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Name: Natalie Portman
Birth Date: June 9, 1981
Birth Place: Jerusalem, Israel
was born on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel.
The daughter of an infertility specialist and
an artist, Natalie (who uses her grandmother's
maiden name in order to protect her privacy)
left Israel at the age of 3 and relocated with
her family to Maryland, Connecticut, and finally
to Long Island, New York, where her parents
Discovered by a modeling scout at a New York
pizza parlor at the age of 11, Natalie was not
motivated by modeling and wanted to find a more
fulfilling job. Although she had no initial
desire to become an actress, Natalie developed
an interest in performing after attending the
Stagedoor Manor Performing Camp for three summers.
Natalie's film career started with her role
in the 1994 film, The Professional (a.k.a. Leon),
as a hit-man's protge. The following year, she
appeared in the crime-drama Heat, alongside
heavy hitters Al Pacino and Robert De Niro,
and was noticed in the 1996 film, Beautiful
Girls, stealing the screen from another beautiful
actress, Uma Thurman.
But the role that turned Natalie into more than
a Broadway/film actress is that of Queen Padm
Amidala, in the first Star Wars prequel. Her
three-film contract, which started with 1999's
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, has
transformed her into a historic film character.
Ironically, Natalie had never even seen the
original three Star Wars movies before being
cast by George Lucas.
Her next projects were Star Wars: Episode II
- Attack of the Clones (2002), Cold Mountain
(2003), Garden State (2004), and True (2004).
In 2004, she wowed audiences in Closer, co-starring
Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. She
took home a Golden Globe for Best Supporting
Actress (in Closer) and was nominated for an
Academy Award in the same category for this
Trilingual (Natalie speaks Hebrew, English and
Japanese) and having aspirations of becoming
a doctor, Natalie studied psychology at Harvard
University and is currently studying at Hebrew
University in Jerusalem while filming Free Zone
(due for release in 2005). In 2005, she will
also appear as Senator Amidala/Padm Naberrie-Skywalker
in the third installment of the Star Wars prequel
series, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.
Her other 2005 credits include V for Vendetta,
The Smoker and Paris, je t'aime.
Often referred to as "the new Audrey Hepburn,"
Natalie surely has a bright film career ahead
of her... if she decides to remain an actress,
SCARLETT JOHANSSON has joined NATALIE PORTMAN
and ERIC BANA for THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL. The
film is based on PHILLIPPA GREGORY's historical
novel, with Johansson and Portman playing two
fiercely ambitious sisters, MARY and ANN BOLEYN,
who were rivals for the heart of 16th century
British monarch KING HENRY VIII played by Bana.
Executives from BBC Films, which originally
acquired the book rights and made a 2003 TV
film starring NATASCHA MCELHONE and JARED HARRIS,
are also producing the project. Filming is scheduled
to begin this autumn (06) in London.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2007) (pre-production)
(in negotiations) .... Anne Boleyn)
- My Blueberry Nights (2007)
- Mr. Magorium's Wonder
Emporium (2007) (post-production) ....
- Goya's Ghosts (2006) (post-production)
... aka Caprichos de Goya, Los (Spain:
- Paris, je t'aime (2006)
.... Francine - segment 'Faubourg Saint-Denis'
- V for Vendetta (2005)
.... Evey Hammond
- Star Wars: Episode III
- Revenge of the Sith (2005) .... Padmé
- Domino One (2005) ....
- Closer (2004/I) .... Alice
- The Cutting Room (2001)
(uncredited) .... Chrissie Campbell
- True (2004) .... Francine
- Garden State (2004) ....
- Cold Mountain (2003) ....
- About Adam (2000) ....
- Star Wars: Episode II
- Attack of the Clones (2002) .... Senator
- Where the Heart Is (2000)
.... Novalee Nation
- Anywhere But Here (1999)
.... Ann August
- Star Wars: Episode I -
The Phantom Menace (1999) .... Queen
- Mars Attacks! (1996) ....