilized her platform as a means of giving back. In her native Louisville, Kentucky, Lawrence gave $2 million to the Kosair Children's Hospital in February 2016. When it was initially announced, the celebrity said her gift would aid in the establishment of the hospital's Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation. In addition, she established the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation in 2015, which aids groups like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. She has separately pushed for Planned Parenthood and the Thirst Project, among other charities.
5 Surprising Facts
She had to learn certain skills
During the filming of “Winter’s Bone,” Lawrence had to learn how to hunt, chop wood, and fight.
Hard work pays off
For her starring role in “The Hunger Games,” Lawrence exercised twice every day and also practiced archery.
Her actual hair color
Lawrence is a natural blonde but had to dye her hair brown for “The Hunger Games.”
She auditioned for “Twilight”
Lawrence auditioned for the role of Bella Swan in “Twilight” in 2008 but lost the part to Kristen Stewart.
Her fans in China
Lawrence has had a huge fanbase in China since her performance in “Winter’s Bone;” they also gave her the nickname, ‘Da Biao Jie,’ meaning “big cousin.”
Jennifer Lawrence FAQs
How has Jennifer Lawrence helped the world?
Lawrence has lent her support to several charitable organizations, such as the World Food Programme, Feeding America, and the Thirst Project.
How old was Jennifer Lawrence when she won her Oscar?
Lawrence was only 22.
Is Jennifer Lawrence going to be in the new “Hunger Games?”
No, Lawrence won’t play Everdeen in the planned prequel to “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds, and Snakes.”
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