Natalie Portman

Portman at the 2019 [[San Diego Comic-Con]] Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag;) was her given Hebrew name. After she secured a part in her first feature film in 1994, she assumed her paternal grandmother's maiden name, "Portman", as her stage name.}} June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. Prolific in film since a teenager, she has starred in blockbusters and also played psychologically troubled women in independent films, for which she has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards.

Portman began her acting career at age 12 by starring as the young protégée of a hitman in the action drama film ''Léon: The Professional'' (1994). While in high school, she made her Broadway theatre debut in a 1998 production of ''The Diary of a Young Girl'' and gained international recognition for starring as Padmé Amidala in ''Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace'' (1999). From 1999 to 2003, Portman attended Harvard University for a bachelor's degree in psychology, while continuing to act in the ''Star Wars'' prequel trilogy (2002, 2005) and in The Public Theater's 2001 revival of Anton Chekhov's play ''The Seagull''. In 2004, Portman was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won a Golden Globe Award for playing a mysterious stripper in the romantic drama ''Closer''.

Portman's career progressed with her starring roles as Evey Hammond in ''V for Vendetta'' (2006), Anne Boleyn in ''The Other Boleyn Girl'' (2008), and a troubled ballerina in the psychological horror film ''Black Swan'' (2010), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in the romantic comedy ''No Strings Attached'' (2011) and featured as Jane Foster in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films ''Thor'' (2011), and ''Thor: The Dark World'' (2013), which established her among the best-paid actresses in the world. She has since portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic ''Jackie'' (2016), gaining her third Academy Award nomination, and a biologist in the science fiction film ''Annihilation'' (2018).

Portman's directorial ventures include the short film ''Eve'' (2008) and the biographical drama ''A Tale of Love and Darkness'' (2015). She is vocal about the politics of America and Israel, and is an advocate for animal rights and environmental causes. She is married to dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied, with whom she has two children. Provided by Wikipedia
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