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Also Known As: Natalie Hershlag Died:
Born: June 9, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Israel Profession: actor, model

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Hailed as a child prodigy for her uncommonly skilled performances in Luc Besson's "The Professional" (1994) and Michael Mann's "Heat" (1995), Natalie Portman dodged the "child star curse" bullet to become a major big screen draw in her twenties. Even as a teen, Portman's talent for portraying sensitive old souls reflected her own grounded, emotionally evolved persona, as well as her ability to plan her career and choose roles wisely. She offered a Golden Globe-nominated performance as the level-headed daughter of flighty single mom Susan Sarandon in "Anywhere But Here" (1999), before transforming into a sci-fi pin-up as regal queen Padme Amidala in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy (1999, 2002, 2005). Her foray into mega blockbuster territory - including "V for Vendetta" (2006) - proved Portman's screen appeal as an empowered, intelligent and irresistibly cute screen star. Throughout her career Portman maintained "acclaimed actress" status with a Golden Globe-winning turn in Mike Nichols' "Closer" (2004) and Oscar-winning performance in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" (2010), as well as returned regularly to independent films like "Garden State" (2004), where her charm, emotional accessibility and...

Hailed as a child prodigy for her uncommonly skilled performances in Luc Besson's "The Professional" (1994) and Michael Mann's "Heat" (1995), Natalie Portman dodged the "child star curse" bullet to become a major big screen draw in her twenties. Even as a teen, Portman's talent for portraying sensitive old souls reflected her own grounded, emotionally evolved persona, as well as her ability to plan her career and choose roles wisely. She offered a Golden Globe-nominated performance as the level-headed daughter of flighty single mom Susan Sarandon in "Anywhere But Here" (1999), before transforming into a sci-fi pin-up as regal queen Padme Amidala in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy (1999, 2002, 2005). Her foray into mega blockbuster territory - including "V for Vendetta" (2006) - proved Portman's screen appeal as an empowered, intelligent and irresistibly cute screen star. Throughout her career Portman maintained "acclaimed actress" status with a Golden Globe-winning turn in Mike Nichols' "Closer" (2004) and Oscar-winning performance in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" (2010), as well as returned regularly to independent films like "Garden State" (2004), where her charm, emotional accessibility and increasing dramatic range made her one of the most bankable young women on the big screen.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:


CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jane Got a Gun (2014)
2.
 Lawless (2014)
3.
 Knight of Cups (2014)
4.
5.
 Thor (2011)
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7.
 Your Highness (2011)
8.
 Hesher (2010)
9.
 Black Swan (2010)
10.
 Brothers (2009)
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Born in Israel
1988:
Moved with family first to Washington, DC, then to Connecticut (date approximate)
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Family settled on New York's Long Island
1991:
Was discovered by a modeling scout in a Long Island, New York pizza parlor
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Began acting with the Usdan Theatre Arts Camp
1993:
Stage debut as an understudy in the off-broadway musical "Ruthless;" Britney Spears was also in this play (date approximate)
1994:
Made impressive film debut in Luc Besson's "The Professional"
1995:
Played Al Pacino's troubled stepdaughter in "Heat"
1996:
Co-starred in "Beautiful Girls"; also appeared in Woody Allen's "Everyone Says I Love You" and Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!"
1997:
Made Broadway debut as the title character in "The Diary of Anne Frank"
1999:
Played the young Queen in George Lucas' "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"
1999:
Starred opposite Susan Sarandon in "Anywhere But Here"
2000:
Starred as a pregnant 17-year-old who is abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in "Where the Heart Is"
2001:
Returned to the stage as co-star of the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "The Seagull"; directed by Mike Nichols
2002:
Reprised role of Queen Amidala in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"
2003:
Starred with Nicole Kidman and Jude law in "Cold Mountain"
2004:
Cast in Zach Braff's directorial debut "Garden State"
2004:
Joined an ensemble cast in Mike Nichols' adaptation of the Patrick Marber play "Closer"; earned an Oscar nomination for Supporting Actress
2005:
Reprised role of Queen Amidala in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"
2006:
Starred in the Wachowski brothers' "V for Vendetta" based on the acclaimed graphic novel by author Alan Moore
2006:
Co-starred as one of two woman brought together by circumstance in Amos Gitai's "Free Zone"
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Will join Rachel Weisz and Jude Law to star in director Wong Kar-Wai's "My Blueberry Nights"
2007:
Portrayed Goya's muse, who is falsely accused of heresy in Milos Forman's "Goya's Ghosts"
2007:
Played a woman who inherits a magical toyshop in "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium," co-starred opposite Dustin Hoffman
2008:
Portrayed Anne Boleyn, opposite Scarlett Johansson as Mary Boleyn in "The Other Boleyn Girl"
2008:
Formed own production company, HandsomeCharlie Films
2008:
Made directorial debut with the short film, "Eve," starring Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara; premiered at the Venice Film Festival
2009:
Co-starred with Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in Jim Sheridan's remake of "Brothers"
2010:
Played a tortured ballet dancer in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead ("Black Swan")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama ("Black Swan")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role ("Black Swan")
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture ¿ Drama
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
2011:
Co-starred with Danny McBride in the fantasy comedy, "Your Highness"
2011:
Cast as a scientist named Jane Foster in Kenneth Branagh's big-screen adaptation of "Thor"
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Education

Syosset High School: Syosset , New York - 1999
Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts - 2003

Notes

"I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. I'd rather be smart than a movie star."---Potman quoted in USA Today, November 14, 1994.

"I think school is so much harder than real life. People are so much more accepting when they are adults."---Natalie Portman quoted in Premiere 1995

"I don't know if I'll ever be able to do nudity in film, and certainly not when I'm 14. I just hope for the girl who's in it [newcomer Dominique Swain] that they keep it as a look in this man's head, and don't make it a sexy thing."---Portman on turning down the title role in Adrian Lyne's "Lolita" to Entertainment Weekly, January 26, 1996.

"The scenes with her were the scenes I looked forward to the most, because I knew there would be real clarity coming from her. She knew what she wanted, but she was also extremely free in the choices she made. Every take was different. Some people do the same thing over and over again, but Natalie really listens, so if I did something different in take two, she made these beautiful adjustments. To do that at the age of 44 is extraordinary, but at 13 ... "---Co-star Timothy Hutton on working with Portman in "Beautiful Girls" as quoted in Vanity Fair, May 1999.

"She has this kind of unembarrassed idealism... I really love the fact that this queen is a young woman. Young girls don't have that kind of role model in their life, in real life or reflected on film. Girls are losing a lot of confidence in themselves as the years go on. They become much more worried about their looks than their intelligence, their personality, their kindness, their souls."---Portman on Queen Amidala, her character in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" to Boston Herald, May 17, 1999.

"I never do more than two projects a year. I like it like that. I don't think I have the capacity to move from one thing to the other too quickly... I need three months to recharge before I can take on another role."---Portman to Peter Sarsgaard her co-star in "Garden State" in Interview July 2004

"I'm trying to just have a little bit more fun and not be so measured."---Portman to Biography, Summer 2004.

"I just feel that I have a different life experience from anyone I know. I definitely had a period where I was conformist, the high school years when you just want to fit in. But at the same time, as an artist, you want to keep things strange. It's comforting to be different, because you look at the world from such a different perspective than other people. And that's what makes art, a unique perspective."---Portman to Premiere, March, 2005.

"She's magic, she's funny, she's cute, she's sexy, she's intelligent, her beauty is aberrant. When you look at her, you just get it. She can go all the way."---producer Joel Silver on Portman, as quoted in W, May 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Lukas Haas. Actor. Met in 1996 while working on "Everyone Says I Love You"; reportedly dating in 2001.
companion:
Gael Garcia Bernal. Actor. Rumored to have dated in 2004; no longer together.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Avner. Fertility specialist.
mother:
Shelley. Artist.

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