Cate Blanchett

     
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Real Name: Catherine Elise Blanchett
Birthday: 05/14/1969
Birth Place: Melbourne, Australia

 

Cate Blanchett Biography:

Cate Blanchett is a great actress who began her career at a young age. She became a brilliant artist who gained worldwide fame with her Oscar nominated role as a young Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth” (1998). Before taking that role, she found herself thrown in the limelight with just her third feature, "Oscar and Lucinda" (1997), starring next to Ralph Fiennes. As the determined female heiress whose fondness for betting attracts her to a clergyman with the same desires, she delivered a star performance that gained the attention of the film industries most well-regarded directors.  

Born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia, Cate Blanchett grew up in suburban Ivanhoe near the Yarra River. Her mother, June, a native Australian, was a school teacher and her father, Robert, a Texas native Navy officer who moved to Australia when his ship broke down, put himself through night school and had a successful career in advertising. 

But when Cate was only ten, her father died from a heart attack. He was just 40 years old. In the meantime, she developed an interest in movies and films and staging performances for her friends and family. Originally an art history and economics major, she received her first real desire for acting after appearing in Kris Hemensley’s “European Features.” 

Cate Blanchett made her movie introduction in the flick "Parklands" (1996), and was then hired for her first feature role as one of the females imprisoned in a Japanese camp in the WWII  adventure drama "Paradise Road" (1997) where she starred with Glenn Close. She gained more fame, and the Australian Film Institute Best Supporting Actress Award,  for her role in the dark comedy "Thank God He Met Lizzie" (1997). Her growing star celebrity standing was cemented when she received the leading role of the Tudor monarch in the biopic "Elizabeth.” Holding her own in an ensemble cast that included Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes and Christopher Eccleston, in the role of the young woman who grows into the royalty of her office, and it earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

Blanchett next showed her comic side, complete with New Jersey accent as the wife of air traffic controller John Cusack in "Pushing Tin" (1999) starring with Hollywood idols Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie. Later that year, Blanchett was back in Oliver Parker's edition of Oscar Wilde's "An Ideal Husband;” then as Meredith, a character created for the movie "The Talented Mr. Ripley," a 1950's period drama about a smooth American (Matt Damon) who plots to kill a playboy (Jude Law) in order to take his identity. Also appearing in the film was Gwyneth Paltrow who played the role of Marge Sherwood.


Cate Blanchett next showed her abilities playing a Southern widow with psychic powers in the gothic adventure thriller "The Gift" (2000) working with another cast including Keanu Reeves, Katie Holmes and Hilary Swank. Immediately following was a role as a gold digging Russian chorus girl in "The Man Who Cried" (2001) with Johnny Depp. The former was co-written by her "Pushing Tin" co-star Billy Bob Thornton, who based her role on his own mother. She stayed busy, teaming again  with Thornton in the comedy "Bandits", starring next to Bruce Willis,  followed by a role as Kevin Spacey's ex-wife in "The Shipping News” and then with a small part in the production of "Charlotte Gray" (2001). 

Blanchett then had an important role as the Elf Queen Galadriel in the epic adventure "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy: "The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001) where she worked with Orlando Bloom and Liv Tyler, "The Two Towers" (2002) and "The Return of the King" (2003). 

Cate received lots of attention for her role as the Irish columnist whose life is at risk by criminal thugs when she pursues her mafia investigation too far in "Veronica Geurin" (2003) with buddy Colin Farrell. In 2004, she was nominated as Best Supporting Actress at the Independent Spirit Awards for her two part role as "herself" and a resentful family member in Jim Jarmousch's, "Coffee & Cigarettes.” Blanchett took on two very different roles in 2004. First, she played a pregnant female member of the press trapped in an bad romantic triangle between an underwater explorer and his son (Owen Wilson) in Wes Anderson's comedy "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou"  

Next she took on the personality and New England stride of Hollywood super star celebrity  Katharine Hepburn, one of Howard Hughes' more serious love interests in director Martin Scorsese's block buster, "The Aviator", with an all-star cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Beckinsale, Gwen Stefani and Jude Law. She was applauded for her role and earned an award for Best Supporting Actress at the Academy Awards. 

Blanchett next starred in “Babel” (2006), starring with Brad Pitt, an intense and tragic look at upheaval, anxiety and the difficulties of love. Filmed on different continents, Asia, Africa and North America, “Babel” told three different stories held together by a single act of violence. She played an American tourist traveling with her husband in Morocco when a stray bullet from a rifle crashes through their bus window, seriously wounding her and setting off a series of events. 

Cate next starred in “The Good German” (2006), playing the ex-lover of a United States Army war correspondent, George Clooney, in post-war Berlin who is trying to run away from the war’s outcome playing next to Tobey Maguire in the role of Tully. She next co-starred in “Notes on a Scandal” (2006), portraying an gorgeous art teacher at a London high school involved in an unlawful love affair with a fifteen year old boy whose secret is safeguarded by the school’s history teacher played by Judi Dench, a role that earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture. 

In 2007, Blanchett came back to a more normal role with “The Golden Age,” Shekhar Kapur’s sequel to “Elizabeth” that centered on the Queen’s bond with Sir Walter Raleigh. Even more inspiring, Cate played singer and songwriter prodigy Bob Dylan in the distinctive film recounting Dylan's life - "I'm Not There." So amazing was her role as a man, that she won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, and an Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role at the Academy Awards. 


Her next string of films were blockbusters. Starting out with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008) with Harrison Ford and Shia Labeouf, where famed archaeologist and adventurer Dr. Henry "Indiana Jones" is called back into action when he becomes entangled in a Soviet plot to uncover the secret behind mysterious artifacts known as the Crystal Skulls.

Next was "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) with Brad Pitt, and tells the story of Benjamin Button, a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences. She then lent her voice to the animated fantasy "The Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009) with George Clooney, about angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family.

Cate Blanchett was then cast and hired for the comedy "The Dangerous Husband" (2009), and the Western adventure film "North of Cheyenne" (2009), and wrapped the year with the comedy romance "As Bees in Honey Drown" (2009).

The year 2010 started great for Cate as she picked up a role as Marion next to Russell Crowe’s Robin in “Robin Hood” (2010) – set in 13th century England, the movie tells the story of Robin and his band of marauders who confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. The actress wrapped her year in the mystery “Hanna” (2010) about a 16-year-old who was raised by her father to be the perfect assassin and is dispatched on a mission across Europe and tracked by a ruthless intelligence agent.

But the dream job for Cate came in 2012 with the role of Galadriel in Peter Jackson’s version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012) – the continuing story of Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, who journeys to the Lonely Mountain and accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug. The films were to show the next phase of the story after the successful “Lord of the Rings” movies.

“The Hobbit” was a dream job for Blanchett partially because the job description came with an automatic sequel to be filmed at the same time. That project titled “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” (2013) picks up again after Thorin and Company have reached Lake-town and it is time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, played by Elijah Wood, to fulfill his contract with the dwarves.

Following on the heels of “The Hobbit” was a supporting role alongside Natalie Portman and Christian Bale in the dramatic “Knight of Cups” (2013) – the story of a man in search of love and truth.

Blanchett then teamed again with Natalie Portman and Christian Bale along with Ryan Gosling for the musical dram movie “Lawless” (2013) where two intersecting love triangles and a sexual obsession and betrayal are set against the music scene in Austin, Texas.

 

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