Birth Date: November 22, 1984
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 4"
"I'm so tired of hearing casting directors ask if I have a sore throat. The people who have told me that my voice is distinctive, it's unusual...those people have always been close to my heart."
Scarlett Johansson Biography
One of the more promising teen actors to grace the multiplex, Scarlett Johansson has been acting professionally since the age of eight. A native of New York City, where she was born on November 22, 1984, Johansson was raised -- along with her twin brother -- as the youngest of four children, and she developed an interest in acting at the age of three. After enrolling in classes at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute for Young People, she made her stage debut opposite Ethan Hawke in the off-Broadway production of Sophistry. Her film debut followed in 1994, when she had a supporting role in North, and she subsequently appeared in the little-seen Just Cause (1995) and If Lucy Fell (1996).
Johansson had her first significant screen breakthrough with her role as one of two orphaned teenaged sisters in Manny & Lo (1996), a coming-of-age drama directed by Lisa Krueger. Johansson, who shared the screen with Aleksa Palladino and Mary Kay Place, earned an Independent Spirit Award Best Actress nomination for her work in the film, and she soon found herself being tapped by Robert Redford to star as Kristin Scott Thomas' daughter in The Horse Whisperer (1998). Although the film met with a very mixed reception, Johansson was widely praised for her portrayal of a girl who loses her leg and her best friend in a horrific accident.
In 2000, the actress signed on to play one of the heroines (alongside Thora Birch) of Terry Zwigoff's screen adaptation of Ghost World, Daniel Clowes' celebrated comic about the adventures of two teen girls grappling with post-high school life. That same year, she starred in American Rhapsody, in which she portrayed a young girl who escapes communist Hungary in the 1950s and travels to the U.S.
Though she would take a brief detour into camp with the 2002 giant spider fiasco Eight Legged Freaks, the respect Johansson had gained in the film industry as a result of her previous dramatic roles found the young actress in high demand among indie directors while quickly catching the eye of the Hollywood elite. With Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation, Johansson's touching performance as a young girl who strikes a tentative friendship with a washed up American actor (memorably portrayed by Bill Murray). While staying in Japan left no doubts regarding her dramatic skills in the eyes of many, and the rising starlet was soon cast in the lead of such subsequent films as The Girl with the Pearl Earring (2003) and The Perfect Score (2004). Johansson also appeared in A Love Song for Bobby Long alonside John Travolta and In Good Company opposite Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid.
Scarlett Johansson Filmography
Napoleon and Betsy (2007)
The Nanny Diaries (2007) .... Nan
The Prestige (2006) .... Olivia
The Black Dahlia (2006) .... Kay Lake
Scoop (2006) .... Jade Spence
"Saturday Night Live"
... aka SNL
... aka SNL 25 (USA: new title)
- Episode 31.10 (2006) TV Episode .... Host
The Island (2005) .... Jordan Two Delta/Sarah Jordan
Match Point (2005) .... Nola Rice
- A Piece of the Action (2005) TV Episode (voice) .... Various
- Toyz in the Hood (2005) TV Episode (voice)
In Good Company (2004) .... Alex Foreman
The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie (2004) (VG) (voice) .... Mindy
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie (2004) (voice) .... Mindy
A Good Woman (2004) .... Meg Windermere
A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) .... Pursy Will
The Perfect Score (2004) .... Francesca Curtis
... aka Voll gepunktet (Germany)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) .... Griet
Lost in Translation (2003) .... Charlotte
Eight Legged Freaks (2002) .... Ashley Parker
An American Rhapsody (2001) .... Zsuzsi/Suzanne Sandor (at 15)
... aka Amerikai rapszódia (Hungary)
Ghost World (2001) .... Rebecca
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) .... Rachael 'Birdy' Abundas
My Brother the Pig (1999) .... Kathy Caldwell
The Horse Whisperer (1998) .... Grace MacLean
Home Alone 3 (1997) .... Molly Pruitt
Fall (1997) .... Little Girl
Manny & Lo (1996) .... Amanda
If Lucy Fell (1996) .... Emily
... aka John Grisham's The Client
- Pilot (1995) TV Episode .... Jenna
Just Cause (1995) .... Kate Armstrong
North (1994) .... Laura Nelson
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