Scarlett Johansson Profile
Name: Scarlett Johansson
Height: 5' 4"
Birth Date: November 22, 1984
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Education: Professional Children's School, New York City, New York (graduated in 2002)
Relationship: Josh Hartnett (actor; born on July 21, 1978; dated since shooting The
Black Dahlia), Jared Leto (actor; born on December 26, 1971; dating since spring 2004), Benicio Del Toro (actor; born on February 19, 1967; dated in 2004)
Father: Karsten Johansson
Mother: Melanie Johansson (born in 1951)
Sister: Vanessa Johansson (older; actress)
Brother: Adrian (older), twin brother Hunter Johansson (born on November 22, 1984)
Half Brother: Christian
Grand Father: Ejner Johansson (writer; born in 1922; died in 2001)
Claim to fame: as Grace MacLean in Robert Redford's Horse Whisperer (1998)
Scarlett Johansson Biography
Scarlett I. Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an actress and singer, of dual American and Danish citizenship. Johansson rose to fame with her role in 1998's The Horse Whisperer and subsequently gained critical acclaim for her roles in Ghost World, Lost in Translation (for which she won a BAFTA), and Girl with a Pearl Earring, the latter two earning her Golden Globe Award nominations in 2003. On May 20, 2008, Johansson will debut as a vocalist on her first album Anywhere I Lay My Head, with cover versions of Tom Waits songs featuring vocals from David Bowie.
Johansson was born in New York City. Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director (Scarlett Johansson holds Danish citizenship). Scarlett Johansson's mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx. Johansson's parents met in Denmark, where her mother lived with Johansson's maternal grandmother, Dorothy, a former bookkeeper and schoolteacher. Johansson has an older sister, Vanessa, who is also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; a twin brother, Hunter, also an actor; and a half-brother, Christian, from her father's re-marriage.
Johansson grew up in a household with "little money" with a mother who was a "film buff". Johansson began her theater training by attending and graduating from Professional Children's School in Manhattan in 2002.
Johansson began acting during childhood, after her mother began taking her to auditions. She made her film debut in 1994's North. After appearing in several films during the late 1990s, Johansson garnered praise and widespread attention for her performance in 1998's The Horse Whisperer and 2001's Ghost World.
She won the "Upstream Prize" for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in 2003's Lost in Translation. The same year, she was nominated for two Best Actress awards at the Golden Globes, one for drama (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and one for comedy (Lost in Translation). She was also nominated for Best Actress for both films at the BAFTAs, and won Best Actress for Lost in Translation.
Johansson was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2004. In the same year, she starred in the films The Perfect Score, In Good Company and A Love Song for Bobby Long, the last of which earned her a third Golden Globe Award nomination. Johansson was involved for a short time with the film Mission: Impossible III, but was not officially cast because of scheduling conflicts, although a falling out with the film's star, Tom Cruise, had been both widely reported and publicly denied. She was replaced by Keri Russell.