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Natalie Portman



With an Oscar before the age of 30, repeated comparisons to Audrey Hepburn, and the drool of a thousand critics at her feet, Natalie Portman has emerged as one of the most promising actresses of her generation.



Born in Jerusalem on June 9, 1981, to an artist mother and doctor father, Portman moved to New York when she was three. Raised on Long Island, she was discovered by a modeling agent who signed her on the spot. Her modeling stint led to an audition for Luc Besson's Leon (or The Professional, as it was called in the United States). Due to her age (she was 12 when the film was cast), Portman was initially turned down for the lead role of Mathilda, a girl who asks a hit man (Jean Reno) to train her as an assassin to avenge her brother's death and falls innocently in love with him in the process. However, she ultimately won the part and her 1994 film debut earned a number of positive notices. In interviews, Portman allowed that making her first film in the toughest sections of Spanish Harlem was frightening, but not quite so frightening, she claimed, as going back to school once shooting wrapped.



Portman then took on the role of Al Pacino's step-daughter in another demanding film, Michael Mann's Heat (1995). She followed this up with lighter fare, like Mars Attacks! (1996), Everyone Says I Love You, and Beautiful Girls. After turning down title roles in both Lolita and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Portman took on another title role with her 1997 Broadway debut in The Diary of Anne Frank. She stayed with the show until May 1998, during which time she received positive notices for her performance. After lending her voice to The Prince of Egypt (1998), Portman took on her most talked-about role to date, that of Queen Amidala in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999). Despite very mixed reviews, the film went into box-office hyperdrive, further propelling Portman toward her status as a rapidly emerging talent for the new millennium. She would end the 20th century with projects like Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here and Where the Heart Is.



Offscreen, Portman also did some growing up, enrolling for her college education at Harvard University. A psychology major, she made it clear upon her enrollment that, aside from her role as Queen Amidala in the Star Wars films, she would not accept any film roles for the duration of her education. Perhaps to the disappointment of fans, she stuck to her word, remaining absent from the screen (save Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones) until she received her degree in 2003. Luckily, upon her return to acting, it was immediately evident that it had been worth the wait.

Portman's first foray following graduation was the 2003 Civil War ensemble drama Cold Mountain, alongside Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman. But in 2004, Portman was at the forefront of both Garden State, a moody dramedy that endeared her to fans, and Closer, a taught, intimate drama that earned her massive critical accolades, as well as her first Oscar nomination.



In 2005, as the curtain finally closed on the Star Wars franchise with the release of Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Portman could be seen with a now iconic pixie haircut after shaving her head for a role in the graphic-novel adaptation V for Vendetta. The dystopic action thriller received mixed reviews, but Portman's performance, as usual, earned accolades. Per her usual M.O. as an actress, she would complete a number of independent, arthouse, or otherwise challenging projects for every blockbuster under her belt, like the 2006 Milos Forman directed period drama Goya's Ghosts, and the Wes Anderson 2007 road (or rather, train) movie The Darjeeling Limited.



After appearing opposite Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana as Anne Boleyn, the famously beheaded wife of King Henry VII in the 2008 period drama The Other Boleyn Girl, Portman turned her high-brow image on its ear the

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Song to Song
  • Actor
2017
89% Jackie
  • Jacqueline Kennedy
2016
65% A Tale of Love and Darkness
  • Screenwriter
  • Fania Oz
  • Director
  • Producer
2016
92% The Seventh Fire
  • Executive Producer
2016
46% Knight of Cups
  • Elizabeth
2016
43% Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Producer
2016
39% Jane Got a Gun
  • Jane Hammond
  • Producer
2016
13% Planetarium
  • Laura Barlow
2016
No Score Yet Em Busca da Justiça
  • Actor
2016
66% Thor: The Dark World
  • Jane Foster
2013
No Score Yet My Valentine
  • Actor
2012
53% Hesher
  • Nicole
  • Producer
2011
77% Thor
  • Jane Foster
2011
27% Your Highness
  • Isabel
2011
38% The Other Woman
  • Emilia
2011
49% No Strings Attached
  • Executive Producer
  • Emma
2011
No Score Yet Sesame Street: P Is For Princess
  • Actor
2011
87% Black Swan
  • Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen
2010
63% Brothers
  • Grace Cahill
2009
36% New York, I Love You
  • Director
  • Rifka (Mira Nair segment)
  • Screenwriter
2009
42% The Other Boleyn Girl
  • Anne Boleyn
2008
37% Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
  • Molly Mahoney
2007
No Score Yet Hotel Chevalier
  • Jack's Girlfriend
2007
69% The Darjeeling Limited
  • Jack's Ex-Girlfriend
2007
30% Goya's Ghosts
  • Inés
2007
47% My Blueberry Nights
  • Leslie
2007
87% Paris Je T'aime
  • Francine
2007
No Score Yet Saving a Species
  • Host
2007
26% Free Zone
  • Rebecca
2006
73% V for Vendetta
  • Evey Hammond
2006
79% Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
  • Padmé Amidala
2005
No Score Yet Smoker
  • Actor
2005
68% Closer
  • Alice Ayres
2004
86% Garden State
  • Sam
2004
No Score Yet True
  • Actor
2004
71% Cold Mountain
  • Sara
2003
65% Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
  • Padmé Amidala
2002
64% Zoolander
  • Herself
2001
64% Anywhere but Here
  • Ann August
2000
35% Where the Heart Is
  • Novalee Nation
2000
55% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
  • Queen Amidala/Padme
1999
No Score Yet The Stars of Star Wars: Interviews from the Cast
  • Actor
1999
79% The Prince of Egypt
  • Additional voice [uncredited]
1998
52% Mars Attacks!
  • Taffy Dale
1996
79% Everyone Says I Love You
  • Laura
1996
79% Beautiful Girls
  • Marty
1996
86% Heat
  • Lauren
1995
71% Léon: The Professional
  • Mathilda
1994
No Score Yet Developing
  • Actor
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004-2016
  • Judge
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Guest
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Host
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer
No Score Yet Top Chef
2006
  • Appearing

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