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Also Known As: Uma Karuna Thurman Died:
Born: April 29, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, model

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Following an unorthodox childhood spent being raised a Buddhist and modeling in New York at a young age, striking actress Uma Thurman jumped into feature films at 16 years old and never looked back. After mature performances in two independent films, Thurman broke through as an ingénue in the erotic drama "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988). From there, she developed a talent for playing alluring young women with ulterior motives, culminating in a head-turning performance in "Henry and June" (1990), the first movie to ever be rated NC-17, and her affecting performance as an indentured servant in "Mad Dog and Glory" (1993). But it was her modern take on the classic femme fatale in "Pulp Fiction" (1994) that made her a star and an Academy Award nominee, leading to a series of roles in high-profile studio films like "Beautiful Girls" (1996), "Batman & Robin" (1997) and "The Avengers" (1998). While generating headlines for her marriage to actor Ethan Hawke, Thurman's career took a pseudo-hiatus so she could raise the couple's two children. After their divorce in 2003, Thurman returned to the screen with a vengeance in her admiring director Quentin Tarantino's ultra-violent magnum opus, "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003)...

Following an unorthodox childhood spent being raised a Buddhist and modeling in New York at a young age, striking actress Uma Thurman jumped into feature films at 16 years old and never looked back. After mature performances in two independent films, Thurman broke through as an ingénue in the erotic drama "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988). From there, she developed a talent for playing alluring young women with ulterior motives, culminating in a head-turning performance in "Henry and June" (1990), the first movie to ever be rated NC-17, and her affecting performance as an indentured servant in "Mad Dog and Glory" (1993). But it was her modern take on the classic femme fatale in "Pulp Fiction" (1994) that made her a star and an Academy Award nominee, leading to a series of roles in high-profile studio films like "Beautiful Girls" (1996), "Batman & Robin" (1997) and "The Avengers" (1998). While generating headlines for her marriage to actor Ethan Hawke, Thurman's career took a pseudo-hiatus so she could raise the couple's two children. After their divorce in 2003, Thurman returned to the screen with a vengeance in her admiring director Quentin Tarantino's ultra-violent magnum opus, "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004), which happily reminded audiences of the actress' ability to tackle unconventional material with both passion and skill.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Movie 43 (2013)
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 Love, Marilyn (2012)
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 Bel Ami (2011)
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 Ceremony (2011)
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 Motherhood (2009)
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 Eloise in Paris (2008)
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Raised in Amherst, MA
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Lived in an artists' colony in Woodstock, NY
1986:
Moved to Manhattan to attend the Professional Children's School
1987:
Made film debut in "Kiss Daddy Goodnight"
1988:
First gained acclaim with her role as the virginal Cecile in "Dangerous Liaisons"
1989:
Played Venus in "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen"
1990:
Starred as the wife of writer Henry Miller in "Henry & June"; first film to receive the NC-17 rating
1992:
Made TV-movie debut in "Robin Hood" (Fox)
1994:
Landed lead role of Sissy Hankshaw in the ill-fated film version of "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
1994:
Earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination playing a gangster's wife in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"
1996:
Offered a fine comic turn as a ditzy model in "The Truth About Cats and Dogs"
1997:
Delivered a scene-stealing turn as the villainous Poison Ivy in "Batman & Robin"
1997:
Starred opposite future husband Ethan Hawke in the futuristic thriller "Gattaca"
1998:
Played Fantine in Bille August's remake of "Les Misérables"
1998:
Cast as Emma Peel opposite Ralph Fiennes' John Steed in the feature version of "The Avengers"
1999:
Played the second wife of a jazz musician (Sean Penn) in Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown"
2001:
Co-starred with husband Ethan Hawke and Robert Sean Leonard in the Richard Linklater directed "Tape"; received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Lead Actress
2002:
Co-starred (also executive produced) with Juliette Lewis in the HBO produced "Hysterical Blindness"; film first screened at Sundance; received a SAG nomination for Best Actress in a TV movie
2001:
Cast in featured role in the Ethan Hawke directed "Chelsea Walls"
2003:
Re-teamed with Tarantino to portray a female assassin who awakens from a four-year coma and seeks revenge on her former boss; film released in two Volumes "Kill Bill Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill Vol. 2" (2004); received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for Vol. 1 (2003) and Vol. 2 (2004)
2003:
Played the love interest to Ben Affleck's character in the thriller "Paycheck"
2005:
Chosen as the new face of Louis Vuitton for their Spring 2005 campaign
2005:
Re-teamed with her "Pulp Fiction" co-star John Travolta in "Be Cool"
2005:
Played a woman in her late thirties romancing a younger man in Ben Younger's "Prime" opposite Meryl Streep
2005:
Starred as Swedish secretary Ulla in the movie-musical version of "The Producers"
2006:
Played a superhero who gets revenge on the boyfriend that dumped her in Ivan Reitman's "My Super Ex-Girlfriend"
2008:
Portrayed a grown Diana in Vadim Perelman's "The Life Before Her Eyes"
2008:
Co-starred with Colin Firth and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in romantic comedy "The Accidental Husband"
2009:
Starred in "Motherhood," an indie comedy about the challenges faced by a mother
2010:
Cast as Medusa in film adaptation of "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"
2012:
Guest starred on NBC musical drama series "Smash"
2012:
Co-starred with Robert Pattinson in the Parisian-set period drama "Bel Ami," based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant
2012:
Cast opposite Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel in romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps"
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Education

Amherst Regional Junior High School: Amherst , Massachusetts -
Professional Children's School: New York , New York -
Northfield Mount Herman School: Northfield , Massachusetts -

Notes

As a child, "I looked funny. My nose and all my features were exactly the same size they are now, but my head was smaller."---Thurman to ESQUIRE, March 1998.

"I feel much more childlike enthusiasm now. I was definately much older and more tired when I was 19. I guess I'm a late bloomer; at 25 I feel like I'm finally just coming out of my teens. I need to raise the stakes now, to become more disciplined. I've been too much like a monkey with a typewriter. At the moment I'm looking for some interesting kind of character to sink my teeth into."---Uma Thurman, in VANITY FAIR, January 1996.

"The world's most substantial waif--Kate Moss with a soul."---Lucy Kaylin in GQ, February 1995.

"A very haunted girl, much too bright for her age. She has this Jayne Mansfield body and a horrifyingly great brain."---"Dangerous Liaisons" co-star John Malkovich

"I'm not practicing anything. I've been brought up around Buddhism and I'm very interested in it, and if I have any leaning I would lean toward Buddhist feelings. But as I have seen so many devout people, I wouldn't categorize myself as a practicing person."---Thurman on being a Buddhist Biography August 2002.

I think it's sort of thrilling. I mean, when I was watching it, it was like 'Ooh.' I think, particularly as a female, you're taught to be defensive your whole life. You're taught not to be aggressive, you're taught not to provoke violence because you're instructed from such a young age that you will be the recipient of it and you will lose. 'Don't start a fight, girl, because you're going down.' And for me, just having to make contact with these guys training me and having to actually contact a body with a sword, and with Quentin, who's relentless, yelling 'Harder, harder, more, more, more, harder.' I'd say, 'Oh geez, I'm not hitting him any harder than that, no.'"---Thurman on the fight scenes in "Kill Bill" www.joblo.com October 6, 2003

"My husband has gotten such a bum rap. I know that probably hurts him. He's just a person who's trying to figure out how to be happy. He's confused and unhappy, and maybe that's partially my responsibility too. I saw him try for seven years to be a happily married man, to be a good husband. He was young. I wanted to have kids. I put a lot on him. Underneath it all, he's a good person, but it's just a marriage that's troubled."---Uma Thurman, defending soon-to-be ex-husband Ethan Hawke People Magazine January 6, 2004

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

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husband:
Gary Oldman. Actor. Married in October 1990; divorced.
companion:
Timothy Hutton. Actor. On and off relationship; began during filming of "Beautiful Girls" (1995); no longer together.
husband:
Ethan Hawke. Actor, novelist. Married on May 1, 1998; seperated as of Fall 2003.
companion:
Andre Balazs. Hotelier. Reportedly dating as of December 2003.
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grandfather:
Baron Karl von Schlebrugge. Jailed by Nazis in WWII for not betraying Jewish business partners; maternal grandparent.
grandmother:
Brigit Holmquist. Famous Swedish beauty who posed for statue in Trelleborg; maternal grandparent.
grandmother:
Elizabeth Farrar. Actor. Paternal grandparent.
father:
Robert A F Thurman. Professor. Teaches Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, NYC; first Westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan monk.
mother:
Nena Thurman. Psychotherapist, former model. Was married to Timothy Leary from 1964 to 1966.
godfather:
Timothy Leary.
brother:
Ganden Thurman. Born in 1968; director of Tibet House.
brother:
Dechen Thurman. Actor, director. Born in 1973.
brother:
Mipam Thurman. Born in 1978.
daughter:
Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke. Born on July 8, 1998 in NYC.
son:
Roan Thurman-Hawke. Born in January 2002.
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