|Real Name: Natalie Portman|
|Birthday: June 9, 1981|
|Birth Place: Jerusalem|
Natalie Portman was born on June 9, 1981, in
Jerusalem, Israel. She left Israel at the
tender young age of four and moved with her family to
Maryland, Connecticut, and then to Long Island, New York where her
parents still live today.
Her role in "Beautiful Girls" received great reviews, and that same year she
starred in the Woody Allen star packed musical, "Everyone Says I Love You"
with Edward Norton, Drew
Barrymore, Goldie Hawn and Tim Roth. Natalie next appeared in the comedy "Mars Attacks!" where Earth is invaded by Martians with
irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor. "Mars Attacks!"
was another opportunity to play alongside a powerful celebrity cast
Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan,
Danny DeVito, Sarah
Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Jack
Applegate and Lukas Haas.
But the role that turned her into a celebrity was that of Queen Padme Amidala, in the first "Star
Wars" prequel. Her character, which started with 1999's
"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" with Samuel
L. Jackson and Keira
transformed Natalie Portman into an overnight success. In an interesting side note, she had
never seen the first Star Wars movies before being hired and cast
by George Lucas.
Natalie starred in several blockbusters in 2007 and 2008 including "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" with Dustin Hoffman and Jason Bateman, "My Blueberry Nights" featuring Jude Law and Norah Jones and "The Other Boleyn Girl" with Scarlett Johansson. Her next two films were the "The Darjeeling Limited" with an all-star cast including Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray and Anjelica Huston, and finishing out the year with "Hotel Chevalier" - a short prologue of one heartbreaking history of love and the prologue of the travels told in The Darjeeling Limited.
Natalie Portman was now a true Hollywood movie star and every producer wanted her in their movies.
Portman next appeared in the war drama "Brothers" (2008) with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire, about a young man who comforts his older brother's wife and children after he goes missing in Afghanistan. Based on Susanne Bier's film, "Brothers". Portman wrapped her year with the strange romantic comedy "New York, I Love You" with an all-star cast that included Shia Labeouf, Hayden Christensen, Kevin Bacon and Orlando Bloom, an anthology film joining several love stories set in one of the most loved cities of the world, New York.
In 2010 Portman took the starring role in Darren Aronofsky’s horror thriller “Black Swan” where a ballet dancer cast as the White Swan slowly loses her mind turning herself into a real world example of her nemesis the Black Swan. The following year she took the role of Jane Foster in the action thriller “Thor” working with Chris Hemsworth and Anthony Hopkins. The movie tells the story of the powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
In 2013 Portman appeared with Ryan Gosling, Cate Blanchett,
and Christian Bale in the movie “Lawless” where two intersecting love
triangles. Sexual obsession and betrayal set against the music scene in
Austin, Texas. Portman wrapped 2013 working again with Christian
Bale and Cate Blanchett in the drama “Knight of Cups” about a man who
is in search of love and truth.
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