Scarlett Johansson Bio: From the Horse Whisperer to The Avengers

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Born on November 22nd 1984 in New York City, this starlet made her debut on an off-Broadway stage at only eight years old. After, she landed several acting roles, beginning with her film debut opposite Elijah Wood in 1994’s “North.” By 2002, the young actress was in high demand, and starred opposite Bill Murray in 2003’s “Lost In Translation”, and Colin Firth in “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” Appearing in many romantic comedies, she eventually redefined herself as the Marvel comic-book character Black Widow in "Iron Man 2" and "The Avengers." Join as we take a look at the life and career of Scarlett Johansson.
Scarlet Johansson Bio: From the Horse Whisperer to The Avengers

This actress ranked as one of the sexiest women in the world, even before she kicked ass in a skin tight spy outfit. Welcome to and today we’ll be taking a look at the career of Scarlett Johansson.

Born on November 22nd 1984 in New York City, this starlet is the daughter of an architect and producer, as well as the granddaughter of a Danish film director and screenwriter.

In fact, this family connection spurred an early interest in the arts. By eight years old she had already appeared in an off-Broadway stage opposite Ethan Hawke.

Soon after, a young Johansson began studying at Manhattan’s Professional Children’s School. While studying, the young talent landed several acting roles, beginning with her film debut opposite Elijah Wood in 1994’s “North.”

Despite an equally powerful affinity for music, Johansson landed the lead in the dramatic comedy “Manny & Lo.” There, she played the young sister of a pregnant teen. Interestingly, Johansson’s twin brother also appeared in the picture in a minor role.

By 1998, this teenage actress quickly came under the gaze of the media spotlight. This was due to starring alongside Robert Redford in “The Horse Whisperer.” In that universally praised project, she played a horse rider involved in an accident. Partially amputated in the picture, her horse was similarly traumatized and their recovery became linked. As a result, an unusual specialist was brought in to heal the pair.

Graduating from school in 2002, the young actress was already in high demand. As a result she appeared in 2003’s “Lost In Translation”, in which she formed an unlikely relationship with Bill Murray while traveling in Japan. She similarly wooed critics as a servant girl painted by Colin Firth in the period piece “Girl with a Pearl Earring”

Afterwards, she appeared in the crime thriller “The Black Dahlia”, took on a comedic role in “The Nanny Diaries” and continued a longstanding collaboration with Woody Allen by appearing in the film “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

Moreover, she made major headlines in 2007 when she began dating Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds. The duo tied the knot at a private ceremony within a few short years. Unfortunately, by 2011 the couple had decided to split up.

During this period, she had appeared in several box office hits, including the comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You”, and as the Marvel Comics superspy The Black Widow in “Iron Man 2.”

This was a role that she would reprise alongside much fanfare in 2012’s comic book hero team-up film “The Avengers”, after appearing in the comedy-drama “We Bought A Zoo” opposite Matt Damon.

Aside from lighting up the silver screen, Johansson has spent the last number of years embracing her love of singing. These efforts ranged from her collaboration with the artist Pete Yorn, while releasing solo efforts, including her cover album “Anywhere I Lay My Head.”

An actress that prefers privacy rather than basking in the Hollywood limelight, Scarlett Johansson continues to thrill audiences with diverse and critically acclaimed roles. She does this, all without the fear of amassing the admiration of more than a few die-hard comic book geeks.