Jennifer Connelly used to be a child model featuring in magazines, newspapers, and television ads before she made the leap into Hollywood. She was born on 12th December 1970 in Cairo, New York in the Catskill Mountains, to parents Ilene Connelly (Jewish mother), an antique dealer, and Gerard Karl Connelly (Roman Catholic father), a clothing manufacturer.
Raised in Brooklyn Heights, the actress went to an arts-oriented private school called Saint Ann’s. The family later moved to Woodstock, New York, in 1976 since her father was an asthma patient, and he needed to get away from the intense city pollution.
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Following her graduation from high school, Jennifer attended Yale University in 1988. Two years later, she attended Stanford University in 1990 to study drama.
Having already made her acting debut six years earlier, Connelly received further encouragement from her family to pursue a career in Hollywood. She subsequently obliged and left college the same year she had joined Yale as she returned to the movie scene once again.
Jennifer Connelly’s Dating History and Married Life – Who is Her Husband?
There’ve been four publicly known relationships of this gorgeous actress. Let’s have a look at them all.
Billy Campbell (1990-1996)
Jennifer Connelly with her former boyfriend, Billy Campbell.
Jennifer Connelly dated Billy Campbell for six years in the early to mid-90s. The couple first met at the set of The Rocketeer (1991), where the pair starred as Cliff Secord and Jenny Blake. Following their dating endeavors for half a decade, the lovebirds decided to split in January 1996.
David Dugan (1996-1997)
Jennifer Connelly was in a relationship with David Dugan for a year.
The actress then began a romance with a photographer boyfriend, David Dugan. The couple welcomed a son named Kai Dugan in July 1997 before going their separate ways in December.
Josh Charles (1999-2002)
Jennifer Connelly and Josh Charles’ dating endeavors lasted for three years.
In 1999, Connelly got in a relationship with a fellow actor, Josh Charles. The couple broke up in March 2002 after dating for three years.
Paul Bettany (married since 2003 without ever dating)
Jennifer Connelly is married to her husband, Paul Bettany, since 2003.
Following lots of relationships with several partners in the past, Jennifer finally opted to take her relationship to the new level with a special person in the new year of 2003. Connelly married actor husband, Paul Bettany in a private wedding ceremony in Scotland on 1st January 2003.
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Jennifer and Paul first met on the set of a biographical drama film titled A Beautiful Mind (2001). Remarkably, Bettany proposed to Connelly without ever dating. The actor couldn’t help but express his feelings following the September 11 attacks.
Paul realized he’s in love and eventually popped the question to which Jennifer replied yes, and as they say, the rest is history.
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Bettany told People in July 2002, the pair became “instant friends” while shooting the movie. He added,
I knew from the first moment I saw her we were meant for each other.
The pair shares two children. They welcomed their son, Stellan Bettany, on 5th August 2003. The boy is named after the couple’s actor friend, Stellan Skarsgård.
Nine years later, the duo welcomed their second child, a daughter named Agnes Lark Bettany, on 31st May 2011.
Jennifer Connelly with husband Paul Bettany and her three kids, Kai, Stellan, and Agnes.
The entire family currently resides in Brooklyn Heights having earlier lived along with their kids in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood.
Jennifer Connelly is starring as Melanie Cavill in ‘Snowpiercer’ (2019)
Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige and the 2013 South Korean-Czech movie of the same name directed by Boog Joon-ho, Snowpiercer is a post-apocalyptic thriller series that airs on TNT in 2020.
As per IMDb, the plot reads:
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity, who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe.
Moving onto Jennifer Connelly’s role in the series, according to Deadline:
Oscar-winner Connelly will play Melanie Cavill, a First Class passenger who works as the Voice of the Train – responsible for making the daily announcements over its PA system. Though many in her VIP position are dismissive of the lower class passengers, Melanie is curiously fascinated by them.
What is Jennifer Connelly’s Net Worth?
Jennifer Connelly’s net worth is estimated to be $32 million.
Source: Pop Sugar
Jennifer Connelly made her movie debut with an epic crime drama, Once Upon a Time in America (1984). She later starred in Dario Argento-directed Italian film Phenomena (1985), musical fantasy Labyrinth (1986), and romantic comedy Career Opportunities (1991) alongside Frank Whaley.
In the late 90s, the actress starred in period Superhero film The Rocketeer (1991), neo-noir science fiction movie Dark City (1998), and Darren Aronofsky-directed psychological drama Requiem for a dream (2000).
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A couple of years later, Jennifer won an Oscar for her supporting role in the biopic A Beautiful Mind (2001). This was followed by her role as Bruce Banner‘s romantic partner, Betty Ross, in The Hulk (2003).
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Connelly’s rest of the notable credits include supernatural horror drama Dark Water (2005), political war thriller Blood Diamond (2006), science fiction thriller The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), romantic comedy-drama He’s Just Not That Into You (2009), and biographical drama Creation (2009).
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The actress’ noteworthy credits in the 2010s include her supporting roles in Biblical drama Noah (2014), and cyberpunk action film Alita: Battle Angel (2019).
Jennifer Connelly’s net worth is estimated at $32 million.