Beauty, they say is in the eyes of the beholder, but with Scarlett Johansson, it seems to be in the eyes of everyone willing to admit it. The actress, best known for appearing in movies like Lost in Translation (2003), Lucy (2014) and as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, has been described as a Hollywood sex symbol, and has been twice named “Sexiest Woman Alive” by Esquire in 2006 and 2013 while further receiving similar nods from other publications such as Playboy (2007), Men’s Health (2011), and GQ (2010).
Johansson, who between 2014 and 2016, was rated among the highest-paid actresses in the world, has also earned stripes as a stage performer, winning a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress for her role in the Broadway show A View from the Bridge (2010).
Johansson was born Scarlett Ingrid Johansson, one of four children to Karsten Olaf Johansson and Melanie Sloan, on November 22, 1984, in Manhattan, New York. Her father is an architect while her mother worked as a producer. She is of Danish, Swedish, and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry.
Johansson attended a public elementary school in Manhattan. She had hoped to become an entertainer when she grew up, so she would often put on shows for her family. Thanks to the support of her parents, she further took extracurricular classes in tap dance to master the art form before enrolling at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and would later appear at an off-Broadway play titled ‘Sophistry’.
At around the age of 9, Scarlett Johansson was cast in her first film, a fantasy comedy titled North (1994). She then went on to appear in Just Cause (1995) as Sean Connery’s daughter, and then in If Lucy Fell (1996). The young actress had during this time, become a student at the child actors educational institution, Professional Children’s School (PCS) in Manhattan. Her big break came when she landed the leading role in the comedy-drama Manny & Lo (1996), her performance received positive reviews and further earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
Despite going through personal issues back home, as her parents were getting a divorce, the teenage actress still went on to capture the hearts of moviegoers for her role in The Horse Whisperer (1998) which got her a Most Promising Actress nomination at the Chicago Film Critics Association Award.
Most at times, high profile teenage actors have a hard time transitioning to become adult stars, but this wasn’t the case for Scarlett Johansson. In 2003, at the age of nineteen, the young actress put all doubt to rest following her roles in Lost in Translation and Girl with a Pearl Earring (both 2003) which both garnered commercial success and earned her a Best Actress nomination at the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. She however only won at the BAFTAs for the former.
Scarlett Johansson Twin and Sister
Scarlett is not the only actor in the Johansson family as her older siblings; brother Adrian and sister Vanessa, as well as her twin brother Hunter, have in the past stepped in front of the camera although they have not been able to achieve half of the success their sister has.
Adrian Johansson, born on November 3, 1976, in New York, appeared in ‘Rain’ (2001) before going on to voice Rockstar Games characters. Her sister Vannessa Johansson, who was born on January 12, 1980, in New York, is best known for appearing in movies like Battle for Terra (2007), and The Objective (2008) while her twin, Hunter Johansson, only appeared in Manny & Lo (1996) which had his famous sister in a leading role. He has since given up on his acting career and focused on other works outside the entertainment industry such as politics and other charitable events. He most notably worked in President Barack Obama’s 2008 election and 2012 reelection campaigns.
Husband/Boyfriend, Divorce, and Daughter
Scarlett Johansson has been married twice; first to Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds and then to French businessman Romain Dauriac. She began dating Reynolds in 2007 before marrying him a year later in 2008. By December 2010, the couple separated before eventually divorcing in July 2011. The following year, she began dating Dauriac and got engaged to him in September 2013.
During this time, the pair split their time between New York and Paris and were always spotted side by side of each other. Sometime in 2014, they welcomed a daughter named Rose Dorothy Dauriac before going ahead to exchange vows in October of the year. Midway through 2016, the couple called it quits and finalized divorce proceedings in September 2017.