Natalie Portman

Portman at the 2019 [[San Diego Comic-Con]] Natalie Portman (born Natalie Hershlag, ,) was her birth name in Hebrew, the official language of her native Israel, 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.}} ) is an Israeli-born American actress. With an extensive career in film since her teenage years, she has starred in various blockbusters and independent films, for which she has received multiple accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and two Golden Globe Awards.

Portman began her acting career at age twelve, when she starred as the young protégée of a hitman in the action drama film ''Léon: The Professional'' (1994). While in high school, she made her Broadway 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'' (2005), 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 world's highest-paid actresses. She has since portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic ''Jackie'' (2016), earning her third Academy Award nomination, and a biologist in the science fiction film ''Annihilation'' (2018). Portman also reprised her role of Foster in the Disney+ animated series ''What If...?'' and the 2022 film ''Thor: Love and Thunder''.

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 the United States 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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