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JENNIFER LAWRENCE (Raven/Mystique) is one of Hollywood's
most promising young actresses. Lawrence was nominated for the 2011 Best Actress
Academy Award for her portrayal of Ree, a hardened teenager who takes care of
her younger siblings and her mentally ill mother, in the absence of her drug
dealer father, in Debra Granik's critically acclaimed film Winter's Bone.
Lawrence was nominated for the Golden Globe Best Actress Award for her
performance, as well as the Best Actress Award at the Seattle International Film
Festival and The Blue Angel Award for Best Female Performance at the Bratislava
Film Festival. The film was also awarded the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury
Prize and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.
Lawrence appears in The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster, starring Mel Gibson
in a whimsical drama that centers on a grown man who wears a beaver puppet on
his hand that he treats as a real person.
Lawrence was recently cast in the leading role of Kantiss in The Hunger
Games, a big screen adaptation of the phenomenally successful novel. Set in a
post-apocalyptic world, the story is about a powerful government that holds the
Hunger Games, an annual televised event where a young man and young woman fight
to the death.
Lawrence recently wrapped production on Drake Doremus' Like Crazy, starring
opposite Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones, and Mark Tonderai's House at the End
of The Street, opposite Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot. Other film credits
include a lead role in Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut The Burning Plain,
opposite Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger. The film premiered at the 65th Venice
Film Festival, where Lawrence won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young
Actress or Actor. She also starred in Lori Petty's Poker House, opposite Selma
Blair and Bokeem Woodbine, for which Lawrence was awarded Outstanding
Performance in the Narrative Competition at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival.
Additional film credits include Jason Freeland's Garden Party, opposite Vinessa
Shaw, as well as roles in Drillbit Taylor and Waverly Hills.
On television, Lawrence co-starred on three seasons of the TBS series The
Bill Engvall Show.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky, where she had extensive theatre experience,
Lawrence traveled to New York at age fourteen to explore a professional career
in acting. She quickly caught the eye of casting directors and started acting in
film and television during the summer of 2005 and hasn't looked back.
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