Jennifer Lawrence: Before She Became The Girl on Fire

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Jennifer Lawrence is an Oscar winner and multiple-time Oscar nominee.

But, let's face it, to many movie fans, Lawrence is simply known for one thing: the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games franchise.

Where was she before she put on the Mockingjay pin and helped inspired a revolution? We're so glad you asked...

1. Way Back in the Day...

Way Back in the Day...
Lawrence had the smile of a future star at Kammerer Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky.

2. Her First TV Appearance

Her First TV Appearance
It took place in a commercial for MTV's My Super Sweet 16, as J. Law portrayed a spoiled birthday princess who is carried around her party and falls. She was 14 years old at the time.

3. Yup, It's Me!

Yup, It's Me!
The road to an Academy Award is often paved with terrible roles. Such as when Lawrence played a mascot in a 2006 episode of Monk. We love it!

4. A Sitcom Non-Star

A Sitcom Non-Star
Lawrence played the daughter of the title character on The Bill Engvall Show from 2007 to 2009. Look, she had a (fake) belly button ring!

5. A Natural

A Natural
Jennifer has always owned the red carpet, it seems. Here she is, striking a pose in 2007 at the Movieguide Faith and Values Awards.

6. In The Poker House

In The Poker House
This was an actual movie that came out in 2008. Lawrence co-starred in The Poker House with Chloƫ Grace Moretz.

7. In The Burning Plain

In The Burning Plain
Here is Jenifer in The Burning Plain, a 2009 drama in which she appeared opposite Charlize Theron, among other actors and actresses.

8. A Few Famous Friends

A Few Famous Friends
Lawrence is now tight with everyone from Amy Schumer to Liam Hemsworth. But back when she was 17, she was hanging out with lesser known actors such as Tyler Neitzel, whose birthday she is celebrating here.

9. Unable to Heel

Unable to Heel
Some folks thinks Lawrence has taken public stumbles just for the attion. In 2008, however, over five years before her last Oscars fall, she nearly lost it at the Venice Film Festival. She's always been clumsy.

10. Her First Award

Her First Award
At the young age of 18, Lawrence took home the trophy for Best Young Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 2008 (for The Burning Plain). Many more would come her way.

11. In Winter's Bone

In Winter's Bone
Lawrence then earned her first Oscar nomination for Winter's Bone, in which she anchored the movie.

12. In X-Men: First Class

In X-Men: First Class
Lawrence brought Mystique to life in the X-Men franchise. She's feeling blue in this scene!

13. In Silver Linings Playbook

In Silver Linings Playbook
Lawrence earned another Academy Award nomination for Silver Linings Playbook. She won this time.

14. In American Hustle

In American Hustle
Yup, she earned another Oscar nod for her role in American Hustle.

15. The Girl on Fire

The Girl on Fire
And here she is as Katniss Everdeen, District 12 Tribute, Girl on Fire, Wearer of Mockingjay Pin and all around amazing heroine.

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