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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman

Famous As: Actress

Who is Natalie Portman?

Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actress, Natalie Portman has proved to be one of the most versatile and talented actresses in the entertainment industry. This Israeli born, American actress has appeared in some of the most successful and critically acclaimed films. She gained recognition after she starred in the ‘Star Wars’ series of films. With a degree in psychology from Harvard, Natalie Portman along with her acting career, served as a guest lecturer in Columbia University on terrorism and counter-terrorism. She has also pursued graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is well versed in Arabic, German, Japanese and French. She served as the youngest member of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival jury. Named one of the ‘50 Most Beautiful People’ by People’s Magazine, Portman is known for her trademark brown eyes, sweet voice and petite figure. Some of her well known films include, ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’, ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’, ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’, ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘Black Swan’ and ‘No Strings Attached’.

Career

On November, 18, 1994, she made her film debut with ‘Léon: The Professional’, a thriller directed by Luc Besson. After she signed the film, in order to protect her family identity, she took her grandmother’s maiden name ‘Portman’.

In 1995, she played ‘Lauren Gustafson’ in the Michael Mann crime film, ‘Heat’. The film was a commercial success and also earned good reviews from critics.

In 1996, she appeared as ‘Marty’ in the film, ‘Beautiful Girls’. The same year, she was seen in the Woody Allen film ‘Everyone Says I Love You’ and the film, ‘Mars Attacks!’ directed by Tim Burton .

In 1997, she played the role of ‘Anne Frank’ in the stage paly, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, which was an adaptation of the book of the same name. The play opened at the Music Box Theatre, Manhattan.

In May 1999, she starred in the epic space opera film titled, ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’. The film was a massive commercial success but received mixed reviews from the critics.

In November 1999, she starred in the American comedy film, ‘Anywhere but Here’, which was directed by Wayne Wang. The film was based on a novel of the same name.

In 2000, she played the role of ‘Novalee Nation’, a seventeen year old pregnant girl, who is abandoned by her boyfriend in the film, ‘Where the Heart Is’. The film was the directorial debut of Matt Williams.

In 2001, she played ‘Nina’ in the play, ‘The Seagull’, which opened at Central Park as a part of the New York Shakespeare Festival. The play also starred Meryl Streep.

In 2002, she reprised her role in the sequel of the ‘Star Wars’ movie, ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones’. Film critics reviewed the film positively.

In 2003, she played herself on the ‘Oscar Needs a Change of Scenery’ episode of the American children’s TV series, ‘Sesame Street’. The same year, she appeared in the hit film, ‘Cold Mountain’.

In 2004, she starred in the comedy drama film, ‘Garden State’ and that year she also played the role of ‘Alice Ayres’ in the film, ‘Closer’. The very same year, she played herself on the TV series, ‘Sesame Street’.

In 2005, she starred in the film, ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ and the film, ‘Free Zone’. The following year, she hosted an episode of show ‘Saturday Night Live’ and narrated the documentary film, ‘The Armenian Genocide’.

In 2006, she starred in the Spanish American film, ‘Goya’s Ghosts’ opposite Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgård. That year she also starred in ‘V for Vendetta’ and ‘Paris, je t’aime’.

In 2007, she starred in the comedy film, ‘The Darjeeling Limited’, the Wong Kar-wai film ‘My Blueberry Nights’ and other films such as ‘Hotel Chevalier’ and ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’.

In 2007, she played a voice role in the ‘Little Big Girl’ episode of the animated sitcom, ‘The Simpsons’. The following year, she played, ‘Anne Boleyn’ in the drama film, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’.

In 2008, she made her directorial debut with the short film titled, ‘Eve’. The film premiered at the 65th Venice International Film Festival, which was held in Venice, Italy.

In 2009, she appeared in the anthology series of short films, ‘New York, I Love You’, in which she also directed a segment. That year, she was seen in the films, ‘The Other Woman’ and ‘Brothers’.

In 2010, she delivered an Academy Award winning performance in the Darren Aronofsky film, ‘Black Swan’. That year she was seen in the film, ‘Hesher’, in which she was also a producer.

In 2011, she starred in the romantic comedy film, ‘No Strings Attached’, played the role of ‘Isabel’ in the film ‘Your Highness’ and also appeared in the film, ‘Thor’. The next year, she played a voice role in the ‘Moonshine River’ episode of the animated sitcom, ‘The Simpsons’.

She appeared in the American superhero film ‘Thor, The Dark World’ in 2013.

Timeline

2012
Got married. It was confirmed that Portman and Millepied had married in a private ceremony
2011
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied have their first child
2011
Won both the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in the film Black Swan
2010
Engagement and pregnancy
2008
Directorial debut, Eve, opened the 65th Venice International Film Festival's shorts competition
2005
Won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for the drama Closer
2003
Graduated from Harvard University
2000
Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress
1999
Enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology
1999
Cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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Further Resources

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Becoming Jackie Kennedy with Natalie Portman | Vanity Fair

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November 30, 2016

NATALIE PORTMAN @ 17 has FUN with LETTERMAN

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August 29, 2017

Natalie Portman & Jude Law Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED

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December 11, 2018

Natalie Portman & Jude Law Answer the Web's Most Searched Questions | WIRED

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December 11, 2018

natalie portman being savage for 2 minutes and 36 seconds straight

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May 9, 2020

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