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Also Known As: Kate Elizabeth Winslet Died:
Born: October 5, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Reading, England, GB Profession: actress, singer, producer, deli worker, cashier

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Ever since making her impressive feature debut in the acclaimed "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), actress Kate Winslet amassed a résumé full of exquisite performances of which most of her contemporaries could have only dreamed. In fact, by the time she was only 22, Winslet broke the record for being the youngest actress to have received two Academy Award nominations - the first for her star-making turn in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and the second for her performance in James Cameron's landmark epic "Titanic" (1997). The latter had the potential for locking her into a steady string of Hollywood blockbusters, but Winslet wisely chose to retreat into the independent world, where she found her bearings in acclaimed fare like "Hideous Kinky" (1999) and "Quills" (2000). But her bread and butter was always her ability to play free-spirited women tinged with sexuality - sometimes with a comic flair, as she did in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004); other times, with deeply tragic undertones like in "Little Children" (2006). After finally winning an Oscar for her tragic performance in "The Reader" (2008), Winslet charted a new course on the small screen with her critically acclaimed role in the...

Ever since making her impressive feature debut in the acclaimed "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), actress Kate Winslet amassed a résumé full of exquisite performances of which most of her contemporaries could have only dreamed. In fact, by the time she was only 22, Winslet broke the record for being the youngest actress to have received two Academy Award nominations - the first for her star-making turn in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) and the second for her performance in James Cameron's landmark epic "Titanic" (1997). The latter had the potential for locking her into a steady string of Hollywood blockbusters, but Winslet wisely chose to retreat into the independent world, where she found her bearings in acclaimed fare like "Hideous Kinky" (1999) and "Quills" (2000). But her bread and butter was always her ability to play free-spirited women tinged with sexuality - sometimes with a comic flair, as she did in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004); other times, with deeply tragic undertones like in "Little Children" (2006). After finally winning an Oscar for her tragic performance in "The Reader" (2008), Winslet charted a new course on the small screen with her critically acclaimed role in the cable miniseries, "Mildred Pierce" (HBO, 2011), which helped stake her claim as being one of the most accomplished and versatile actresses of her generation.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Triple Nine (2015)
2.
 Insurgent (2015)
3.
 Divergent (2014)
5.
 Labor Day (2013)
6.
 Movie 43 (2013)
7.
 Contagion (2011)
9.
10.
 Reader, The (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

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Raised in Reading, England
1986:
Began studying a local drama school
1987:
Appeared in a British TV commercials for Sugar Puffs cereal
1988:
Made British TV debut in "Shrinks"
1991:
Left school to pursue career
1991:
First professional TV role, as Reet on the BBC children's series "Dark Season"
1992:
Appeared in the made-for-TV movie "Anglo-Saxon Attitudes"
1994:
Made feature debut in a leading role, as Juliet Hulme in director Peter Jackson's critically acclaimed "Heavenly Creatures"
1995:
Earned first Oscar nomination as Marianne Dashwood in "Sense and Sensibility"
1995:
Played female lead in "Jude" opposite Christopher Eccleston
1996:
Cast as Ophelia opposite Kenneth Branagh in Branagh's feature version of Shakespeare's "Hamlet"
1997:
Breakthrough role as the heroine Rose in James Cameron's blockbuster "Titanic"
1999:
Played a hippie mother who takes her two daughters with her on a spiritual journey to Marrakech in the independent film "Hideous Kinky"
1999:
Appeared opposite Harvey Keitel in Jane Campion's "Holy Smoke"
2000:
Co-starred with Geoffrey Rush and Joaquin Phoenix in "Quills"
2001:
Played the younger incarnation of the title character in "Iris"; the older Iris was played by Judi Dench
2001:
Voiced a character in the animated version of "A Christmas Carol"; had Top Ten single in Great Britain with song "What If" from the film's soundtrack
2003:
Cast as a reporter to whom a death row inmate tells his story in "The Life of David Gale"
2004:
Co-starred with Jim Carrey in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" about a couple who have their memories erased in an attempt to rescue their failing relationship
2004:
Starred opposite Johnny Depp in "Finding Neverland" about the experiences of Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie
2005:
Cast as the mistress to James Gandolfini in the musical "Romance & Cigarettes"; written and directed by John Turturro (released in 2007)
2006:
Played a southern belle who has an affair with the Louisiana governor in Steven Zaillian's "All the King's Men"
2006:
Earned an Emmy nomination for her appearance on the HBO Comedy Series "Extras"
2006:
Played an adulteress mother in Todd Field's "Little Children"
2006:
Co-starred with Jack Black in director Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy "The Holiday"
2007:
Named the celebrity spokesperson for cosmetics giants Lancome
2008:
Directed by Stephen Daldry in the film adaption of the German novel "The Reader"
2008:
Re-teamed with "Titanic" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for "Revolutionary Road"; directed and produced by husband Sam Mendes
2011:
Played the title role in the HBO remake of "Mildred Pierce"
2011:
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
2011:
Joined an ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"
2011:
Co-starred with Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz in Roman Polanski's "Carnage"
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Education

Redroofs Theatre School: - 1986 - 1991

Notes

"It would have been nice to play out the past few months of my life in private, as opposed to being on the front pages of most of the newspapers, But it is one of the things that comes with being known. It sometimes makes me irritated, and occasionally angry. I have a mechanism for looking on the bright side, and I try to be good at accepting things. I have seen headlines and have been quoted about my life and marriage when, honestly, I have not spoken myself until now. Apart from anything else, I did not feel like speaking to anyone."---Kate Winslet quoted in London's The Sunday Times, January 13, 2002.

"My agents were miserable ... But they know me. They know I make my own decisions, and I didn't want to get lost or confused by the hugeness of 'Titanic'. I deliberately did not do the whole Hollywood thing. I wanted to go to work every day and know everyone's name on the set. It sounds a little mystical, but I had to look after my soul."---Winslet on her decision to follow her success in "Titanic" with "Hideous Kinky" The New York Times Magazine November 19, 2000.

"It took me a long time to realize that what was actually important was that I just be myself and that's very hard to do, particularly when you're a young actress."---Kate Winslet quoted in Interview, November 2000.

"I love it. I love it because it is outrageous, because it is so bold, and it's full of a lot of things the studios would be afraid to put into movies these days. I really wanted to be a part of it because it was so daring and diabolical and disgusting and outrageous and hilarious at the same time. It's really a testament to how brave we need to remember to be when making movies. It's important to keep taking risks."---Winslet talking about making "Quills" Interview November 2000.

"I was a wayward child, very passionate and very determined, If I made up my mind to do something, there was no stopping me."---Kate Winslet quoted in Daily News, December 2, 1999.

"I really want to be a Valley Girl in a feel-good American movie. I'd love to do some big action number."---Winslet quoted in Entertainment Weekly, January 26, 1996.

"Just because they lived 200 years ago doesn't mean they didn't go to the toilet and pick their noses and feel what we feel. Emotions have not changed. They're not aliens just because they're wearing corsets."---Winslet on appearing in period pieces in the Los Angeles Times Calendar, January 7, 1996.

"I'd rather do theater and British films than move to L.A. in hopes of getting small roles in American films."---Winslet quoted in Movieline, January-February 1995.

"The truth is those pictures were digitally retouched ...Of course they were, for God's sake! I'm not six feet tall. I'm five feet, 6 inches. And I don't even know what I weigh, I'm probably about 9st 4lbs, but on that cover I looked about 7st 2lbs. I wasn't annoyed with the magazine because as any models and actresses know, magazines retouch. But it suddenly occurred to me that people generally don't know that. So lots of young women go and buy these magazines and say 'Kate Winslet let us down, she's lost two stone.' I don't want them thinking that, and I also don't want them to think that I would ever want to look like that. They were certainly retouched quite a lot. But I'm not going to get annoyed about it, you can't be, these things happen."---Winslet on her appearence on the cover of a men's magazine, which displayed pictures of her that were digitally retouched to make her appear thinner, as quoted to OK! Magazine April 1, 2003

"I don't know if it's a skill, but I have been really lucky. I've always got on with every actor I've had to work opposite. I just always try and be as accepting of that person as I possibly can, and remain non-judgmental about their process, because every actor works in a different way."---Winslet quoted to indielondon.co.uk 2004

"I have seldom seen someone so committed and passionate about material."---Marc Forster, Winslet's director for "Finding Neverland" to Premiere, February 2005.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Stephen Tredre. Actor, screenwriter. Met in 1991 when they appeared together in the BBC sitcom "Dark Season"; born c. 1963; died in December 1997 from bone cancer at age 34; together until c. 1995.
companion:
Rufus Sewall. Actor. Had three month "affair" in 1995.
husband:
Jim Threapleton. Assistant director. Born c. 1973; met during the filming of "Hideous Kinky" in 1997; announced engagement in October 1998; married on November 22, 1998; announced separation in September 2001; divorced on December 13, 2001.
husband:
Sam Mendes. Director. Went public with relationship in November 2001; married May 2003.
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Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Oliver Bridges. Theater manager. Founded Reading Repertory; maternal grandfather.
grandmother:
Linda Bridges. Theater manager. Operated Reading Repertory with her husband; maternal grandmother.
father:
Roger Winslet. Actor.
mother:
Sally Winslet. Actor, nanny.
uncle:
Robert Bridges. Actor. Appeared in original West End production of "Oliver!".
sister:
Anna Winslet. Actor. Born in 1972; married an actor in October 1998.
brother:
Joss Winslet. Born in 1980.
daughter:
Mia Threapleton. Born on October 12, 2000; father is director Jim Threapleton.
son:
Joe Mendes. Born December 22, 2003; father is director Sam Mendes.
sister:
Beth Winslet.
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