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.'
The music scene of Austin, Texas becomes tainted by lust and illict desires as two aspiring songwriters named Faye (Rooney Mara) and BV (Ryan Gosling) become entwined in two overlapping love triangles with a major player in the music business named Cook (Michael Fassbender) - who encourages them to take their music careers further - and a charming waitress (Natalie Portman). As much as their lives are about making it in the industry and becoming world renowned successes, their lives get more complicated by disloyalty, temptation and infatuation with each other, pushing all of them ultimately further away. Can love last when betrayal lies at every corner?
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Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history, this film centres on just a few days in her life to offer some telling insights not only into the woman in question but also the culture of celebrity and the nature of political legacies. Yes, it's a complex, provocative film, artfully directed by Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (Neruda) and anchored by a riveting performance from Natalie Portman.
The story is set in the aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, as Jackie (Portman) retreats to her seaside home in Massachusetts to make plans for her future. She is visited by a journalist (Billy Crudup), who asks her about her experience in the days after her husband (Caspar Phillipson) was shot while sitting next to her in the back of a car. During these days, she has been faced with some big questions. Who is she arranging the funeral for? Herself? Her children? The American public? The future generations who will remember her husband? The only people she can confide in are her brother-in-law Bobby (Peter Sarsgaard), her assistant Nancy (Greta Gerwig) and a straight-talking priest (John Hurt). Her husband may have been a relentless philanderer, but Jackie is consumed by grief and unsure where her life will go now.
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The actress revealed she was paid three times less than the actor in their 2011 film
Natalie Portman has recently come out to highlight the gender pay gap she experienced when she co-starred alongside Ashton Kutcher in the 2011 film No Strings Attached when she revealed she was paid three times less than her male co-actor.
Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher starred together in No Strings Attached
Now Kutcher, 38, has come out in support of Portman for speaking out about the discrepancy.
The actress was paid three times less than Ashton Kutcher.
Natalie Portman might be one of Hollywood's biggest stars, but even she's been victim of sexism in her 23 year career. The 'Jackie' star has revealed that her co-star on 'No Strings Attached', Ashton Kutcher, was paid a lot more than her for the same job.
Natalie Portman wasn't paid as much as Ashton Kutcher
The actress revealed the news in an interview recently, but admitted that while it is true she was paid less, it's not something she feels comfortable complaining about when the figure was still a lot higher than most people's. Plus, given how much Ashton was paid in the past, he was in some way worth a lot more at the time.
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Movie reviewer Rich Cline lists his top films of 2016
While several franchise films took a tumble this year, there were plenty of great movies that showed true originality, from big blockbusters and foreign award-winners to micro-indies and inventive docs...
10. Rogue One - The first spin-off Star Wars story is refreshingly grown-up, unafraid to take some very bold plot turns as it generates big thrills from its war-movie action and intricate characters.
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Natalie Portman isn't the typical Hollywood star.
Born in Israel and raised in New York, she is a Harvard-educated Oscar winner whose career ranges from action (Leon) to science-fiction (Star Wars) to arthouse (Closer) to comic book adventures (Thor). And now there's talk of a second Oscar for her title performance in Jackie, which traces the events of the week following John F Kennedy's assassination through the eyes of the iconic First Lady.
Chilean director Pablo Larrain says he only ever considered Portman to play Jackie. "She was an incredibly mysterious person, and I think Natalie has that in her eyes," he says. "That's why I wanted so many close-ups!"
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Christmas overlaps with Hanukkah this year.
Natalie Portman is 'so excited' to buy her very first Christmas tree this winter, having spent her entire life without one. She grew up in a Jewish household, so Christmas celebrations never really factored in her life because she had Hanukkah to enjoy instead.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied are getting a Christmas tree
The Israeli-born actress has always secretly wanted a Christmas tree and she's now finally got an excuse to have one because her husband Benjamin Millepied's parents are joining them at their home for the holidays. Plus, her own parents have given the idea the thumbs up which makes it all the more special.
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The objectivity of the movie explores another angle of this heart-breaking story.
Natalie Portman has opened up about playing Jacqueline Kennedy for Pablo Larraín's upcoming biopic drama 'Jackie', which explores the life of this popular First Lady in the weeks and months following the tragic assassination of her husband President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
Natalie Portman stars in 'Jackie'
It's one of the most memorable events in American history; a well-liked young President shot dead while riding a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, leaving behind a First Lady who had cemented herself as more than just a style icon and a social butterfly, but as a symbol of grace and decency. But as much as she was apotheosized by the American people, she remained by and large an ordinary woman whose life was changed forever by an extreme grief that affected the nation.
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The actress plays Jacqueline Kennedy in the new biographical drama.
Natalie Portman stars as Jacqueline Kennedy in the dramatic forthcoming biopic 'Jackie', which follows the former First Lady in her time at the White House and the events that occurred in her life after the assassination of her beloved husband President John F. Kennedy.
Natalie Portman stars as Jackie Kennedy
Directed by the award-winning Pablo Larraín ('No', 'The Club') with a screenplay written by Noah Oppenheim ('Allegiant', 'The Maze Runner'), the film explores the life of Jackie Kennedy; a woman who was internationally adored for her grace, style and above all for her humanity.
Jacqueline Bouvier was always a highly independent woman, even when she was a debutant; she made a lasting impression on most who she met. Jackie always aspired to be a journalist and in 1947 she was offered a prestigious junior editor position at Vogue magazine, though she decided not to take the position in the end. Having travelled to various countries and lived in Paris for a short time, Jackie was an incredibly worldly lady and it's not so much of a surprise that she caught the attention of many men.
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline met through social groups and they were both attracted to one another for many reasons and had similar life experiences. John was a rising star of politics and after his election to the Senate, he proposed to his love. Her answer didn't come as quickly as Kennedy might've hoped as she was assigned by the Washington Times-Herald to cover the coronation of Queen Elizabeth in the UK; ever the professional Jackie completed her assignment before taking Kennedy up on his offer. In 1953 the couple were married at one of the social events of the century. Though Kennedy was dedicated to his work, the deep love between the two was evident to all and Jackie was a constant support for her husband who eventually became president in November 1960.
Jackie's style, elegance and grace made her a much loved First Lady but more than that, she was dedicated to President Kennedy's vision and shared his burden.
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