Kate Winslet: Snapshot

Kate Winslet
Date of Birth
October 05, 1975
Birth Place
Reading, England
As a testament to her talent, Kate Winslet is a record holder: She's the youngest actress to score six Academy Award nominations, receiving her first for Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1995) and her latest for The Reader (2008).

Winslet's heart-wrenching performance alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in 1997's megahit Titanic made her a worldwide star, of course, but her voluptuous figure has continued to steal headlines: The mother of two openly detests ultra-thin stars and spoke out against a 2003 GQ cover, where she had been digitally slimmed.

But at the end of the day, it has always been about Winslet's astonishing talent: after winning two Golden Globes in 2009 for The Reader and Revolutionary Road (directed by her then-husband Sam Mendes), she finally became an Oscar winner for her lead role as a troubled woman with a Nazi past.

Off-screen, Winslet was previously wed to Jim Threapleton and Mendes before tying the knot with Ned Rocknroll in 2012. The actress has two children, daughter Mia and son Joe, from her previous relationships and welcomed son Bear with Rocknroll in 2013.

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Kate Winslet: Five Fun Facts

  1. Of shooting her sex scene with Leonardo DiCaprio in her husband Sam Mendes' film Revolutionary Road, Kate Winslet said it was "a profoundly weird experience," adding that she "had a total meltdown."
  2. Kate Winslet spent much of the 1990s in slimming corsets for such films as Sense and Sensibility and Titanic. "My top two rib bones on one side stick out more than the other side. It's bloody horrible," she told USA Today. "They do constrict your internal organs and when you take them off, my God, are you skinny...Then, after a few hours, it all flops back again."
  3. After being dubbed a "Period Piece Babe," Kate Winslet told Entertainment Weekly, "I really want to be a Valley Girl in a feel-good American movie."
  4. When Kate Winslet landed the role of socialite Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic, she delivered roses to director James Cameron for casting her.
  5. Kate Winslet called Claire Danes "brilliant" as Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and told USA Today that she'd wanted to play opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie. "But I knew I was too old."

Kate Winslet: Biography


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The Period Babe

Winslet, 20, costars with Emma Thompson (left) as Marianne Dashwood in Ang Lee's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, Sense and Sensibility. Variety calls Winslet "outstanding as the high-flying romantic who gets her wings burned" and praises the film as "almost too much of a good thing." She earns her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and builds her resume with more period pieces, playing Ophelia in Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet and a Thomas Hardy heroine in Jude. The following year, she is named one of PEOPLE's 50 Most Beautiful.


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A Titanic Catapult

Winslet is cast as the sensitive socialite Rose in James Cameron's blockbuster Titanic opposite Leonardo DiCaprio (right). The film, which earns more than $1.8 billion worldwide, makes both actors movie stars. For her performance, Winslet earns her second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Actress. But her success is paired with tragedy when her first love, Stephen Tredre, dies of bone cancer. Winslet skips the premiere of Titanic to attend his funeral in London.


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Work Over Wage

"Before Titanic yes...I had been nominated for an Academy Award, but I had never been sort of world-famous," she tells the New York Times. "When I thought about becoming an actress, I never had fantasies about being a movie star." She follows Titanic with risqué choices like Hideous Kinky and Holy Smoke with Harvey Keitel (left). "After Titanic, she chose…the work over the money," says Keitel.

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