Tony and BAFTA winner, four-time Golden Globe nominee, and two-time Oscar nominee Scarlett Johansson is currently the highest-grossing actress of all time and the highest grossing actor of 2016. A New York native, she made her professional acting debut when she was eight in the off-Broadway production of Sophistry, earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead at age 10 for her role in Manny & Lo, and attained worldwide recognition at age 12 for her performance as a teen traumatized by a riding accident in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer. She went on to star in Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, garnering a Best Supporting Actress award from the Toronto Film Critics Circle; and was featured in the Coen Brothers’ The Man Who Wasn’t There.
Ms. Johansson’s accolades include the Upstream Prize for Best Actress in the Venice Film Festival for her role in Lost in Translation by director Sofia Coppola; a Best Actress award at the Rome Film Festival for playing the operating system Samantha in Spike Jonze’s sci-fi romance Her, a Tony for her part in a Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, and Golden Globe nominations for her work in movies such as A Love Song for Bobby Long and Woody Allen’s Match Point. She starred in the global blockbusters Avengers: Age of Ultron and Black Widow, in Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, in Luc Besson’s Lucy, and in the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! She voiced the python Kaa in Disney’s adaptation of The Jungle Book, and she recently lent her voice to the computer-animated musical comedy film Sing. She has appeared in numerous other films as well, among them Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Brian DePalma’s The Black Dahlia, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, Iron Man 2, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Ghost in the Shell, and Rock That Body.
Ms. Johansson has long been committed to a range of humanitarian organizations and causes, including the fight against AIDS. She narrated amfAR’s Countdown to a Cure video, which outlines amfAR’s initiative aimed at developing the scientific basis of a cure for HIV by 2020. With her band, Sugar for Sugar, she contributed a rendition of New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” for The Time Is Now, a compilation album to benefit amfAR. To raise awareness of people living with HIV/AIDS in African nations, she has visited AIDS clinics in Rwanda in conjunction with the charity (PRODUCT) REDTM. For eight years she served as an Oxfam Ambassador, participating in healthcare, domestic violence, and reconstruction projects in Kenya, India, and Sri Lanka. She also partnered with USA Harvest, serving food to Hurricane Katrina victims, and has donated 2,000 pairs of new shoes to Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based organization that gives away shoes to individuals in need in the U.S. and more than 120 other countries.