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Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model and singer.
Johansson made her film debut in North (1994) and was later nominated for the Independent
Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in Manny & Lo (1996). She rose
to further prominence with her roles in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001).
She shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) and Sofia
Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA award for Best Actress
in a Leading Role. Both films earned her Golden Globe Award nominations. A role in A Love
Song for Bobby Long (2004) earned Johansson a third Golden Globe for Best Actress nomination.
Johansson garnered another Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress with her role
in Woody Allen's Match Point (2005). She went on to star in two further Allen movies: Scoop
(2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Johansson has appeared in other successful
films, such as Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006). Johansson played popular Marvel comic
book character Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in the films Iron Man 2 (2010) and The Avengers
(2012). The 2010 Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge gave Johansson
some of her best reviews for her acting, and she received a Tony Award for Best Performance
by a Featured Actress in a Play. On May 20, 2008, Johansson debuted as a vocalist on her
first album, Anywhere I Lay My Head, which comprises mostly cover versions of Tom Waits
songs. Her second album, Break Up, with Pete Yorn, was released in September 2009. The
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Scarlett Johansson with the 2,470th star on the Hollywood
Walk of Fame on May 2, 2012 in front of Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. Early life Johansson
was born in New York City on November 22, 1984. Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a
Danish-born architect originally from Copenhagen, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson,
was a screenwriter and director. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi
Jewish family from the Bronx. Johansson's mother's ancestors immigrated to the U.S.
from Minsk, Belarus. She has an older sister, Vanessa, who is an actress; an older brother,
Adrian; a twin brother, Hunter (who appeared with her in the film Manny & Lo); and an older
half-brother, Christian, from her father's first marriage. Johansson grew up in a household
with "little money", and with a mother who was a "film buff". She and her brother, Hunter,
attended P.S. 41 in upper-middle-class Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan for elementary
school. Johansson began her theatrical training by attending and graduating from Professional
Children's School in Manhattan in 2002. Acting career Johansson began acting during childhood,
after her mother started taking her to auditions. She made her film debut at nine years old,
as John Ritter's daughter in the 1994 fantasy comedy North. Following minor roles in the
1995 film Just Cause, as the daughter of Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw, and If Lucy Fell
in 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 and Home Alone 3 in
1997, Johansson garnered widely spread attention for her performance in the 1998 film The Horse
Whisperer, directed by Robert Redford. 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 and in 2001 in the neo-noir Coen brothers film The Man Who Wasn't There.
Also in 1999, she appeared in the music video for Mandy Moore's single, "Candy". Although
the film was not a box office success, she received praise for her break-out role in
the 2001 film, Ghost World. Credited with "sensitivity and talent [that] belie her age",
Johansson went on to win the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards for Best Supporting
Actress and was nominated for the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting
Actress. In 2002, Johansson appeared in the comedy-horror thriller Eight Legged Freaks,
starring David Arquette. Johansson made the transition from teen roles to adult roles,
with two such roles in 2003. In the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation, she played
Charlotte, an abandoned young wife, opposite Bill Murray. Roger Ebert wrote that he loved
the film and described the performances of Johansson and Murray as "wonderful." Entertainment
Weekly wrote of Johansson's "embracing, restful serenity," and the New York Times said, "At
18, the actress gets away with playing a 25-year-old woman by using her husky voice to test the
level of acidity in the air ... Ms. Johansson is not nearly as accomplished a performer
as Mr. Murray, but Ms. Coppola gets around this by using Charlotte's simplicity and curiosity
as keys to her character." Johansson won the BAFTA Award and the Boston Society of Film
Critics Award for Best Actress and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
She received nominations from a number of film critic organizations, including the Broadcast
Film Critics Association, and the Chicago Film Critics Association, Johansson played
Griet in Peter Webber's Girl with a Pearl Earring. While noting, "Audiences feel as
if they are spying on a moment of artistic inspiration when painter Vermeer creates the
title work", USA Today praised her, suggesting, "[She] is having a banner year that Oscar
voters should recognize." In his review for the New Yorker, Anthony Lane said, "What keeps
Webber's movie alive is the tenseness of the setup ... and, above all, the presence of
Johansson. She is often wordless and close to plain onscreen, but wait for the ardor
with which she can summon a closeup and bloom under its gaze; this is her film, not Vermeer's,
all the way." Owen Gleiberman, for Entertainment Weekly, wrote of her "nearly silent performance",
observing, "The interplay on her face of fear, ignorance, curiosity, and sex is intensely
dramatic." She was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama and the
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She was also nominated by the London
Film Critics' Circle, the Phoenix Film Critics Society and the British Independent Film Awards.
Johansson was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in June
2004. In the same year, she voiced a role in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and appeared
in an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan entitled A Good Woman, opposite Helen
Hunt and Tom Wilkinson. It received a limited U.S. release, and was both a box office and
critical failure. It was described by the New York Times as a "misbegotten Hollywood-minded
screen adaptation" with "an excruciating divide between the film's British actors (led by
Tom Wilkinson and Stephen Campbell Moore), who are comfortable delivering Wilde's aphorisms
... and its American marquee names, Helen Hunt and Scarlett Johansson, [who have] little
connection to the English language as spoken in the high Wildean style." She also appeared
in the critically panned, teen, heist film The Perfect Score and in In Good Company,
in a supporting role opposite Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid. Her performance in the dark,
Southern drama, A Love Song for Bobby Long, earned her a third Golden Globe for Best Actress
nomination. Johansson was involved for a short time with the film Mission: Impossible III,
but was not officially cast because of scheduling conflicts, although a falling out with the
film's star, Tom Cruise, was reported. In July 2005, Johansson starred, with Ewan McGregor,
in Michael Bay's science fiction film, The Island, in dual roles as Sarah Jordan and
her clone, Jordan Two Delta. The film was a commercial failure and received mixed critical
reviews. In contrast, her role as Nola, the American actress with whom Chris (Jonathan
Rhys Meyers) is obsessed, in the Woody Allen-directed drama Match Point, was well-received. The
New York Times said, "Ms. Johansson and Mr. Rhys-Meyers manage some of the best acting
seen in a Woody Allen movie in a long time, escaping the archness and emotional disconnection
that his writing often imposes." Mick LaSalle, writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, said,
"[Johansson] is a powerhouse from the word go", and, "[Her performance] borders on astonishing."
Johansson received her fourth Golden Globe nomination, and one from the Chicago Film
Critics Association, for Best Supporting Actress. In another collaboration with Allen, Johansson
was cast opposite Hugh Jackman and Allen in the 2006 feature, Scoop. While the film enjoyed
a modest worldwide box office success, it received mixed reviews by critics. The New
York Times called the film "not especially funny yet oddly appealing" and cited parallels
to The Thin Man, saying, "[while] Johansson is certainly no Myrna Loy, [her] performance
is all over the place ... but finally works for a film that is itself all over the place.
Mr. Allen seems happy to just watch her strut her stuff, and after a while so are we." New
York magazine said, "Johansson doesn’t have the natural buoyancy to play a screwball Nancy
Drew, [but] she’s smart enough to know what’s needed (a young Diane Keaton), and manages
to rouse herself", while USA Today criticized "her delivery of Allenesque one-liners" as
"clunky", and "sometimes, she seems in over her head playing opposite Allen." The same
year, she appeared in Brian De Palma's The Black Dahlia, a film noir shot in Los Angeles
and Bulgaria. Johansson later said she was a De Palma fan and had wanted to work with
him on the film, even though she thought that she was "physically wrong" for the part. Her
reviews were mixed. CNN.com noted, "[Johansson] takes to the pulpy period atmosphere as if
it were oxygen," whereas the Kalamazoo Gazette referred to Johansson as "miscast". Johansson
next had a supporting role in the Christopher Nolan thriller The Prestige (2006), again
opposite Hugh Jackman, as well as Christian Bale. Nolan, who described Johansson as possessing
an "ambiguity... a shielded quality", said he was "very keen" for her to play the role.
Johansson said, "[she] loved working with [Nolan]", and he was "incredibly focused and
driven and involved, and really involved in the performance in every aspect." The film
was both a critical and a worldwide box office success, recommended by the Los Angeles Times
as "an adult, provocative piece of work." Also in 2006, Johansson starred in a short
film directed by Bennett Miller and set to Bob Dylan's "When the Deal Goes Down...",
released to promote Dylan's album, Modern Times. Johansson starred in 2007's The Nanny
Diaries, alongside Laura Linney. The film performed only marginally well at the box
office, and was critically panned. Johansson's reviews were mixed, with Variety saying, "[She]
essays an engaging heroine", while The New Yorker criticized her for looking "merely
confused" while "trying to give the material a plausible emotional center". In his review
for the San Francisco Chronicle, Mick LaSalle said, "There's something painful about watching
Scarlett Johansson, who looks as if she never had an indecisive moment in her life, struggle
to seem ineffectual." In 2008, she starred in The Other Boleyn Girl, opposite Natalie
Portman and Eric Bana, a film which garnered mixed reviews. Writing for Rolling Stone,
Pete Travers criticized the film for "[moving] in frustrating herks and jerks", but was more
positive in his assessment of Johansson and Portman, and wrote, "What works is the combustible
teaming of Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, who give the Boleyn hotties a tough core of
intelligence and wit, swinging the film's sixteenth-century protofeminist issues handily
into this one." Variety credited the cast as "almost flawless ... at the top of its
game", citing "Johansson’s quieter Mary ... as the pic’s emotional center, her tender
love story with the conflicted monarch evoking the only genuine feelings on display." She
filmed her third Woody Allen film, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, in Spain, appearing opposite Javier
Bardem and Penélope Cruz. The film was one of Allen's most profitable and appeared on
many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2008. Overall, the film received generally
favorable reviews and brought co-star Cruz numerous awards, including the Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress. Johansson was described as being "open and malleable" and
"serves as a nice contrast to the [other actors]". Johansson played Silken Floss, a femme fatale
and ally of Samuel L. Jackson's villain The Octopus, in Frank Miller's film noir, comedy
adaptation of The Spirit. The film, described as "a great-looking movie with an awkward
balance of pulp noir and campy self-awareness" and "style without substance, style whirling
in a senseless void", received mostly poor reviews. Johansson appeared in the role of
Anna, a yoga instructor, in the 2009 ensemble cast of He's Just Not That Into You, with
Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Drew Barrymore and Kevin Connolly. The film was a box office
success but only gained average critical reception. The San Francisco Chronicle review notes,
"[The film] never soars, but it never flags" yet lauds Johansson, saying, "She has become
a deft comic actress." The Los Angeles Times calls the film an "anti-romantic romantic
comedy" and cites the scenario in which Johansson appears with Jennifer Connelly and Bradley
Cooper as having "more meat than others", making it "one of the best." The Baltimore
Sun criticized the film, saying, "[It] stumbles somewhat when it tries to get serious", but
praised Johansson for "proving she doesn't need Woody Allen to be funny." In March 2009,
Johansson signed on to play Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. The Black Widow in Iron Man 2 after
a scheduling conflict forced Emily Blunt to drop out of the part. The film, released in
May 2010, was directed by Jon Favreau and also starred Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow,
Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Samuel L. Jackson and Sam Rockwell. Appearing at San Diego Comic-Con
on July 26, 2009, Johansson joked about her audition for the film, saying it consisted
of "a couple of deep knee bends and lunges", but Favreau credited her with performing her
own stunts: "All the fighting and wire work is her own. She worked really hard and it
shows on the screen." Iron Man 2 was a box office success and received mostly positive
reviews from critcs. In 2011, Johansson played the role of Kelly, a zookeeper in the family
film We Bought a Zoo. The film gained mainly favorable reviews. Calvin Wilson of St. Louis
Post-Dispatch wrote that Johansson "brings to Kelly just the right blend of spunkiness
and hard-won maturity." Johansson reprised the role of Natasha Romanoff in Marvel's The
Avengers in 2012. The Avengers received positive reviews and was highly successful at the box
office, becoming the third highest-grossing film both in the United States and worldwide.
Johansson in particular was credited with making her character "steely, vulnerable,
cunning and funny, often in the same breath" and for providing the most human moments in
the film and showing "the challenge of being a female superhero in a comic-book universe—and
an empowered woman in the real world." In November 2010, Johansson has been cast in
the film adaptation of Michel Faber's novel Under the Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer.
In November 2011, it was reported she plans to make her directional debut by adapting
Truman Capote's novel, Summer Crossing whose screenplay will be written by playwright Tristine
Skyler. In early March 2012, it was announced that Johansson had been cast as Janet Leigh
in the upcoming Sacha Gervasi-directed film Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,
a behind-the-scenes drama about the making of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho. Johansson
received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 2, 2012 located at 6931 Hollywood Blvd.,
in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum. Johansson made her first stage appearance
in the Off Broadway play Sophistry. In 2009, Johansson made her debut on Broadway, as Catherine
Carbone in the drama A View from the Bridge, written by Arthur Miller and directed by Gregory
Mosher. Liev Schreiber played opposite her. Johansson won the 2010 Tony Award for Best
Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her role in the play. Endorsements Johansson
has appeared in advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, L'Oréal, Louis Vuitton and
has been the face of Spanish brand Mango since 2009. After appearing at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala with Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Johansson
was announced as the face of the new Dolce & Gabbana make-up collection in early 2009.
She made a personal appearance at the London store, Selfridges, on July 31, 2009, to help
launch and promote the line. Music career In 2005, Johansson was considered for the
role of Maria in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End revival of The Sound of Music, though
the role ultimately went to newcomer Connie Fisher after she won BBC's talent show How
Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Released on May 8, 2006, Johansson sang the track "Summertime"
for Unexpected Dreams – Songs From the Stars, a non-profit collection of songs recorded
by Hollywood actors. She performed with The Jesus and Mary Chain for a special Coachella
Reunion Show in Indio, California in April 2007. In 2007, she appeared as the leading
lady in Justin Timberlake's music video, for "What Goes Around... Comes Around", which
was nominated in August 2007 for video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards. In
mid-2007, Johansson spent about a month in Maurice, Louisiana recording an album at Dockside
Studio, a rural 12-acre (49,000 m2) complex. The album, consisting of one original
song and ten cover versions of Tom Waits songs, was produced by Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio
and features David Bowie, members from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Celebration. Released
on May 20, 2008, it was entitled Anywhere I Lay My Head. Reviews of the album were mixed,
or average. Spin commented, "There's nothing particularly compelling about Scarlett Johansson's
singing." Conversely, some critics found it to be "surprisingly alluring", "a bravely
eccentric selection", and "a brilliant album" with "ghostly magic". The album was named
the "23rd best album of 2008" by NME and peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart
and No.126 on the Billboard 200 chart. Of her album, Johansson said, "I had this golden
opportunity to record and thought I would do maybe an album of standards, because I’m
not a songwriter. I’m a vocalist." Johansson said for her recording she "wanted to have
space and [she] wanted to be in a remote place where all of us could just be ourselves and
not worry about anyone trying to listen in or get in on that." Johansson said in an interview
that she started listening to Tom Waits when she was 11 or 12. Of Tom Waits, Johansson
said in an interview, "His melodies are so beautiful, his voice is so distinct and I
had my own way of doing Tom Waits songs." In December 2008, MTV reported Johansson planned
to follow-up Anywhere I Lay My Head with an album of all original music, saying, “I
don’t think I’d do covers, so it’d be a project that I have to dedicate myself to.
I feel like that’s something for the future.” In 2009, Johansson covered Jeff Buckley's
"Last Goodbye" for the soundtrack of He's Just Not That Into You. Released on September
8, 2009, she and singer/songwriter Pete Yorn recorded a collaborative album, Break Up,
inspired by Serge Gainsbourg's duets with Brigitte Bardot. In 2010, Steel Train released
Terrible Thrills Vol. 1, which includes their favourite female artists singing songs from
their self-titled album. Johansson is the first artist on the album, singing "Bullet".
In 2011, Johansson sang "One Whole Hour" for the soundtrack of the documentary film Wretches
& Jabberers. Sex symbol
Johansson has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world. She
has been described as a "peerless sex symbol" by Channel 4, Johansson appeared on the cover
of the March 2006 issue of Vanity Fair in the nude alongside actress Keira Knightley
and fashion designer Tom Ford. Maxim named Johansson No. 6 in their Hot 100 Issue in
2006, No. 3 in 2007, No. 2 in 2008, No. 34 in 2009, No. 14 in 2010, and No. 14 in 2011.
In November 2006, Johansson was named "Sexiest Woman Alive" by Esquire. In February 2007,
she was named the "Sexiest Celebrity" of the year by Playboy. FHM has regularly ranked
her as one of their 100 sexiest famous women since 2005, and she has also appeared on Askmen
lists for the 99 'most desirable' celebrity women, based on looks and success. During
the filming of Match Point, director Woody Allen described Johansson as "sexually overwhelming",
saying that he found it "very hard to be extra witty around a sexually overwhelming, beautiful
young woman who is wittier than you are." In 2010, GQ named Johansson its Babe of the
Year. In 2011, Men's Health named her one of the "100 Hottest Women of All-Time", ranking
her at No. 12. Personal life Johansson rarely discusses her personal life with the press,
saying, "It's nice to have everybody not know your business." On September 27, 2008, Johansson
and Ryan Reynolds were married at a quiet ceremony near Tofino, British Columbia. They
purchased a $2.8 million home together near Los Angeles, California. On December 14, 2010,
Reynolds and Johansson announced that they had separated. Their divorce was finalized
on July 1, 2011. She celebrates a "little of both" Christmas and Hanukkah, and has described
herself as Jewish. Johansson rejects the "ScarJo" nickname some have used in reference to her,
calling it "awful". On September 14, 2011, the FBI announced it was investigating the
alleged hacking of Johansson's cell phone and the dissemination of nude photographs.
Johansson stated that the photos were sent to her then-husband, Ryan Reynolds, three
years prior to the incident. As a result of the investigation, Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville,
Florida pled guilty to computer hacking. In addition to a prison sentence, prosecutors
are requesting that Johansson receive about $66,000 in restitution. Activism Johansson
is a Global Ambassador for the aid and development agency, Oxfam. In March 2008, a UK-based bidder
paid £20,000 on an eBay auction to benefit Oxfam, winning a hair and makeup treatment,
a pair of tickets and a chauffered trip to accompany Johansson on a 20-minute date to
the world premiere of He's Just Not That Into You. Johansson is registered as an independent
and campaigned for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the 2004 United States presidential
election. About George W. Bush's reelection, she said, "[I am] disappointed. I think it
was a disappointment for a large percentage of the population." Johansson also campaigned
for Democratic candidate Barack Obama: Her efforts included appearances in Iowa during
January 2008, where her efforts were targeted at younger voters; an appearance at Cornell
College; and a speaking engagement at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota on Super
Tuesday, 2008. Johansson appeared in the 2008 music video for The Black Eyed Peas front
man will.i.am's song, "Yes We Can", directed by Jesse Dylan, a song inspired by Obama's
speech following the 2008 New Hampshire primary. On February 7, 2012, Johansson and Anna Wintour
hosted a fashion launch of pro-Obama clothing, bags and accessories, with proceeds going
to the President's re-election campaign. Johansson is publicly endorsing and supporting Manhattan
Borough President Scott Stringer's 2013 run for New York City mayor by hosting a series
of fundraisers.