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Natalie Portman is an acclaimed and award winning actress, producer and director

InformationDetail
BirthdayJune 9, 1981
NationalityIsraeli, American
FamousProducer, Jewish Actresses, Vegans, Harvard University, Film & Theater Personalities, Actresses, Directors, ISTJ
SpousesBenjamin Millepied
Known asNeta-Lee Hershlag
Universities
  • Harvard University
  • Syosset High School
  • Harvard University
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Notable Alumnis
  • Harvard University
Birth PlaceJerusalem
Born CountryIsrael
ReligionJewish
Height160cm
GenderFemale
FatherAvner Hershlag
MotherShelley
Net Worth$60 million
Sun SignGemini
Born inJerusalem
Famous asActress, Producer, Director

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Who is Natalie Portman?

Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actress, Natalie Portman has proved to be one of the most versatile and talented actresses in the entertainment industry. This Israeli born, American actress has appeared in some of the most successful and critically acclaimed films. She gained recognition after she starred in the ‘Star Wars’ series of films. With a degree in psychology from Harvard, Natalie Portman along with her acting career, served as a guest lecturer in Columbia University on terrorism and counter-terrorism. She has also pursued graduate courses at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is well versed in Arabic, German, Japanese and French. She served as the youngest member of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival jury. Named one of the ‘50 Most Beautiful People’ by People’s Magazine, Portman is known for her trademark brown eyes, sweet voice and petite figure. Some of her well known films include, ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’, ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones’, ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’, ‘V for Vendetta’, ‘Black Swan’ and ‘No Strings Attached’.

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Childhood & Early Life

Natalie Portman was born on June 9, 1981 as Natalie Hershlag in Jerusalem, Israel to Avner Hershlag, Israeli fertility specialist and gynaecologist and Shelley Stevens, a homemaker.

In 1984, when she was three, her parents immigrated to the United States from Israel. Her father came as a medical trainee and they stayed in Washington, D.C. They later moved to Connecticut and then Jericho, New York.

She attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Washington, D.C. and later the Solomon Schechter Day School in Glen Cove, New York. In 1999, she graduated from the Syosset High School in Syosset, Long Island.

Since she turned four, she started learning dance and performed in various local troops. She also attended many theatre camps during her childhood days.

She attended the American Theatre Dance Workshop in New Hyde Park, New York, where she trained in ballet and modern dance. She also went to the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights.

While she was working as an actress, she attended Harvard College, from where she graduated in 2003 with an A.B. degree in psychology. Following year, she attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for graduate courses.

In March 2006, she served as a guest lecturer on terrorism and counterterrorism at Columbia University. She has co-authored two research papers and is proficient in Arabic, German, Japanese and French.

Career

On November, 18, 1994, she made her film debut with ‘Léon: The Professional’, a thriller directed by Luc Besson. After she signed the film, in order to protect her family identity, she took her grandmother’s maiden name ‘Portman’.

In 1995, she played ‘Lauren Gustafson’ in the Michael Mann crime film, ‘Heat’. The film was a commercial success and also earned good reviews from critics.

In 1996, she appeared as ‘Marty’ in the film, ‘Beautiful Girls’. The same year, she was seen in the Woody Allen film ‘Everyone Says I Love You’ and the film, ‘Mars Attacks!’ directed by Tim Burton .

In 1997, she played the role of ‘Anne Frank’ in the stage paly, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, which was an adaptation of the book of the same name. The play opened at the Music Box Theatre, Manhattan.

In May 1999, she starred in the epic space opera film titled, ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’. The film was a massive commercial success but received mixed reviews from the critics.

In November 1999, she starred in the American comedy film, ‘Anywhere but Here’, which was directed by Wayne Wang. The film was based on a novel of the same name.

In 2000, she played the role of ‘Novalee Nation’, a seventeen year old pregnant girl, who is abandoned by her boyfriend in the film, ‘Where the Heart Is’. The film was the directorial debut of Matt Williams.

In 2001, she played ‘Nina’ in the play, ‘The Seagull’, which opened at Central Park as a part of the New York Shakespeare Festival. The play also starred Meryl Streep.

In 2002, she reprised her role in the sequel of the ‘Star Wars’ movie, ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones’. Film critics reviewed the film positively.

In 2003, she played herself on the ‘Oscar Needs a Change of Scenery’ episode of the American children’s TV series, ‘Sesame Street’. The same year, she appeared in the hit film, ‘Cold Mountain’.

In 2004, she starred in the comedy drama film, ‘Garden State’ and that year she also played the role of ‘Alice Ayres’ in the film, ‘Closer’. The very same year, she played herself on the TV series, ‘Sesame Street’.

In 2005, she starred in the film, ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ and the film, ‘Free Zone’. The following year, she hosted an episode of show ‘Saturday Night Live’ and narrated the documentary film, ‘The Armenian Genocide’.

In 2006, she starred in the Spanish American film, ‘Goya’s Ghosts’ opposite Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgård. That year she also starred in ‘V for Vendetta’ and ‘Paris, je t’aime’.

In 2007, she starred in the comedy film, ‘The Darjeeling Limited’, the Wong Kar-wai film ‘My Blueberry Nights’ and other films such as ‘Hotel Chevalier’ and ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’.

In 2007, she played a voice role in the ‘Little Big Girl’ episode of the animated sitcom, ‘The Simpsons’. The following year, she played, ‘Anne Boleyn’ in the drama film, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’.

In 2008, she made her directorial debut with the short film titled, ‘Eve’. The film premiered at the 65th Venice International Film Festival, which was held in Venice, Italy.

In 2009, she appeared in the anthology series of short films, ‘New York, I Love You’, in which she also directed a segment. That year, she was seen in the films, ‘The Other Woman’ and ‘Brothers’.

In 2010, she delivered an Academy Award winning performance in the Darren Aronofsky film, ‘Black Swan’. That year she was seen in the film, ‘Hesher’, in which she was also a producer.

In 2011, she starred in the romantic comedy film, ‘No Strings Attached’, played the role of ‘Isabel’ in the film ‘Your Highness’ and also appeared in the film, ‘Thor’. The next year, she played a voice role in the ‘Moonshine River’ episode of the animated sitcom, ‘The Simpsons’.

She appeared in the American superhero film ‘Thor, The Dark World’ in 2013.

Major Works

‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ was one of the highest grossing Star Wars films, which earned $924.3 million worldwide during its initial run. In 2012, a 3D version of the film was released, which made it the ‘14th-highest-grossing film of all time’.

She starred in ‘Black Swan’ which was a box office success and critically acclaimed flick. The film won awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, Chicago Film Critics Association, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and San Diego Film Critics Society.

Awards & Achievements

In 2005, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture’ for ‘Closer’.

In 2011, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama’ for ‘Black Swan’.

In 2011, she received the Academy Award for the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role’ for ‘Black Swan’.

Personal Life & Legacy

She was romantically involved with Devendra Banhart, an American folk singer. Their relationship ended in 2008.

She is an advocate for animal rights, does not wear fur and turned a vegan. However, she discontinued her vegan diet during her pregnancy as she craved for eggs and cheese. She resumed the diet after delivery.

She is the Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International, which encourages women entrepreneurs in developing countries by providing financial aid. She has worked on various anti-poverty causes.

She supports the Democratic Party and in 2004, she supported Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry.

In 2008, she supported Senator Hillary Clinton. She later supported Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.

On August 4, 2012, she married her boyfriend, ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied, whom she began dating while shooting for ‘Black Swan’. He was the choreographer for the film. They have a child together.

Trivia

This Golden Globe and Academy Award winning actress would often cry off-stage during the Broadway play, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, in which she played ‘Anne’. She cried because she had personal connections with the events in the diary and lost her grandparents in the holocaust.

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Natalie Portman awards

YearNameAward

Academy Awards(Oscars)

2011Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleBlack Swan (2010)

Golden Globe Awards

2011Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaBlack Swan (2010)
2005Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureCloser (2004)

BAFTA Awards

2011Best Leading ActressBlack Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman biography timelines

  • // 9th Jun 1981
    Natalie Portman was born on June 9, 1981 as Natalie Hershlag in Jerusalem, Israel to Avner Hershlag, Israeli fertility specialist and gynaecologist and Shelley Stevens, a homemaker.
  • // 1984
    In 1984, when she was three, her parents immigrated to the United States from Israel. Her father came as a medical trainee and they stayed in Washington, D.C. They later moved to Connecticut and then Jericho, New York.
  • // 1994
    On November, 18, 1994, she made her film debut with ‘Léon: The Professional’, a thriller directed by Luc Besson. After she signed the film, in order to protect her family identity, she took her grandmother’s maiden name ‘Portman’.
  • // 1995
    In 1995, she played ‘Lauren Gustafson’ in the Michael Mann crime film, ‘Heat’. The film was a commercial success and also earned good reviews from critics.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, she appeared as ‘Marty’ in the film, ‘Beautiful Girls’. The same year, she was seen in the Woody Allen film ‘Everyone Says I Love You’ and the film, ‘Mars Attacks!’ directed by Tim Burton .
  • // 1997
    In 1997, she played the role of ‘Anne Frank’ in the stage paly, ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’, which was an adaptation of the book of the same name. The play opened at the Music Box Theatre, Manhattan.
  • // 1999
    She attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Washington, D.C. and later the Solomon Schechter Day School in Glen Cove, New York. In 1999, she graduated from the Syosset High School in Syosset, Long Island.
  • // May 1999
    In May 1999, she starred in the epic space opera film titled, ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’. The film was a massive commercial success but received mixed reviews from the critics.
  • // Nov 1999
    In November 1999, she starred in the American comedy film, ‘Anywhere but Here’, which was directed by Wayne Wang. The film was based on a novel of the same name.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, she played the role of ‘Novalee Nation’, a seventeen year old pregnant girl, who is abandoned by her boyfriend in the film, ‘Where the Heart Is’. The film was the directorial debut of Matt Williams.
  • // 2001
    In 2001, she played ‘Nina’ in the play, ‘The Seagull’, which opened at Central Park as a part of the New York Shakespeare Festival. The play also starred Meryl Streep.
  • // 2002
    In 2002, she reprised her role in the sequel of the ‘Star Wars’ movie, ‘Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones’. Film critics reviewed the film positively.
  • // 2003
    While she was working as an actress, she attended Harvard College, from where she graduated in 2003 with an A.B. degree in psychology. Following year, she attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for graduate courses.
  • // 2003
    In 2003, she played herself on the ‘Oscar Needs a Change of Scenery’ episode of the American children’s TV series, ‘Sesame Street’. The same year, she appeared in the hit film, ‘Cold Mountain’.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, she starred in the comedy drama film, ‘Garden State’ and that year she also played the role of ‘Alice Ayres’ in the film, ‘Closer’. The very same year, she played herself on the TV series, ‘Sesame Street’.
  • // 2004
    She supports the Democratic Party and in 2004, she supported Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, she starred in the film, ‘Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith’ and the film, ‘Free Zone’. The following year, she hosted an episode of show ‘Saturday Night Live’ and narrated the documentary film, ‘The Armenian Genocide’.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture’ for ‘Closer’.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, she starred in the Spanish American film, ‘Goya’s Ghosts’ opposite Javier Bardem and Stellan Skarsgård. That year she also starred in ‘V for Vendetta’ and ‘Paris, je t’aime’.
  • // Mar 2006
    In March 2006, she served as a guest lecturer on terrorism and counterterrorism at Columbia University. She has co-authored two research papers and is proficient in Arabic, German, Japanese and French.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, she starred in the comedy film, ‘The Darjeeling Limited’, the Wong Kar-wai film ‘My Blueberry Nights’ and other films such as ‘Hotel Chevalier’ and ‘Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’.
  • // 2007
    In 2007, she played a voice role in the ‘Little Big Girl’ episode of the animated sitcom, ‘The Simpsons’. The following year, she played, ‘Anne Boleyn’ in the drama film, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she made her directorial debut with the short film titled, ‘Eve’. The film premiered at the 65th Venice International Film Festival, which was held in Venice, Italy.
  • // 2008
    She was romantically involved with Devendra Banhart, an American folk singer. Their relationship ended in 2008.
  • // 2008
    In 2008, she supported Senator Hillary Clinton. She later supported Senator Barack Obama of Illinois.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, she appeared in the anthology series of short films, ‘New York, I Love You’, in which she also directed a segment. That year, she was seen in the films, ‘The Other Woman’ and ‘Brothers’.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, she delivered an Academy Award winning performance in the Darren Aronofsky film, ‘Black Swan’. That year she was seen in the film, ‘Hesher’, in which she was also a producer.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, she starred in the romantic comedy film, ‘No Strings Attached’, played the role of ‘Isabel’ in the film ‘Your Highness’ and also appeared in the film, ‘Thor’. The next year, she played a voice role in the ‘Moonshine River’ episode of the animated sitcom, ‘The Simpsons’.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, she received the Golden Globe for the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama’ for ‘Black Swan’.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, she received the Academy Award for the category of ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role’ for ‘Black Swan’.
  • // 2012
    ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace’ was one of the highest grossing Star Wars films, which earned $924.3 million worldwide during its initial run. In 2012, a 3D version of the film was released, which made it the ‘14th-highest-grossing film of all time’.
  • // 4th Aug 2012
    On August 4, 2012, she married her boyfriend, ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied, whom she began dating while shooting for ‘Black Swan’. He was the choreographer for the film. They have a child together.
  • // 2013
    She appeared in the American superhero film ‘Thor, The Dark World’ in 2013.

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Natalie Portman's FAQ

  • What is Natalie Portman birthday?

    Natalie Portman was born at 1981-06-09

  • Where is Natalie Portman's birth place?

    Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem

  • What is Natalie Portman nationalities?

    Natalie Portman's nationalities is Israeli,American

  • Who is Natalie Portman spouses?

    Natalie Portman's spouses is Benjamin Millepied

  • What was Natalie Portman universities?

    Natalie Portman studied at Harvard University, Syosset High School, Harvard University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

  • What was Natalie Portman notable alumnis?

    Natalie Portman's notable alumnis is Harvard University

  • What is Natalie Portman's religion?

    Natalie Portman's religion is Jewish

  • How tall is Natalie Portman?

    Natalie Portman's height is 160

  • Who is Natalie Portman's father?

    Natalie Portman's father is Avner Hershlag

  • Who is Natalie Portman's mother?

    Natalie Portman's mother is Shelley

  • What is Natalie Portman's sun sign?

    Natalie Portman is Gemini

  • How famous is Natalie Portman?

    Natalie Portman is famouse as Actress, Producer, Director