Date of birth: December 12, 1970
Nickname: Jennifer Connelly
Hometown: Round Top, New York
Astral sign: Sagittarius
Height: 169 cm
Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an American film actress, who began her career as a child model. She subsequently appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising before making her motion picture debut in the 1984 crime film Once Upon a Time in America. Connelly continued her career as a model and actress, starring in films such as the 1986 Labyrinth and the 1991 Career Opportunities. She gained critical acclaim for her work in the 1998 science fiction film Dark City and for her portrayal of Marion Silver in 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream.
Connelly was born in Round Top, New York, in the Catskill Mountains. She is the daughter of Ilene, an antiques dealer, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer.Her father was a Roman Catholic with Irish and Norwegian ancestors, while her mother was a yeshiva-educated Jew of Polish and Russian origin. She was raised in Brooklyn Heights, near the Brooklyn Bridge, where she attended Saint Ann's, a private school focused on the arts.Her father suffered from asthma, so the family moved to Woodstock, New York in 1976 to escape the city smog.Four years later, the family returned to Brooklyn Heights where Connelly resumed her education at the same school.
Connelly has been married to actor Paul Bettany since 2003; they have two children and she has a child from a previous relationship with photographer David Dugan. She was named Amnesty International Ambassador for Human Rights Education in 2005, and she has been the face of Balenciaga fashion advertisements, as well as for Revlon cosmetics. Magazines including Time, Vanity Fair and Esquire, as well as the Los Angeles Times newspaper have included her on their lists of the world's most beautiful women.