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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.

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.

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.

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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Natalie Portman Not Returning For Thor: Ragnarok


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The Oscar-winning actress played Jane Foster, love interest of Chris Hemsworth's Asgardian god, in the previous two movies - 2011's Thor, and 2013's Thor 2: The Dark World.

But Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed on Friday (13May16) that Natalie would not appear in the next movie Thor: Ragnarok, which is due to be released in 2017.

"(There are) many reasons (she won't appear), many of which are in the film, so you will see that," Kevin told the Empire Film Podcast. "There are only a couple scenes on Earth in this movie. The majority, 95 per cent of the movie, takes place in the cosmos."

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Christian Bale's 'Vanity Destroyed' Filming Knight Of Cups


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The British actor stars in the abstract drama movie as washed up screenwriter Rick, who journeys back through the women of his life while questioning his purpose in the world. With no real script provided by Malick, the cast - including Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett - were forced to improvise during production, and the director's unique methods kept Christian grounded.

"Terry's a great destroyer of vanity," the handsome star told Little White Lies magazine. "You might do something where you'd normally think, 'Wow, man, I did a really good scene,' then you'd look up and the camera's looking over that way instead. You learn, 'Right, just do it for yourself and then if he does decide to turn the camera around, don't try to repeat what you did. Alright, so it might not be as great, or dramatic, or memorable but, just keep it truthful.' That was all that he ever looked for."

Due to the offbeat method of filming, there was no real start or end date to proceedings and the project took two years in post production to perfect. Christian admits he had a look of confusion on his face most of the time, but insists it helped with his character.

Continue reading: Christian Bale's 'Vanity Destroyed' Filming Knight Of Cups

Julianne Hough: 'I Could Be Bold And Bald'


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The 27-year-old star has switched up her tresses countless times over the years, most recently rocking a beachy-waved perm. Many women admire Julianne's confidence to change her style whenever she fancies it, but those close to her made sure she was warned about the dangers of the chemical treatment.

"I think that the only way to come up with new trends or new inspirations for new things is by taking risks," she told Allure. "If it's something that scares me, then it's something I have to do.

"When I wanted to get this perm, everyone was like, 'Your hair is literally going to fall out if you do this because it's blonde.' But then they came out with the Olaplex thing, and I was like, you know what, if it falls out, I'm going to do a whole V for Vendetta thing (referring to actress Natalie Portman's buzz cut), and it will grow back - who cares! I think taking risks with your hair says a lot about your personality. Stepping out of your comfort zone is really when you're going to grow."

Continue reading: Julianne Hough: 'I Could Be Bold And Bald'

Jane Got A Gun Review

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With its grindingly low-key tension and unusual perspectives, this Western has a chance to revamp the genre in intriguing ways. The first-rate cast adds plenty of depth to the usual roles, including a strong female point-of-view from Natalie Portman, who also produced the film. But some rather simplistic thematic touches undermine the originality, and the film never quite cracks through the surface to become something meaningful.

It's set in 1871 New Mexico, where Jane (Portman) lives on a hidden ranch with her outlaw husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) and their young daughter. But Bill's been badly injured, and the notorious scoundrel Bishop (Ewan McGregor) has vowed to track him down. For help Jane turns to her ex-fiance Dan (Joel Edgerton), an angry gunslinger who has never got over being abandoned by Jane all those years ago. He agrees to help her, and of course Bill isn't too happy about this, but he's too injured to protest. And Jane is so fiercely independent that she refuses to let her history with these two men define her future.

The premise is packed with all kinds of intriguing layers, but the script continually over-explains everything with a series of flashbacks to Jane's earlier encounters with Dan, Bishop, Bishop's hotheaded brother (Boyd Holbrook) and a particularly brutal desperado (Rodrigo Santoro). Not one of these people has even a hint of morality about them, which gives the actors a chance to inject a lot of complex texture into their performances. These are tough-minded men who never stop to think about the rule of law. And Portman's Jane is steelier than all of them, a woman who makes her own hard decisions in a place that doesn't let anyone off easily. Portman is terrific in the role, even if director Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) undermines her with his rather straightforward approach. Even so, her scenes with Edgerton and McGregor crackle with subtext.

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Natalie Portman: 'Sometimes Hollywood Upsets Me'


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The American actress has been lucky enough to find enormous success thanks to her roles in films like Closer and her Oscar-winning part in Black Swan. When she isn't busy working Natalie fills her time with her husband Benjamin Millepied and their son Aleph, four, as she knows how easy it is to become disillusioned in the City of Angels.

"I think Hollywood is many worlds," she told SF Weekly. "The (entertainment industry) is populated by both wonderful and less wonderful people. Depending on your environment, you can definitely feel discouraged or upset by the surroundings. Of course, you can have feelings of superficiality or emptiness or all of that, I think, and want to fill it with meaningless relationships...".

She shared these thoughts while talking about her upcoming feature Knight of Cups, in which she stars opposite Christian Bale as Rick, a successful screenwriter who's suffered the highs and lows of hedonism for too long. Natalie plays his married lover Elizabeth and approached the character as the most unique of all Rick's lovers, each with their own personalities and circumstances.

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Sia Recruits Natalie Portman For Tv Performance


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The Chandelier star made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and she recruited the host, his house band The Roots, and fellow guest Natalie for a special rendition of The Dixie Cups track Iko Iko.

Natalie, Jimmy, and the rest of the musicians wore Sia-style wigs, and played percussion as the singer performed the track.

During the show, Sia also performed Cheap Thrills from her latest album This is Acting, which features a number of rejected songs which the pop star wrote for other artists, including Beyonce, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, and Shakira.

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Jane Got A Gun Finally Premieres In Paris


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The Hollywood actress and her co-star Joel Edgerton had been due to unveil the Western in Paris on 16 November (16), but the premiere was called off after a series of devastating gun and bomb attacks in the French capital on 13 November (15).

The film's release in France was also axed along with the cast's promotional appearances.

However, Natalie returned to the city on Sunday to finally debut Jane Got a Gun, and she was joined on the red carpet by Joel, who recently declared he fought hard to make the movie despite a series of production problems.

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Corinne Foxx: 'Dad Gave Me Golden Globe Tips'


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The awards show saw the cream of the crop in Hollywood turn out to celebrate, with stars like Leonardo Dicaprio, Brie Larson and Matt Damon taking home gongs.

Corinne stunned on the red carpet in a sheer ball gown, with proud father Jamie by her side. When it came to advice for the evening, Oscar-winner Jamie simply told her to have fun.

"He always tells me to enjoy the moment," Corinne smiled to People magazine. "If we're at an event, my dad and I go on a hunt to get pictures with people. Hey, you may never see them again, so you might as well go for it!"

Continue reading: Corinne Foxx: 'Dad Gave Me Golden Globe Tips'

Jane Got A Gun Trailer


Jane Hammond has always been an independent woman, but living in the developing West is precarious even for her. After a treacherous few years and constant aggravation from a nasty gang called The Bishop Boys, Jane marries a man by the name of Bill 'Ham' Hammond and things settle down.

However, when Hamm returns home badly injured after running into The Bishop Boys, Jane decides there's no other option but to face her past and take on the Colin McCann and the rest of the infamous gang. Jane contacts the only person she knows who she thinks will be able to help her, her ex-fiance and gunslinger Dan Frost. Recruiting Frost and returning to the family home, the three await the arrival of the gang. One way or another score will be settled.

Jane Got A Gun will be released in the UK from Spring 2016.

Joel Edgerton: 'I Fought To Make Jane Got A Gun'


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The film, which also stars Natalie Portman, has been dogged by troubles since its inception, with actors including Michael Fassbender, Jude Law and Bradley Cooper dropping out and director Lynn Ramsay exiting on the eve of filming.

The release date was pushed back several times due to the drama, which included the studio behind the film filing for bankruptcy, and its unveiling was axed again earlier this month (Nov15) following the terror attacks in Paris, France.

Jane Got a Gun had been due to premiere in the French capital on 16 November (15), just three days after a wave of violence in the city claimed more than 130 lives, but the red carpet event and the film's subsequent release were ditched in the aftermath of the attacks.

Continue reading: Joel Edgerton: 'I Fought To Make Jane Got A Gun'

68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - De Grisogono Party At Hotel De Cap - Arrivals

Natalie Portman - 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - De Grisogono Party at Hotel De Cap - Arrivals at Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, France - Wednesday 20th May 2015

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68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Natalie Portman - A variety of stars were photographed at the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival as they attended the De Grisogono Party at the Hotel De Cap in Cannes, France - Tuesday 19th May 2015

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Natalie Portman and Guest
Natalie Portman and Guest
Natalie Portman and Guest

68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Natalie Portman - 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'A Tale Of Love And Darkness' - Photocall at Cannes Film Festival - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 17th May 2015

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68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - Opening Ceremony

Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millipied - A host of movie stars were snapped on the red carpet as they attended the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony in Cannes, France - Wednesday 13th May 2015

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68th Annual Cannes Film Festival - Opening Ceremony & La Tete Haute - Premiere

Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman - A host of movie stars were snapped on the red carpet as they attended the 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony in Cannes, France - Wednesday 13th May 2015

Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman
Benjamin Millepied and Natalie Portman
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Natalie Portman

Date of birth

9th June, 1981

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.60


Natalie Portman Movies

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

Jane Got a Gun Movie Review

With its grindingly low-key tension and unusual perspectives, this Western has a chance to revamp...

Knight Of Cups Trailer

Knight Of Cups Trailer

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

Jane Got A Gun Trailer

Jane Got A Gun Trailer

Jane Hammond has always been an independent woman, but living in the developing West is...

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Trailer

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Trailer

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. A trade dispute on the...

Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Trailer

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Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones Trailer

Star Wars: Attack Of The Clones Trailer

Discontent is spreading across the galaxy. A separatist movement, led by the fallen Jedi Count...

Star Wars: The Digital Collection Trailer

Star Wars: The Digital Collection Trailer

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. The majestic order of honourable,...

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Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

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Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston talk about the upcoming 'Thor: The Dark World' in a...

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Marvel's Thunder God, Thor returns in the latest superhero blockbuster, Thor: The Dark World (sequel...

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Thor: The Dark World Trailer

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