BiographyBorn in New York City, on November 22, 1984, Scarlett Johansson is the youngest of four siblings -- she has an older brother and sister, as well as a twin brother. As might be expected of an acting prodigy, Scarlett had an unusually early interest in performing: She wanted to be an actress since age 3, and was acting professionally when she was only 8 years old. After taking classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for Young People, Scarlett Johansson made her stage debut in the early 1990s in the off-Broadway production of Sophistry, alongside Ethan Hawke.
Scarlett Johansson's first film role came in 1994's North, starring Elijah Wood, another child star survivor. The following year she played Sean Connery's daughter in the thriller Just Cause, and then in 1996 she appeared in If Lucy Fell and Manny & Lo. For the latter film, Scarlett Johansson was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actress in 1997. That year she added Fall and Home Alone 3 to her burgeoning list of credits as well.
scarlett johansson in the horse whisperer
In 1998, Scarlett Johansson's career reached new heights. Cast as Grace MacLean, a young girl who suffers a tragic equestrian accident in The Horse Whisperer, Scarlett Johansson was generally acknowledged as the most promising part of an otherwise unenthusiastically received film. The 13-year-old actress picked up a Hollywood Reporter YoungStar Award for her work. Ironically, Scarlett Johansson was given an "introducing..." credit in The Horse Whisperer, even though she already had a half-dozen movies under her belt by then.
Building on the momentum of The Horse Whisperer, Scarlett Johansson appeared in My Brother the Pig (1999), and then costarred with Thora Birch in Terry Zwigoff's adaptation of the teen-angst comic book Ghost World in 2000.
The next year Scarlett Johansson turned heads once again with a provocative role in the Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There. Also in 2001, Scarlett starred in An American Rhapsody, a Hungarian film about a girl who escapes from behind the iron curtain in the 1950s. Such serious fare was offset in 2002, with Scarlett Johansson's turn in the B-monster movie Eight Legged Freaks.
scarlett johansson stars in lost in translation
However, 2003 would prove to be Scarlett Johansson's most successful year yet. She starred in Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation as a young girl staying in Japan who befriends a washed-up American actor, played by Bill Murray. Scarlett followed up Lost in Translation with Girl with a Pearl Earring in which she played the title role -- a struggling servant girl who becomes drawn into the world of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer. Both roles landed Scarlett Johansson Best Actress Golden Globe nominations in 2004, as well as a Best Actress BAFTA Award (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) for Lost in Translation.
With the 2004 teen comedy The Perfect Score, Scarlett Johansson demonstrated once more that she can take on lighter fare as well as serious roles. She's used to dichotomy: Scarlett divides her time between New York, where her father lives, and Los Angeles, where her mother looks after her business interests.
scarlett johansson in the prestigeIn 2005, Scarlett Johansson appeared in two flicks -- Woody Allen's Match Point and The Island. She also endorsed the Calvin Klein perfume "Eternity Moment."
The following year she was named the face of L'Oreal and also had roles in The Black Dahlia and The Prestige alongside Christian Bale. If that weren't enough, Scarlett was the leading lady in Bob Dylan's music video "When the Deal Goes Down."
scarlett johansson is named no. 6 in 2008 top 99 In 2007, Scarlett Johansson played Annie Braddock in The Nanny Diaries. Her spring advertising campaign for Reebok also came out. Her 2008 projects included The Spirit, The Other Boleyn Girl and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (which costars Penelope Cruz, with whom she shared an on-screen kiss).
Very few women in Hollywood have the allure and sexiness of Scarlett Johansson. Not only can she look hot in an array of hairstyles and ensembles, but she can really act, too. This is precisely why AskMen.com readers voted her No. 6 in the Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2008.
scarlett johansson engaged to ryan reynoldsIn 2008, Scarlett Johansson got engaged to her actor boyfriend Ryan Reynolds. The two had been rumored to be discussing the possibility of an engagement, however Scarlett Johansson's reps confirmed it in May. By September of 2008, the couple married in Tofino, Canada.
That year, she also ranked No. 2 on Maxim's Hot 100 list. She worked on the movie He's Just Not That Into You, costarring Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Drew Barrymore and Ben Affleck, as well.
Look for her in the upcoming project Amazon.