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Spotlight On: Scarlett Johansson

April 08, 2015

Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is Danish. Scarlett showed a passion for acting at an early age and starred in many plays.  At a young age Scarlett found rejection tough to take so her mom had to stop taking her on commercial audition and began limiting her to film parts only.  She began her acting career starring as Laura Nelson in the comedy film North.
In 2003, she was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, one for drama, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and one for comedy, Lost in Translation. She dropped out of Mission: Impossible III due to scheduling conflicts. Her next film role was in The Island alongside Ewan McGregor which earned weak reviews from U.S. critics. After this, she appeared in Woody Allen's Match Point and was nominated again for a Golden Globe Award.

Since then, she has appeared as part of an ensemble cast in the romantic comedy He's Just Not That Into You, in the action superhero film Iron Man 2, The Avengers franchise, and Captain America: The Winter’s Soldier, the comedy-drama We Bought a Zoo and starred as the original scream queen, Janet Leigh, in Hitchcock.(IMDb)

Scarlett’s credits are ever expanding with work on stage and in music as well as film. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012 and is located in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood Wax Museum.