Date of Birth : Dec 12th 1970
At the age of ten, Connelly’s career started in newspaper and magazine ads, then moved to television commercials. These led to movie auditions and her first film role was as “young Deborah Gelly”, a supporting role in Sergio Leone’s 1984 gangster epic, Once Upon a Time in America, filmed mostly in 1982 when she was eleven.
Connelly became a star with her next picture, the fantasy Labyrinth (1986), playing Sarah, a teenager who wishes her baby brother into the world of goblins ruled by goblin king Jareth (David Bowie). The film disappointed at the box office, but gained a following among fantasy fans. Connelly starred in several obscure films, such as Etoile (1988) and Some Girls (1988). The Dennis Hopper-directed The Hot Spot (1990) was not a success, either critically or commercially. Another film, Career Opportunities, was more successful and is considered a teen cult classic. It and Hot Spot threatened to typecast her in the “sexpot” stereotype with both films emphasizing her voluptuous figure, particularly Hot Spot, which contained her first topless scene. It would be the first of seven movies in which she appeared nude. Connelly was featured on the cover of Esquire in August 1991, as part of the “Women We Love” feature.
The big-budget Disney film The Rocketeer (1991) similarly failed to ignite Connelly’s career; after its failure, she took some time off from acting. The 1996 independent film Far Harbor played her against type and hinted at a much broader range than she had previously shown. Connelly began to appear in smaller but well-regarded films, such as 1997’s Inventing the Abbotts and 2000’s Waking the Dead. She played a collegiate lesbian in John Singleton’s 1995 ensemble drama, Higher Learning. The critically favored 1998 science fiction film Dark City afforded her the chance to work with such actors as Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Ian Richardson, and Kiefer Sutherland. Connelly revisited her ingenue image, although in a more understated way, for the 2000 biopic Pollock, in which she played Jackson Pollock’s mistress.
Connelly was a vegan. She is married to actor Paul Bettany, whom she met while working on A Beautiful Mind. The couple’s son, Stellan (named after actor Stellan Skarsgård), was born on August 5, 2003. His godfather is the actor Charlie Condou. She also has a son, Kai (born 1997), from her relationship with photographer David Dougan.