Jennifer Lawrence is an actress born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She made her film debut with a supporting role in Garden Party, following which she had her breakthrough with the acclaimed role of a poverty-stricken teenager in the independent drama Winter's Bone. She achieved wider recognition for playing Mystique in X-Men: First Class, a role she reprised in later installments of the franchise. Her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series established her as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time. Lawrence won an Academy Award for Best Actress for playing a depressed widow in the romantic drama Silver Linings Playbook, making her the second-youngest Best Actress Oscar winner. She also won three Golden Globe Awards for her work in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and Joy.
As of 2016, Lawrence is the highest-paid actress in the world and her films have grossed over $5 billion worldwide. She is the youngest actress to accrue four Academy Award nominations. Lawrence is also a vocal advocate of feminism and gender equality, and is the founder of the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation through which she supports various charitable organizations.