Scarlett Johansson

Actor / Producer / Director

Birthdate – November 22, 1984 (37 Years Old)

Birthplace – Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born on November 22, 1984 in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Her mother, Melanie Sloan is from a Jewish family from the Bronx and her father, Karsten Johansson is a Danish-born architect from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, born three minutes after her, and a paternal half-brother, Christian. Her grandfather was writer Ejner Johansson.Johansson began acting during childhood, after her mother started taking her to auditions. She made her professional acting debut at the age of eight in the off-Broadway production of ‘Sophistry’ with Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwrights Horizons. She would audition for commercials but took rejection so hard her mother began limiting her to film tryouts. She made her film debut at the age of nine, as John Ritter’s character’s daughter in the fantasy comedy North (1994). Following minor roles in Just Cause (1995), as the daughter of Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw’s character, and If Lucy Fell (1996), she played the role of Amanda in Manny & Lo (1996). Her performance in Manny & Lo garnered a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female, and positive reviews, one noting, ‘[the film] grows on you, largely because of the charm of … Scarlett Johansson’, while San Francisco Chronicle critic Mick LaSalle commentated on her ‘peaceful aura’, and wrote, ‘If she can get through puberty with that aura undisturbed, she could become an important actress.’After appearing in minor roles in Fall (1997) and Home Alone 3 (1997), Johansson garnered widely spread attention for her performance in The Horse Whisperer (1998), directed by Robert Redford, where she played Grace MacLean, a teenager traumatized by a riding accident. She received a nomination for the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress for the film. In 1999, she appeared in My Brother the Pig (1999) and in the music video for Mandy Moore’s single, ‘Candy’. Although the film was not a box office success, she received praise for her breakout role in Ghost World (2001), credited with ‘sensitivity and talent [that] belie her age’. She was also featured in the Coen Brothers’ dark drama The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001), opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand. She appeared in the horror comedy Eight Legged Freaks (2002) with David Arquette and Kari Wuhrer.In 2003, she was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, one for drama (Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)) and one for comedy (Lost in Translation (2003)), her breakout role, starring opposite Bill Murray, and receiving rave reviews and a Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival. Her film roles include the critically acclaimed Weitz brothers’ film In Good Company (2004), as well as starring opposite John Travolta in A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004), which garnered her a third Golden Globe Award nomination.She dropped out of Mission: Impossible III (2006) due to scheduling conflicts. Her next film role was in The Island (2005) alongside Ewan McGregor which earned weak reviews from U.S. critics. After this, she appeared in Woody Allen’s Match Point (2005) and was nominated again for a Golden Globe Award. In May 2008, she released her album ‘Anywhere I Lay My Head’, a collection of Tom Waits covers featuring one original song. Also that year, she starred in Frank Miller’s The Spirit (2008), the Woody Allen film Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), and played Mary Boleyn opposite Natalie Portman in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008).Since then, she has appeared as part of an ensemble cast in the romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), the action superhero film Iron Man 2 (2010), the comedy-drama We Bought a Zoo (2011) and starred as the original scream queen, Janet Leigh, in Hitchcock (2012). She then played her character, Black Widow, in the blockbuster action films The Avengers (2012), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Black Widow (2021), and also headlined the sci-fi action thriller Lucy (2014), a box office success. With more than a decade of work already under her belt, Scarlett has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses. Her other starring roles are in the sci-fi action thriller Ghost in the Shell (2017) and the dark comedy Rough Night (2017).Scarlett and Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds were engaged in May 2008 and married in September of that year. In 2010, the couple announced their separation, and subsequently divorced a year later. In 2013, she became engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac, the couple married a year later. In January 2017, the couple announced their separation, and subsequently divorced in March of that year. They have a daughter, Rose Dorothy Dauriac (born 2014).

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Scarlett Johansson was born in Manhattan to a Danish father and an American mother. One of her three siblings is her twin brother, Hunter, with whom she performed in a school stage production of Oliver!. She also has a paternal half-brother named Christian. At age 25, Johansson fired her mother, Melanie Sloan, after working nine years as her manager. She married actor Ryan Reynolds in 2008, but separated from him two years later, and divorced him in 2011. Three years later, she married French journalist Romain Dauriac. The couple had a daughter, Rose Dorothy Dauriac, in 2014, and then divorced in 2017. Her third marriage is to comedian Colin Jost, with whom Johansson had a child, Cosmo Jost, in 2021. Her height is 5’ 3’’.

 

Filmography

Sing: 2021 Re-release

Ash (2021)

Black Widow

Natasha Romanoff (2021)

Captain America: Civil War

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (2016)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (2014)

Don Jon

Barbara (2013)

Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Major (2017)

Jojo Rabbit

Rosie (2019)

Lucy

Lucy (2014)

Rough Night

Jess (2017)

Scarlett Johansson

Ash ()

The Avengers

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (2012)

We Bought a Zoo

Kelly Foster (2011)

Some Facts About Scarlett Johansson

  • International identity: With a Danish architect father and American mother, Johansson claims Danish and American citizenship. 
  • Literary roots: She’s the granddaughter of renowned Danish author Ejner Johansson.
  • Debut: Johansson’s first uncredited role was in 1993 when she was an 8-year-old skit player on Late Night With Conan O’Brien.
  • Stage struck: Her first job as a child actor was in the Off-Broadway play, Sophistry, starring Ethan Hawke.
  • Rejected: Johansson applied to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts at 18, was she was turned down.
  • Recording artist: Johansson recorded a 2008 album of Tom Waits covers titled Anywhere I Lay My Head.
  • What’s Up Doc?: Animators on The Looney Tunes Show created a character after Johansson titled Starlet Johansson.
  • Iconic: Artist Francisco Clemente has depicted her as the Queen of Swords in a deck of painted tarot cards.
  • Earnings: $20 million per film*
  • Net worth: $110 mil*
  • Diversity: Heritage includes Danish, Swedish and Jewish Ashkenazi ancestors.
  • Oscar double-play: Rare twin Oscar nominations in 2019 for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. 
  • Say Cheese: She claims that her love of cheese is her sole vice.
  • Husbands from abroad: Former husbands Ryan Reynolds and Romain Dauriac are Canadian and French, respectively.
  • Social media? What social media?: Rare among celebrities, Johansson steadfastly maintains no social media accounts.

Awards

Twice nominated for Oscars, for Best Actress for Marriage Story (2019) and Best Supporting Actress for Jojo Rabbit (2019); Two BAFTA nominations; Honorary César (2014); 17 People’s Choice Awards nominations and two awards for Favorite Female Movie Star; five-time Golden Globe nominee; three-time nominee for the Screen Actors Guild Awards.