...that a major star bursts onto the silver screen seemingly from nowhere. Which was one of the reasons Jennifer Lawrence, the incredibly magnetic young actress who played Katniss Everdeen, protagonist of The Hunger Games, stunned the world of cinema as she did.
But Miss Lawrence didn't come from nowhere.
Her first starring role, in Winter's Bone, a tale of a dirt-poor Missouri family struggling to survive in the absence of its no-account head-of-household, got very little notice, either critically or from audiences. Small wonder: It's an exceptionally grim, unglamorous story -- but Jennifer Lawrence, playing the 17-year-old Ree Dolly, is just as incandescent as in her better known role in the blockbuster made from Suzanne Collins's novel.