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Uma Thurman

Highest Rated:   94% Pulp Fiction (1994)
Lowest Rated:   0% Johnny Be Good (1988)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The House That Jack Built
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet Girl Soldier
  • Producer
  • Actor
2017
29% 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
4% Movie 43
  • Lois Lane
$8.8M 2013
62% Love, Marilyn
  • Actor
$2.9k 2012
3% Playing for Keeps
  • Patti
$13.1M 2012
52% Savages
  • Actor
$47.4M 2012
28% 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
  • Producer
  • Dr. Emma Lloyd
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
29% Be Cool
  • Edie Athens
$55.6M 2005
85% Kill Bill: Volume 2
  • Beatrix Kiddo/The Bride
2004
27% Paycheck
  • Rachel
$53.7M 2003
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • The Bride/Black Mamba
2003
70% 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
78% 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
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Sissy Hankshaw
1994
75% Mad Dog and Glory
  • Glory
1993
39% Jennifer 8
  • Helena Robertson
1992
54% 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
87% Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no tani no Naushika)
  • Kushana (English)
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
100% Imposters
2017
  • Lenny Cohen
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
66% 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
68% Smash
2012-2013
  • Rebecca Duvall
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2003

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