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Jennifer Lawrence shot to worldwide fame in “The Hunger Games” and just won a Golden Globe for “Silver Linings Playbook.” But you might not know that, like many big Hollywood stars before her, Lawrence’s first big break came on the small screen.
Back in 2007, a 16-year-old Lawrence scored her first major role on the TBS family comedy “The Bill Engvall Show.” (In fact, she had no real acting training before landing the gig.) The sitcom centered on Blue Collar Comedy Tour veteran Engvall, but Lawrence turned heads as Bill’s eldest daughter, Lauren; she even won a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Performer in a TV Series. (Wonder if she’ll still have room for that award on her mantle after this year’s Oscars.)
[ Photo: Lawrence in the "Bill Engvall Show" ]
“The Bill Engvall Show” only ran for three seasons, but Lawrence landed major film roles during its run, including a standout turn in “The Burning Plain” alongside Oscar winners Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger. After “Engvall” ended in 2009, Lawrence starred as a dirt-poor teen taking care of her younger siblings in the gritty indie drama “Winter’s Bone,” garnering lots of acclaim, including an Oscar nomination. That led to “X-Men: First Class,” and “Hunger Games,” and “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Now she’s a huge international star with a good shot at taking home her first Oscar next month. But, thanks to the magic of YouTube, her time on TV will live on forever: