Guest Author - Tammy Cordani
A Profile Of Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is one of Hollywood’s most sought after younger actresses. She was born on June 9th, 1981 in Israel and began acting at a young age. While balancing her acting career and education, Natalie was able to attend and graduate from Harvard. We take a look at the action movies this versatile actress has appeared in and other well known roles she’s portrayed.
She first appeared on the big screen as Mathilda, the twelve-year-old rough talking, strong willed girl who wants to become an assassin in the 1994 action/thriller The Professional, starring opposite Jean Reno. Natalie followed this by portraying the character Lauren Gustafson in the critically acclaimed “Heat” (1995) starring Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.
In 1996 Natalie appeared in the Tim Burton action/sci-fi/comedy “Mars Attacks!” as Taffy Dale, the daughter of President James Dale and First Lady Marsha Dale (played by Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close, respectively). From there she landed the coveted role of Padme Amidala in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999). She would reprise the role in “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” (2002), for which shee won a best actress Teen Choice award, and again in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” (2005). During this time she also appeared as Sara in the Civil War era film “Cold Mountain” (2003) starring opposite Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Renee Zellweger.
Natalie Portman notoriously shaved her head for the role of Evey in the action/drama “V for Vendetta” (2005). She won a Saturn award for best actress for the movie. Natalie makes an appearance in the adventure film “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007) starring Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson. She then stars opposite Dustin Hoffman and Jason Bateman in the fantasy/adventure “Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium” (2007) where she’ll portray the character Molly Mahoney.
Action films haven’t been the only movie genre Natalie Portman has appeared in. She has starred in such comedies as “Beautiful Girls” (1996) starring Uma Thurman and Matt Dillon, as Laura Dandridge in the romantic comedy “Everyone Says I Love You” (1996) with Drew Barrymore and Edward Norton, as Ann August in “Anywhere But Here” (1999) with Susan Sarandon and as a pregnant teenager in “Where the Heart Is” (2000) with Ashley Judd.
She received critical praise for her work in “Garden State” (2004) starring Zach Braff but it was her role as Alice in “Closer” (2004) that garnered the actress an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. Although she didn’t win the Oscar, Natalie did pick up a Golden Globe award for the role as well as a National Board of Review award for the movie’s ensemble cast which also included Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. Apart from comedies, Natalie has appeared in “Goya’s Ghosts” (2006) and “My Blueberry Nights” (2007). She next stars as the ill-fated Anne Boleyn in the historic drama “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2008) with Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson.
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