Despite not having any professional training, Jennifer Lawrence became one of Hollywood's most sought after and respected young actresses within five years of beginning her career. After a fairly typical start on television as a cast member of the family sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show" (TBS, 2007-09), she began to show surprising depth with performances in harrowing dramas like "The Poker House" (2008) and "The Burning Plain" (2008). It was Lawrence's magnetic and astonishingly mature starring turn in the critically-acclaimed drama "Winter's Bone" (2010) that made critics take notice and elevated her status from rising teen starlet to Oscar-worthy actress. In addition to her continued work in smaller, more intimate films, several big-budget features followed for Lawrence, including a supporting role in the superhero adventure "X-Men: First Class" (2011) and the lead in the hugely successful "The Hunger Games" (2012) and its sequels, based on the best-selling young adult novels by Suzanne Collins. Also in 2012, the critical darling "Silver Linings Playbook" once again made the talented actress a contender for Hollywood's top awards, leading to an Academy Award for Best Actress. This was also the beginning of an ongoing professional relationship with writer-director David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper; the trio went on to film '70s-set satire "American Hustle" (2013) and "Joy" (2015), a comedy-drama starring Lawrence as a tough, striving businesswoman. Capable of emotionally rich performances and blessed with an undeniable screen presence, Lawrence was well-equipped for a lengthy and diverse career as one of film's premier talents, so much that even critically-divided box office disappointments like science fiction romance "Passengers" (2016) and Darren Aronofsky's "mother!" (2017) did little to damage her star power and audience appeal.