Natalie Portman


Born: 9 June 1981
Birthplace: Jerusalem
Best known as: The Oscar-winning star of Black Swan

Name at birth: Natalie Hershlag

Natalie Portman is the busy actress who won the best actress Oscar as a maybe-crazy ballerina in the 2010 film Black Swan. Natalie Portman first made her mark in coming-of-age roles in the mid-1990s, playing smart-but-vulnerable doe-eyed kids in The Professional (1994) and Beautiful Girls (1996) and appearing in Heat (1995, with Al Pacino) and Mars Attacks (1996, with Jack Nicholson). Her talent landed her in Woody Allen's movie Everyone Says I Love You (1996), and on Broadway she starred as Anne Frank in a 1997 revival of The Diary of Anne Frank. She then had a very high-profile role as Queen Amidala in the George Lucas film Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) and its sequels. Also in 1999, Portman began undergraduate studies at Harvard University; she graduated in 2003. Her other films include the Star Wars sequels Attack of the Clones (2002) and Revenge of the Sith (2005), the Zach Braff feature Garden State (2004), the adult drama Closer (2004, with Clive Owen), V for Vendetta (2005, based on the comic book by Alan Moore), Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007, starring Dustin Hoffman), and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008, with Portman as Queen Anne Boleyn). She was 29 when she won her first Oscar in Darren Aronofsky's psychodrama Black Swan.

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Natalie Portman took her screen name of Portman from her grandmother’s maiden name… She announced in December of 2010 that she was pregnant and engaged to be married to the baby’s father, ballet dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied; he was her choreographer on Black Swan. She gave birth to a baby boy, named Aleph Portman-Millepied, in June of 2011. Portman and Millepied were married in California on 4 August 2012.

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