珍妮弗·康奈利，1970年12月12日出生于美国纽约州中部的游览胜地卡茨基尔山区。父亲Gerard Connelly是服装零售商，母亲Eileen Connelly是古董商。珍妮弗·康奈利是家里的独生女。4岁时搬至布鲁克林高地，在负有盛名的基督教学校圣安学校（Saint Ann’s school）完成幼儿园至高中的课程。
少女时期的珍妮弗·康奈利相貌出众，在父母和朋友的鼓励下，频频出任报纸、杂志（如美国少女杂志《十七岁》]）和电视广告的模特。之后她去了欧洲和日本。1984年首登屏幕，在英国杜兰杜兰乐队（http://www.duranduran.com/ Duran Duran）的MTV《蛇盟》（http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VUzvEJTTY8 Union of the Snake）中扮演一名地下小孩。当时在英国家喻户晓的电视剧《奇异故事集》（Tales of the Unexpected）改编自儿童文学作家[[罗尔德·达尔]]（Roald Dahl，《[[查理和巧克力工厂]》亦是他的作品）的小说，珍妮弗·康奈利参演了其中一集《城中陌生人》（Stranger in Town）。
The role of Young Deborah also, notably, became very nearly the archetype for the type of role Jennifer has been most often asked to play throughout her career: the female object of male infatuation and longing. Although having little screen time, the few minutes she was on-screen were enough to reveal her talent.
After Leone’s movie, horror master Dario Argento signed her to play her first starring role in his horror thriller “Phenomena” (1985), in which Jennifer plays a girl who can communicate with insects. The film made a lot of money in Europe, but unfortunately was heavily cut for American distribution as “Creepers”. Argento was a colleague of Sergio_Leone’s, and no doubt had been impressed with the young woman’s beauty, poise, and maturity in her first film role.
Jennifer next appeared in the low budget “Seven Minutes In Heaven” (1985) for Zoetrope Studios, where Jennifer played a Grade-A student who lets a troubled male friend stay at her house, much to her boyfriend’s chagrin. Unfortunately, the film was not supported by its studio and received limited distribution. The late eighties saw her appearing in a smash hit and three lesser seen films. Amongst the latter was her roles in “Etoile” (1988), as a ballerina, and in “Some Girls” (1988), where she played a self absorbed college freshman. Directed by Michael Hoffman (“Restoration”, “One Fine Day”), this was a black comedy where student Patrick Dempsey goes to Quebec to spend Christmas with his girlfriend, Gaby D’Arc, played by Jennifer. On his arrival, she tells him she doesn’t love him any more, but he sticks around to receive lessons in life and love from her sexy sisters, her father, who spends most of his time naked, and her grandma (who thinks he’s her dead husband).
The smash hit was “Labyrinth” (1986) in which Jennifer plays a young girl who, frustrated by having to baby-sit her brother, calls the goblins to take him away – which they duly do. She has to discover the key to the Goblin King’s labyrinth and rescue her little brother, and while doing so meets all manner of fantastical beasts. Jennifer got the job after a nation-wide talent search for the lead in this fantasy directed by Jim Henson and produced by George Lucas. Henson was quoted as saying he knew he’d found his lead the minute she walked in the door for the audition. Her co-star was rock star David Bowie, who played the evil Goblin King. Bowie has said that she reminded him of the young Elizabeth Taylor. He also remarked that “she’s. . .a damn good actress and a joy to work with.” For her part, Jennifer remembers that she was “impressed by Bowie, but (she) wasn’t into that teenager-rock star kind of thing at all”. She enjoyed the shoot immensely, particularly the scene where she wore a silver ballgown and danced with David Bowie to a track he wrote especially for the film. Much of Jennifer’s original fan following are those who first encountered her in this film.
After graduating from St. Ann’s in 1988 Jennifer found herself re-evaluating her acting career: “. . .in a few years it began to change. I said, ‘Do I really want to do this? or am I just doing it because it came along?’ So I took it all apart and put it back together and said, ‘Yes, I want to be an actor.’ In 1990s she enrolled at Yale, where she majored in drama and English Literature. After her sophomore year there, she transferred to Stanford University, where she remained for another year, but she never finished her degree. She had hopes of attending college with anonymity, but to no avail. “I wasn’t going to tell anyone at all, but I had a roommate who’d seen me in Labyrinth and so it was out”. She found that the mere fact that she had worked in Hollywood made her a cause celebre among her classmates: “you’re more famous than you actually are”. At Stanford Jennifer trained in classical theater and improvisation, studying with the late drama coach Roy London and with Howard Fine and Harold Guskin.
Her career entered into a terribly calm phase until Dennis Hopper, who was impressed after having seen her in “Some Girls”, cast Jennifer as an ingénue small-town girl in “The Hot Spot” (1990), based on the fifties crime novel Hell Hath No Fury. It received mixed critical reviews, but it was not a box office success. The relatively high profile role in “The Hot Spot” got her noticed by the press for more than her acting. Stephen Schaefer in a USA Today article wrote: “Anyone looking for proof that little girls do grow up fast in the movies should take a gander at curvaceous Jennifer Connelly opposite Don Johnson in The Hot Spot. Not yet 20, Connelly has neatly managed the transition from child actress to ingenue.” Not all that surprisingly, Jennifer was called upon by Hopper to do her first nude scene: “The nudity was hard for me and something I thought about. . .but it’s not in a sleazy context.” The quote reflects the sensible manner with which she had approached a number of other such scenes in her career. The nudity wasn’t the only thing she was a bit trepidatious about–she balked a bit at going into the freezing cold water during one of the beach scenes. Johnson solved the problem quickly–he just picked her up and threw her in!
“The Rocketeer” (1991), an ambitious Touchstone super-production, came to the rescue. The film was an old-fashioned adventure flick about a young pilot who discovers a jet-pack and uses it to save his girlfriend and foil gangsters and Nazis in 1930’s Hollywood. Critics saw in Rocketeer a top-quality movie, a homage to those old films of the 1930s in which the likes of Errol Flynn starred. In real life, Jennifer and co-star Bill Campbell became an item, and saw each other on and off for five years, at one point even getting engaged.
After Rocketeer, Jennifer appeared in the John Hughes comedy “Career Opporunities” (1991), “Mulholland Falls” (1996) and the 1950’s drama “Inventing the Abbots” (1997). This was followed by another brief hiatus for the birth of her son, Kai (with then-boyfriend David Dugan, a photographer) in 1997. In 1998 Jennifer was invited by director Alex Proyas to make “Dark City” (1998), a strange, visually stunning science fiction extravaganza. In this movie, Jennifer played the main character’s wife, and she delivered an acclaimed performance. The film itself didn’t break any box-office record but received positive reviews. This led Jennifer to a contract with Fox for the short-lived TV series “The $treet” (2000), a main part in the memorable and dramatic love-story “Waking the Dead” (2000), and more important, a breakthrough part in the polemic and applauded independent “Requiem_for_a_Dream” (2000), a tale about the haunting lives of drug addicts and the subsequent process of decadence and destruction. In Requiem, Jennifer had her career’s most courageous, difficult part, a performance that earned her a Spirit Award Nomination and brought her the best critical notice of her career to date. She followed this role with “Pollock” (2000), in which she played Jackson Pollock’s mistress, Ruth Klingman, who comes between him and his wife, played by Marcia Gay Harden, near the end of the artist’s life.
Jennifer’s fortunes improved immensely in 2001, with a truly revelatory performance in “A_Beautiful_Mind” (2001), Ron Howard’s acclaimed biopic of John Forbes Nash Jr., a brilliant mathematician, Nobel Prize winner in Economics, and schizophrenic. As the devoted wife of this complex man (played by Russell Crowe), Jennifer earned a wealth of critical accolades, including Golden Globe and American Film Institute Awards and a an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
After 20-odd films, Jennifer has landed squarely on the A-list after “A_Beautiful_Mind”, a status that has been cemented by her roles in Ang Lee’s action movie “The Hulk” (2003), her role opposite Ben Kingsley in the drama “House of Sand and Fog” (2003), based on the book by Andre Dubus III, and her leading role in “Dark Water” (2005), a remake of the hit supernatural Japanese film, directed by Walter Salles.
In January 2003, Jennifer wed her “Beautiful Mind” costar Paul Bettany. Their first child, Stellan, was born in August 2003.
- 《[[他其实没那么喜欢你]]》（He’s Just Not That Into You ，2008年）
- 《[[地球停转之日]]》（The Day the Earth Stood Still ，2008年）
- 《[]》（9 ，2008年）
- 《[[冲击之路]]》（Reservation Road ，2007年）
- 《[[血钻]]》（[[Blood_Diamond]] ，2006年）
- 《[[身为人母]]》（Little Children ，2006年）
- 《[[鬼水怪谈]]》（Dark Water ，2005年）
- 《[[绿巨人]]》（Hulk ，2003年）
- 《[[尘雾家园]]》（The House of Sand and Fog ，2003年）
- 2004年[[堪萨斯影评人协会奖]]（KCFCC Awards）最佳女主角奖
- 《[[美丽心灵]]》（[[A_Beautiful_Mind]] ，2001年）
- 2001年[[东南部影评人协会奖]]（SEFCA Awards）最佳女配角奖
- 2002年[[奥斯卡金像奖]]（Academy Awards, USA）最佳女配角奖
- 2002年[[美国电影电视金球奖]]（Golden Globes, USA）最佳女配角奖
- 2002年[[堪萨斯影评人协会奖]]（KCFCC Awards）最佳女配角奖
- 2002年美国电影学会奖（AFI Awards, USA）年度最佳女演员奖
- 2002年[[英国电影电视艺术学院奖]]（BAFTA Awards）最佳女配角表演奖
- 2002年[[凤凰城电影评论社团奖]]（PFCS Awards）最佳女配角奖
- 2002年[[网上电影评论社团奖]]（OFCS Awards）最佳女配角奖
- 2002年[[卫星奖]]（Satellite Awards）剧情类最佳女配角奖
- 《[[梦之安魂曲]]》（[[Requiem_for_a_Dream]] ，2000年）
- 2001年[[美国独立精神奖]]（Independent Spirit Awards）最佳女配角提名
- 2001年[[美国Chlotrudis奖]]（Chlotrudis Awards）最佳女配角提名
- 2001年[[凤凰城电影评论社团奖]]（PFCS Awards）最佳女配角奖提名
- 2001年[[网上电影评论社团奖]]（OFCS Awards）最佳女配角奖提名
- 《[[波洛克]]》（Pollock ，2000年）
- 《[[死亡中惊醒]]》（Waking the Dead ，2000年）
- 《[[极光追杀令]]》（Dark City ，1998年）
- 《[[爱的秘密]]》（Inventing the Abbotts ，1997年）
- 《[[远方的港口]]》（Far Harbor ，1996年）
- 《[[CIA惊世大行动]]》（Mulholland Falls ，1996年）
- 《[[校园大冲突]]》（Higher Learning ，1995年）
- 《[[乱世惊情]]》（Of Love and Shadows ,1994年）
- 《[[火箭专家]]》（The Rocketeer ，1991年）
- 《[[神采飞扬]]》（Career Opportunities ，1991年）
- 《[[激情沸点]]》（The Hot Spot ，1990年）
- 《[[芭蕾]]》（Étoile ,1988年）
- 《[[一些女孩]]》（Some Girls ，1988年）
- 《[[魔幻迷宫]]》（Labyrinth ，1986年）
- 《[[天堂七分钟]]》（Seven Minutes in Heaven ，1985年）
- 《[[神话]]》（Phenomena ，1985年）
- 《[[美国往事]]》（[[Once_Upon_a_Time_in_America]] ，1984年）
- 《欲望华尔街》（”The $treet” ，12集， 2000年－2001年）
- 《正义之心》（The Heart of Justice ，1993年）
- 《奇异故事集之城中陌生人》（“Tales of the Unexpected” Stranger in Town ，1982年）
- Jennifer currently lives in Brooklyn New York.
- It is rumored that she was an influence for the appearance of Jasmine in Disney’s “Aladdin”.
- She is the mother of two children: Kai, born in July 1997, and Stellan born in August 2003.
- She is married to Paul Bettany (“A_Beautiful_Mind” , “A Knight’s Tale”)in the candlelit music room of the Scottish estate Gilmerton House in 2002.
- Her father, Gerard Connelly, is a clothing manufacturer, and her mother, Eileen Connelly, a former antique dealer who’s now a cranial-massage therapist at California’s Esalen Institute.
- Jennifer’s parents are now divorced.
- She is an only child.
- She is known for being a perfectionist in her life.
- She is of Irish decscent on her father’s side and Russian/Polish on her mother’s.
- Still fiddles with returning to finish her last year at Stanford College.
- She is left handed.
- She is a vegan.
- She is a fan of John Lennon. During her teenage years she was a fan of Evil Knievel and the Fonz.
- She is interested in quantum physics and philosophy.
- She likes to draw and travel.
- She took courses in writing and painting at the New School in New York during the 1990s.
- She is an avid reader and enjoys reading and writing poetry. James Joyce is a favorite author.
- At Stanford she became a teenage athlete and was nicknamed ‘death grip’.
- She has appeared in a rock video: “I Drove All Night”, a Roy Orbison Song, co-starring Jason Priestly.
- She had a small part in a Simon Milne directed music video for the Duran Duran song Union of the Snake (released in 1984, it was part of the Dancing on the Valentine video EP and later included on the Decade video anthology). Jennifer played a member of a subterranean child-cult; the scenes she was in were shot in England, while other parts of the video were shot in Australia. Jennifer has since noted that the video shoot was “not a pleasant experience”.
- At one point she was reported to be engaged to Bill Campbell, her co-star in “The Rocketeer”. *They were together on and off for about five years. She has subsequently claimed that the engagement was “made up”.
- She has been with ICM’s Risa Shapiro since she was 15 years old.
- She has appeared in a Miller Beer commercial.
- She is an outdoors person, enjoying trekking, mountaineering and hiking.
- She enjoys arid and mountainous landscapes, like Tibet and the Andes.
- She cut a single in Japan called “Monologue of Love”, in which she sang in phonetic Japanese with a semi classical instrument arrangement. She says her agent made up the idea that she is semi-fluent in the language. She did learn some Japanese while she was there in 1987-88.