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Scarlett Johansson

Johansson at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Born November 22, 1984 (1984-11-22) (age 35)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer, model
Years active 1994–present
Spouse Ryan Reynolds
(m. 2008-2011, divorced)

Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984)[1] is an American actress, model and singer. She is best known for her roles in the movies The Avengers, Lost in Translation, Match Point, and The Prestige.

Early life

Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City, New York on November 22, 1984. Her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect originally from Copenhagen,[2] and her paternal grandfather, Ejner Johansson, was a screenwriter and director. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, a producer, comes from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from the Bronx.[3][4][5] Melanie's ancestors emigrated to New York from Minsk, Tsarist Russia.[6] She has an older sister, Vanessa, also an actress; an older brother, Adrian; a twin brother, Hunter (who appeared with her in the film Manny & Lo);[7] and an older half-brother, Christian, from her father's first marriage.[8]

Personal life


Johansson is registered as an independent[9] and campaigned for Democratic candidate John Kerry in the 2004 United States presidential election. About George W. Bush's 2004 reelection, she said, "[I am] disappointed. I think it was a disappointment for a large percentage of the population."[10] Johansson also campaigned for Democratic candidate Barack Obama:[11] Her efforts included appearances in Iowa during January 2008, where her efforts were targeted at younger voters;[12] an appearance at Cornell College;[13] and a speaking engagement at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota on Super Tuesday, 2008.[14] Johansson appeared in the 2008 music video for The Black Eyed Peas front man's song, "Yes We Can", directed by Jesse Dylan, a song inspired by Obama's speech following the 2008 New Hampshire primary.[15] On February 7, 2012, Johansson and Anna Wintour hosted a fashion launch of pro-Obama clothing, bags and accessories, with proceeds going to the President's re-election campaign.[16] She addressed voters at the Democratic National Convention on September 6, 2012, calling for President Obama's reelection and for more engagement from young voters.[17]


  1. "Scarlett Johansson Biography (1984-)". Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  2. "'I'm not anything like her...'". The Irish Times. April 27, 2012. Archived from the original on April 27, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  3. "Scarlett Johansson's a Jew, too". JTA. March 23, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  4. Young, Neil (January 6, 2004). "A period film made by someone who hates period films –Peter Webber on Girl with a Pearl Earring". Neil Young's Film Lounge. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  5. Weiss, Anthony (April 7, 2006). "The Scarlett Grandma". The Jewish Forward. Archived from the original on January 20, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  6. "Scarlett Johansson Hopes to Star as Russian Spy Again". RA Novosti. April 17, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  7. Hunter Johansson on IMDb
  8. Millar, John (December 22, 2005). "My roll in the hay with Jonathan was agony". Daily Record. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  9. Elsworth, Catherine (February 5, 2008). "Scarlett Johansson supports Barack Obama". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  10. "Johansson: Americans disappointed by Bush's re-election". ContactMusic. August 23, 2005. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  11. Strauss, Gary (January 30, 2008). "Primary time for celebs: Star power floods political arena". USA Today. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  12. Johnson, Katelyn (January 15, 2008). "Impact of Student Voters Questioned". Daily Trojan. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  13. "Political discourse is too one-sided". The Cornellian 129 (2). Retrieved July 25, 2009.
  14. Fecke, Jeff (February 5, 2008). "Scarlett Johansson sprinkles a little stardust at Carleton". Minnesota Independent. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  15. "Musicians rock for Barack on Super Tuesday". Reuters. February 5, 2008. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  16. "Obama 'Runway to Win' 2012 Photos: Fashion Line Features Marc Jacobs, Derek Lam" International Business Times, February 8, 2012
  17. "Scarlett Johansson DNC speech (text, video)". Politico. September 6, 2012. Retrieved January 8, 2014.

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