Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett Johansson

Johansson at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Born November 22, 1984 (1984-11-22) (age 29)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Years active 1994–present
Spouse Ryan Reynolds (m. 2008–2011) «start: (2008)–end+1: (2012)»"Marriage: Ryan Reynolds to Scarlett Johansson" Location: (linkback://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlett_Johansson)

Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984)[1] is an American actress, model and singer. She is best known for her roles in the movies The Avengers, Lost in Translation, Match Point, and The Prestige.

Early life[change | edit source]

Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City, New York on November 22, 1984. Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect originally from Copenhagen,[2] and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx.[3][4][5] Melanie's ancestors emigrated to New York from Minsk, Tsarist Russia.[6] She has an older sister, Vanessa, also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; a twin brother, Hunter (who appeared with her in the film Manny & Lo);[7] and an older half-brother, Christian, from her father's first marriage.[8]

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Politics[change | edit source]

Johansson is registered as an independent[9] and campaigned for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the 2004 United States presidential election. About George W. Bush's 2004 reelection, she said, "[I am] disappointed. I think it was a disappointment for a large percentage of the population."[10] Johansson also campaigned for Democratic candidate Barack Obama:[11] Her efforts included appearances in Iowa during January 2008, where her efforts were targeted at younger voters;[12] an appearance at Cornell College;[13] and a speaking engagement at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota on Super Tuesday, 2008.[14] Johansson appeared in the 2008 music video for The Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am's song, "Yes We Can", directed by Jesse Dylan, a song inspired by Obama's speech following the 2008 New Hampshire primary.[15] On February 7, 2012, Johansson and Anna Wintour hosted a fashion launch of pro-Obama clothing, bags and accessories, with proceeds going to the President's re-election campaign.[16] She addressed voters at the Democratic National Convention on September 6, 2012, calling for President Obama's reelection and for more engagement from young voters.[17]

References[change | edit source]

  1. "Scarlett Johansson Biography (1984-)". FilmReference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/11/Scarlett-Johansson.html. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  2. "'I'm not anything like her...'". The Irish Times. April 27, 2012. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. http://web.archive.org/web/20120427065747/http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/theticket/2012/0427/1224315215457.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. "Scarlett Johansson's a Jew, too". JTA. March 23, 2008. http://jta.org/news/article/2008/03/23/107668/johanssonportman. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  4. Young, Neil (January 6, 2004). "A period film made by someone who hates period films –Peter Webber on Girl with a Pearl Earring". Neil Young's Film Lounge. http://www.jigsawlounge.co.uk/film/peterwebberinterview.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. Weiss, Anthony (April 7, 2006). "The Scarlett Grandma". The Jewish Forward. Archived from the original on January 20, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080120002634/http://www.forward.com/articles/the-scarlett-grandma. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  6. "Scarlett Johansson Hopes to Star as Russian Spy Again". RA Novosti. April 17, 2012. http://en.ria.ru/art_living/20120417/172877526.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  7. Hunter Johansson at the Internet Movie Database
  8. Millar, John (December 22, 2005). "My roll in the hay with Jonathan was agony". Daily Record. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16511119&method=full&siteid=66633&headline=my-roll-in-the-hay-with-jonathan-was-agony--name_page.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  9. Elsworth, Catherine (February 5, 2008). "Scarlett Johansson supports Barack Obama". The Daily Telegraph (UK). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1577733/Scarlett-Johansson-supports-Barack-Obama.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  10. "Johansson: Americans disappointed by Bush's re-election". ContactMusic. August 23, 2005. http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/johansson%20americans%20disappointed%20by%20bushs%20re-election. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  11. Strauss, Gary (January 30, 2008). "Primary time for celebs: Star power floods political arena". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2008-01-30-celebrity-politics_N.htm. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  12. Johnson, Katelyn (January 15, 2008). "Impact of Student Voters Questioned". Daily Trojan. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/01/15/politics/uwire/main3718699.shtml. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  13. "Political discourse is too one-sided". The Cornellian 129 (2). http://www.thecornellian.com/archives/viewarticle.php?viewID=1010. Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  14. Fecke, Jeff (February 5, 2008). "Scarlett Johansson sprinkles a little stardust at Carleton". Minnesota Independent. http://minnesotaindependent.com/3082/scarlett-johansson-sprinkles-a-little-stardust-at-carleton. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  15. "Musicians rock for Barack on Super Tuesday". Reuters. February 5, 2008. http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKN0519585420080207. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  16. "Obama 'Runway to Win' 2012 Photos: Fashion Line Features Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam" International Business Times, February 8, 2012
  17. "Scarlett Johansson DNC speech (text, video)". Politico. September 6, 2012. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80868.html. Retrieved January 8, 2014.

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