Winslet costars with Jim Carrey (left) in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. For her memory-erasing performance as Clementine, she receives Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations. "I did not want her to be obvious," she tells the New York Times. "And I loved her hair colors. She went from blue to orange to pink and back. I had so much fun with those wigs.''
Winslet campaigns for the role of a widow and mother of four in Finding Neverland opposite Johnny Depp (right). Although the studio wants a big name, like Nicole Kidman or Gwyneth Paltrow, director Marc Forster was convinced that Winslet was the right mix of beauty and maternal instinct for the role.
After being named one of PEOPLE's 50 Most Beautiful, Winslet plays a bored, unsatisfied suburban housewife in Todd Field's Little Children with Patrick Wilson (right). Her costar tells In Style that Winslet "doesn't know just how good she is." The talented beauty receives Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Best Actress.
Winslet radiantly appears on the cover of fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar beside her The Holiday costar Cameron Diaz. Months later, the stunning actress becomes the new face of Lancome's Trésor fragrance. "Trésor is a beautiful fragrance, it's subtle and romantic like a whisper," Winslet tells Women's Wear Daily. "It's really a celebration of love."
In nothing but a long white coat and gold heels, Winslet covers Vanity Fair's December issue. The actress, who opens up to the magazine about her weight issues, stars in two highly-anticipated films, The Reader and Revolutionary Road–a collaboration with Mendes and DiCaprio. In the New Year, The Reader earns her another Best Actress nomination.
Winslet wins two Golden Globes for best leading actress in Revolutionary Road and best supporting for The Reader. During her acceptance speech, a tearful and shocked Winslet apologizes to fellow nominees Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kristin Scott Thomas & Angelina Jolie, whose name she temporarily forgets. Praising her Road costar DiCaprio, Winslet says, "I am so happy I can stand here and tell you I love you, and have for 13 years."
Winslet finally becomes an Oscar winner for her lead role as a troubled woman with a Nazi past in The Reader. During her acceptance speech, the 33-year-old actress confides that she first pretended to win an Oscar when she was 8, holding a shampoo bottle. "Well," she says, "it's not a shampoo bottle now."
After attending the Academy Awards solo, Winslet announces the end of her nearly seven-year marriage to director Sam Mendes. "The split is entirely amicable and is by mutual agreement," their lawyers say in a statement. "Both parties are fully committed to the future joint parenting of their children."
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