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Cate Blanchett (born Catherine Élise Blanchett, 14.5.1969) is an Oscar-winning Australian actress, and a theatre director.

Childhood: Cate Blanchett was born in Ivanhoe, Melbourne, to June and Robert Blanchett. Her parents had met when Robert's US Navy ship was in Melbourne. Robert died of a heart attack when Cate was 10 years old.

Cate Blanchett attended Ivanhoe East Primary School and went on to study at the Methodist Ladies' College, where she became interested in drama and acting. When she graduated from the University of Melbourne, after studying Economics and Fine Arts, she travelled abroad.

In Egypt, a guest at her Cairo hotel asked her if she would like to be an extra in a film. The next day, she was part of a crowd scene in the film Kaboria. Upon her return to Australia, Cate moved to Sydney and attended the national Institute of Dramatic Art.

Acting Career: Cate Blanchett initially started out working in theatre and her first major stage role was in the David Mamet play Oleanna. Her performance earned her the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award. She went on to play Ophelia in the Company B production of Hamlet.

Blanchett worked in television, as well, featuring in the mini-series Heartland, with Ernie Dingo and Bordertown with Hugo Weaving. She also appeared in the TV film Police Rescue.

Cate Blanchett made her major film debut with a supporting role in 1997's Paradise Road, which starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand. Her first major lead role came the same year, when she played Lucinda in Oscar and Lucinda, which also starred Ralph Fiennes. Her performance was very highly regarded, as was its follow-up, when she played the lead in Thank God He Met Lizzie.

Blanchett's major breakthrough role came in 1998's Elizabeth, where she played the title role: Elizabeth I of England. She won a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance but the award went to Gwyneth Paltrow. She did, however, win the equivalent award at the BAFTAs and the Golden Globe Awards.

In 1999, Blanchett received another BAFTA nomination for her role in the Talented Mr. Ripley, which starred Matt Damon and Jude Law.

Blanchett went on to play the High Elf Queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on the books by JRR Tolkein. The trilogy was a huge global success and also starred Liv Tyler, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom and Sir Ian McKellan.

In 2005, Blanchett played the role of Katherine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes and Blanchett won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.

2006 saw Blanchett appearing in Babel, opposite Brad Pitt as well as Notes on a Scandal, opposite Judi Dench, earning herself her third Oscar nomination.

In 2007, Blanchett was one of a number of high profile actors to undertake the role of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' I'm Not There. She won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival for her performance. She also reprised her role as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth: the Golden Age, earning herself yet another Best Actress Oscar nomination. She was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress in I'm Not There.

Blanchett's next major role was in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

In 2008, she starred alongside Brad Pitt in the Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. That same year, she was honoured with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal Life: Cate Blanchett is married to the playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton. They met when she performed in a production of The Seagull by Chekov. They married in 1997 and have three sons, Dashiell John, Roman Robert and Ignatius Martin.

In 2009, Cate Blanchett joined the likes of Geoffrey Rush, Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman in having their images used in a 'Legends of the Screen' series of Australian postage stamps.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Cate Blanchett Goes To Broadway For The First Time In 'The Present'


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Cate Blanchett is set to finally make her Broadway debut this year in her husband Andrew Upton's adaptation of Chekhov's 'Platonov' alongside 'Moulin Rouge!' star Richard Roxburgh. The play is entitled 'The Present' and will be directed by John Crowley of the original 2015 production.

Cate Blanchett and Andrew UptonCate Blanchett and Andrew Upton bring 'The Present' to Broadway

'The Present' was originally shown in Australia with the Sydney Theatre Company, but now the STC is bringing the play to New York's Broadway for the very first time, marking double-Oscar winning Blanchett's Broadway premiere. The play, adapted by Andrew Upton with whom Blanchett has been married for eighteen years, is based on the unfinished first play by Anton Chekhov which was discovered after his death and later titled 'Platonov'.

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The Weinstein Company And Netflix 2016 Golden Globes After Party

Cate Blanchett - The Weinstein Company and Netflix 2016 Golden Globes After Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel at Beverly Hitlon Hotel, Golden Globes, Beverly Hilton Hotel - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Monday 11th January 2016

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BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea

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BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea

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Eddie Redmayne, 'Carol' And 'Bridge Of Spies' Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations


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Last year’s Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has received his second BAFTA nod in as many years for his star turn in The Danish Girl, with Bridge of Spies and Carol leading the 2016 BAFTA nominations with appearances in nine categories each.

Todd Haynes’ 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, is jockeying with Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama that features Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance in the most categories. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who missed out on the Best Film last year for Birdman, is back in contention with The Revenant which has eight nominations.

Mad Max: Fury Road, which saw director George Miller return after a lengthy absence, has seven nominations, while Ridley Scott’s The Martian and British film Brooklyn received six. All with five nods were The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex-Machina. Alicia Vikander, who features in both of the latter two movies, is up for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her respective roles.

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27th Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala

Cate Blanchett - 27th Palm Springs International Film Festival Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center - Arrivals at Palm Springs Convention Center - Palm Springs, California, United States - Saturday 2nd January 2016

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Cate Blanchett Arrives At LAX

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Cate Blanchett Will Take Time Out Of Work For Family In 2016


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Talented actress Cate Blanchett has revealed she is taking time out of winning awards and starring in critically-acclaimed films to raise her adopted daughter Edith in 2016. Blanchett welcomed the little girl into her family in February and already has three biological sons so the next year will be a busy one for the mum-of-four.

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett and her husband welcomed an adopted baby girl earlier in 2015

In an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Carol star said the introduction of a little girl to the family has made her feel like a first time mum all over again.

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Rich Cline's 10 Best Films Of 2015


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There were some nice surprises in cinemas this year, with thoughtful thrillers, quality blockbusters, exhilarating franchise reboots and twists on familiar genres... A Girl Walks Home..., Inside Out, 45 Years

10. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
An Iranian vampire movie shot in California, this super-cool black and white comedy-thriller is witty, scary and sexy. It's also so original that it takes the breath away.

9. Inside Out
Pixar triumphs again with this inventive look inside the mind of a young girl struggling with her emotions. It's colourful, hilariously silly and also the kind of movie that can make grown men cry.

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Knight Of Cups Trailer


Rick is one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood but after the death of his brother he finds himself becoming absorbed into a world of parties, drinking and excess. Parties are part of the norm for Rick but after the loss of his brother he finds himself evaluating his life and what it all means.

Spiralling uncontrollably his only real solace comes from short lived relationships with women, but each relationship actually brings Rick a little closer to the closure he seeks.

Knight Of Cups is the new film from Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life & The Thin Red Line)

Cate Blanchett To Make Marvel Universe Debut In 'Thor 3'?


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Cate Blanchett could be about to join the Marvel universe, as new reports suggest that she is in final talks to star in the new Thor film.

While there are no details as to the role she might be playing, The Hollywood Reporter suggested on Thursday evening (December 10th) that the Australian two-time Oscar winner is poised to make her debut in the comic book universe. Sources say that the studio has been looking for a “bad-ass female” to cast in Thor: Ragnarok.

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'Carol' And 'The Big Short' Land Most Nominations For 2016 Golden Globes


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The second biggest film awards ceremony is due next month, and after weeks of speculation, we've finally received the full confirmed list of nominees for the 2016 Golden Globes with 'Carol' and 'The Big Short' leading the categories.

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in CarolRooney Mara and Cate Blanchett are both up for Best Actress

'Carol' is among those in the Best Drama section, with director Todd Haynes also up for an award and stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara vying against each other for Best Actress. The visceral 'Mad Max: Fury Road' also joins the Best Drama list, with George Miller up for Best Director, and Leonardo Dicaprio is looking at a Best Actor award for his role in the third Best Drama contender 'The Revenant'; Alejandro Iñárritu is also among possible Best Directors.

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Carol Review

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As in his gorgeous film Far From Heaven and TV series Mildred Pierce, filmmaker Todd Haynes tells a simple story with visual impact and thematic resonance. All three of these projects centre on characters who feel like outsiders in their societies, offering staggeringly complex roles for Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet and now Cate Blanchett. This one is also based on a Patricia Highsmith novel (published originally as The Price of Salt), so it has an added layer of underlying intensity.

The story is set in the run-up to Christmas 1952, as New York department store clerk Therese (Rooney Mara) becomes intrigued by Carol (Blanchett), a glamorous customer who seems unusually attentive. Therese finds a reason to contact her, and the two become friends despite the difference in age and class. Meanwhile, Carol is trying to extricate herself from her marriage to Harge (Kyle Chandler), who is still feeling wounded by Carol's relationship with another woman (Sarah Paulson) and threatens to use her friendship with Therese to deny custody of their young daughter. And Therese also has a nice-guy suitor in Richard (Jake Lacy), who is becoming increasingly suspicious. With all of this pressure on them, Carol and Therese make an impulsive decision to take a road trip together.

The events unfold with delicate precision, as Phyllis Nagy's script smartly allows these woman to circle around each other trying to work out how they feel. There's a gun-in-the-suitcase element that adds a bit of spark, but the real story here plays out between the lines in exquisite performances from Blanchett and Mara, who convey most of their feelings through offhanded glances and subtle gestures. This adds beautifully to the depiction of the period's repressive attitudes without ever being obvious about it, and it also reveals the deep emotions that come with feeling like you don't fit in with what society expects of you.

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Carol Was A Passion Project For Cate Blanchett


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As Variety said, it's no surprise that the film took so long to get made, because it's "a double whammy by industry standards: it's headlined by two women, who fall in love with each other."

Attached to the project for several years, Blanchett began to wonder if the movie would ever get made. "It was so hard," she says. "Midrange films with women at the center are tricky to finance. There are a lot of people laboring under the misapprehension that people don't want to see them, which isn't true."

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Truth Was A "Bolt From The Blue" For Cate Blanchett


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Truth is the story of American TV news producer Mary Mapes, who won a Peabody Award for breaking the Abu Ghraib story and went on to investigate President George W Bush's inconsistent service record in the National Guard. "Truth happened like a bolt from the blue," she says. "I read it, I ate it alive, and it got up incredibly quickly."

Cate Blanchett stars as the award-winning journalist Mary MapesCate Blanchett stars as the award-winning journalist Mary Mapes

The film traces how the Bush story was torn apart by the media, discrediting Mapes and ending the career of veteran TV newscaster Dan Rather, played by Robert Redford. Blanchett looked up Mapes' interviews after the scandal. "She was clearly in lockdown at the time," Blanchett says, "and when I met her I found it very difficult to reconcile that Mary to this incredibly vivacious, vital, vibrant, hilarious, front-footed go-getter. I thought somewhere between the two lies Mary. But she was very generous, very self-deprecating, very wry and very, very passionate and full of heart."

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