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.
Cate Blanchett stars as a rich New Yorker with a secret in the 1950s.
Cate Blanchett once again displays her alluringly majestic mystique in the forthcoming 50s romance 'Carol' - and we can't help but fall in love with her for it. Always one to add class and elegance to a movie, this Todd Haynes directed drama proves no different.
Cate Blanchett plays eponymous role in 'Carol'
Almost echoing her role in Woody Allen's 2013 movie 'Blue Jasmine', in which she played a New York socialite with a passion for the finer things, a disastrous marriage and a dark secret, 'Carol' sees Cate Blanchett once again in New York - but this time it's 60 years earlier and she's a little more humble.
It's 1952 and 20-something Therese Belivet is struggling to contend with her humdrum life working in a New York department store, repulsed by her relationship with a man named Richard and dreaming of a career in set design. Soon she meets a customer named Carol; an older, refined and supremely elegant woman who she immediately forms a connection with. Carol herself is in a marriage that brings her no joy and is hoping desperately for a divorce, but this only seems to threaten her relationship with her daughter, whom she cannot afford to lose. Meanwhile, Therese is struggling to control her feelings for Carol; torn between admiration, deep sexual attraction and jealousy over Carol's history with her best friend Abby. It's a difficult time for both parties as they attempt to find order in their feelings in a decade not altogether supportive of their closeness.
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Cate Blanchett says she has had "many"relationships with women.
Cate Blanchett has revealed that she has had "many" relationships with women in the past. The Oscar-winning star, who has four children with her husband, the playwright Andrew Upton, made the comments during an interview with Variety.
Cate Blanchett says she has had relationships with "many" women
Blanchett was promoting her new movie The Price of Salt - in which she plays a New Yorker who has a lesbian affair with a younger woman - when she was asked whether it was her first turn as a lesbian on-screen.
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The thing that makes this Disney live-action remake so wonderful is the same thing that might put off some audience members: it's a pure fairy tale. This time, the studio has resisted the snarky, post-modern spin that threatened to turn previous live-action remakes (Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent) into pointless Lord of the Rings-style action epics. Instead, this is a genuinely beautiful, surgingly romantic, exquisitely made fantasy.
With only a few minor tweaks, this is the classic story of Ella (Lily James), whose widowed father (Ben Chaplin) marries Lady Tremaine (Cate Blanchett). She arrives with her two spoiled daughters Drizella and Anastasia (Sophie McShera and Holliday Grainger), and when she is also widowed, Ella ends up running the household just to keep things from falling apart. But Lady Tremaine and her daughters taunt her with the nickname "Cinderella" and treat her like a slave, refusing to let her attend the ball thrown by the Crown Prince (Richard Madden). He had met Ella before, and is hoping to see her at the ball, but she only gets a chance to go when her fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) turns up with some magic to make that happen. And after dancing with the Prince all night, her sudden disappearance sends him on a desperate quest involving a single glass slipper.
To spice things up, screenwriter Chris Weitz has included a conspiratorial sideplot in which the increasingly wicked stepmother plots with a royal advisor (Stellan Skarsgard) to thwart the Prince's wishes. But otherwise, the film hews closely to both Charles Perrault's 1697 folktale and Disney's 1950 animated classic. This includes lavish sets and costumes that continually take the breath away, giving the characters the same silhouettes as their cartoon counterparts. And within this extravagant design work, the actors are able to create surprisingly textured characters. James' Ella isn't a simple farm girl in need of a man. Madden's Prince is looking for real love. And Blanchett's riveting Lady Tremaine is eerily sympathetic even in her darkest moments.
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Don't ask Cate Blanchett about cats.
Cate Blanchett, the Oscar-winning actress deemed one of the best in the world - if not the best - burned a reporter this week after he asked her about the cat in Cinderella. After landing a few minutes with the legendary actress, the Australian reporter could only muster a silly question about the fairytale feline.
Cate Blanchett wasn't best pleased with an Australian reporter's silly question
"Serious question: How were you able to get that cat to do what you wanted to do on a leash? Because I try and put my girlfriend's cat on a leash and it just never works for me," he said.
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The actress was faced with some bizarre and irrelevant interview questions when face to face with 'The Project's Jonathan Hyla on Wednesday.
Awkward interview everybody! Gather round! Cinderella actress Cate Blanchett endured a rather pointless series of questions that had little or nothing to do with her role in the Disney blockbuster, ending with her losing her cool and swearing on national television.
During a chat on Australian TV show ‘The Project’, the former Oscar winner was expecting to answer some questions about her role as Cinderella’s wicked stepmother, but instead was asked some eccentric questions from interviewer Jonathan Hyla about beer, vodka and why the movie wasn’t R-rated.
Cate Blanchett lost her cool with some bizarre questions on Australian TV
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Disney is on a roll again.
Cinderella’s super successful release this weekend proves two things.
1. People will watch almost anything, if it’s colourful, loud and features Cate Blanchett and
2. There is still money to be made from the fairytale genre.
Disney could have another monster hit on its hands with 'Cinderella'.
Following quickly and assuredly in the footsteps of Maleficent - and with Beauty & The Beast and Dumbo yet to come - Kenneth Branagh's live action retelling of Cinderella is scoring a slew of positive reviews ahead of its worldwide at the end of the month. Cate Blanchett stars as the Wicked Stepmother in the new vision of the classic fairytale from the screenwriting team of Chris Weitz and Aline Brosh McKenna.
Lily James plays Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh's retelling of the classic Disney animation
Made for $95 million, Branagh's Cinderella remains largely faithful to the plot of the 1950 classic animation though includes several twists. In his version, Cinderella (or Ella) and the Prince meet prior to the ball, with him telling her he is a palace employee named Kit. The Fairy Godmother - played here by Helena Bonham Carter - also has a bigger role than in previous version.
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Chappie premieres just before it opens, while Cinderella hosts a lavish red carpet in L.A. Ethan Hawke and Greta Gerwig are spotted filming in New York, and trailers tease films about the Beach Boys, an ageing Sherlock Holmes, immortality and an old lady living in a van...
Neill Blomkamp's new film Chappie held its world premiere this week in New York, just a day before before it opened around the world. Blomkamp (who previously made District 9 and Elysium) was present along with stars Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver, Sharlto Copley and Dev Patel.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Chappie And Cinderella Premiere In New York And L.A., Ethan Hawke Is Snapped On-Set, And New Trailers Arrive For Movies Starring Veterans Ian Mckellen, Ben Kingsley And Maggie Smith.
Blanchett has finally fulfilled her wish of having another child.
Congratulations to Cate Blanchett and husband Andrew Upton, who have just grown their family with one new member. The couple have adopted a baby girl, Edith Vivian Patricia Upton, according to The Daily Telegraph. The infant joins elder brothers Dashiell, 13, Roman, 10 and Ignatius, 6.
Congratulations to Mrs Blanchett and her family.
The baby is already being welcomed by Blanchett and Upton's circle, with DNA India reporting that the couple have already introduced Edith to family friends Russell Crowe and Chris Rock. Blanchett has spoken out previously about wanting to have more children with 49-year-old Upton.
It's the double Oscar winner's fourth child, and first daughter after having three boys.
Cate Blanchett has become a mother again with the news that she’s adopted a baby girl with her husband Andrew Upton.
The 45 year old actress is already a mother to three boys – Dashiell John (13), Roman Robert (10) and Ignatius Martin (6) – with her husband, who is an artistic director of the Sydney Theater Company.
Cate Blanchett has become a mother for the fourth time
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Date of birth
14th May, 1969