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Cate Blanchett

Birth Name: 
Catherine Elise Blanchett
Birthday: 
Wednesday, May 14, 1969
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Birth Place: 
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Height: 
5'8"

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Australia to an American father and an Australian mother. She has an older brother and an younger sister. When she was ten years old, her 40-year old father died of a sudden heart attack. Her mother never remarried, and her grandmother moved in to help her mother. Cate graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim. On graduating from NIDA, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls", then played Felice Bauer, the bride, in Tim Daly's "Kafka Dances", winning the 1993 Newcomer Award from the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle for her performance. From there, Blanchett moved to the role of Carol in David Mamet's searing polemic "Oleanna", also for the Sydney Theatre Company, and won the Rosemont Best Actress Award, her second award that year. She then co-starred in the ABC Television's prime time drama "Heartland" (1994), again winning critical acclaim. In 1995, she was nominated for Best Female Performance for her role as Ophelia in the Belvoir Street Theatre Company's production of "Hamlet". Other theatre credits include Helen in the Sydney Theatre Company's "Sweet Phoebe", Miranda in "The Tempest" and Rose in "The Blind Giant is Dancing", both for the Belvoir Street Theatre Company. In other television roles, Blanchett starred as Bianca in ABC's "Bordertown" (1995), as Janie Morris in "G.P." (1989) and in ABC's popular series Police Rescue (1994). She made her feature film debut in Paradise Road (1997). She also married writer Andrew Upton in 1997. She had met him a year earlier on a movie set, and they didn't like each other at first. He thought she was aloof, and she thought she was arrogant, but then they connected over a poker game at a party, and she went home with him that night. Three weeks later, he proposed marriage, and, they quickly married before she went off to England to play her breakthrough role in films: the title character in Elizabeth (1998) for which she won numerous awards for her performance, including the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama. Cate was also nominated for an Academy Award for the role but lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow. 2001 was a particularly busy year, with starring roles in Bandits (2001), The Shipping News (2001), Charlotte Gray (2001) and playing Elf Queen Galadriel in the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy. She also gave birth to her first child, son Dashiell, in 2001. In 2004, she gave birth to her second son Roman. Also, in 2004, she played actress Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's film "Aviator" (2004), for which she received an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress. Two years later, she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for playing a teacher having an affair with an underage student in "Notes on a Scandal" (2006). In 2007, she returned to the role that made her a star in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007). It earned her an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. She was nominated for another Oscar that same year as Best Supporting Actress for playing Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" (2007). In 2008, she gave birth to her third child, son Ignatius. She and her husband became artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company, choosing to spend more time in Australia raising their children. (IMDb)

Awards and Nominations

2008 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Elizabeth: The Golden Age)
2008 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (I'm Not There)
2007 - Nominated - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Notes on a Scandal)
2005 - Won - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (The Aviator)
1999 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Leading Role (Elizabeth)

News

Kenneth Branagh Could Take On Cinderella

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Cate Blanchett Revisiting 'Rings' Role In 'Hobbit'

Cate Blanchett has joined the cast of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, where she will again play the role of Galadriel, the Lady of Lothlorien, who also appeared in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.... Read more
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Third 'Bridget Jones' in works

Working Title has confirmed that it is developing a third installment of the "Bridget Jones" series starring Renee Zellweger. The British producer has also attached Cate Blanchett to star in helmer Joe Wright's "Indian Summer."... Read more
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Blanchett joins Crowe in Robin Hood flick

Cate Blanchett will play Maid Marian alongside Russell Crowe's Robin Hood in the Ridley Scott-directed adventure pic for Universal Pictures. The film, which had been called "Nottingham" but is undergoing a title change, begins production in early April.... Read more
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3 New Benjamin Button Featurettes

From Paramount comes a handful of new featurettes looking behind the scenes of the sure fire Oscar winner, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button featuring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Director David Fincher, among others.... Read more
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Reviews

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson once again takes audiences to Middle-earth in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, only this time around it’s a Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) who sets out in search of an adventure and not Frodo. ... Read more
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Hanna (BLU-RAY)

A once CIA agent Erik Heller (played by Eric Bana) has been raising his daughter Hanna (played by Saoirse Ronan) in seclusion of the freezing landscapes in Finland.... Read more
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Hanna

It’s rare that we see a strong female lead in an action film that doesn’t revolve around the size of her bust or the length of her skirt. It’s even rarer when this lead is only a teenager.... Read more
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Robin Hood

Before he was an outlaw of England and was robbing the rich to give to the poor, Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe) was a common archer in King Richard’s Third Crusade.... Read more
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (BLU-RAY)

A long movie?  Sure.  A hit or miss?  As every other person you talk to loved it or hated it, that would also be a yes.  What can't be argued is the success of this deeply poetic and strange tale of a man-boy who grows into a boy-man.... Read more
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Videos

Cinderella (Teaser Trailer)

Cinderella (Teaser Trailer)

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother.... Read more
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Blue Jasmine (Trailer #1)

Blue Jasmine (Trailer #1)

Blue Jasmine (Trailer #1) ... Read more
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Trailer

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Official Trailer

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Robin Hood SUPER BOWL Spot

Robin Hood SUPER BOWL Spot

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Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Robin Hood chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard’s army against the French.... Read more
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