Natalie Portman (biography)
Birthday: 09.06.1981 year
Place of Birth: Jerusalem, Israel
Height: 160 cm
Weight: 47 kg
Famous Israeli and American film and stage actress. The most famous was because of participation in the film “Leon” (1994, debut role) and “Closer” (2004, Prize “Golden Globe” and a BAFTA nomination and “Oscar” for Best Supporting Actress), as well as through trilogii- a prequel to the “Star Wars.”
Natalie Portman was born June 9, 1981 in Jerusalem, the son Avner Hershlag and Shelley Stevens. Father of actress – a specialist in the treatment of infertility and reproductive endocrinology, and his mother – a former housewife, and now Natalie agent. The ancestors of the actress on the maternal side – the Jews of Russia and Austria, and paternal – from Romania and Poland. Stage name “Portman” – grandmother’s maiden name actress on the maternal side.
When Natalie was three years old, the family moved from Israel to the US, where the girl’s father could improve their skills. At first they lived in Washington, where the actress attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School (Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School), but in 1988 moved to Connecticut and finally settled on Long Island, NY, in 1990.
With four years Natalie she danced and performed with local troupes. The actress attended the Jewish elementary day school Solomon Schechter (Solomon Schechter Day School) in the town of Glen Cove, New York and graduated from Syosset High School (Syosset High School). In 1998, the actress was the co-author of the research work on “The enzymatic production of hydrogen”, which gave her the opportunity to participate in academic competitions Intel (Eng.). Portman even missed the premiere of the film “Star Wars. Episode I », in order to prepare for final exams.
In addition to the two native languages – Hebrew and English – Natalie studied French, German, Japanese and Arabic.
The first role
All Portman spent their holidays in the theater camp Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp. In 10 years, Natalie participated in the casting for the play Ruthless! about a girl who is about to commit murder to get the main role in the school play, and was chosen by Laura Bell Bundy understudy (Eng.). When she was 11 years old, an agent of the company «Revlon» (Eng.) Invited her to become a model, but she refused because she wanted to focus on aktёrstve. In an interview to a magazine Portman said: “I was different from other children. I was ambitious, I knew what I like and what I want and work hard. I was a very serious kid. ”
In 1994, Natalie was casting for the film by Luc Besson “Leon” (fr. L?on), where she played her first leading role, a girl named Matilda, who is friends with the assassin Leon (Jean Reno). Shortly after receiving the role of secrecy in order actress took the pseudonym “Portman”, but to a DVD-ROM with the director’s cut of the film it is mentioned in the credits as Natalie Hershlag. The film was released in rent November 18, 1994 and generally received positive reviews.
In the same year, Natalie appeared in the short film Developing television as Nina, the daughter of a cancer patient lung woman named Bree (Lauren Cohn).
In 1995, Portman starred in “Fight” with Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. She appeared in the role of Lauren Gustafson, adopted daughter of the protagonist. Although the film did not win any awards, it was noted by critics and became commercially successful.
In 1996, on the screens came three films featuring Natalie. The first was the role of Marty in the melodrama “Beautiful Girls” – a film about the life and relationships of former classmates. This was followed by a role in the musical Laura Dandridge Woody Allen’s “Everyone Says I Love You.” The third was the movie “Mars Attacks!” – Tim Burton’s fantastic comedy about trying to capture the Martians of our planet. Here Natalie played Taffy Dale, daughter of the US President. It was assumed that Portman took the lead role in the movie “Romeo + Juliet”, but director Baz Luhrmann has decided that it is too small, and the role went to Claire Danes.
Natalie starred in the Broadway production of “The Diary of Anne Frank” (1997) on the actually existing Jewish girl’s diary, which she led during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
The first category
In May 1999 saw the release of George Lucas’ Star Wars. Episode I. The Phantom Menace “with Portman as Padme Amidala, Queen of Naboo. Prior to filming Natalie had not seen the previous films of the series. While the technical picture nominations claimed the “Oscar”, as a whole, it received mixed reviews from critics and was nominated for seven awards “Golden Raspberry”, including a nomination for worst screen couple (Natalie Portman and Jake Lloyd). Nonetheless, the film grossed in worldwide box office 924.3 million dollars and became the ninth in the list of highest-grossing.
In September of the same year, Natalie appeared in the drama “Anywhere but Here”. She played Ann August, a girl whose views on life are different from the plans of her mother (Susan Sarandon). For this role, Portman was nominated for the award “young actor” and “Golden Globe” (Best Supporting Actress). Critic Mary Elizabeth Williams called the actress “amazing” and said that it was “unlike other actresses her age, not too sentimental or too masculine.”
Natalie also played in the movie “Where the Heart Is” (2000). Her heroine, 17-year-old pregnant girl Novalee Nation, remains alone in a strange city, without livelihoods and people who can help her, and decides to start life anew. For this role, Natalie was nominated for the award “young actor” and the Teen Choice Awards and won the Young Star Awards.
Studying at the University
After the end of filming the movie “Where the Heart Is” Portman enrolled in the psychology department at Harvard University. In an interview, she said that over the next four years will not be removed anywhere but “Star Wars” to concentrate on their studies. Natalie helped the famous American lawyer Alan Dershovittsu in his research, which was noted in his book «The case of Israel». Portman response to the published in the university newspaper essay anti-Israeli orientation was recognized very well written. In 2002, Natalie was the co-author of the research work entitled “The activity of the frontal lobe of the brain when the object constancy” (Eng. «Frontal Lobe Activation During Object Permanence»). Scientific works Portman made her one of the few actresses with a certain number of Erdos-Bacon (Eng.). In 2003, actress graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In spring 2004 Portman studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
During his studies, Natalie has not stopped the actor’s work. From June to September 2000, she participated in the filming of the movie “Star Wars. Episode II. Attack of the Clones “, held in Sydney and London. Coming in rental May 16, 2002, the film, like the previous one in the series, has not gained wide acceptance among critics. At this time, Portman has been nominated for two awards “Golden Raspberry” (the worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple), but at the same time the actress was nominated for the award “Saturn” and won the Teen Choice Awards.
In July 2001, Natalie played Nina in the play by Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull” at the theater Delacorte (Eng.). In this setting, Mike Nichols were also involved Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In the same year she became one of the many celebrities who have appeared in minor roles in the Ben Stiller comedy “Zoolander.” Portman also played a small role in the war drama Anthony Minghella’s “Cold Mountain” with Nicole Kidman and Jude Law.
In 2004, Natalie appeared in two independent films. The first was Zach Braff drama “Garden State,” where she played a pathological liar named Sam. The film was widely recognized by critics and Natalie for this role, was nominated for two awards MTV Movie Awards, and four awards Teen Choice Awards. This was followed by the role of Alice in the film Mike Nichols’ Closer “. Alice – a young stripper who had just arrived in London from America. In the film tells the story of her relationship with Dan Wolfe (Jude Law). For this role, Portman won the “Golden Globe” and was nominated for numerous other awards, including the “Oscar” and BAFTA.
May 15, 2005 at the Cannes Film Festival premiere last of prequels to the “Star Wars” called “Star Wars. Episode III. Revenge of the Sith. “This episode was received by critics and the public is much warmer than the previous two films. Game Natalie was awarded nomination for “Saturn” and the Teen Choice Awards. Then came the painting “Free Zone”. While filming in Jerusalem Natalie preparing for kissing scene. Passers-by noticed that the frame gets the Wailing Wall and drove the actress and the whole film crew. At the end of the premiere of the film «V – for Vendetta” with Portman in the lead female role. Tape placed on the eponymous anti-utopian graphic novel by Alan Moore. The action takes place in 2038, in which Britain – the totalitarian state. In the story the heroine Natalie, a girl named Evey Hammond, arrested for anti-government activities, so the actress had to shave bald. About his new hairstyle Natalie said: “Sharp irreversible changes are always interesting, and that is what gave me the courage.” Hairstyle has caused a curious case: after the shooting Portman traveled to New York, where the police do not like her a suspicious look; when testing found the lack of registration. For the role of Ivy actress has once again been nominated for the award “Saturn” and the Teen Choice Awards.
In almanac “Paris, je t’aime” (2006) Natalie played in a movie «Faubourg Saint-Denis». Her character, a girl named Francine, the future actress, falls in love with a blind man named Thomas (Melchior Beslon). In late 2006, there was a film by Milos Forman “Goya’s Ghosts”, where Portman appeared in the role of Inez Belbatua, muse of the famous portrait painter Francisco Goya Spanish. Prior to that, the director did not see any work Nathalie but noticed her resemblance to the girl in the painting by Goya “The Milkmaid of Bordeaux” and invited to the shooting.
In May 2007, the film Wong Kar Wai’s “My Blueberry Nights” with Portman in one of the supporting roles opened the competition program of the 60th Cannes Film Festival. The heroine Natalie – Leslie, the girl-player, accustomed to bluff and is therefore regarded as a message about the imminent death of his father the next lie. When it turns out that her father really died, she feels guilty that did not believe it. 3 September came just two films featuring Portman: adventure comedy “The Darjeeling Limited” and the short film “Hotel” Chevalier “” is a prologue to this film. In both pictures Natalie played a cameo girlfriend youngest of three brothers, Jack. November saw the release of the film Zach Helm “Tent of Miracles.” Portman appeared in the role of Molly Mahoney, the young pianist, who works at a toy store Mr. Magoriuma (Dustin Hoffman).
February 2008 saw the release of a rolling historical drama “The Other Boleyn Girl,” about the reign of King Henry VIII and rivalry sisters Anne (Natalie Portman) and Mary (Scarlett Johansson) Boleyn his heart. Portman has tried himself in the role of director – September 1, came short film “Eve”, and on September 6 – almanac “New York, I Love You”, where Natalie and acted as an actress.
In October 2009, to be held the premiere of war drama “Brothers” Jake Gyllenhaal with, Tobey Maguire and Natalie in the lead roles. The film tells the story of a sudden feelings erupted between Grace and Tommy Cahill, the younger brother of her husband Sam, who had gone to war in Afghanistan. Now there are shooting the drama “17 photos Isabel” with Portman in the lead role. Her character – a young lawyer Emilia Greenleaf, survived a terrible tragedy: her the newborn daughter Isabelle died, having lived only one day. Emilia falls into a deep depression. Rediscover a taste for life heroine makes contact with a 5-year-old son from his first marriage spouse. Natalie is also the producer of this picture.
Personal life and beliefs
Portman became a vegetarian for 8 years, giving up all kinds of meat, after seeing a demonstration of surgical laser on the chicken during a medical conference with her father. A few years later renounced all other products of animal origin. Natalie protects the rights of animals and the environment, has been a member of the troupe World Patrol Kids. She does not wear fur, feathers and skin. In 2007, Natalie launched her own line of footwear made from artificial materials, and traveled to Rwanda with Jack Hanna, to film a documentary titled “Gorillas on the verge” (Eng. Gorillas on the Brink). It was announced that in 2009, the actress will take part in the campaign organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, English. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), directed against the use of fur.
In 2004 and 2005, Natalie visited Uganda, Guatemala and Ecuador as the Ambassador of the organization FINCA International (Eng.), Which helps women living in poor countries receive microloans to start their own business. In an interview backstage at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia and on the transfer of Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria channel PBS actress also talked about microfinance. In March 2006, Natalie gave a lecture at Columbia University on the course of terrorism and counterterrorism, told about his movie «V – for Vendetta.” April 29, 2007 on Sunday morning transfer channel ABC This Week with George Stephanopoulos Portman discussed her work with FINCA and what benefits it can bring to women and children in the Third World. In the autumn of the same year Natalie visited several universities, including Harvard, University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley, Stanford, Princeton, New York (Eng.) And Columbia universities to tell students about the power of microfinance and convince them to join the FINCA.
The actress took part in the presidential campaign over the years. In 2004, she supported the Democratic candidate John Kerry, and the primaries of 2008 – Senator Hillary Clinton. When the presidential candidate of the Democratic Party was elected Barack Obama, Natalie also supported his campaign.
At Portman had a romantic relationship with the actors Gael Garcia Bernal and Jake Gyllenhaal. In the May issue of Vogue magazine in 2002 named Natalie actor and musician Lukas Haas and musician Moby her close friends. Although it was reported that the actress met with the lead singer of Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, the latter claims that they are just friends. It is assumed that Natalie and met with a member of a prominent family multibillionaires Nat Rothschild. Starring in the video for the song «Carmensita», Portman began to meet with Venezuelan folk singer Devendra Banhart.
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