|Full Name||Natalie Portman|
|Birth Name||Natalie Hershlag|
|Other Name||Natalie Portman|
|Profession||Actress, Director & Producer|
|Father Name||Avner Hershlag|
|Father Profession||Israeli fertility specialist and gynecologist|
|Awards||Academy Award for Best Actress|
|Filmography||Thor: Love and Thunder,V for Vendetta|
|Date of Birth||June 9,1981|
|Height||5 ft. 3 inches (160 cm)|
Natalie Portman (born June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker—with dual American and Israeli citizenship—who is the first person born in the 80s to have won an Oscar for Best Actress. Her debut role as an actress was in the action film “Leon: The Professional” (1994), where she portrayed an orphan taken in by a contract killer. She gained international recognition with her starring role as Padme Amidala in Star Wars prequel trilogy which was released in 1999, 2002 and 2005.
Some of the other films in which she played notable roles are “Black Swan” (2010), Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) superhero film, “Thor” (2011) and its sequel, “Thor: The Dark World” (2013), “Jackie” (2016) and “Annihilation” (2018). With a career that has spanned more than two decades, she has won many awards.
Natalie Portman Bio: Age, Parents, Ethnicity, Early Life
Natalie Portman (with initial name as Natalie Herslag) was born on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She was born as the only child to Avner Herslag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist. Both of her parents are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. In 1984, Portman’s parents immigrated to the United States while she was only three and lived in Washington D.C. In 1990, her family eventually settled down in Syosset, Long Island, New York, where Natalie attended Syosset High School form where she graduated in 1999.
At 11, while she was at a local pizza parlor, a representative of Revlon cosmetics discovered and encouraged her to pursue a modelling career by becoming a child model for the company. However, young Portman found modelling to be mundane and declined the offer to focus on a career in acting. As her parents would not allow her work during school, she began working with the Usdan Theatre Arts Camp where she was gaining experience to play roles in local productions such as Dream Laurey in “Oklahoma” and Hermia in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
Natalie Portman Career And Achievements
At age 13, Natalie Portman made her big film debut in “Leon: The Professional” (1994), where she portrayed as an orphan protegee of a lonely hitman. For the concern of young Portman not to be involved in intimate scenes, her parents had to negotiate with Director Luc Besson to ensure that she is not involved in anything inappropriate for her age. This led to Natalie adopting Portman, her grandmother’s last name, to protect her privacy as a minor. She later took up supporting roles in a number of movies; in 1995, she portrayed Al Pacino’s troubled daughter in “Heat” and in 1996 she played as coming-of-age pre-teen in “Beautiful Girls” and in a musical directed by Woody Allen, “Everyone Says I Love You.” Also, in 1996, she starred in a sci-fi comedy, “Mars Attacks!” Subsequently, because of the involvement of intimate scenes, Portman rejected starring appearances in “Lolita.” Also, she turned down the portrayal of Juliet in Baz Luhrmann directed “Romeo and Juliet,” a film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s novel, due to the age gap between her(15) and actor Leonardo DiCaprio (22).
It was not until 1999 that Portman got international recognition when she was cast as elaborately costumed Queen Padme Amidala in eagerly anticipated George Lucas’ prequel, “Star Wars: Episode 1—The Phantom Menace.” Pulling in $431 million from across the globe, the film turned out a box office success. In the same year, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology and in the process, continuing her work as an actress. In the meantime, she cast opposite Susan Sarandon in “Anywhere but Here,” the film version of Mona Simpson’s novel. Thereafter, she played a more matured role in “Where the Heart Is” (2000). Portman reprised her role as Queen Amidala in the last two episodes of the Star Wars prequel trilogy; “Star Wars: Episode 2—Attack of Clones” (2002) and “Star Wars: Episode—Revenge of the Sith” (2005). In June, 2003, she completed her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
In 2004, she starred in romantic comedy, “Garden State” and in relationship drama, “Closer” for which he received a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and an Oscar nomination in the same category. In 2006, for her portrayal in dystopian fantasy, “V for Vendetta,” she won a Constellation Award for Best Female Performance and a Saturn Award for Best Actress. She subsequently starred in “My Blueberry Nights” (2007), “The Other Boleyn Girl” (2008), “Brothers” (2009) and directed and also appeared in parts of “New York, I Love You” (2009). Her portrayal of troubled ballerina in the thriller, “Black Swan” (2010), won her an Oscar for best actress. Thereafter she appeared in the action fantasies, “Thor” (2011) and its sequel “Thor: The Dark World” (2013), “Attached” (2011), “Your Highness” (2011), “Knight of Cups” (2015) and in vengeance tale “Jane Got a Gun” (2016).
Portman got Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her portrayal of First Lady in the biopic, “Jackie” (2016). In 2017, she starred in the movie, “Song to Song,” and the following year, she was cast in sci-fi thriller, “Annihilation” (2018) and in “Vox Lux”. Also, in 2018, she played a starring role in “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” and in sci-fi psychological drama, “Lucy in the Sky” (2019), which is a biopic; but both films failed to garner wide audience acceptance.
Is Natalie Portman Married To Husband?
In 2010, Portman met her husband Benjamin Millipied, a dancer and choreographer, while filming “Black Swan.” In the same year, the couple announced their engagement and gave birth to their first child, Aleph Portman-Millipied, on June 14, 2011. The couple eventually got married in August 2012 and their wedding ceremony had several high-profile celebrities in attendance. On February 22, 2017, Portman gave birth to their second child, a daughter named Amalia.
Natalie Portman Net Worth
As of July 2019, information has it that the Jerusalem-born 39-year-old actress has an estimated net worth of $60 million.
In 2013, Portman’s husband, Millipied announced that he will convert to Judaism.
In April 2018, in protest of Israeli government policies, Portman decided that she would not be accepting the Israeli Genesis Prize award.
Portman has served as the Ambassador of Hope with The Foundation for International Community Assistance, a non-governmental organization that provides small loans to women in developing countries so they can start their own businesses. She is also an animal rights advocate, having been a vegetarian since childhood and a vegan since 2009.