Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem, Israel on June 9, 1981. She is a daughter of Avner Hershlag and Shelley Stevens. Her father is an Israeli medical doctor specializing in the research and treatment of human fertility and reproduction. And her mother is a Jewish American housewife.
At the age of three Natalie's family left Israel and moved to her mother's native United States. At U.S her father had done his medical training. The family relocated in Washington D. C. in 1984 and then Connecticut in 1988. Finally the family settled in Syosset, New York in 1990.
She was offered for modeling by a modeling scout at a New York pizza parlor at the age of 11. But she wants to become an actress and attended the Stage door Manor Performing Camp for three summers. Firstly she was casted in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cabaret, Anne of Green Gables (in the title role), and Tapestry.
From 1984 her film career started with the film The Professional. After that she appeared in the crime drama Heat and was noticed in the 1996 film beautiful Girls. The role in Beautiful Girls garnered rave reviews for Natalie and after that she was acted in Everyone Says I Love You, as well as Mars Attacks!.
Her next projects were Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Garden State (2004), and True (2004). In 2004, she wowed audiences in Closer, co-starring Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen.
Some fun facts about Natalie Portman.
Favorite Subjects: Math, Biology, Science, Politics, Languages, Psychology
Hobbies: reading, Dancing (ballet, jazz, tap), writing, ice-skating (which she picked up during the filming of Beautiful Girls), modeling, and of course, acting.
Habits: Eyebrow-tweezing, collecting purses and small bags, does Lily Tomlin impressions, generally considers herself as a bit of an obsessive-compulsive.
Favorite City: Paris
Addictions: Chocolate, Jolly Ranchers Candies
Eating Habits: Strict vegetarian, but does it eggs and drinks at least one glass of skim milk daily.
Favorite Foods: Pizza, chocolate, tea, ice cream, skim milk
Favorite Song: Ben by Michael Jackson
Favorite Country: Israel
Favorite Movies: Dirty Dancing, Schindler's List, Amelie, Y Tu Mama Tambien
Favorite Actors: Ben Kingsley, Brad Pitt, John Turturro, Patrick Swayze.
Favorite Actresses: Julia Roberts, Susan Sarandon, Jennifer Grey.
Favorite TV Shows: Friends, Ellen, Dawson's Creek, Jerry Springer
Favorite Books: The Diary of Anne Frank, Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
Favorite Sports: Track and field, plays football with her friends, does not show any particular interest in professional sports.
Natalie Portman's filmography as Actress
Year Movie Name Director Role
Mr Magorium's Wonder Emporium 2006 Zach Helm Mahoney
Goya's Ghosts 2006 Milos Forman Alicia/Ines
V For Vendetta 2005 James McTeigue Evey Hammond
Free Zone 2005 Amos Gitai Rebecca
Closer 2004 Mike Nichols Alice/Jane
Star Wars: Episode 3 2003 George Lucas Padme
Garden State 2003 Zach Braff Samantha
Cold Mountain 2002 Anthony Minghella Sara
True - part of "Paris, je t'aime" 2002 Tom Tykwer Francine
Domino One (Student film) 2002 Nick Louvel Dominique
Zoolander (Cameo) 2000 Ben Stiller Natalie Portman
Star Wars: Episode 2 2000 George Lucas Amidala
Where the heart is 1999 Matt Williams Novalee Nation
Anywhere but here 1998 Wayne Wang Ann August
Star Wars: Episode 1 1997 George Lucas Amidala/Padme
Everyone says I Love You 1996 Woody Allen Laura Dandridge
Mars Attacks! 1995 Tim Burton Taffy Dale
Heat 1995 Michael Mann Lauren Gustafson
Beautiful Girls 1995 Ted Demme Marty
Developing (Student short-film) 1994 Marya Cohn Nina
Leon (The Professional) 1993 Luc Besson Mathilda
Natalie Portman - Quotes
After seeing Apollo 13, what I really want to be is an astronaut. I'm dying to go to space camp next summer!
Awards are so unnecessary, because I think we get so much out of our work just by doing it. The work is a reward in itself.
Breast implants gross me out. I don't think they're attractive at all.
Cute is when your personality shines through your looks. Like, when you see someone's personality in the way they walk and you just feel like hugging them every time you see them.
Going to a party, for me, is as much a learning experience as, you know, sitting in a lecture.
I am not someone who sacrifice all for the cinema, my life will be always more important.
I can sleep a whole day. If no one woke me up, I would sleep for 24 hours. I think it's a combination of my age and my appreciation for sleep. Sleep is so wonderful. Sometimes you can oversleep and feel like you've waster your time, but I think it's one of the bestways to spend your time.
I don't love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.
I don't think I've ever been in love, I'm sure I will be some day. I've had enormous crushes, although I've never been into the Brad Pitt thing.
I don't want to sound superficial, but when I go see a movie myself, I'd rather look at Tom Cruise than some shmo with a beer belly.
I like acting for now. But after seeing Apollo 13, what I really want to do is to be an astronaut. I'm dying to go to a space camp next summer!
I love milk so much! I make a point of drinking a glass of milk every day. So now anyone who did those milk ads with the milk moustaches, they're my heroes.
I loved school so much that most of my classmates considered me a dork.
I speak fluent Hebrew and even dream in Hebrew when we visit there, once or twice a year.
I think school is so much harder than real life. People are so much more accepting when they are adults.
I usually run three or four times a week now. Pretty boring, but it's so worth is. It's done wonders for my mood.
I was really into dancing, taking six classes a week, and my real dream was to be in a Broadway show.
I'm a Gemini, so I change my mind every day.
I'm always on the phone because I'm usually not with the people I want to be with.
If you're an actress or a musician, everyone thinks you're hot.
It scares me to think that one day I'm not going to be in school anymore.
My dad's a doctor, and when I was 8, I went to one of his medical conferences where they were demonstrating laser surgery on a chicken. I was so mad that a chicken had to die, I never ate meat again.
My father has a general rule. He says if I haven't done it in real life I shouldn't do it on-screen.
Ninety per cent of how you learn is watching great people. When you are surrounded by good actors it lifts your performance.
Smart women love smart men more than smart men love smart women.
Star Wars hasn't changed my life at all.
The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you.
There's so much else to do in the world. To just be interested in doing films would limit my life.
When I was 7 years old, I put on shows for everyone at my grandpa's funeral. I was always the little entertainer.
Nicknames: Natalie Portman
Birth Date: June 9th, 1981
Birth Place: Jerusalem, Israel
Hair: Dark brown
Education: Syosset High School
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\"Cute is when your personality shines through your looks. Like, when you see someone\'s personality in the way they walk and you just feel like hugging them every time you see them\".
- Natalie Portman.
Natalie Hershlag, but known by her stage name Natalie Portman is nominated for Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award for the film Closer. In her school holidays she attends theater camps so that she was very much fond of acting and wanted to develop her career in acting.
Natalie worked with off-Bombay musical and got some experience. At the age of twelve she was starred in Leon as well as she also got small roles in the films such as Everyone Says I Love You, Heat and Mars Attacks. Natalie Portman also played a major role in the film Beautiful Girls.
In the late of 1990\'s Natalie Portman is vary famous for her role of Padme Amidala in the George Lucas\'s star Wars prequel trilogy. At Harvard University she pursued tertiary studies giving a highest priority on her education than her acting career. Some of her recent films include Closer, Garden State, and V for Vendetta.
On March 4, 2006 Natalie Portman made her Saturday Night Live debut. She hosted this show with band Fall Out Boy. In that episode she acted as a gangsta rapper during a faux-interview with Chris Parnell. Also in this episode she used her actual surname Hershlag and played a role of fertility specialist.
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