Kate Winslet

     
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Real Name: Kate Winslet
Birthday: 10/05/1975 

   

Biography And Filmography:

Kate Winslet made a remarkable film debut as Juliet Hulme, a smart young teenager who helps murder her best girlfriend's mother in "Heavenly Creatures" (1994). Winslet started studying drama at the tender age of twelve, and began her career almost instantly when she was cast as a spokesperson for a breakfast food company on British television. Stage and theater roles followed, including the female leads in the musical version of "Adrian Mole.” 

Kate Winslet made her feature television appearance in the television drama "Shrinks" (1990), and then played a princess in Disney's "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" (1995). After receiving great reviews, Winslet was hired and cast in her Oscar nominated role as the spirited Marianne Dashwood in "Sense and Sensibility" (1995). Kate continued to appear in period projects with "Jude" (1996), adapted from "Jude the Obscure" by Thomas Hardy. The film featured her as Sue, the title character's cousin whose irregular nature creates problems. Later that year, she was cast as Ophelia to Kenneth Branagh's "Hamlet,” in the actor-director's all-star feature version of the Shakespeare classic.


Winslet then took an American accent as a Philadelphia socialite who finds love with a lower-class artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) in James Cameron's magnificent smash hit "Titanic" (1997). More than just a movie, "Titanic" became a runaway smash hit - earning more than $650 million world wide at the box office and winning 14 Oscar nominations, including one for Best Actress. Kate's onscreen charm with Leo had a universal attraction and the young actress found herself on magazine covers and feed for the tabloids.

Rather than become limited to Hollywood blockbusters, Winslet accepted roles in two smaller films - "Hideous Kinky" (1999) cast her as the mother of two young daughters who packs up and moves to Marrakech seeking knowledge from a Sufi while "Holy Smoke" (1999) saw her play a cult member whose family hires a deprogrammer to save her. 

In 2000, Kate Winslet portrayed a laundry girl in the asylum of Charenton, who schemes with the locked up Marquis de Sade to help smuggle out his writings in "Quills.” Once again, Kate showed her amazing gifts for playing smart and sexy characters. In "Enigma" (2001), the WWII spy movie in which she co-starred as a mathematician working on breaking the German secret code. 

"Iris" (2001), in which she played the young embodiment of the British philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch was next, although she shared the role with Judi Dench, who played Murdoch in her Alzheimer's period. Her work won the actress a third career Academy Award nomination, this time as Best Supporting Actress. 

Winslet next appeared as Elizabeth "Bitesy" Bloom, a busy reporter investigating the case of a death row inmate in "The Life of David Gale" (2003) with Kevin Spacey. Kate was praised for her performance, but it could not overcome the bad vibes caused by the film's weak story and the overt anti-death penalty message.

Kate Winslet humbly refused to fit it to the normal Hollywood standard for extreme thinness, and her fan base loved her for it, not only was she happy with her look, Kate openly displayed it in many films and spoke honestly about resisting Hollywood's physical expectations. A small media storm started in 2003 when a dangerously thin Winslet appeared on the cover of GQ magazine. It appeared that the actress had her picture digitally altered  to show her as skinny, but she blamed the dispute on herself for being so outspoken on the issue of weight. 

In 2004, Winslet took a role in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" with Jim Carrey and Kirsten Dunst, where she played Clementine, the ex-girlfriend whose break-up with her boyfriend (Jim Carrey) encouraged him to undergo a procedure to erase all trace of her from his memory. Again utilizing a perfect American accent, she gave a great performance in one of her best films to date, though it was not a major box office winner. She won nominations by the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globes, and the Academy Awards. 

In "Finding Neverland" (2004), Winslet was outstanding, playing Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, the widowed mother of four young boys who, along with her sons, becomes the inspiration for "Peter Pan" author J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) and whose life takes a disastrous turn. Though she received no major award nominations for the role, Kate did serve as the one stable emotional player to Johnny Depp’s role.

Returning to independent roles, as well as motherhood and domestic life with husband, director Sam Mendes, Winslet costarred in the musical “Romance and Cigarettes” (2005) with Susan Sarandon, playing a sexy lingerie sales clerk who starts a passionate affair with a married ironworker played by James Gandolfini. 

In 2006, her career was relatively quiet, appearing in Steven Zaillian’s of “All the King’s Men” (2006) with Jude Law, then voicing Rita, a rat living in an enormous sewer pipe city stumbled upon by a spoiled pet mouse Roddy (Hugh Jackman), in the animated comedy “Flushed Away” (2006). Winslet then starred as a single mom who becomes involved in an affair with an unhappy married man in “Little Children” (2006).

But the world had seen her talent and Kate Winslet was a movie star.

Winslet was then hired and cast in the romantic comedy, “The Holiday” (2006) with Jude Law and Jack Black, portraying an Englishwoman rejected by love who switches houses for the Christmas holiday with a separated American woman (Cameron Diaz) in Los Angeles, as both find the last thing either wanted - another romance. 

Her role in “Little Children” earned her several award nominations, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, and another for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role – Theatrical Motion Pictures at the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. She earned another Academy Award nomination, joining Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep in the Best Actress category.


After a vacation, Winslet reappeared in the dramatic "Revolutionary Road" (2008) starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, in the story about a young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s who struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates. 

Next, Kate was cast in the starring role alongside Ralph Fiennes in the romantic drama "The Reader" (2008), set in postwar Germany, the story about a young man’s decades-long obsession with an older woman who runs headlong into a war crimes trial, where he learns an awful truth.

Winslet wrapped her year with the animated comedy film "Gnomeo and Juliet" (2009), a version of Shakespeare's play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes.

 

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