Natalie Portman: Snapshot

Name
Natalie Portman
Date of Birth
June 09, 1981
Birth Place
Jerusalem, Israel
There's more to Natalie Portman than Queen Amidala. With a psychology degree from Harvard and an Academy Award for Black Swan, Portman has proven she is just as talented and intelligent as she is captivatingly gorgeous.

While Portman has dated actor Gael García Bernal and rocker Devendra, she continues to keep her romantic life relatively private. Onscreen, though, the actress continues pushing herself, earning an Oscar nod for 2004's Closer, playing a war-torn spouse in 2009's Brothers and earning a Best Actress Academy Award for Black Swan – where she met husband Benjamin Millepied, with whom she had a baby boy named Aleph in 2011.

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From film ingenue to glamorous leading lady, this star brings a hip sense of style to the red carpet (02:08)

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Natalie Portman: Five Fun Facts

  1. At age 9, Natalie Portman was discovered by a Revlon scout at a pizza parlor. "I kept my cool," she told the AP in 1999. "I told him that I wanted to act."
  2. Although they seemed an unlikely pair, Natalie Portman and Britney Spears rang in 2003 together, cohosting a New Year's Eve party for 40 friends – including Keri Russell and Sam Rockwell – at Manhattan's Hudson Hotel.
  3. In addition to speaking English, Natalie Portman is fluent in Hebrew and French.
  4. Natalie Portman has been a vegetarian since childhood. "My mom dropped the turkey one Thanksgiving," the actress told PEOPLE. "It was sad. We all had to do so much work to keep her from crying, but it wasn't a big deal for me. I was like, 'See, if you were a vegetarian...'"
  5. Natalie Portman lost the role of Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet to Claire Danes because producers thought she seemed too young to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

Natalie Portman: Biography

1994

Natalie Portman

November 18

The Young Professional

"She was camera-ready when she arrived," Todd Thaler, casting director for The Professional, tells PEOPLE. Portman lands the role of a kid who charms a middle-aged hit man. "They literally could have gone into production without a stitch of rehearsal."

1997

Natalie Portman

December

Taking on Anne Frank

Portman tackles the title role in The Diary of Anne Frank on Broadway. The actress earns critical praise in the $1.6 million revival. "There is ineffable grace in her awkwardness, and her very skin seems to glow with the promise of miraculous transformations," writes The New York Times critic Ben Brantley.

1999

Natalie Portman

May 19

Star Wars Calling

Portman wins the role of Queen Amidala in the blockbuster Star Wars prequel and worries about the attention she'll get from avid fans. "I thought it would be awful," Portman says to PEOPLE after the first installment, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. "But I can still walk down the street alone and not worry about anyone accosting me."

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Patrick Camboulive/Columbia Pictures; Joan Marcus; Photofest

Edited by Julia Wang

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