Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman (born Natalie Hershlag, 9.6.1981)

Natalie Portman is an Israeli - American actress, who first came into the public eye with her role as a child actress in Léon.

Natalie Portman: Childhood

Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem. Avner Hershlag, her Israeli father, is a doctor and her American mother, Shelley Stevens, is now Natalie's agent.

When Natalie was three years old, the family moved to the United States, from Israel and her father continued his medical training there. Whilst the family resided in Washington, D.C., Natalie attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. However, the family relocated briefly to Connecticut and then settles in Long Island, New York when their daughter was nine.

Natalie Portman famously missed the premiere showing of Star Wars: Episode I in order to study for her exams, to graduate from Syosset High School. She later studied at Harvard College and graduated with a psychology degree.

Natalie Portman: Acting Career

Natalie Portman took up dance classes aged four years old. When she was 10, she was invited to become a child model, by an agent of Revlon. However, Natalie turned down the offer because she wanted to concentrate on dancing and acting.

At the age of 13, Natalie Portman auditioned for the role of the young girl in Léon and got the role, starring in the film alongside Jean Reno and Gary Oldman.

Amongst her smaller roles of the 1990s, Natalie Portman appeared in Everyone Says I Love You, Mars Attacks! and Heat. The producers of William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet turned her down for the role of Juliet, arguing that she was too young.

Portman starred as Anne Frank in the Broadway production of The Diary of Anne Frank in 1997. In 1999, she also appeared in Anywhere But Here. She initially turned down the offer of the role, as the script contained a sex scene for her character Ann August. However, Susan Sarandon demanded a re-write of the script. Portman was eventually nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in the film.

Natalie Portman's biggest break came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, the first in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Following on from this, she starred in the romantic drama Where The Heart Is, before continuing her education at Harvard University. The filming of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones took place in Portman's summer holiday in 2000. The next year, she starred alongside Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a New York City Public Theatre production of Chekhov's The Seagull.

In 2004, Natalie Portman featured in Garden State, opposite Zach Braff, who is famous for his role in the sitcom Scrubs. She also appeared in another independent film, Closer, which won her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, as well as an Oscar nomination for the same title.

The final installment of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005. Natalie Portman attended the premieres for the film with a shaved head. She had had to shave her hair off for her role in the adaptation of Alan Moore's V for Vendetta.

In 2005, Milos Forman cast Natalie Portman in Goya's Ghosts without having seen her work, on the basis that she looked like a Goya painting. The next year, she portrayed Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl, alongside Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson.

In 2007, Natalie Portman could be seen in the children's movie Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, opposite Robin Williams.

Natalie Portman lent her voice to the character of Darcy, Bart Simpson's first girlfriend, in the 18th series of The Simpsons.

Portman's first nude scene came when she starred in Wes Anderson's Hotel Chevalier, alongside Jason Schwartzman.

Natalie Portman: Personal Life

Natalie Portman has been romantically linked with a number of male actors, including Jake Gyllenhaal, Gael Garcia Bernal and the musician Adam Levine. She also started dating Devendra Banhart after appearing in the video for 'Carmencita.'


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manhobravo alberto

When I saw her in the Professional I preview that she was going to be what she is today, a promising actress with a future in Hollywood, I never would go so far to get in love with her, but as I found that she is not only sex and for Ask men #9 and going to be more than that, now she is reaching #8 and above that, so because men don't want to see only a pretty face, with an actractive body but she is a very intelligent woman, and an actress that conduct herself with outrespect, measure the consequences of her of her acts, and she is a believer, and very difficult to mix in a corrupt or scandals using drugs or anything that put her like other actress. When I found that, then I was trap in her actraction and I was lost in my love for her. I am not a young man but I can not say or deny my love for her. Alberto

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The people don't know you, that why they said that you were to the dark side, you and me, have been in the dark side and now we belong to the light, that is why they don't understand you and me, you are to precious to be in the dark side, and you are an angel the one that help me to change, and thats why they do not understand us. YOu are for me the only love that I had in my soul, and you will always be there, like it or not. When I saw your face and when I knew what other atractive ingredients that you have I could not resist you and started to love you, and I will never cease to do that. I love you more that me, and I will never forget you, Alberto.

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Please advise Natalie,I have finished a movie screen play.The Scenario is great for International and domestic viewers. It is high budget production.I wish to be able to contact her in person and give her the synopsis and Scenario to read to see if she likes to play the star role.In this scenario she has the first caracter role.Like Sofia Lauren in Fall of roman Empire. but, in todays events.I am sure she would love to here about it. Please give my phone and e-mail to her so she can contact me. I will e-mail her the total script for her to read.Thank you,Gity Montakhabe-mail= gity.monty@gmail.comTel- 310- 470-6079G

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I received and email from Delilah, and I email her about Nat and how much I love her about 6 or 7 times in these 3 years that I started loving her, she never answer me or dedicate her a song, one day she a Jane were joking about dating George Cloony and what I have of paranoid I thought they indirectly were joking about me and Nat Portman, any way I deserve that because she is almost imposible that my love for her will be recognize, and one day she could love me, is almost imposible because they are problems of ages, money she is rich and I am not, the only thing that I have more between those that pretend her, is that my love for her is come from my heart and I don't really know what purpose they have, but in my life I never surronder or that my goals was imposible, and I would loose hope when I see her married with another man, then I would recognize my failure of loving a woman that for me was almost perfect. Alberto.

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