Uma Thurman

Highest Rated: 94% Pulp Fiction (1994)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Con Is On (2018)
Birthday: Apr 29, 1970
Birthplace: Boston, MA
An actress noted as much for her exotic, almost otherworldly beauty as she is for her considerable talent, Uma Thurman is one of the most renowned actors of her generation. The daughter of celebrated professor of Buddhist studies Robert A.F. Thurman and Nena von Schlebrugge, a model and psychotherapist who was once married to Timothy Leary, Uma was born in Boston on April 29, 1970. Raised with three brothers in Amherst, where her father taught at Amherst College, she enjoyed a fairly bohemian upbringing, one that was marked by visits from Eastern holy men and Tibetan refugees. Encouraged to think for herself and be independent, Thurman, who had been interested in acting from an early age, left her Massachusetts boarding school at the age of 15 to pursue an acting career. Moving to New York, she earned a living by washing dishes and modeling, though the latter means of support never agreed with her.The fledgling actress made her debut in Kiss Daddy Goodnight (1987), a forgettable film that cast her as a teen vamp who seduces and robs unsuspecting men. She had a starring role in the teen comedy Johnny Be Good (1988) and also made an eye-catching appearance in Terry Gilliam's underseen fantasy adventure film The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988). But it wasn't until her casting in Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons (1988) as Cécile de Volanges, the impressionable convent girl deflowered by John Malkovich's slimy Vicomte de Valmont, that Thurman first gained recognition. Her scenes with Malkovich, particularly the one in which he offers to teach her a few bedroom terms in Latin, proved to be some of the most memorable of the year, resulting in a sizable helping of fame for the young actress. Further recognition followed with Thurman's portrayal of Henry Miller's wife -- and the object of both his and Anaïs Nin's affections -- in Philip Kaufman's Henry & June (1990). Unfortunately, the actress' role in the NC-17 film -- which required her to take part in explicit love scenes with Maria de Medeiros -- inspired a great deal of unwelcome, stalker-like attention from any number of "fans," causing Thurman to shy away from doing a subsequent number of films. The projects she did take part in all proved to be forgettable affairs: Robin Hood (1991), Final Analysis (1992), Jennifer 8 (1992), Mad Dog and Glory (1993), and Gus Van Sant's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1994). By the time Thurman received the script for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, her career was in great need of resuscitation. Fortunately, Pulp Fiction provided just that. A huge, unanticipated success, it was the most talked-about film of the year, eventually becoming recognized as one of the most influential films of the decade. For her part, Thurman gave a sly, smoldering performance as Mia Wallace, the coke-snorting wife of gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames), and soon found herself enjoying both a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination and an accompanying resurgence in Hollywood popularity. She followed the success of Pulp Fiction with three relatively modest romantic comedies: A Month by the Lake (1995), The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996), and Beautiful Girls (1996). The 1997 future dystopia Gattaca did little for Thurman but introduce her to co-star and future husband Ethan Hawke. (The two married in May of 1998 and had a daughter later that year; Thurman had been married once before, to Gary Oldman). Batman & Robin, that same year, was less than a high point in Thurman's career. 1998 proved to be similarly disappointing, with both The Avengers, which cast the actress as the cat-suited Emma Peel opposite Ralph Fiennes' John Steed, and Bille August's Les Miserables experiencing swift deaths at the box office. Thurman resurfaced in 1999 in Woody Allen's widely acclaimed Sweet and Lowdown. The story of a famed jazz guitarist (Sean Penn) whose talent is inversely proportional to his merits as a human being, the film cast Thurman as his worldly, unfaithful wife.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
58% The House That Jack Built Lady 1 2018
50% Down a Dark Hall Madame Duret 2018
0% The Con Is On Harriet Fox 2018
No Score Yet La truffa è servita Actor 2018
No Score Yet Girl Soldier Producer Actor 2017
28% Burnt Simone 2015
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II Actor $0.3M 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I Mrs. H $0.7M 2014
No Score Yet The Gift Miss Anderson 2014
5% Movie 43 Lois Lane $8.8M 2013
65% Love, Marilyn Actor $2.9K 2012
5% Playing for Keeps Patti $13.1M 2012
51% Savages Actor $47.4M 2012
27% Bel Ami Madeleine Forestier $0.9M 2012
40% Ceremony Zoe $22.2K 2011
49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Medusa $61.2M 2010
6% The Accidental Husband Dr. Emma Lloyd Producer 2009
20% Motherhood Eliza $50.6K 2009
No Score Yet Letters to Santa: A Muppets Christmas Actor 2008
No Score Yet My Zinc Bed Elsa 2008
23% The Life Before Her Eyes Diana--Adult $0.2M 2007
No Score Yet Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton Actor 2007
40% My Super Ex-Girlfriend Jenny Johnson/G-Girl $22.5M 2006
50% The Producers Ulla $19.2M 2005
50% Prime Rafi Gardet $22.8M 2005
No Score Yet The Naked Brothers Band Movie Actor 2005
38% The Brothers Grimm Actor 2005
30% Be Cool Edie Athens $55.6M 2005
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride 2004
27% Paycheck Rachel $53.7M 2003
84% Kill Bill: Volume 1 The Bride/Black Mamba 2003
73% Hysterical Blindness Debby Executive Producer 2002
78% Tape Amy 2001
26% Chelsea Walls Grace 2001
No Score Yet Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood Narrator 2001
31% Vatel Anne De Montausier 2000
53% The Golden Bowl Charlotte Stant $2.2M 2000
77% Sweet and Lowdown Blanche 1999
5% The Avengers Emma Peel 1998
74% Les Miserables Fantine 1998
82% Gattaca Irene 1997
10% Batman & Robin Poison Ivy/Dr. Pamela Isley 1997
84% The Truth About Cats & Dogs Noelle 1996
79% Beautiful Girls Andrea 1996
71% A Month by the Lake Miss Beaumont 1995
94% Pulp Fiction Mia 1994
19% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Sissy Hankshaw 1994
76% Mad Dog and Glory Glory 1993
37% Jennifer 8 Helena Robertson 1992
52% Final Analysis Diana Baylor 1992
No Score Yet Robin Hood Maid Marian 1991
60% Henry & June June Miller 1990
11% Where the Heart Is Daphne McBain 1990
92% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Venus/Rose 1989
No Score Yet Kiss Daddy Goodnight Laura 1988
0% Johnny Be Good Georgia Elkans 1988
93% Dangerous Liaisons Cecile De Volanges 1988
88% Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika) Kushana (English) 1985

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
100% Imposters
2017-2018
Lenny Cohen
  • 2017
67% The Slap
2015
Anouk
  • 2015
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
67% Smash
2012-2013
Rebecca Duvall
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003

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