Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City on November 22, 1984. She began acting as a child, and her role in the movie The Horse Whisperer brought her critical acclaim at age 13. Her subsequent successes include Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Nanny Diaries, Vicky Cristina Barcelona and the mega-hit The Avengers. More recently, Johansson was cast in 2012's Hitchcock,a biopic of famed horror director Alfred Hitchcock. Also a singer, Johansson released her first album in 2008 with musician Pete Yorn.
Johansson's parents were very open about allowing her to pursue her interests. She apparently told her mother at the tender age of three, "I have a fire in my brain to act". Her early desire to be in musicals, led to her attending tap dance classes and she auditioned for a few advertisements. She enjoyed a normal family life and attended regular school in New York.
She began her acting career in 1994 starring as "Laura Nelson" in North (1994). In 1998, the acclaimed film The Horse Whisperer (1998) brought Johansson critical praise and worldwide recognition. Following the film's success, she starred in many other films including the critically acclaimed cult film Ghost World (2001) and then the hit Lost in Translation (2003) with Bill Murray in which she again stunned critics. Later on, she appeared in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003).