By Paola Vasquez
Dec 12, 2014 @ 7:14 am

Happy birthday, Jennifer Connelly! The talented actress rings in her 44th year today. Connelly began modeling at the age of 10, and appeared in magazines before taking on a career in films, and eventually taking a break from acting to further her education; she attended Yale and later transferred to Stanford. The human rights activist transitioned from romantic comedies to critically acclaimed dramas, but it was her role in A Beautiful Mind that earned Connelly her first Golden Globe and Oscar. Since then, the raven-haired beauty has been the face for Balenciaga, Revlon, currently for Shiseido. In honor of Connelly's birthday, take a look back at her changing looks from pre-teen model to elegant movie star.

PHOTOS: Jennifer Connelly's Changing Looks