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Real Name: Uma Karuna Thurman
Birthday: 04/29/1970
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts

 

Biography:

Uma Thurman moved to New York City at age seventeen to began her career as a model. She transitioned into acting in 1988 with the independent feature "Kiss Daddy Good Night", as a teen who lures men only to rob them. Uma received great reviews as the innocent victim of John Malkovich's seduction in "Dangerous Liaisons" (1998), starring Glenn Close and Michelle Pfeiffer, before her performance as the Goddess of Love in Terry Gilliam's "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" (1989), featuring Robin Williams.

Her role as June, the wife of Henry Miller in "Henry and June" (1990), showed her skill.  Thurman was then hired and cast as a blind woman under fire by a serial killer in "Jennifer 8" (1992), and played a maid to Robert De Niro and Bill Murray in the gangster romance "Mad Dog and Glory" (1993). Her next film was Gus Van Sant's "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues" featuring Keanu Reeves (1994), a variation of the Tom Robbins book. 

But the role that made her famous was as a drug addicted gangster's wife in Quentin Tarantino's applauded "Pulp Fiction" (1994), where after a romantic affair, her character overdoses and has to have a needle stuck in her chest. For her role,  Uma Thurman was awarded with a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination against the all-star cast that included not only John Travolta, but also Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and Christopher Walken.


Next was Ted Demme's drama "Beautiful Girls" (1996), in the role of an outcast visiting a small town, allowing her to work with some of her idols such as Lauren Holly, Rosie O'Donnell and Natalie Portman.  Thurman next accepted the role of a dumb blonde, helping her friend win a man in the comedy "The Truth About Cats and Dogs" (1996).  Uma wrapped her year as the evil 'Poison Ivy' to George Clooney's Dark Knight in "Batman & Robin" (1997). 

Her next role was as a submissive worker in an top-secret space project who is seduced by a co-worker in the thriller "Gattaca" (1997).  Uma followed with a great performance as Fantine, in the 1998 remake of "Les Miserables", before joining with Ralph Fiennes as Emma Peel in the movie version of the 1960's television series "The Avengers" (1998), next to Sean Connery.

Not long after her high profile separation from Ethan Hawke, Thurman returned to movies in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" opposite Daryl Hannah and Lucy Liu (2003) and again in "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004), adding Samuel L. Jackson to the original cast. She played the Bride, a nameless woman left for dead who wakes up from a coma to inflict revenge on her enemy. She also appeared opposite Ben Affleck in  the thriller "Paycheck" (2003).

Her next role was as a record executive who falls for John Travolta's Chili Palmer in "Be Cool", with Vince Vaughn and Anna Nicole Smith (2005).

Next Thurman worked with Meryl Streep in the romantic comedy "Prime" (2005), as a 37-year-old woman suffering from a divorce and working through relationship issues with her psychotherapist, energized by her affair with a much younger man who happens to be her therapist's son. 

The actress was next cast alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in "The Producers: The Movie Musical" (2005), as the teams secretary Ulla. She then joined Luke Wilson for "My Super Ex Girlfriend" (2006), in which Wilson learns his girlfriend is a super hero and breaks up with her when she becomes too controlling and phobic, forcing her to use her powers to take revenge by tormenting and embarrassing him.

Uma Thurman was a star - and Hollywood wanted more of her.

Thurman next starred with Evan Rachel Wood in the dramatic thriller "The Life Before Her Eyes" (2007), a story where a woman's survivor's guilt from a Columbine-like event twenty years ago causes her present-day life to fall apart. The actress then starred in the romantic comedy "The Accidental Husband" (2008), about when talk radio host Emma Lloyd advises one of her listeners to break up with her boyfriend, the jilted ex sets about getting his revenge. 


In 2008, Uma Thurman was cast in "My Zinc Bed" (2008), about a recovering alcoholic who becomes involved with his boss's wife, a former cocaine addict. Then it was back to comedy with the starring role in "Motherhood" (2009), with Minnie Driver, set in Manhattan, about a mother preparing for her daughter's sixth birthday party has no idea of the challenges she's about to face in order to pull off the event.

In 2010 Uma took the starring role in the romantic comedy “Ceremony” (2010) – about two friends who go off on a weekend outing and one thinks the trip is to re-establish their friendship, but the other has ulterior motives in mind as he crashes the wedding of a woman he still loves.

2012 turned out to be the breakout year for Uma Thurman with no less than eight TV and movie projects in the works.

First was a recurring role on the musical TV drama “Smash” (2012), where there is more drama behind the scenes than on stage as a team of actors and dancers prepare an ambitious Broadway musical on the life of Marilyn Monroe. Her next role was in the movie drama “Breakout” (2012) starring vampire master Robert Pattinson in a chronicle of a young man's rise to power in Paris by his manipulation of the city's most influential and wealthy women.

Also that year Uma took a supporting role in the comedy “Movie 43” (2012) – a movie with various individual comedy segments with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood such as ChloŽ Grace Moretz, Emma Stone, Gerard Butler, Kate Winslet, and Justin Long. Uma was then cast in the crime thriller “Savages” (2012) with Blake Lively, John Travolta, and Salma Hayek – about two pot growers who face off against the Mexican marijuana drug cartel who kidnapped the girlfriend they share.

Thurman then teamed with Hollywood hunk Gerard Butler again for the sport comedy “Playing The Field” (2012) – about a former professional athlete with a weak past who tries to redeem himself by coaching his son's soccer team only to find himself unable to resist the other teams gorgeous moms.


Thurman then took on the starring role in “Girl Soldier” (2012) – a movie that shows the sharp protest against the use of children in armed conflict and an authoritative account of how concerned parents, interfaith groups, and international politicians banded together in a struggle to rescue the girls and to mobilize a people, their country, and a global community.

Thurman wrapped her year by taking on another high profile leading role in the family movie “Eloise on Paris” (2012) based on the classic 1950's children's book by Kay Thompson about “Eloise”, who jets off to Paris for Fashion Week and along with one of Europe's top designers finds herself chasing after a stolen dress.

Who says Uma Thurman is not one of the hardest working celebrities in Hollywood!

 

 

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