Natalie Portman biography 2022

Actress Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman biography

Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel, on June 9, 1981.

The daughter of an infertility specialist and an artist, Natalie, left Israel at age 3. She moved with her family to Maryland, Connecticut, and Long Island, New York, where she still lives.

Discovered by a modeling scout at a pizzeria in New York at the age of 11, Natalie was unmotivated for modeling and wanted to find a more fulfilling job. Although she had no initial desire to become an actress, Natalie developed an interest in acting after attending the Stagedoor Manor Performing Camp for three summers.

Natalie Portman's first acting experiences came from her summers at Stagedoor Manor, where she was cast in theater productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cabaret, was the title character in Anne of Green Gables, and appeared in Tapestry.

Natalie's film career started with her role in the 1994 film, The Professional (aka Léon) as an assassin's protégé.

The following year, she appeared in the crime drama Heat alongside Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. In the 1996 film Beautiful Girls, she was noticed stealing the screen from Uma Thurman.

Natalie Portman's role in Beautiful Girls garnered Natalie rave reviews, and the same year she could be seen in Woody Allen's musical, Everyone Says I Love You and Mars Attacks.

Role of Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet; due to the age difference between her and Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie turned down the supporting role in The Horse Whisperer, choosing instead to star as Anne Frank in the Broadway production of The Dairy of Anne Frank.

But the role that made Natalie more than a Broadway and film actress is the role of Queen Padmé Amidala in the first Star Wars prequel. Her three-film contract, which started with 1999's Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, has turned her into a historical film character. Natalie had never seen the original three Star Wars films before she was cast by George Lucas.

Natalie graduated from Syosset High School the same summer the prequel was released.

Since her role in Phantom Menace, Natalie has starred alongside Susan Sarandon in Anywhere But Here and starred alongside Ashley Judd in the film adaptation of Where the Heart Is. Trilingual (Natalie Portman is fluent in Hebrew, English, and Japanese) and with shared ambitions to become a doctor, Natalie is currently studying psychology at Harvard University.

Often referred to as the new Audrey Hepburn, Natalie certainly has a bright career ahead of her... if she decides to stay an actress, that is. But having Star Wars Episode II - Attack of the Clones and the untitled Star Wars Episode III aren't the wrong places to start.

last updated October 2022

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