Uma Thurman (born 29.4.1970)
Uma Thurman is an American actress, perhaps best known for her work under the direction of Quentin Tarantino.
Uma Thurman: Childhood
Uma Thurman was born to Nena Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrugge and Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman. Her mother was married to the LSD guru Timothy Leary (to whom she was introduced by Salvador Dali) before marrying Thurman. Uma's father was the first westerner to be ordained as a Tibetan Buddhist monk. During her childhood, the Thurmans spent time in Almora, in India and the Dalai Lama would often visit them.
Uma's childhood saw her growing up mainly in Amherst, Massachusetts and Woodstock, New York. Her acting talents were noticed when she played Abigail in a performance of the Crucible. She moved to New York, attending the Professional Children's School, but dropped out before completing the course.
Uma Thurman: Acting Career
Uma Thurman's film debut came in 1988, when she appeared in Johnny Be Good and Kiss Daddy Goodnight. She then went on to appear in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, playing Venus, opposite Oliver Reed's Vulcan.
Thurman's breakthrough performance came with 1988's Dangerous Liasons. The film also starred Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer, who were both nominated for Oscars for their work in the film. John Malkovich, also in the film, was vocal in his praise of her talents.
1990 saw Uma Thurman star in Henry & June, a sexually controversial film, which also starred Fred Ward. Her first starring role came three years later when she took the lead in Gus Van Sant's adaptation of Tom Robbins' Even Cowgirls Get the Blues. Unfortunately, the film was a commercial and critical let-down. She also appeared in Mad Dog and Glory, opposite Robert De Niro, which also failed to do well at the box office.
Thurman's career soon got back on track when she auditioned for a part in Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino. The film also starred John Travolta, Samuel L Jackson, Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth. Uma Thurman was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.
In 1996, Thurman starred in the romantic comedy The Truth About Cats and Dogs, opposite Janeane Garofolo. She then played Ethan Hawke's love interest in Gattaca, which was not a huge success at the cinema but became popular as a rental choice. She then went on to play Poison Ivy in Batman & Robin, opposite George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Uma Thurman's next role was in The Avengers, which turned out to be another low point in her career. She ended 1998 with a performance in Les Miserables, the film version of the Victor Hugo novel. She played the role of Fantine, opposite Geoffrey Rush and Liam Neeson.
After a five-year break from major film roles, Uma Thurman made a return in Paycheck, directed by John Woo. The film was only a moderate success but she soon followed this with a performance in Kill Bill, another Tarantino film in which she took a starring role. Other actors in the film include Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah and David Carradine.
In 2005, Thurman starred in Be Cool with John Travolta and Prime with Meryl Streep. Her last film of that year was The Producers, a remake of a 1968 film starring Gene Wilder and Zer Mostel. The modern version starred Matthew Broderick and Will Ferrell.
Thurman then starred in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, along with Luke Wilson. Uma Thurman was reportedly paid $14 million for her role in the film, but it did not perform as well as expected at the box office. She then starred in The Accidental Husband in February 2008. This was followed by a role portraying a cocaine addict in My Zinc Bed, opposite Jonathan Pryce and Paddy Considine.
Uma Thurman: Personal Life
Uma Thurman married Gary Oldman in 1990 but they were only married for two years.
Thurman was also previously married to Ethan Hawke, with whom she has two children, Maya Ray Thurman-Hawke (b. 1998) and Levon Roan Thurman-Hawke (b. 2002). Thurman and Hawke divorced in 2004.
Uma is now engaged to a Franco-Swiss financier, Arpad Busson.
There's a flurry of eager bustling as Lady GaGa steps out of the Mark Hotel in New York to board a luxury coach that will take her to the 2015 Met Gala, where this year's theme was China: Through The Looking Glass. Gaga looked particularly eccentric as usual, in a wide-sleeved, mesh-patterned robe complete with super high platform boots.
So Uma Thurman looks a little different, do we really need to go on about it?
Uma Thurman returned to the red carpet on Monday night to promote her new NBC miniseries 'The Slap'. But you’d be forgiven for not knowing the name of her series, as most commentators seemed to forget about the show entirely and instead focus on the actress’ changing appearance.
Uma Thurman at 'The Slap' NYC premiere
Yes Uma looked a little different on Monday, we saw it too, but what really wasn’t necessary was the wave of insults directed at the Kill Bill star after her red carpet appearance. Following Monday’s event Thurman trended on twitter and was the subject of headlines such as ‘What happened to Uma Thurman’s face?’ and ‘Who-ma is that, Thurman looks different’.
The 16 year old certainly takes after her famous mother.
Uma Thurman certainly brought a head turning date to the New York premiere of The Theory Of Everything, her stunning sixteen year old daughter Maya Thurman-Hawke.
Thurman and her 16 year old daughter Maya Credit: Getty / Larry Busacca
Of course a daughter looking like her mother is hardly unusual, but we just couldn't help but be struck by the uncanny resemblance between these two. Seriously, looking at Maya we feel as if we travelled back in time to Uma’s Dangerous Liaisons days.
Stars hit the red carpet for the New York premiere of Get on Up, while Bradley Cooper and Uma Thurman film on the streets of London. And the first trailers arrive for Kevin Smith's Tusk, Mockingjay Part 1, The Hobbit Part 3 and the Mad Max reboot...
The stars came out for the New York premiere this week of Get on Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as Godfather of Soul James Brown. He was joined on the red carpet by costars Dan Aykroyd and Tika Sumpter, as well as soul singer Bobby Byrd and rock icon Mick Jagger. The film opens this weekend in the US and next month in America.
It's looking rosy for fans of QT next year
Quentin Tarantino star shows no sign of relenting. The ridiculous (it’s the best and only word to describe him) director has hinted that ‘Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair’ could be on its way, while a new poster for his upcoming movie, The Hateful Eight has been revealed.
Quentin Tarantino has a laugh with Jerry Lewis
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is a longer cut of Q.T’s two-part revenge/martial arts epic, and the extended version is reported to include a 30 minute anime sequence. Film Divider were first with the new poster for the director’s troubled Hateful Eight picture. They released a picture of next week’s Empire magazine, which features a trailer being drawn by six horses leaving a trail of blood behind them. With that out in 2015 and the possibility of a super-extended Kill Bill volume, it might be the year for fans of the cult director.
Let's forget the controversy for a minute. In Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino has managed to assemble another top draw soundtrack; established names like Ennio Morricone are including, as past and present soul and R&B stars like James Brown and Rick Ross, right up to modern contemporaries like John Legend - even Tupac makes an appearance. But how does it compare with some of the great sound tracks that the director has been known for over the past three decades; in fact, what are the best songs to appear in Tarantino films? We've had a bit of a think and have put together ten songs that we don't think any self-respecting fan of the man could leave out.
Tito And Tarantula ‘After Dark’ (from From Dusk Till Dawn)
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Samuel Jackson joined Graham Norton on Friday (13th June) to discuss his charity work in the UK. Much to Norton and the audience's delight Jackson recited his famous speech from 'Pulp Fiction'.
Samuel Jackson knows the words of the gospel, or at least Ezekiel 25:17. The actor appeared on The Graham Norton Show on Friday night (13th June) and recited his famous speech from Pulp Fiction perfectly.
Samuel L Jackson played hit man Jules Winnfield in the cult classic.
Norton was joined by Jackson and actress Keira Knightley on the show. Jackson is currently in the UK promoting awareness for male cancer in the charity campaign One For The Boys. The campaign is intended to encourage men to discuss their health and get tested. In an interview with the Telegraph, Jackson explained he became interested in the charity after a friend of his British publicist, Sofia Davis, died of cancer.
QT had quite a time at Cannes 2014 - here's what we learned about him, his projects and cinema in general
Since winning the Palm D’Or 20 years ago at Cannes, Quentin Tarantino’s brand of filmmaking has become synonymous with cult cinema. Controversy and brilliance has followed him from Pulp Fiction to Reservoir Dogs, from The Grindhouse films to Django Unchained.
Quentin Tarantino and his Pulp Fiction star Uma Thurman at Cannes 2014
Cannes 2014 saw the Pulp Fiction gang get back together again as a special screening of the film marked two decades since it was awarded the Springtime film festival’s highest honour. QT has never been shy with the press, often polarizing with a concoction of arrogance, bloody-mindedness and – more often than not – a level of knowhow transcended by very few.
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Quentin Tarantino has once again mourned the loss of traditional filming techniques and declared digital projection "the death of cinema". The 'Reservoir Dogs' director spoke on Saturday (24th May) whilst hosting a special event at the Cannes Film Festival.
Quentin Tarantino has spoken out again about the changes and development in cinema since his youth. Digital Vs. traditional technology continues to be a hot topic amongst film makers with numerous high profile names arguing for either side of the debate.
Quentin Tarantino hosted a special film screening in Cannes on Saturday.
The Pulp Fiction director was at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (24th May) in order to host a special screening of the 1964 classic A Fistful of Dollars. He introduced the film with a stark reminder of the dangers of digital and the loss of film making techniques.
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Tarantino has lost hope
It seems like when you reach the top of your selected field, it’s only right for you to declare that field dead. Nas did it with hip hop and now Quentin Tarantino has said it about film. "As far as I'm concerned, digital projection and DCPs is the death of cinema as I know it," said the outspoken director ahead of a special screening of his iconic cult classic, ‘Pulp Fiction’.
Quentin Tarantino grooves away on the Cannes 2014 red carpet
“The fact that most films now are not presented in 35 mm means that the war is lost. Digital projections, that's just television in public. And apparently the whole world is OK with television in public, but what I knew as cinema is dead,” asserted Tarantino, who has featured heavily in the news lately surrounding the Hateful Eight leak debacle and subsequent lawsuits.
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