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Also Known As: Catherine Elise Blanchett Died:
Born: May 14, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Australia Profession: actor

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A gifted performer who developed her talent at a young age, actress Cate Blanchett grew into an exceptional actress who achieved international acclaim with her Oscar-nominated turn as a young Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth" (1998). Prior to that role, the alluring Australian found herself thrust into the spotlight with just her third feature, "Oscar and Lucinda" (1997). Post-"Elizabeth," Blanchett quickly blossomed into one of Hollywood's most esteemed actresses. Following a prominent turn as a wealthy socialite in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), she was a Southern woman with psychic abilities in "The Gift" (2000), played Kevin Spacey's wife in "The Shipping News" (2001) and was the titular slain Irish journalist in "Veronica Guerin" (2003). Seemingly favoring smaller films, it came as a surprise that Blanchett appeared as the elf Galadriel in the blockbuster trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings" (2001-03), which she followed with a critically hailed performance as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" (2004). From there, Blanchett traveled easily from small indies to major studio films, earning acclaim for her work in "Babel" (2006), "Notes on a Scandal" (2006) and "I'm Not There" (2007), to vamping her way...

A gifted performer who developed her talent at a young age, actress Cate Blanchett grew into an exceptional actress who achieved international acclaim with her Oscar-nominated turn as a young Elizabeth I in "Elizabeth" (1998). Prior to that role, the alluring Australian found herself thrust into the spotlight with just her third feature, "Oscar and Lucinda" (1997). Post-"Elizabeth," Blanchett quickly blossomed into one of Hollywood's most esteemed actresses. Following a prominent turn as a wealthy socialite in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), she was a Southern woman with psychic abilities in "The Gift" (2000), played Kevin Spacey's wife in "The Shipping News" (2001) and was the titular slain Irish journalist in "Veronica Guerin" (2003). Seemingly favoring smaller films, it came as a surprise that Blanchett appeared as the elf Galadriel in the blockbuster trilogy, "The Lord of the Rings" (2001-03), which she followed with a critically hailed performance as Katharine Hepburn in "The Aviator" (2004). From there, Blanchett traveled easily from small indies to major studio films, earning acclaim for her work in "Babel" (2006), "Notes on a Scandal" (2006) and "I'm Not There" (2007), to vamping her way through "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008). Following further critical praise for "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008), Blanchett delivered memorable turns in "Robin Hood" (2010) and "Hanna" (2011), solidifying her status as one of Hollywood's most preeminent performers.

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 Lawless (2014)
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 Knight of Cups (2014)
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 Carol (2013)
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 Turning, The (2013)
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 Blue Jasmine (2013)
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Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia
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Appeared as an extra in a film made in Egypt while visiting the country on holiday
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Attracted attention for her performance in "Electra" at the National Institute of Dramatic Art
1992:
Joined Sydney Theatre Company; appeared in "Oleanna" opposite Geoffrey Rush
1993:
Made TV debut in a commercial
1994:
Made TV acting debut on Australian series "Police Rescue"
1994:
Co-starred on Australian TV program "Heartland"
1996:
Made film acting debut in drama "Parklands"
1997:
Joined Glenn Close and Frances McDormand in "Paradise Road"
1997:
Featured in Australian film "Thank God He Met Lizzie"; won Best Supporting Actress Award from Australian Film Institute
1997:
Co-starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in "Oscar and Lucinda," directed by Gillian Armstrong
1998:
Played title role in Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth," a film biography of Queen Elizabeth I; received Best Actress Oscar nomination
1999:
Landed featured roles in Barry Levinson's "Pushing Tin" and Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
1999:
Made London stage debut in the Donmar revival of David Hare's "Plenty"
2000:
Co-starred as a Russian chorus girl in "The Man Who Cried"; screened at Venice; released in U.S 2001
2000:
Cast as a southern widow with psychic abilities in "The Gift"
2001:
Portrayed the elf queen Galadriel in the Peter Jackson-directed "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings"
2001:
Cast as Petal Bear, the wife of Quoyle (Kevin Spacey) in "The Shipping News"
2001:
Played the title character in Gillian Armstrong's "Charlotte Gray"
2002:
Starred in "Heaven," Tom Tykwer's English-language directorial debut
2002:
Portrayed slain Irish journalist Veronica Guerin in "Chasing the Dragon: The Veronica Guerin Story"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Drama
2002:
Reprised Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings; The Two Towers"
2003:
Again portrayed Galadriel in "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
2003:
Starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the suspense thriller "The Missing," directed by Ron Howard
2004:
Cast in Jim Jarmusch's "Coffee and Cigarettes," a series of short stories that had coffee and cigarettes in common; received Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female
2004:
Portrayed legendary screen icon Katharine Hepburn opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in "The Aviator"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress
2006:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt to play a tragedy-stricken American couple vacationing in Morocco in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel"
2006:
With husband Andrew Upton, named as joint artistic directors of Australia's Sydney Theatre Company (STC)
2006:
Portrayed an art teacher who is arrested for having an affair with a 15-year-old student in "Notes on a Scandal"; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2007:
Reprised award-winning role in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age"; earned Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
2007:
Portrayed Bob Dylan at one distinct stage of his life in Todd Haynes' biopic "I'm Not There"; received SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actress
2008:
Cast as the villain in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by George Lucas, and starring Harrison Ford
2008:
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (December)
2008:
Re-teamed with Brad Pitt to play lovers in David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
2010:
Portrayed Marian opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's adaptation of "Robin Hood"
2011:
Played a ruthless intelligence operative in Joe Wright's thriller "Hanna"
2012:
Returned to Middle Earth as Galadriel in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson
2013:
Starred in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine"
2013:
Appeared in the second "Hobbit" movie, "The Desolation of Smaug"
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Education

Methodist Ladies' College: -
Melbourne University: -
National Institute of Dramatic Art: - 1992

Notes

"Cate has this slightly magic quality, as if she can be transported into other worlds."---director Gillian Armstrong quoted in The New York Times, December 28, 1997.

"Film just chews up actors like nobody's business, and I'm not particularly interested in being chewed up. I think the camera can only look at somebody's face for so long. I guess you have to accept the roles you think are right at the time. You CAN build a career, but these days there doesn't seem to be much interest in people being actors. I'm sounding very holier than thou, but I sometimes think the whole thing is like one big commercial. I can't seem to separate the ideas from the images. Maybe I shouldn't be trying. But you do want people to remember the films you do for longer than the time it takes them to eat their popcorn."---Cate Blanchett in Interview, January 1998.

"She's so fantastic. She reacts to small instructions, works in fine brush strokes. If you say, 'Can you adjust this performance?' she'll be able to do it in degrees, 5%, 10%, each take is just a little different, She's the most finely tuned actress I've ever worked with."---"Elizabeth" director Shekhar Kapur quoted in Los Angeles Times, November 6, 1998.

"I'm very interested in the ephemerality of the theater. It's like falling in love, really. People talk about those gossamer days when they first met the love of their life. I think the same thing happens in theater. Each night 300 or 400 or 500 people are going to see something that's only going to happen once. It's a bit like a cloudscape, it's never exactly the same."---Blanchett quoted in The Boston Globe, November 15, 1998.

"It's really important to me as an actor that I try to rise to a part and not reduce it down to me. Obviously I agree with [David] Mamet. You never want to lose yourself in a role. I'm interested in doing someone who is bigger than me."---Cate Blanchett quoted in The Chicago Sun-Times November 15, 1998.

"When she does speak, there's that remarkable voice, silky on the surface but drawn downward as well, primed for her sudden dives into a rich, dark lower register. Blanchett is fluent when talking about the nuts and bolts of acting, never once drifting into ditsy actor speak about 'getting centered' ... "---From "Cate Blanchett's Pale Fire" by Laura Jacobs, Vanity Fair, March 1999.

"Go on. Say it. I've looked ugly. That's O.K. The greatest compliment I think I've ever had was when another actor said I had an 'actor's face'. There's a line in the Botho Strauss play 'Big and Little' where it describes a character as 'a woman ... not old, not young,' and I hope that I'm a woman, not ugly, not beautiful. I'm as vain as the next person, let's face it, but it's really important to try to shed that vanity. I'm not opposed to looking what is commonly termed as ugly."---Blanchett quoted in Vanity Fair, March 1999.

"I'll see an extraordinary performance by a woman and it's reduced to the word 'luminous', it does piss me off. I read a review of Kate Winslet in 'Hideous Kinky', and it said she looked ravishing; it didn't even talk about her [acting]."---Blanchett on how critics evaluate actresses to Premiere, March 1999.

"I almost don't know what a character is until six months after I finish playing it."---Cate Blanchett quoted at the Web magazine Urban Cinefile (www.urbancinefile.com.au), February 9, 2000.

"People always treat me like I'm being coy or untruthful if I say there's no grand plan, that acting is just an interesting thing that I found myself doing. It's not an end point."---Blanchett to The Guardian, December 1, 2000.

"She is, without question, one of the best actresses of her generation. And when I say best I mean that she is someone who could play anything. I could give her any character, and she could do it. She can transform. Besides having an incredible quality on camera, a real unusual beauty, she is very intelligent and has great emotional depth. But she could also play a really dumb broad, too."---director Gillian Armstrong quoted in The New York Times, December 24, 2000.

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husband:
Andrew Upton. Film editor, screenwriter. Married in June 1997.

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father:
Robert Blanchett. Advertising executive. American (from Texas); met Blanchett's mother while he was in the US Navy; died c. 1979.
mother:
June Blanchett. Businesswoman; former teacher. Australian.
brother:
Robert Blanchett. Computer programmer. Older.
sister:
Genevieve Blanchett. Set designer. Younger.
son:
Dashiell John Upton. Born on December 6, 2001 in London, England.
son:
Roman Robert Upton. Born on April 23, 2004 in London, England.
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