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Scarlett Johansson, born November 22, 1984 is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in the fantasy comedy North (1994). Johansson subsequently starred in Manny & Lo (1996), and garnered further acclaim and prominence with 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 Lost in Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.

Her subsequent films included A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004), Match Point (2005), The Island (2005), The Black Dahlia (2006), The Prestige (2006), We Bought a Zoo (2008 film), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008), He's Just Not That Into You (2009), Don Jon (2013), Her (2013), Under the Skin (2013), Lucy (2014), The Jungle Book (2016), and Ghost in the Shell (2017). Since 2010, Johansson has also portrayed the Marvel Comics character Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of A View from the Bridge. As a singer, Johansson has released two albums, Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008) and Break Up (2009).

Johansson is considered one of Hollywood's modern sex symbols, and has frequently appeared in published lists of the sexiest women in the world. As of May 2017, she is the highest-grossing actress of all time in North America, with her films making over $3.6 billion. In 2016, she was the highest-grossing actress, with a $1.2 billion total for the year.

Early Life

Johansson was born in Manhattan, in New York City. Her father, Karsten Johansson, is an architect originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was an art historian, screenwriter, and director. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx; Sloan's ancestors were Jewish emigrants from Poland and Belarus in the Russian Empire. Scarlett has an older sister, Vanessa, also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; and a twin brother, Hunter (who appeared with her in the film Manny & Lo). She also has an older half-brother, Christian, from her father's first marriage. She holds both United States and Danish passports and citizenship.

Johansson grew up in a household with "little money", and with a mother who was a "film buff". She and her twin brother attended PS 41, an elementary school in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. Johansson began her theatrical training by attending and graduating from Professional Children's School in Manhattan in 2002.

Acting Careers

Early Roles

Johansson began acting during childhood, after her mother started taking her to auditions. She would audition for commercials but took rejection so hard her mother began limiting her to film tryouts. She made her film debut at the age of nine, as John Ritter's daughter in the fantasy comedy North (1994). Following minor roles in the mystery thriller Just Cause (1995), as the daughter of Sean Connery and Kate Capshaw, and If Lucy Fell (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, "grows on you, largely because of the charm of ... Scarlett Johansson", while San Francisco Chronicle critic Mick LaSalle commented 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 (both 1997), Johansson garnered widely spread attention for her performance in the film The Horse Whisperer (1998), 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 the neo-noir Coen brothers film The Man Who Wasn't There (2001). Although the film Ghost World (2001) was not a box office success, she received praise for her performance in what is considered her break-out role. Credited with "sensitivity and talent belie her age". In 2002, she appeared in the horror comedy Eight Legged Freaks with David Arquette.

Transition to adult roles

Johansson made the transition from teen roles to adult roles, with two roles in 2003. In the Sofia Coppola film Lost in Translation, she played Charlotte, a listless and lonely 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 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.

At age 18, Johansson played Griet in Peter Webber's Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003). 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 nominated by the London Film Critics' Circle, the Phoenix Film Critics Society.

2005 - 2007

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." Johansson received her fourth Golden Globe nomination, and one from the Chicago Film Critics Association, for Best Supporting Actress.

In another collaboration with Allen, she was cast opposite Hugh Jackman and Allen in the film Scoop (2006). While the film enjoyed a modest worldwide box office success, it received mixed reviews by critics. 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.

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, "I loved working with [Christopher Nolan]. He's incredibly focused and driven and involved, and really involved in the performance in every aspect. He's incredible to watch." 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 the short film When the Deal Goes Down, directed by Bennett Miller, set to Bob Dylan's "When the Deal Goes Down...", released to promote Dylan's album, Modern Times.

Johansson starred in The Nanny Diaries (2007), 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".

2008 - 2012

In 2008, Johansson starred in The Other Boleyn Girl, with 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."

Johansson 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. She also played the femme fatale Silken Floss in Frank Miller's film noir, comedy adaptation of The Spirit. The film received mostly poor reviews. Johansson later appeared in the role of Anna Marks, a yoga instructor, in the ensemble cast of He's Just Not That Into You (2009), with Jennifer Connelly, Bradley Cooper, Drew Barrymore and Kevin Connolly. The film was a box office success but only gained average critical reception.

In March 2009, Johansson signed on to play Natalia Romanova/Natasha Romanoff, aka "The Black Widow" in Iron Man 2 after Emily Blunt was forced to drop the role due to a scheduling conflict. The film was released on May 7, 2010. The film was a box office success and received mostly positive reviews from critics. In 2011, Johansson played the role of Kelly, a zookeeper in the family film We Bought a Zoo. The film gained mainly favorable reviews.

In November 2011, it was reported that she planned to make her directorial debut by adapting Truman Capote's novel, Summer Crossing, with the screenplay written by playwright Tristine Skyler. Johansson reprised the role of Natasha Romanoff in The Avengers (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. In early March 2012, it was announced that Johansson had been cast as Janet Leigh in the Sacha Gervasi-directed film Hitchcock, a behind-the-scenes drama about the making of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film Psycho. Released in November 2012, Hitchcock received mixed to positive reviews.

Johansson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 2, 2012, located at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard, in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum. Also in 2012, Johansson was cast in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, Don Jon. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, and had its wide release in September 2013. Don Jon received positive reviews. Johansson's performance was highlighted by critics; Claudia Puig of USA Today stated that she "gives one of her best performances as the bossy, gum-chewing Jersey girl".

2013 - present

In 2013, Johansson voiced the character Samantha, an intelligent computer operating system, in the Spike Jonze film Her, replacing Samantha Morton in the role. The film received critical acclaim upon release with Johansson's performance being well-received among critics. Johansson was also cast in the film Under the Skin (2013), the film adaptation directed by Jonathan Glazer of Michel Faber's novel of the same name. The film was released in the United States in 2014, to positive reviews, with Johansson receiving praise for her performance, which included scenes of full frontal nudity.

In October 2014, it was announced that Johannson will star in and executive produce the upcoming eight-episode period series The Custom of the Country, based on Edith Wharton's 1913 novel of the same name. She is set to play Undine Spragg, a young woman from the Midwest who tries to climb her way up the New York City social ladder. It will be written by Christopher Hampton.

Johansson reprised her role as Black Widow in the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), alongside frequent co-star Chris Evans as the title character. The film received positive reviews. She played Molly in the film Chef (2014), alongside Jon Favreau, Robert Downey, Jr. and Sofía Vergara. She also starred in Lucy, a science fiction action film directed by Luc Besson, which was released on July 25, 2014. The film received largely positive, but also polarizing, critical reviews, and grossed $458 million against a budget of $40 million.

In 2015, Johansson again played Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron, alongside the original cast of the first Avengers film. A mixture of close-ups, concealing costumes, stunt doubles and visual effects were used to help hide Johansson's pregnancy during filming. On January 5, 2015, Variety announced that Johansson signed on to play the lead role in a film adaptation of the Ghost in the Shell franchise, which will be directed by Rupert Sanders and produced by Avi Arad and Steven Paul. The casting of Johansson for the film was met with criticism from many fans and critics, calling the choice "whitewashing". A petition was created in the effort to have Johansson removed from the project.

Johansson again reprised her role as Black Widow in Captain America: Civil War, released in May 2016, and will continue playing the character in Avengers: Infinity War scheduled for release in May 2018 and the untitled sequel scheduled for May 2019. On March 11, 2017, Johansson hosted Saturday Night Live for the fifth time, making her the 17th person and just the fourth woman (after Candice Bergen, Drew Barrymore and former cast member Tina Fey) to enter the NBC sketch comedy series' prestigious Five-Timers Club.

Stage Work

Johansson made her first stage appearance when she was eight years old in the Off Broadway play Sophistry opposite Ethan Hawke. In January 2010, following previews that began December 28, 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. Her win received some backlash from critics and seasoned Broadway actors who felt she was undeserving of the award.

Johansson starred as Maggie in a Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof beginning January 17, 2013. Her performance received mixed reviews from critics. Thom Geier, writing for Entertainment Weekly, wrote, "Scarlett Johansson brings a fierce fighting spirit to Maggie the Cat in director Rob Ashford's languorous revival ... Johansson shows a winning determination – to lure back her husband, to defend their share of his family's fortune, to maintain a sometimes shaky Southern accent." On the other hand, reviewer Joe Dziemianowicz (the Daily News) called her performance "alarmingly one-note".

Personal Life


Johansson celebrates a "little of both" Christmas and Hanukkah, and has described herself as Jewish.


From 2001 to 2002, while Johansson attended the Professional Children's School, she dated classmate Jack Antonoff, who went on to become the guitarist for the band Fun. She dated her Black Dahlia co-star Josh Hartnett for about two years until the end of 2006, with Hartnett citing their busy lives as the reason for the split.

Johansson began dating Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds in 2007, and in May 2008, it was reported that they were engaged. On September 27, 2008, the couple married in a quiet ceremony near Tofino, British Columbia. They purchased a $2.8 million home together near Los Angeles. On December 14, 2010, the couple announced their separation. Their divorce was finalized on July 1, 2011.

Following her separation from Reynolds, Johansson dated actor Sean Penn in a short-lived but highly publicized relationship that lasted until June 2011, after which Johansson entered a year-and-a-half long relationship with advertising executive Nate Naylor. The pair split up in October 2012.

In November 2012, Johansson started dating Frenchman Romain Dauriac, the owner of an independent advertising agency. In September 2013, it was announced that Johansson and Dauriac were engaged. In 2014, Johansson and Dauriac began dividing their time between residences in New York City and Paris. Her representative confirmed on September 4, 2014, that their daughter, Rose Dorothy Dauriac, had been born on an unspecified date. Johansson and Dauriac married on October 1, 2014, in Philipsburg, Montana. In January 2017, it was announced Johansson and Dauriac had separated in the summer of 2016. Johansson officially filed for divorce from Dauriac on March 7, 2017.

Cell Phone hack

In September 2011, nude photographs of Johansson hacked from her cell phone were published online. Following an FBI investigation, Christopher Chaney was arrested, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Johansson said the photos had been sent to her then-husband, Ryan Reynolds, three years prior to the incident.
scarlett Filmography
Year Title Role(s) Director(s) Note
2019 Untitled Avengers film Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Russo Brothers Filming
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Russo Brothers Post-production
2018 Isle of Dogs TBA Wes Anderson Filming; voice role
2017 Ghost in the Shell Major Mira Killian / Motoko Kusanagi Rupert Sanders  
2017 Rough Night Jess Lucia Aniello  
2016 Hail, Caesar! DeeAnna Moran Coen Brothers  
2016 The Jungle Book Kaa Jon Favreau Voice role
2016 Captain America: Civil War Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Russo Brothers  
2016 Sing Ash Garth Jennings & Christophe Lourdelet Voice role
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Joss Whedon  
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Russo Brothers  
2014 Chef Molly Jon Favreau  
2014 Lucy Lucy Luc Besson  
2013 Don Jon Barbara Sugarman Joseph Gordon-Levitt  
2013 Under the Skin The Female (Isserley) Jonathan Glazer  
2013 Her Samantha Spike Jonze Voice role
2012 The Avengers Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Joss Whedon  
2012 Hitchcock Janet Leigh Sacha Gervasi  
2011 We Bought a Zoo Kelly Foster Cameron Crowe  
2010 Iron Man 2 Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow Jon Favreau  
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Anna Marks Ken Kwapis  
2008 The Other Boleyn Girl Mary Boleyn Justin Chadwick  
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Cristina Woody Allen  
2008 The Spirit Silken Floss Frank Miller  
2007 The Nanny Diaries Annie Braddock Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini  
2006 Scoop Sondra Pransky Woody Allen  
2006 The Black Dahlia Katherine "Kay" Lake Brian De Palma  
2006 The Prestige Olivia Wenscombe Christopher Nolan  
2005 Match Point Nola Rice Woody Allen  
2005 The Island Jordan Two Delta / Sarah Jordan Michael Bay  
2004 The Perfect Score Francesca Curtis Brian Robbins  
2004 A Love Song for Bobby Long Pursy Will Shainee Gabel  
2004 A Good Woman Meg Windermere Mike Barker  
2004 The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Mindy Stephen Hillenberg Voice role
2004 In Good Company Alex Foreman Paul Weitz  
2003 Lost in Translation Charlotte Sofia Coppola  
2003 Girl with a Pearl Earring Griet Peter Webber  
2002 Eight Legged Freaks Ashley Parker Ellory Elkayem  
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Rachael "Birdy" Abundas Coen Brothers  
2001 Ghost World Rebecca Terry Zwigoff  
2001 An American Rhapsody Zsuzsi / Suzanne Sandor (at 15) Éva Gárdos  
1999 My Brother the Pig Kathy Caldwell Erik Fleming  
1998 The Horse Whisperer Grace MacLean Robert Redford  
1997 Fall Little girl Eric Schaeffer  
1997 Home Alone 3 Molly Pruitt Raja Gosnell  
1996 If Lucy Fell Emily Eric Schaeffer  
1996 Manny & Lo Amanda Lisa Krueger  
1995 Just Cause Kate Armstrong Arne Glimcher  
1994 North Laura Nelson Rob Reiner

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