Natalie Portman is an Israeli American actress and filmmaker. Prolific in film since a teenager, she is an Oscar winning actress.
She is best known for her role in films such as ‘Black Swan,’ ‘Jackie,’ ‘Thor’ and the ‘Star Wars’ franchise.
While continuing her career, Portman earned a degree in psychology from Harvard University.
- Full name: Natalie “Hershlag” Portman
- Born: 9 June 1981, Jerusalem, Israel
- Height: 1.6 m
- Spouse: Benjamin Millepied (m. 2012)
- Children: Amalia Millepied, Aleph Portman-Millepied
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About Natalie Portman
Natalie was born on 9 June 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie’s agent.
While she was a very young, her parents moved to the United States. They first lived in Washington D.C., and then settled in Long Island, New York, where Natalie attended Syosset High School.
While at a local pizza parlour, Natalie was seen by a representative of Revlon cosmetics, who encouraged the 11-year-old to pursue a modelling career.
However, Portman found modelling mundane and decided to direct her efforts toward acting. Shortly after, she began working with the Usdan Theatre Arts Camp, where she appeared in a number of local productions.
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.