Wednesday, December 12, 2007
My favorite American actress was born 37 years ago today, so Moon In The Gutter would like to wish her a very happy birthday.
I discovered Jennifer Connelly early on in her career, after seeing her unforgettable screen debut in Sergio Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA shortly after it hit video in the mid eighties. Jennifer is about the same age as I am so I have always felt more of a connection to her than most actors I admire.
Being a Jennifer Connelly fan in the early to mid nineties was not particularly easy as most people turned a deaf ear to my claims that she was incredibly talented. Her great early roles for the likes of Leone and Argento were hacked to death in America and she was best known her for such dreck as CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. Still I always stuck with her, watched her films and knew eventually she would fulfill the promise of her early career...which of course she has in a really wonderful way.
Jennifer has become such an exceptional actress in the past decade and has delivered some of the period's best performances in works such as WAKING THE DEAD, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG and her Oscar winning turn in A BEAUTIFUL MIND. I think she is sublimely powerful in everything she does, and I must admit that there isn't anyone else I'd rather see in a modern American film than Jennifer Connelly.
Her newest film, RESERVATION ROAD (which I haven't seen yet) hits dvd in about a month and she is currently working on HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU, the remake of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and BORN with her super cool husband Paul Bettany.
I will soon be featuring one of Jennifer's key films soon, which I hope everyone will enjoy.
So, happy birthday to a very talented and iconic performer who is lovelier and more genuine than modern Hollywood probably has any right to.