American actress Emma Stone is best known for her witty and charming roles in several popular comedies. After getting her start on a VH1 reality show in 2004, she starred in teen hits Superbad (2007), The House Bunny (2008) and Zombieland (2009). Her role as Olive Penderghast in 2010's Easy A, which was based loosely on Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Scarlet Letter, earned Stone a Golden Globe nomination. She also had roles in the critically praised film The Help and the romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love—which were both released in 2011. Stone was cast as Gwen Stacy, the 17-year-old love interest of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its 2014 sequel. She received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in the dark-comedy Birdman (2014), and a Golden Globe award and Oscar nomination for her portrayal of an aspiring actress in La La Land (2016).
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born on November 6, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her family's surname was anglicized to Stone when her grandfather, who is of Swedish descent, immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island. Stone began acting when she was 11, with her first stage role in a youth theater production of The Wind in the Willows. Throughout middle school, she appeared in 16 productions with the theater, some of which included The Princess and the Pea, Alice in Wonderland, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She also performed with the theater's improvisational comedy troupe.
After attending an all-girl Catholic high school for one semester, Stone dropped out in order to focus on an acting career. To convince her parents to let her move to Los Angeles, the witty actress put together a PowerPoint presentation aptly titled "Project Hollywood," set to Madonna's song, "Hollywood." Her tactic proved successful, and in January 2004, at the age of 15, Stone moved with her mother to a Los Angeles apartment.
Stone soon began auditioning for roles, often standing out for her signature raspy voice. The fiery young actress was so dedicated that she dyed her childhood blonde locks a dark brown, hoping that the change would help her land more serious roles.
Stone got her first break as the winner of the VH1 reality show In Search of the New Partridge Family (2004). The reality competition featured eight aspiring young actresses, all competing for the role of Laurie Partridge for the revival of the 1970s classic sitcom. Contestants were judged on their singing, acting and resemblance to the original Laurie. The young actress, who went by Emily Stone at the time, won over the crowd with a cover of Pat Benatar's "We Belong," and landed the role. Although the resulting show never made it past the pilot, it served as a starting point for Stone's career, and led her to future manager Doug Wald.
TV and Film Roles
After her run with reality TV, Stone began making appearances on several hit programs, including Malcolm in the Middle and NBC's Medium. She soon landed a regular role as 17-year-old Violet Trimble on the FOX drama Drive (2007), which lasted only one season. Around this time, Stone auditioned for a role on the hit science-fiction show Heroes (2006), ultimately losing the part to young actress Hayden Panettiere.
In 2007, Stone made her feature film debut in the teen comedy Superbad, alongside Jonah Hill and Michael Cera. The film, which was written and produced by Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow, was a box-office hit and received a strong critical response. A year later, Stone starred in the comedy The Rocker, with Rainn Wilson and Christina Applegate; and The House Bunny, with fellow comedy actress Anna Faris.
Over the next few years, Stone emerged onto the Hollywood scene with roles in several big films, including Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Zombieland and Paper Man—all of which were released in 2009.
Oscar Nomination for 'Birdman'
Stone's next big film came in 2010, with the lead role of Olive Penderghast in the teen comedy Easy A. The film, which was inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, surrounds the life of an innocent high school student whose reputation is jeopardized by rumors of promiscuity. Stone's witty and charming performance in the film earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best actress. She received critical praise again in 2011, as college graduate and aspiring writer Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan in The Help, a film based on Kathryn Stockett's novel of the same name. The film was nominated for both an Oscar and Golden Globe (best picture). That same year, Stone starred in the hit romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, alongside Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell.
Stone was cast as Gwen Stacy, the 17-year-old love interest of Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, which was released in July 2012. She reprised the role in the 2014 sequel. Stone has also starred in Gangster Squad (2013), The Croods (2013) and Magic in the Moonlight (2014). In 2014, Stone received Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for playing a recovering drug addict and daughter of a Hollywood star, played by Michael Keaton, in the drama/comedy Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).
Off screen, Stone made her Broadway debut in late 2014, starring as Sally Bowles in the revival of Cabaret, with Alan Cumming. She has also received praise for her frequent appearances as a host of Saturday Night Live.
Critical Acclaim for 'La La Land'
In 2016, Stone received her first Golden Globe award for her portrayal of an aspiring actress in the hit movie musical La La Land, co-starring Ryan Gosling. The film won seven Golden Globe awards, the most won by any movie in the awards show's history. "This is a film for dreamers, and I think that hope and creativity are two of the most important things in the world and that’s what this movie is about,” Stone said in her acceptance speech.
In 2017, Stone won an Academy Award for Best Actress for La La Land, which received a total of 14 nominations, tying a record held by Titanic and All About Eve.
In her personal life, Stone dated her Spider-Man co-star, Andrew Garfield, for four years. The couple broke up in 2015.
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