Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson, wearing a pink dress, poses for the camera.
Johansson in 2008
Born
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson

(1984-11-22) November 22, 1984 (age 34)
CitizenshipUnited States
Danish
Occupation
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)
  • Ryan Reynolds
    (m. 2008; div. 2011)
  • Romain Dauriac
    (m. 2014; div. 2017)
Children1
AwardsFull list

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (ən/; born November 22, 1984[1]) is an American actress and singer. Johansson is the world's highest-paid actress, has made multiple appearances in the Forbes Celebrity 100, and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She aspired to be an actress from a young age, and first appeared on stage in an Off-Broadway play as a child. Johansson made her film debut in the fantasy comedy North (1994), and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Manny & Lo (1996). She gained further recognition for her work in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001).

Johansson shifted to adult roles in 2003 with her performances in Lost in Translation (for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress) and Girl with a Pearl Earring. She was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards for these films, and for playing an estranged teenager in the drama A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004), and a seductress in the psychological thriller Match Point (2005). Other films during this period include the mystery thriller The Prestige (2006) and the comedy-drama Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). She also released two albums: Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008) and Break Up (2009), both of which charted on the Billboard 200.

In 2010, Johansson debuted on Broadway in a revival of A View from the Bridge, which won her a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress. Later that year, she began portraying Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She voiced an intelligent computer operating system in the 2013 comedy-drama Her, and played an alien in the 2013 science fiction film Under the Skin, and a woman with psychokinetic abilities in the 2014 science fiction action Lucy. She was the highest-grossing actress of 2016, and is also the highest-grossing actress of all time in North America in nominal dollar terms.

As a public figure, Johansson is a Hollywood sex symbol. She is a prominent celebrity brand endorser, and also supports various charities and causes. She has been married twice, to the Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011 and the French businessman Romain Dauriac (with whom she has a daughter) from 2014 to 2017.

Early life

A red-brick three-story building with a tree outside it.
The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, where Johansson learned to act as a child

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born in the Manhattan borough of New York City.[2][3] Her father, Karsten Olaf Johansson, is an architect originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was an art historian, screenwriter and film director, whose own father was Swedish.[4][5] Scarlett's mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, from Poland and Russia.[6][7] She has an older sister, Vanessa, also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; and a twin brother, Hunter.[8] Johansson also has an older half-brother, Christian, from her father's first marriage. She holds both American and Danish citizenship.[9][10] The actress is a maternal great-niece of Phil Schlamberg, the last known combat death of World War II, who was the wingman to Captain Jerry Yellin.[11]

Johansson attended PS 41, an elementary school in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.[12] Her parents divorced when she was 13.[13][14] Johansson was particularly close to her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Sloan, a bookkeeper and schoolteacher; they often spent time together and Johansson considered Sloan her best friend.[15] Interested in a career in the spotlight from an early age, she often put on song-and-dance routines for her family. She was particularly fond of musical theater and jazz hands.[16][17] She took lessons in tap dance, and states that her parents were supportive of her career choice. She describes her childhood as very ordinary.[18]

As a child, Johansson practiced acting by staring in the mirror until she made herself cry, wanting to be Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis.[19] At age seven, she was devastated when a talent agent signed one of her brothers instead of her, but she later decided to become an actress anyway. She enrolled at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and began auditioning for commercials, but soon lost interest: "I didn't want to promote Wonder Bread."[19] She shifted her focus to film and theater,[20] making her first stage appearance in the Off-Broadway play Sophistry with Ethan Hawke,[21] in which she had two lines.[20] Around this time, she began studying at Professional Children's School (PCS), a private educational institution for aspiring child actors in Manhattan. At age nine, Johansson made her film debut as John Ritter's daughter in the fantasy comedy North (1994).[20] She says that when she was on the film set, she knew intuitively what to do.[19] Johansson later played minor roles including as the daughter of Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw's characters in the mystery thriller Just Cause (1995), and an art student in If Lucy Fell (1996).[22]

Other Languages
azərbaycanca: Skarlet Yohansson
Bân-lâm-gú: Scarlett Johansson
беларуская: Скарлет Ёхансан
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Скарлет Ёхансан
dolnoserbski: Scarlett Johansson
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Scarlett Johansson
Bahasa Indonesia: Scarlett Johansson
interlingua: Scarlett Johansson
Interlingue: Scarlett Johansson
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Lëtzebuergesch: Scarlett Johansson
македонски: Скарлет Јохансон
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Nederlands: Scarlett Johansson
Napulitano: Scarlett Johansson
norsk nynorsk: Scarlett Johansson
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Simple English: Scarlett Johansson
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Sranantongo: Scarlett Johansson
српски / srpski: Скарлет Џохансон
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Scarlett Johansson
Tiếng Việt: Scarlett Johansson
žemaitėška: Scarlett Johansson