Scarlett Johansson Biography
Born: November 22, 1984
(Photo Gallery) Date of Birth: November 22, 1984
This native to the Big Apple with a twin brother and two older siblings has been studying acting with the best tutors in New York since she was a child. She attended the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, a school devoted to furthering "The Method" of Stanislavski, the Russian drama coach who had the greatest influence on performance in twentieth-century theater and film.
At the age of eight, Johansson appeared in Sophistry, an off-Broadway play. She made her film debut as play Laura in Rob Reiner's North (1994), then played Kate, Sean Connery's daughter in Just Cause (1995). In 1996 she received critical acclaim for her work as a young girl who escapes a foster home with her elder sister in the film Manny and Lo (1996).
She appeared in the television pilot The Client for CBS and has been a guest on many talk shows.
In 1998 she had a starring role as a teen who is emotionally traumatized after being thrown from her horse in The Horse Whisperer (1998), directed by Robert Redford, who also starred in the film. Her performance earned her a Hollywood Reporter Young Star award. She has since won Best Supporting Actress at the Toronto Film Festival for her work in Ghost World (2001), Best Actress for Lost in Translation (2003) from the Boston Society of Film Critics, and has been nominated for two Golden Globe awards—one for Lost in Translation and the other for Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003). Some of her films include The Other Boleyn Girl (2010), He's Just Not That Into You (2010), Iron Man 2 (2010) and We Bought a Zoo (2011). She also reprised her role as Black Widow for the blockbuster The Avengers (2012). She starred in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's comedy flick Don Jon(2013). More recently, she starred in Under the Skin (2014), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Chef (2014). She also starred in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). She was seen in Hail, Caesar!(2016) and provided the voice of Kaa the snake in The Jungle Book (2016).
She played the lead in the sci-fi drama Ghost in the Shell (2017), but the movie bombed at the box office, losing a considerable amount of money.
Scarlett went on to appear in two movies that premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival: Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit and Netflix's Marriage Story (2019). She received Oscar and BAFTA nominations for both: Best Actress for Marriage Story and Best Supporting Actress for Jojo Rabbit. She also received a 2020 Golden Globe nomination for Marriage Story, but lost out to Renée Zellweger, who won for the Judy Garland biopic, Judy.
In September 2008, Scarlett and actor Ryan Reynolds were married, but just over two years later, on December 14, 2010, they announced that the marriage was over. In 2010, Scarlett was involved in a scandal when nude photos were leaked from her cell phone. She later revealed that she had taken the photos for her then-husband Ryan Reynolds several years before they were leaked.
Scarlett married French journalist Romain Dauriac in 2014, but filed for divorce in March 2017. The two have a daughter named Rose.
Bio photo 2019 by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney.