Natalie Portman Biography |
  • Natalie Portman Biography

    Born: September 06, 1981 in , Jerusalem, Israel

    NATALIE PORTMAN received her second Academy Award® nomination and first Best Actress win for her performance in Darren Aronofsky’s critically-acclaimed film, “Black Swan.” For her role, Portman also received a Golden Globe®, BAFTA Award, Screen Actors Guild Award® and Independent Spirit Award.

    On screen, Portman has starred in over 30 films. She made her debut in Luc Besson’s 1994 film, “Léon: The Professional,” and went on to star in “Heat,” “Beautiful Girls,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Mars Attacks!,” “Anywhere But Here” (Golden Globe® nomination), “Where the Heart Is,” “Cold Mountain,” “Garden State,” “Closer” (Academy Award® nomination and Golden Globe® Award), “Free Zone,” “V for Vendetta,” “Paris, je t’aime,” “Goya’s Ghosts,” “My Blueberry Nights,” “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “New York, I Love You,” “The Other Woman,” “Brothers,” “No Strings Attached,” “Your Highness,” “Thor” and “Hesher.” Additionally, she starred in George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace,” “Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.” The prequels to the wildly popular “Star Wars” trilogy of the ’70s and ’80s rank among the top-grossing films ever produced worldwide. Portman will next be seen in Terrence Malick’s next two films (“Knight of Cups” and “Untitled Terrence Malick Project”) and in “Jane Got a Gun,” a film she also produced.

    On stage, Portman starred in Mike Nichols’ Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival production of “The Seagull” opposite Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Philip Seymour Hoffman as well as in James Lapine’s Broadway production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

    Behind the lens, Portman has taken turns writing, directing and producing. Her credits include the short film “Eve,” which she wrote and directed, telling the story of a young woman who ends up on her grandmother’s date. The film debuted at the 2008 Venice Film Festival and stars Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara and Olivia Thirlby. She also wrote and directed a short film for “New York, I Love You” about a day in the life of a father and daughter in Central Park. The film showcases filmmakers who each directed a vignette illustrating the universal theme of love within the five boroughs of New York City.

    Portman is currently developing film projects through her production company, handsomecharlie films. The company is focused on finding intelligent, accessible films across varied genres, as well as female-driven comedies. Upcoming projects include the New York Times best-selling novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” with Panorama as well as the documentary “Eating Animals,” based on the book by Jonathan Safran Foer.

    Portman became the first Ambassador of Hope for FINCA, an international village banking microfinance program providing small loans and savings programs to the world’s poorest families so they may create their own jobs, raise household incomes, and improve their standard of living, thereby reducing poverty worldwide. As the Ambassador of Hope, Portman has proved to be a globally aware and dedicated individual who supports the work of FINCA through her advocacy and visits to FINCA International programs in countries such as Guatemala, Ecuador and Uganda. She has also met with high-level United States members of Congress to lobby for support of international microfinance funding.

    As an Ambassador of Free The Children, Portman lends her time to the organization that empowers youth to remove barriers that prevent them from being active local and global citizens. The charity works on international projects, including the Adopt a Village model, which brings over 650 schools and school rooms to youth and provides clean water, health care and sanitation to one million people around the world, freeing children and their families from the cycle of poverty.

    A Harvard graduate with a degree in psychology, Portman has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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