Oscar Actors: Lawrence, Jennifer–Handbook of Silver Linings

Jennifer Lawrence, the 2012 Best Actress Oscar winner, exemplifies the new breed of versatile actresses who move easily between mass oriented blockbusters (“The Hunger Games,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past”) and indie adult dramas or comedies (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”).
With her huge talent and diverse skills, Lawrence joins Hollywood’s elite club, headed by Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet, both of whom play splashy roles this season, the former in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and the latter in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day.
Unlike most actresses today, Lawrence, who was born in Kentucky, did not go to drama schools and had no formal training.
She began her career as a teenager, appearing on shows like Monk and The Bill Engvall Show from 2006 through 2009.
In 2008, she appeared alongside Charlize Theron in The Burning Plain, which world-premiered at the Venice Film Fest, and for which she won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for the best young emerging actress.  Unfortunately, the movie was a critical and commercial flop and did nothing to promote her big-screen career.
She next made waves starring as the daughter of a troubled mother in 2010’s Winter’s Bone, which garnered her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
In 2011 she appeared in the romantic drama Like Crazy.  More importantly, she won the coveted lead role in the highly anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games, which became one of the biggest hits of 2012.
Lawrence earned rave reviews for her work opposite Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, a critical and popular hit at the end of that year that earned Lawrence the Oscar for Best Actress.
She also could be seen in the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which is proving to be even more successful than the original film.
Lawrence is one of the three youngest actress to have won a lead Oscar in 86 years.
Did I mention that Lawrence is a fashion icon and an outspoken young woman, who takes stance on public issues and is not shy to profess them in public, which is why she is so popular on all of TV’s talk shows.