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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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Song To Song Trailer


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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Pregnant Natalie Portman shows off her baby bump while out hiking with her mother and her dog - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 15th February 2017

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Natalie Portman at the 89th Oscars Nominees Luncheon 2017 held in the Grand Ballroom at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 6th February 2017

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Natalie Portman arrives at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) 2017 held at The Shrine Auditorium Media Complex - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 29th January 2017

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Natalie Portman seen alone and with Jennifer Grey and Jane Fonda at the Women's March in L.A, held at Downtown Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 21st January 2017

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Jackie Review

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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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Natalie Portman goes for a hike with a friend - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 13th January 2017

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Ashton Kutcher Is So Proud Of Natalie Portman For Speaking Out About Gender Pay Gap


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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 KutcherNatalie 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.

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Natalie Portman Was Paid A LOT Less Than Ashton Kutcher


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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.

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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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10 Best Films Of 2016


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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...

Felicity Jones and Diego Luna in Rogue One

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 Loved The Complex Layers Of Jackie


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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.

Natalie Portman in character as Jackie Kennedy

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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Natalie Portman Is Excited To Buy Her Very First Christmas Tree


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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 MillepiedNatalie 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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Natalie Portman Explains What Drew Her To 'Jackie'


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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.

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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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Natalie Portman Every Bit As Elegant As A Real First Lady In 'Jackie' Trailer


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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.

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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. 

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Jackie Trailer


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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Natalie Portman

Date of birth

9th June, 1981

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

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Natalie Portman Movies

Song To Song Trailer

Song To Song Trailer

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

Jackie Movie Review

Jackie Movie Review

Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history,...

Jackie Trailer

Jackie Trailer

Jacqueline Bouvier was always a highly independent woman, even when she was a debutant; she...

A Tale Of Love And Darkness Trailer

A Tale Of Love And Darkness Trailer

For Natalie Portman's foray into directing, she's decided to turn Amos Oz's autobiographic book A...

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...

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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

Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Trailer

After five long years, the Clone Wars are still raging across the galaxy. Count Dooku...

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,...

Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

Thor: The Dark World Movie Review

Marvel can't help itself: these movies have to get bigger and crazier. And this one...

Thor: The Dark World Trailer

Thor: The Dark World Trailer

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

Thor: The Dark World Trailer

Thor: The Dark World Trailer

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

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