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Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an American film actress and former child model. She made her motion picture debut in the 1984 crime film Once Upon a Time in America.
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Although starring as early as a teenager in films such as Labyrinth and Career Opportunities, she gained critical acclaim following her work in the 1998 science fiction film Dark City and the 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream.
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In 2002, Connelly won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as the BAFTA and Golden Globe awards for the 2001 biopic A Beautiful Mind. Other film appearances include the 2003 Marvel superhero film Hulk, the 2005 thriller drama Dark Water, Blood Diamond, The Day the Earth Stood Still and the romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You.

Since 2005, Connelly has served as Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education for the United States. During her career, various magazines, including Time, Vanity Fair, and Esquire have named her on their lists of the most beautiful women.
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Early life

Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains of New York state, the daughter of Ilene, an antiques dealer, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father was Roman Catholic, and of Irish and Norwegian descent; her mother was Jewish, a descendant of emigrants from Russia and Poland, and was schooled in a yeshiva. Connelly was raised in Brooklyn Heights, near the Brooklyn Bridge, and attended St. Ann's private school, except for the four years the family spent living in Woodstock, New York.
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One of her father's friends was an advertising executive, who suggested that she should audition in order to become a child model. She received the representation from the Ford modeling agency. At the age of ten, Connelly's career started in newspaper and magazine ads, then moved to television commercials. In 1984, she appeared in Duran Duran's concept concert video Arena (An Absurd Notion). From 1986 to 1992, she appeared in several issues of the Seventeen Magazine as well as in Japanese magazine "Roadshow" and on December 1986, recorded the pop single เน‚ย?ยœMonologue of Loveเน‚ย?ย singing in phonetic Japanese.
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All these appearances led to movie auditions and her first film role was as Deborah Gelly, a supporting role in Sergio Leone's 1984 gangster epic, Once Upon a Time in America, filmed mostly in 1982 when she was eleven. She next starred in Italian horror-director Dario Argento's 1985 film Phenomena and in the coming-of-age movie Seven Minutes in Heaven.

Balancing work and school, she enrolled at Yale University where she studied English and Drama for the two following years, before transferring to Stanford University to train in classical Theater and improvisation with Roy London, Howard Fine and Harold Guskin. She did not graduate.
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Her first son, Kai was born in 1997, from her relationship with photographer David Dugan. She gave up her veganism during her first pregnancy. In 2003, she married the actor Paul Bettany, whom she met while working on A Beautiful Mind, in a private family ceremony in Scotland.
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The couple's first child and Connelly's second, Stellan, named after their friend, actor Stellan Skarsgเธฃเธ?rd, was born the same year. His godfather is the actor Charlie Condou. She is expecting her third child (second with husband Paul Bettany) in 2011.

Connelly contributed to several charity causes. On November 14, 2005, She was named Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education.
 
 
She was featured in an advertising for highlighting the need of clean water of people globally with the end result that people made donations to drilling projects in Africa, India, and Central America. On May 2, 2009, she participated of Revlon's annual 5k Run/Walk for Women along with Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel. She is also a fluent speaker in Italian and French.
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