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Also Known As: Died:
Born: July 15, 1976 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: actress, model, ballet dancer

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A multilingual, German-born actress who balanced film careers in France and Hollywood, Diane Kruger was unknown in the United States when she beat out A-listers Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman for the role of reluctant queen Helen of Troy in the blockbuster epic, "Troy" (2004). From launching a thousand ships with her face, this former model stayed in the realm of highly active films, including the popular thriller "Wicker Park" (2004) and the "National Treasure" adventure film franchise (2004, 2007), starring Nicolas Cage. While those films were high-profile blockbusters, Kruger's supporting roles were relatively underwritten and only her foreign-made titles offered the actress room to really develop a three-dimensional lead character. But in "Inglourious Basterds" (2009), Quentin Tarantino's World War II tale of revenge, Kruger's significant role as a double agent and German movie star finely showcased the actress' untapped capacity for tough, conniving intelligence, and proved to international audiences that there was much to explore underneath her ethereal beauty.

A multilingual, German-born actress who balanced film careers in France and Hollywood, Diane Kruger was unknown in the United States when she beat out A-listers Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman for the role of reluctant queen Helen of Troy in the blockbuster epic, "Troy" (2004). From launching a thousand ships with her face, this former model stayed in the realm of highly active films, including the popular thriller "Wicker Park" (2004) and the "National Treasure" adventure film franchise (2004, 2007), starring Nicolas Cage. While those films were high-profile blockbusters, Kruger's supporting roles were relatively underwritten and only her foreign-made titles offered the actress room to really develop a three-dimensional lead character. But in "Inglourious Basterds" (2009), Quentin Tarantino's World War II tale of revenge, Kruger's significant role as a double agent and German movie star finely showcased the actress' untapped capacity for tough, conniving intelligence, and proved to international audiences that there was much to explore underneath her ethereal beauty.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Midnight Sun (2014)
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 Host, The (2013)
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 Un Plan Parfait (2012)
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 Unknown (2011)
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Studied with the Royal Ballet in London until an injury ended ballet career
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Returned to Germany and became a top fashion model
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Relocated to Paris to pursue acting at suggestion of filmmaker Luc Besson
2002:
Made acting debut opposite Christopher Lambert and Dennis Hopper in indie feature "The Piano Player"
2002:
Featured in "Mon Idole," directed by then-husband Guillaume Canet
2003:
Starred in Luc Besson's "Michel Vaillant"
2004:
Starred as Helen the Queen of Sparta in Wolfgang Petersen's "Troy," an adaptation of Homer's great epic
2004:
Cast opposite Josh Hartnett and Rose Byrne in "Wicker Park"
2004:
Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in "National Treasure," produced by Jerry Bruckheimer
2006:
Co-starred with Ed Harris in "Copying Beethoven"
2007:
Co-starred in "The Hunting Party" with Richard Gere and Terrence Howard
2007:
Portrayed the wife of Nelson Mandela's prison guard in "Goodbye Bafana," a drama based on James Gregory's book <i>Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend</i>
2007:
Re-teamed with Nicolas Cage for sequel "National Treasure: Book of Secrets"
2009:
Played a German double agent in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds"
2012:
Portrayed Marie Antoinette in French drama "Farewell, My Queen"
2013:
Cast opposite Saoirse Ronan in sci-fi romance "The Host," adapted from novel by Stephenie Meyer
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Education

Royal Ballet: -

Notes

"I didn't believe it was going to happen," she says. "I sent in a tape from my hotel room in Montreal, and I'd been working for not even two years. I never thought they were going to call me back. I really thought it was out of my league."---Kruger on getting the part of Helen in "Troy" Premiere May 2004

Kruger was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People for 2004

"I haven't resented my beauty. I'd be lying if I said it doesn't help in being an actress or a model."---Kruger to Esquire June 2004

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husband:
Guillaume Canet. Actor. Married September 1, 2001.

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