1. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show (2007 09).
2. She starred in the independent drama Winter’s Bone (2010) while her first commercial success was the superhero film X-Men: First Class (2011).
3. Lawrence gained international fame for playing heroine Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series (2012 15), which established her as the highest-grossing action heroine as of 2015. She starred in David O. Russell’s romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook (2012), for which she won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the second-youngest Best Actress Oscar winner.
4. For her supporting role in Russell’s comedy-drama American Hustle (2013), she won a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award.
5. Lawrence was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the daughter of Karen (ne Koch; b. 1956), a children’s camp manager, and Gary Lawrence, a construction worker.
6. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine. By the age of 14, she had decided to pursue an acting career, persuading her parents to take her to New York City to find a talent agent.
7. Prior to finding success in Hollywood, Lawrence attended Kammerer Middle School in Louisville.
8. She graduated from high school two years early with a 3.9/4.0 average, aiming at a career in acting.
9. Her performance earned her the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Emerging Actress at the Venice Film Festival.
10. Lawrence’s lead role in Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone (2010), which won Best Picture at the Sundance Film Festival, is often cited as her breakout performance. Her performance was highly acclaimed by film critics.
11. David Denby of The New Yorker said the film “would be unimaginable with anyone less charismatic playing Ree.” Peter Travers from Rolling Stone opined that “her performance is more than acting, it’s a gathering storm.
12. Lawrence co-starred in the independent film Like Crazy, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and she appeared in The Beaver, a dark comedy starring Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson.
13. The latter film was completed in 2009 but was stalled due to controversy concerning Gibson.
14. In 2012, Lawrence starred as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins.
15. Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Lawrence embodies Katniss “just as one might imagine her from the novel,” and “anchors” the film “with impressive gravity and presence,” ultimately calling her “the ideal screen actress.”