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Natalie Portman

Birth Name: 
Natalie Hershlag
Birthday: 
Tuesday, June 9, 1981
Sign: 
Birth Place: 
Jerusalem, Israel
Height: 
5' 3"

Natalie Portman was born on June 9th, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel, as the only child of a doctor father (from Israel) and an artist mother (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington, DC, when she was still very young. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York, where she still lives to this day. She graduated with honors, and her academic achievements allowed her to attend Harvard.

She was discovered by an agent in a pizza parlor at the age of 11. She was pushed towards a career in modeling but she decided that she would rather pursue a career in acting. She was featured in many live performances, but she made her powerful film debut in the movie The Professional (1994) (aka "The Professional"). Following this role Natalie won roles in such films as Heat (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), and Mars Attacks! (1996).

It wasn't until 1999 that Natalie received worldwide fame as Queen Amidala in the highly anticipated US$431 million-grossing prequel Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999). Afterwards, she starred in two critically acclaimed comedy dramas, Anywhere But Here (1999), Where the Heart Is (2000), and Closer (2004/I), for which she received an Oscar nomination.

Awards and Nominations

Academy Awards:
2010 - Won - Best Actress (Black Swan)
2004 - Nominated - Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Closer)

Interviews

Natalie Portman (Thor: The Dark World)

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News

Fassbender In Negotiations For "Jane Got A Gun"

Michael Fassbender is very much a man in demand, so it takes a special script to get him to commit what little remains of his time.... Read more
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Eccleston Joins Thor: The Dark World

Okay, so we’re talking Thor: The Dark World, which got close to locking in a second villain in Mads Mikkelsen, but lost his services to the new TV take on Hannibal Lecter.... Read more
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Cloud Atlas Shooting Next Summer

It seemed as if the mysterious Iraq war romance Cobalt Neural 9 was top of the Wachowskis' to-do list, but their immediate next project now appears to be their equally intriguing Cloud Atlas adaptation, which Halle Berry says is shooting in the summer.... Read more
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Portman Considered For Alien Prequel?

We’re still waiting for real, 100% casting or plot news on the Alien  prequel(s) that Ridley Scott is in the middle of setting up, but word reached Vulture of two interesting new wrinkles: that former Lost co-show-runner Damon Lindelof has nailed the latest draft of the first film, and that Natal... Read more
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Natalie Portman Feels Gravity's Pull

The fortunes of Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi drama Gravity might finally be shifting for the better, as after some changeable experiences with casting, the director has offered Natalie Portman the crucial lead role in the movie.... Read more
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Reviews

The Other Woman (BLU-RAY)

 We've all lost something dear to us in our lives. Whether it be a cherished item or a loved one close to our hearts, loss and sorrow is something that is universally known.... Read more
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Thor (A Chick's Perspective)

I’ll save the suspense and say right off the bat that I really enjoyed seeing Thor. In fact, I left the theater wanting to see it again. I never read the comic books even though apparently they have been around for nearly 50 years now.... Read more
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Thor

Thor is a name known to most. Whether you view him as the Norse god of thunder or as the Marvel superhero, the man is one in the same with his golden locks of hair and mighty hammer Mjolnir.... Read more
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No Strings Attached (BLU-RAY)

No Strings Attached asks the question of weather or not a relationship could work if love was taken out of the equation and replaced with copious amounts of sex?... Read more
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Your Highness

James Franco and Natalie Portman are two names in the film industry you can’t ignore, especially with their recent recognitions. You’d expect a film starring the two together would be an instant success, right? Oh how wrong you’d be.... Read more
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Videos

Thor: I Cast You Out CLIP

Thor: I Cast You Out CLIP

Thor - I Cast You Out ... Read more
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Thor: Taser CLIP

Thor: Taser CLIP

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Thor: In The Hospital CLIP

Thor: In The Hospital CLIP

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Thor: You're Big CLIP

Thor: You're Big CLIP

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Thor TRAILER 2

Thor TRAILER 2

Thor TRAILER 2 - Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Kat Dennings ... Read more
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