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- "It definitely did come into play how strong and smart a character Carrie Fisher portrayed, because I think that a lot of that is passed on from parent to child. I think George wrote Amidala as a strong, smart character, but it helped to know that I had this great woman before me who had portrayed her character as a fiery woman."
- ―Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman, born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981 in West Jerusalem, Israel, is an Israeli-American actress. She portrayed Padmé Amidala in the prequel trilogy. Her father, Avner Hershlag, is an Israeli doctor specializing in fertility and reproduction (reproductive endocrinology). Her mother, Shelley Stevens, is an American homemaker who now works as her agent.
When Natalie was three years old, her family moved from Israel to the United States for her father to pursue his medical training. They first went to Washington, D.C. in 1984 and then Connecticut in 1988, before finally settling down in Syosset, New York in 1990.
Natalie was a child actress who performed in local troupes and dreamed of dancing on Broadway. One day after dance class at age twelve, Natalie was discovered in a pizza parlor by an agent for Revlon, who offered her an opportunity to model. She asked to be introduced to acting talent scouts and quickly got an audition for Luc Besson's 1994 film Léon (aka The Professional). She soon made her movie debut at the age of twelve playing an orphaned girl who befriends a much older assassin in the intense R-rated film.
During her teen years, Portman played a significant and memorable role in the ensemble cast of Beautiful Girls, and had minor roles in Heat, Everyone Says I Love You and Mars Attacks!. During her junior year in high school, Portman starred in the Broadway revival of The Diary of Anne Frank, performing eight shows a week while attending classes full-time. In 1999, she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ann August in Anywhere But Here. Portman went on to play a persevering teenage mother in Where the Heart Is. Later she was one of many celebrities who played themselves in the comedy film Zoolander.
While pursuing her bachelor's degree in psychology at Harvard, Portman appeared in the Star Wars prequel trilogy of movies, which were filmed during her summer break from university. In her interview in the Inside the Actors Studio show, Portman stated that when her agent first told her about the new Star Wars trilogy she didn't know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek.
Many people think she and Keira Knightley look very much alike, which was the main reason that Keira got the role of Sabé, Queen Amidala's handmaiden and decoy. They looked so much like each other, that during the making of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, not even their mothers could tell them apart when they both had make-up.
After graduating from Harvard in 2003, she had a small but pivotal role as a young war widow in the Oscar-winning movie Cold Mountain. That was followed in 2004 by starring roles in the successful independent movies Garden State and Closer, winning a Supporting Actress Golden Globe for her role as Alice in Closer. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the same role.
On February 27, 2011, Portman won the Academy Award for Best Actress in Black Swan. For the same role, she also won a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Critics' Choice Movie Award.
On December 27, 2010, Portman announced her engagement to Benjamin Millepied, the choreographer of the film Black Swan and that they were expecting a child. Early in 2011, it was confirmed that they were having a son. On June 6, 2011, Natalie gave birth to their child, Alef (alternate spelling Aleph) Portman-Millepied, weighing 8 lb 7 oz. His first name is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet. She and Millepied were married on August 4, 2012.
|2014||Jane Got a Gun||Jane Hammond||Also Producer - Announced|
|2013||Thor: The Dark World||Jane Foster||Announced|
|2013||Knight of Cups||Unknown role||Announced|
|2011||No Strings Attached||Emma Kurtzman||Also Executive Producer|
|2010||Black Swan||Nina Sayers|
|2009||The Other Woman||Emilia Greenleaf||Also Executive Producer|
|2009||New York, I Love You||Rifka Malone||Segment directed by Mira Nair - Also directed another segment of this film|
|2008||The Other Boleyn Girl||Anne Boleyn|
|2007-2012||The Simpsons||Darcy||TV series - Two episodes (voice)|
|2007||Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium||Molly Mahoney|
|2007||The Darjeeling Limited||Jack's Ex-Girlfriend|
|2007||Hotel Chevalier||Jack's Ex-Girlfriend||Short movie (13-minute prologue to The Darjeeling Limited)|
|2007||My Blueberry Nights||Leslie|
|2006||Goya's Ghosts||Inés Bilbatúa & Alicia|
|2006||Paris, je t'aime||Francine||Segment "Faubourg Saint-Denis"|
|2005||V for Vendetta||Evey Hammond|
|2005||Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith||Padmé Amidala|
|2005||Domino One||Dominique Bellamy|
|2004||Closer||Alice Ayres/Jane Jones|
|2004||Sesame Street||Herself||TV series|
|2002||Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones||Padmé Amidala|
|2000||Where the Heart Is||Novalee Nation|
|1999||Anywhere But Here||Ann August|
|1999||Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace||Queen Amidala/Padmé Naberrie|
|1996||Mars Attacks!||Taffy Dale|
|1996||Everyone Says I Love You||Laura Dandridge|
|1994||Léon: The Professional||Mathilda|
- "All Hail the Queen"—Star Wars Insider 44
- "Women of the Force"—Star Wars Insider 47
- "Forbidden Love"—Star Wars Insider 60
- "Queen Mother of the Galaxy"—Star Wars Insider 82
Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Star Wars Trivial Pursuit
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dickerson, James L. Natalie Portman: Queen of Hearts (ECW Press, 2002)
- ↑ Star Wars Insider 47
- ↑ "Screen Goddess: Natalie Portman" The New York Times Style Magazine. December 02, 2007. Retrieved April 05, 2013.
- ↑ http://www.mtv.com/overdrive/?id=1574185&vid=188599
- ↑ http://oscar.go.com/#category_actress-in-a-leading-role
- ↑ "Natalie Portman names son Alef" CTV. July 06, 2011. Retrieved April 05, 2013.
- ↑ "Natalie Portman Ties The Knot With Longtime Partner Benjamin Millepied" on Celebuzz.com
- Natalie Portman on Wikipedia