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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

Thor: Ragnarok Review

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The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision to let wacky New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi loose with the characters. In many ways, this film has the same comical sensibilities as his classics What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Except on a much larger scale with massive special effects. Yet even with all this action, there's not a moment of actual suspense, which is a growing problem in a movie universe in which the characters need to survive unscathed.

 

Ragnarok is a prophecy about the end of time, specifically the death of King Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the destruction of Asgard. And it has just been triggered, stopping Odin's sons Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in their tracks with the news that they have an older sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), the self-proclaimed goddess of death. As she brutally asserts her claim to the throne, the brothers find themselves dumped on the planet Sakaar. Loki mischievously worms his way into the favour of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), who sends Thor into the coliseum to fight the champion, namely his old friend Hulk (Mark Ruffalo). As Thor convinces Hulk's alter-ego David Banner to return with him to Asgard to stop Hela, he also needs Asgard's last Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), a tetchy warrior who is reluctant to work with him.

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Thor: Ragnarok Trailer


With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the known universe. But what about when he doesn't have either of those things? It only takes a run-in with afterlife goddess Hela for his hammer to be destroyed, apparently beyond repair. And when he is kidnapped by her people and taken to the planet Sakaar, he has no choice but to enter into a gladiator match to save the people of Asgard from Ragnarök; the fate of total destruction. To his initial delight, and to the confusion of everyone in the arena, his opponent turns out to be none other than the Incredible Hulk. But when he realises that this Hulk is hell-bent on destroying him, he realises that he has no choice but to fight his supposed friend to the death. 

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The Heist Is On! Here's Your First Look At All-Female 'Ocean's Eight'


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Next summer eight women will attempt to pull off the heist of the century at the annual Met Ball in New York City.

Warner Bros have just released the first cast picture from the upcoming Ocean’s Eight movie, showing the film’s star-studded female line-up riding the NYC subway.

Pop star Rhianna filming scenes for the new 'Ocean's Eight' movie on the Streets of New York City, United States - Monday 7th November 2016

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Rihanna, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett
Rihanna, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter seen filming scenes for Gary Ross' 'Ocean's Eight' in Midtown. The movie, which also stars Sandra Bullock and Anna Hathaway, is set to open in 2018. New York, United States - Wednesday 26th October 2016

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Cate Blanchett on the red carpet at the 2016 IWC Gala in honour of The British Film Institute London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 4th October 2016

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Hylda Queally, Cathy Schulman , Cate Blanchett - Women In Film Los Angeles Celebrates The 2016 Crystal + Lucy Awards Presented by Max Mara and BMW at The Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Wednesday 15th June 2016

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Hylda Queally, Cathy Schulman and Cate Blanchett
Hylda Queally, Cathy Schulman and Cate Blanchett
Hylda Queally, Cathy Schulman and Cate Blanchett
Hylda Queally, Cathy Schulman and Cate Blanchett
Hylda Queally, Cathy Schulman and Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett - 31st Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach at Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016

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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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Truth Trailer


Mary Mapes is the producer of CBS' '60 Minutes' and, in the run up to the 2004 presidential election, she's looking for a story for her and her team - including anchor Dan Rather - to chase. The team discovers evidence that President George W. Bush failed to complete the required amount of military service during his time in the Texas Air National Guard during the 70s. It's a story that could truly bring down the right wing government if only they can get hold of some solid documents to support the story. That's when Bill Burkett comes in; he's the former Lieutenant Colonel of the Texas Air National Guard and he claims to be in possession of some papers criticising Bush's lack of attendance for his military service, written by his commander at the time Lieutenant Colonel Jerry B. Killian. Unfortunately, in their haste to air the controversial information, the '60 Minutes' team fail to have the documents authenticated - and when several experts out the papers as forgeries, it seems the tables quickly turn on these newscasters in the most devastating way.

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Carol Trailer


Therese Belivet is just starting out in life, bored by her simple job in a department store and even more so by her relationship with Richard. She dreams of bigger things; a career as a set designer and experiencing true love. Love has never found its way into Therese's life, that is until she meets a privileged and sophisticated older woman named Carol with whom she immediately bonds. While Carol's life is the opposite of Therese's in that she enjoys luxury on an everyday basis, she is equally dismayed by her love life; trapped in a marriage with a man she does not love, so that she may continue seeing her young daughter. As her relationship with Therese deepens, their attraction for each other becomes clear to everyone else, as well as Carol's intriguing friendship with close companion Abby, and she faces losing everything in her quest to discover herself once and for all.

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Cate Blanchett Cast As Lucille Ball In New Biopic


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Cate Blanchett is to be cast as Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic produced by the late American actress’s two children – Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr – and written by Aaron Sorkin, according to The Wrap.

The website reports that Australian star Blanchett will play the TV sweetheart in a movie that will focus on Ball’s twenty-year marriage to Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz from 1940 to 1960. The couple created and starred in the hugely successful sitcom ‘I Love Lucy’, the very first such show to be filmed in front of a live audience.

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett will be portraying '50s TV star Lucille Ball

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Cate Blanchett To Receive Fellowship From British Film Institute


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The UK’s leading film agency, the British Film Institute, is to honour Cate Blanchett with a BFI Fellowship at this year’s London Film Festival.

The award – which shouldn’t be confused with the similarly named award bestowed by the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) – is a lifetime achievement recognition, given by the BFI’s board of governors for “outstanding achievement in film and television”. Previous recipients include Mike Leigh, Ralph Fiennes, Al Pacino, Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter and Dame Judi Dench.

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett will be receiving the BFI Fellowship at the London Film Festival in October

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Cate Blanchett Grips Us Once Again With Lesbian Drama 'Carol' [Clips + Pictures]


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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 in 'Carol'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. 

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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

Date of birth

14th May, 1969

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.74


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Cate Blanchett Movies

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

Thor: Ragnarok Movie Review

The most riotously enjoyable Marvel movie yet, this action epic benefits hugely from the decision...

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

Thor: Ragnarok Trailer

With his friends and his hammer, Thor is virtually unbeatable by any creature in the...

Song To Song Trailer

Song To Song Trailer

The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two...

Truth Movie Review

Truth Movie Review

That generic title obscures a surprisingly complex exploration of the real-life events surrounding the fall...

Knight Of Cups Trailer

Knight Of Cups Trailer

Rick is one of the hottest screenwriters in Hollywood but after the death of his...

Carol Movie Review

Carol Movie Review

As in his gorgeous film Far From Heaven and TV series Mildred Pierce, filmmaker Todd...

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Truth Trailer

Truth Trailer

Mary Mapes is the producer of CBS' '60 Minutes' and, in the run up to...

Carol Trailer

Carol Trailer

Therese Belivet is just starting out in life, bored by her simple job in a...

Carol - Clips Trailer

Carol - Clips Trailer

It's 1952 and 20-something Therese Belivet is struggling to contend with her humdrum life working...

Cinderella Movie Review

Cinderella Movie Review

The thing that makes this Disney live-action remake so wonderful is the same thing that...

Cinderella - Extended Trailer

Cinderella - Extended Trailer

Cinderella is an uncommonly kind young woman, overcome with the loss of her dear father....

The Turning Trailer

The Turning Trailer

In 2005, Australian author Tim Winton collected a series of 17 short stories and published...

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