Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Karen (Cook), who runs a children’s camp, and Gary Lawrence, who works in construction. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and English, German, Irish and Scottish ancestry.
Her career began when she traveled to Manhattan at the age of fourteen. After her first cold reading, agents told her mother that “it was the best cold reading a 14-year-old had ever heard,” and tried to convince her stage mother that she needed to spend the summer in Manhattan.
After leaving the agency, Jen was spotted by an agent who was filming an H & M AD, and asked to take her photo. The next day, this agent contacted her and invited her to an audition in the Studio. Again, the agents were very impressed and urged her mother to allow her to spend the summer in New York City. As fate would have it, she appeared in commercials such as MTV’s “my Super Sweet 16” and played a role in the film “The Devil You Know” (2013).
Shortly thereafter, her career forced her and her family to move to Los Angeles, where she was cast in the TBS Sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007) and in smaller films such as the Poker House (2008) and the Burning Plain (2008).
Her big break came when she played Ree in Winter’s Bone (2010), which received her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. Shortly thereafter, she secured the role of Mystique in the franchise reboot X: first Class (2011), which became a Hit in the summer of 2011. Around this time Lawrence scored the role of her life when she was cast as Katniss Everdeen in the large-scale adaptation of the literary Sensation The Hunger Games (2012).
With over 407 million US dollars at the domestic box office, the Film developed into one of the highest-grossing films of all time and immediately put Lawrence on the A-list among young actors. Each November, three sequels of Hunger Games were released: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015), with Lawrence playing them again.
For the romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook she received the Oscar, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the Satellite Award and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress in 2012. This made her the youngest person ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress and the second youngest winner of Best Actress.
She starred as Roselyn Rosenfield in David O. Russell’s popular Drama-comedy American Hustle (2013) and once again teamed up with the director to play the inventor Joy Mangano in another family comedy, Joy (2015), which received Oscar nominations for both roles (Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress respectively).