Cate Blanchett
Actress
Cate Blanchett
Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett is an Academy Award–winning Australian actress. She came to international attention for her role as Elizabeth I of England in the 1998 biopic film Elizabeth, for which she won British Academy of Film and Television Arts and Golden Globe Awards, and earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Blanchett appeared as the elf queen Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy from 2001 to 2003.
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The Ever-Sophisticated 'Grimm' Star Bitsie Tulloch Looks Toward A Bright Future
Huffington Post - 5 days
"I love doing period pieces!" Gushed the classically stunning actress of both The Artist and Parkland, San Diego native Bitsie Tulloch, finishing the thought by saying; "When you get to be in wardrobe from another time it's so much easier to envision being there." And luckily for the enchanting starlet, her timeless beauty and poised talent can translate to any moment in history from the renaissance to the present. Elegant and statuesque in a Mad Men like way, Tulloch could very easily party with Don Draper and Holly Golightly one second, then immediately transform into an upper-class mademoiselle ready to walk down the stairs of the Titanic the next, while always managing to be able to play someone completely contemporary that the every girl can relate to in modern day. And perhaps that is why the fan-favorite actress has become so vehemently adored with such a loyal fan-base. On the cult phenomenon Grimm, Tulloch has really managed to tap into the sweet spot of all of her mos ...
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These Accountants Are The Only People Who Know The Oscar Results
Huffington Post - 20 days
“Who won best picture?” “Whose name is inside the envelope?” “Can you give me a hint?” As Oscar balloting co-leaders, we’re often asked a variety of questions around our involvement in the Academy Awards®. Most of these questions we can’t answer - it’s our job to keep the results a secret until the moment the envelopes are opened on stage. But, there are some frequently asked questions we can answer, and in this post we’ll share them. When it comes to the results, however, our lips are sealed! What is PwC’s involvement and history with the Oscars®―how long have you been counting the ballots? Since 1934, PwC has overseen all aspects of the Oscars voting process: ensuring the integrity and accuracy of the balloting, maintaining sole custody of all votes and tabulations, and remaining responsible for the confidentiality of the results, which are kept under wraps until they are announced during the live telecast. What are your roles specifically―what do you do as the ...
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Cate Blanchett’s Star Power Lifts ‘The Present’ on Broadway
NYTimes - about 1 month
The work, an adaptation of Chekhov’s first play written by Ms. Blanchett’s husband, Andrew Upton, last week grossed just over $1 million.
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Kim K. And Kendall Jenner Rock Sheer Gowns For Their 'Ocean's Eight' Cameo
Huffington Post - about 1 month
“Ocean’s Eight” is shaping up to be a movie for everyone ― even “Keeping up with the Kardashians” fans.  Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner were spotted all dressed up in New York City Monday night, heading to film a cameo for the upcoming all-female reboot.  Jenner was clad in a sheer, intricately detailed high-neck gown, while Kardashian wore a see-through dress with a fur coat. In other words, they looked exactly how you’d imagine they would look in a movie cameo (or any other circumstance, for that matter). Reports say their appearance in the movie is part of a “crucial scene” involving the Met Gala. But the sisters’ looks actually remind us more of what the entire family wore to Kanye West’s New York Fashion Week show in February 2016. Not gonna lie, this development just made us almost as excited for the film as those photos of Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway on the subway.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subj ...
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Cate Blanchett Plays More Roles In 'Manifesto' Than You Have Fingers
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Question: What do a TV anchor, a factory worker, a homeless person, a scientist and a punk all have in common? Answer: They’re all Cate Blanchett. Or more accurately, Blanchett portrays all of them (and then some) in “Manifesto,” a film set to debut at Sundance next week in which Blanchett morphs into a total of 13 different characters. Organizers released a two-minute trailer for the film Thursday: Fittingly, “Manifesto” is itself another iteration of a more basic idea: The film began as a 2015 video installation at New York’s Park Avenue Armory. “Nothing is original, OK?” Blanchett says in one scene, this time as a teacher addressing a class full of young kids. “So you can steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration and fuels your imagination, OK?” The kids dutifully reply, “OK!” True to the film’s title, Blanchett’s multiple personas are meant to convey “some of the most influential and emotional artist manifestos in history,” a blurb o ...
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Curb Your Ire, Bros: Anna Kendrick Is In Talks To Play Santa In A Disney Movie
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Anna Kendrick is in talks to play Santa Claus in a new Disney movie, Variety reported Wednesday. We know some people are incredibly protective of the traditional image of Santa Claus, so the backlash about this news seems inevitable. Typically protesters (aka Megyn Kelly) argue that Santa ― a fictional character with historical ties to a Turkish monk ― must be white. Now they get to argue over whether Father Christmas must, in fact, be a father. (Please don’t.)   The project’s working title is “Nicole.” Kendrick plays Santa’s daughter, who is left to take over the family business when Saint Nick retires and her brother chickens out before his first Christmas in charge. “Miss Congeniality” and “Two Weeks Notice” scribe Marc Lawrence has written the script and will direct the film.  Gender-swapping on the big screen is nothing new, of course. Just last year, misogynistic bros claimed their childhoods were ruined by Paul Feig’s female-centric “Ghostbusters” reboot. Marvel opted ...
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Review: ‘The Present’: Even in Russia, It’s Hard to Turn 40
NYTimes - about 1 month
Cate Blanchett stars in this Sydney Theater Company production of a Chekhov work, which features an eruption of runaway hedonism at a birthday party.
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Everything You Need To Know Before Sunday's Golden Globes, Including Who Will Win
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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WATCH: Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh Talk New Play Live on 'GMA'
ABC News - about 2 months
The actors dish on their Broadway production, "The Present."
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Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, in Love and Battle
NYTimes - 2 months
The Australian actors team up yet again onstage, this time in “The Present.” It can’t possibly end well, can it?
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Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, in Love and Battle
New York Times - 2 months
The Australian actors team up yet again onstage, this time in “The Present.” It can’t possibly end well, can it?
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Julia Roberts Is Doing Her First TV Series, And It's Based On This Book
Huffington Post - 2 months
Nothing proves we’re in the golden age of TV so much as A-list movie stars signing on for small-screen projects. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is none other than Julia Roberts, who will star in her first TV series, a limited run based on Maria Semple’s newest book, Today Will Be Different.  Semple, the author of the bestselling Where’d You Go, Bernadette will write the script. (Side note: Bernadette is being adapted into its own feature film starring Cate Blanchett with Richard Linklater directing.) “Today Will Be Different” will follow one day in the life of Eleanor Flood, who wakes up plotting disciplined activities for herself. She’ll go to yoga. She’ll be calm and kind. She’ll initiate sex with her husband. Unsurprisingly, none of these things go according to plan as her day takes a strange turn. Producer extraordinaire Megan Ellison’s company Annapurna Pictures (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Joy,” “American Hustle” and others) has bought the rights and will produce the ...
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Sundance Announces Premieres Lineup for 2017 Festival
Wall Street Journal - 3 months
The premieres section, often a top draw at the festival because of its star power, this year will feature actors such as Cate Blanchett, Jon Hamm and Peter Dinklage.
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Gotham Awards: Moonlight Shines
Huffington Post - 3 months
Diversity was a serious theme at Monday's Gotham Awards, during a night of fun and celebration. Cipriani Wall Street was chockablock with film devotees: some filmmakers and new actors, discoveries, such as Anya Taylor-Joy who was awarded Breakthrough Actor for her work in The Witch. Moonlight, A24's critical and popular hit, was awarded for Best Ensemble and Best Feature. Natalie Portman, whose performance as Jackie will surely garner nominations as the award season progresses, presented the statue. Pregnant with her second child, the Academy Award winning actress quipped, her baby is not due soon enough. Other presenters: Katie Holmes, Kate Beckinsale, J. C. Chandor, Judith Light, with maybe the best speech about being New Jersey bred but a New Yorker in heart and spirit, Gen X co-star Winona Ryder sending a love letter to Ethan Hawke, and Cate Blanchett professing an actor crush for Amy Adams. No one was more stunned than Isabelle Huppert, her edgy sang froid turn in Elle awarded B ...
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Party Coverage: Scene City: Cate Blanchett, Amy Adams and Margot Robbie at the Gotham Awards
NYTimes - 3 months
The unofficial kickoff to the movie campaign season began Monday night, with a red carpet of bejeweled stars.
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Cate Blanchett Morphs a Dozen Times in ‘Manifesto’
NYTimes - 4 months
The actress inhabits 12 characters, all reciting words from 20th-century artists’ manifestoes, in this high-minded installation by Julian Rosefeldt.
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Taraji P. Henson Made Under 2 Percent Of Brad Pitt's 'Benjamin Button' Salary
Huffington Post - 4 months
Taraji P. Henson is spilling all the tea about Hollywood’s mistreatment of black stars in her new memoir, Around the Way Girl.  In an excerpt from the book, released Tuesday, the actress recounts a story about wage negotiations for her 2008 movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” While stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett received millions to be in the film, she says she was promised “somewhere in the mid six figures” for her role as Benjamin Button’s adoptive mother, Queenie.  And yet, according to Henson, the producers of the film low-balled her. Henson writes that her agent told her that instead of the mid six figures, the highest the studio was willing to go was in “the lowest of six figures.” “There was one other thing,” Henson reveals in the book. “I’d have to agree to pay my own location fees while filming in New Orleans, meaning three months of hotel expenses would be coming directly out of my pocket. Insult, meet injury.” The 46-year-old actress, who at the ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Cate Blanchett
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    In 2016, she received the Costume Designers Guild Lacoste Spotlight Award, in honour of an "enduring commitment to excellence" and her "appreciation for the artistry of costume design and collaboration with the Costume Designers."
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    On May 2, 2016, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, announced the appointment of Blanchett as a global Goodwill Ambassador.
    More Details Hide Details On September 12, Blanchett, as well as Jesse Eisenberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Juliet Stevenson, Kit Harington, and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education. Blanchett has appeared in over 50 films and over 20 theatre productions. Directors she has worked with include Woody Allen, Wes Anderson, Gillian Armstrong, Bruce Beresford, Kenneth Branagh, David Fincher, Todd Haynes, Ron Howard, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Peter Jackson, Jim Jarmusch, Barry Levinson, Terrence Malick, Anthony Minghella, Hayao Miyazaki, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and Joe Wright.
    In June 2016, it was announced that Blanchett joined the all-female spin-off of the Ocean's Eleven franchise directed by Gary Ross, opposite Sandra Bullock, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter.
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    In May 2016, she was confirmed to portray Hela in the film.
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    Blanchett will narrate one of two versions of Terrence Malick's documentary on Earth and the universe, Voyage of Time, scheduled for release in 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 45
    In 2015, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax figure of Blanchett draped in a recreation of the Valentino Garavani dress she wore to the 2005 Academy Awards ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details Blanchett was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture in 2012, in recognition of her significant contributions to the arts. Blanchett was awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society by the Australian government. She has been presented with a Doctor of Letters from University of Sydney, University of New South Wales, and Macquarie University, in recognition of her extraordinary contribution to the arts, philanthropy and the community.
    In 2015, Blanchett was honoured at the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit for her outstanding contributions to the industry.
    More Details Hide Details She received the British Film Institute Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to film, presented to her by fellow actor Ian McKellen. Blanchett was the recipient of the AACTA Longford Lyell Award for her "outstanding contribution to the enrichment of Australia’s screen environment and culture."
    Following the sale of their property there in late 2015 Upton and Blanchett purchased in early 2016 a historic $6.25 million English manor, Highwell House, in East Sussex, England.
    More Details Hide Details Variety Magazine has reported that around the same time the couple also purchased a modern-minded five-bedroom duplex apartment in downtown Sydney once owned by drag entertainer Barry Humphries, a.k.a. Dame Edna Everage, and purchased from "The Celebrity Apprentice Australia" host Mark Bouris for an amount 'somewhere in the neighborhood of $8 million'.
    As of 2015, Blanchett has featured in seven films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: Elizabeth (1998), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002 and 2003), The Aviator (2004), Babel (2006), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Blanchett's husband is playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton. They met in 1996 on the set of a TV show and were married on 29 December 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Blanchett and Upton have four children: biological sons Dashiell John (b. December 2001), Roman Robert (b. April 2004), and Ignatius Martin (b. April 2008), and adopted daughter Edith Vivian Patricia, whose adoption was confirmed on 6 March 2015. Blanchett said that she and her husband had been wanting to adopt ever since the birth of their first child. After making Brighton, England their main family home for nearly 10 years, she and her husband returned to their native Australia in 2006. In November 2006, Blanchett attributed this move to desires to select a permanent home for her children, to be closer to her family, and to have a sense of belonging to the Australian theatrical community. She and her family lived in the Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill. Their Hunters Hill residence underwent extensive renovations in 2007 to be made more eco-friendly.
    As of 2015, Blanchett's films have grossed more than $9 billion at the worldwide box-office.
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    In December 2015, it was announced that Blanchett was in talks to portray one of the female leads in Thor: Ragnarok.
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    In November 2015, it was reported that Blanchett was in talks to appear in the film adaption of the best-selling book Where'd You Go Bernadette which will be directed by Richard Linklater.
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    In September 2015, it was announced that Blanchett would portray Lucille Ball in an untitled biographical film, written by Aaron Sorkin and produced by Ball's two children.
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    In 2015, Blanchett starred in five films.
    More Details Hide Details She portrayed Nancy in Terrence Malick's Knight Of Cups, which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. Indiewire named Blanchett's performance in Knight of Cups one of the 15 best performances in Terrence Malick films. She then portrayed Lady Tremaine, Cinderella's evil stepmother, in Disney's live-action re-imagining of Charles Perrault's Cinderella and the 1950 animated film, to critical acclaim. She starred opposite Rooney Mara in Carol, the film adaption of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, reuniting her with director Todd Haynes. Blanchett is an executive producer on the film. She received Academy Award, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Award nominations for her performance in Carol. She also portrayed Mary Mapes opposite Robert Redford's Dan Rather in Truth, a film about the Killian documents controversy. Blanchett's production company was a producing partner for the film. Blanchett also appeared in Manifesto, Julian Rosefeldt's multi-screen video installation, in which 12 artist manifestos are depicted by 13 different characters played by Blanchett.
    Blanchett is a patron of the new Australian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale, and spoke at its opening at the Venice Giardini in May 2015.
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    On 29 January 2015, she co-hosted the 4th AACTA Awards with Deborah Mailman.
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    In 2015, she was honoured by the Museum of Modern Art and received the British Film Institute Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the industry.
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  • 2014
    Age 44
    Blanchett spoke at former Prime Minister of Australia Gough Whitlam's state funeral in 2014, and at the Margaret Whitlam dinner and fundraiser event hosted by Tanya Plibersek MP in June 2015.
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    She voiced the part of Valka in 2014's How to Train Your Dragon 2.
    More Details Hide Details The animated film was a critically acclaimed, box-office success, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and received an Academy Award nomination. Blanchett guest starred on the Australian show Rake, as the onscreen female version of Richard Roxburgh's rogue protagonist, Cleaver.
    In 2014, Blanchett co-starred with Matt Damon and George Clooney in the latter's film, The Monuments Men, based on the true story of a crew of art historians and museum curators who recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis.
    More Details Hide Details The film featured an ensemble cast, including John Goodman, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville, and Jean Dujardin.
  • 2013
    Age 43
    In 2013, Blanchett played Jasmine French, the lead role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, costarring Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins.
    More Details Hide Details She received rave reviews for her performance, with some critics calling it the best role of her career (surpassing her acclaimed starring role in Elizabeth). The performance earned her more than 40 industry and critics awards, including LAFCA Award, NYFCC Award, NSFC Award, Critics' Choice Award, Santa Barbara International Film Festival Outstanding Performance of the Year Award, Australian Academy Award (AACTA), SAG award, Golden Globe award, BAFTA award, Independent Film Spirit Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress. Blanchett's win made her just the sixth actress to win an Oscar in both of the acting categories, the third to win Best Actress after Best Supporting Actress, and the first Australian to win more than one acting Oscar.
    The Sydney Theatre Company's 2013 season was Blanchett's final one as co-CEO and artistic director.
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  • 2012
    Age 42
    She was head of jury of the 2012 and 2013 Dubai International Film Festival.
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    She voiced the role of "Penelope" in the Family Guy episode "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie", which aired on 29 April 2012, and Queen Elizabeth II in the episode "Family Guy Viewer Mail 2".
    More Details Hide Details Blanchett returned to Australian film with her appearance in The Turning (2013), an anthology film based on a collection of short stories by Tim Winton.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    In 2011, Blanchett took part in two Sydney Theatre Company productions.
    More Details Hide Details She played Lotte Kotte in a new translation of Botho Strauß's 1978 play Groß und klein (Big and Small) from Martin Crimp, directed by Benedict Andrews. After its Sydney run, the production traveled to London, Paris, the Vienna Festival and Ruhrfestspiele. Blanchett and the production received wide acclaim. Blanchett was nominated for the London Evening Standard Award for Best Actress, and won the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Helpmann Award for Best Actress. She then played Yelena, opposite Hugo Weaving and Richard Roxburgh, in Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, which traveled to the Kennedy Center and the New York City Center as part of the Lincoln Center Festival. The production and Blanchett received critical acclaim, with The New York Times Ben Brantley declaring, "I consider the three hours I spent on Saturday night watching characters complain about how bored they are among the happiest of my theatregoing life... This Uncle Vanya gets under your skin like no other I have seen... Blanchett confirms her status as one of the best and bravest actresses on the planet." The Washington Posts Peter Marks dubbed the production Washington D.C's top theatrical event of 2011. Blanchett received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production, and the Helpmann Award for Best Actress.
    In 2011, she played the antagonist CIA agent Marissa Wiegler in Joe Wright's action thriller film Hanna.
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  • 2010
    Age 40
    Blanchett appeared opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood in 2010.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    Blanchett returned to the theatre in 2009 with the Sydney Theatre Company production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Liv Ullmann.
    More Details Hide Details She starred as Blanche DuBois alongside Joel Edgerton as Stanley Kowalski. Ullmann and Blanchett had been meaning to collaborate on a project since Ullman's intended film adaption of A Doll's House fell by the wayside. Blanchett proposed embarking on Streetcar to Ullmann, who jumped at the opportunity after initial discussion. The production traveled from Sydney to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. It was critically and commercially successful and Blanchett received critical acclaim for her performance as Blanche DuBois. The New York Times critic Ben Brantley said, "DuBois has been pulled gently and firmly down to earth by Ms. Blanchett and Ms. Ullmann... What Ms. Blanchett brings to the character is life itself, a primal survival instinct... All the baggage that any "Streetcar" usually travels with has been jettisoned. Ms. Ullmann and Ms. Blanchett have performed the play as if it had never been staged before, with the result that, as a friend of mine put it, "you feel like you’re hearing words you thought you knew pronounced correctly for the first time."" The Washington Posts Peter Marks proclaimed, "What Blanchett achieves in the Sydney Theatre Company's revelatory revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" amounts to a truly great portrayal—certainly the most heartbreaking Blanche I've ever experienced." John Lahr of The New Yorker said of her portrayal, "Blanchett, with her alert mind, her informed heart, and her lithe, patrician silhouette, gets it right from the first beat...
  • 2008
    Age 38
    In 2008, Blanchett and her husband became co-CEOs and artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company.
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    Blanchett voiced the character of Granmamare for the English version of the film Ponyo, released July 2008.
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    On 5 December 2008, Blanchett was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman's Egyptian Theatre.
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  • 2007
    Age 37
    She reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth I in the 2007 sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and portrayed Jude Quinn, one of six incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' experimental film I'm Not There.
    More Details Hide Details She won the Volpi Cup Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival (accepted by fellow Australian actor and I'm Not There co-star Heath Ledger), the Independent Spirit and Golden Globe Best Supporting Actress Award for her portrayal of Jude Quinn. At the 80th Academy Awards, Blanchett received two Academy Award nominations—Best Actress for Elizabeth: the Golden Age and Best Supporting Actress for I'm Not There—becoming the eleventh actor to receive two acting nominations in the same year, and the first female actor to receive another nomination for the reprisal of a role. Of her achievement that year, critic Roger Ebert said, "That Blanchett could appear in the same Toronto Film Festival playing Elizabeth and Bob Dylan, both splendidly, is a wonder of acting". She next appeared in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as the villainous KGB agent Col. Dr. Irina Spalko, Spielberg's favorite villain from the entire series, and in David Fincher's Oscar-nominated The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, co-starring with Brad Pitt for a second time.
    In 2007, Blanchett was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and also one of the most successful actresses by Forbes magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Blanchett had a cameo as Janine, forensic scientist and ex-girlfriend of Simon Pegg's character in Edgar Wright's Hot Fuzz (2007). The cameo was uncredited and she gave her fee to charity.
  • 2006
    Age 36
    In 2006, Blanchett joined former US Vice-President Al Gore's Climate Project.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Blanchett became the ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation. She was made an honorary life member of the Australian Conservation Foundation in 2012, in recognition of her support for environmental issues. At the beginning of 2011, Blanchett lent her support for a carbon tax. She received some criticism for this, particularly from conservatives. In January 2014, Blanchett took part in the Green Carpet Challenge, an initiative to raise the public profile of sustainable fashion, founded by Livia Firth of Eco-Age.
    In 2006, she starred opposite Brad Pitt in the multi-lingual, multi-narrative ensemble drama Babel, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, which received seven Academy Award nominations, the Steven Soderbergh-directed The Good German with George Clooney, and the acclaimed Notes on a Scandal opposite Dame Judi Dench.
    More Details Hide Details Blanchett received a third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the latter film.
  • 2005
    Age 35
    In 2005, she won her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her acclaimed portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator.
    More Details Hide Details This made Blanchett the first actor to garner an Academy Award for playing an Oscar-winning actor. She lent her Oscar statue to The Australian Centre for the Moving Image. That year, Blanchett won the Australian Film Institute Best Actress Award for her role as Tracy Heart, a former heroin addict, in the Australian film Little Fish, co-produced by her and her husband's production company, Dirty Films. Though lesser known globally than some of her other films, Little Fish received great critical acclaim in Blanchett's native Australia and was nominated for 13 Australian Film Institute awards.
  • 2002
    Age 32
    In 2002, Blanchett appeared, opposite Giovanni Ribisi, in Tom Tykwer-directed Heaven, the first film in an unfinished trilogy by acclaimed writer-director Krzysztof Kieślowski. 2003 saw Blanchett again playing a wide range of roles; Galadriel in the third and final installment of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), the Ron Howard-directed western-thriller The Missing, Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes — playing two roles (both against herself) — for which she received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female nomination, and the biographical film Veronica Guerin, which earned her a Golden Globe Best Actress Drama nomination.
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  • 2001
    Age 31
    In addition to The Lord of the Rings, 2001 also saw Blanchett diversify her portfolio with a range of roles in the dramas Charlotte Gray and The Shipping News and the American crime-comedy Bandits, for which she earned a second Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 27
    By 1997, Blanchett had accrued significant praise and recognition in her native Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Her first high-profile international role was as Elizabeth I of England in the critically acclaimed film Elizabeth (1998), directed by Shekhar Kapur. The film catapulted her to stardom, and her performance garnered wide recognition, earning her the Golden Globe Award and British Academy Award (BAFTA), and her first Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She became the first and only actress in the history of the Academy Awards to be nominated in this category for the part. The following year, Blanchett appeared in Bangers (1999), an Australian short film part of Stories of Lost Souls, a compilation of thematically-related short stories. The short was written and directed by her husband, Andrew Upton, and produced by Blanchett and Upton. She also appeared in the Mike Newell comedy Pushing Tin (1999), costarring Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie (critics singled out Blanchett's performance), and the critically acclaimed Anthony Minghella film The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), alongside Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. She received her second BAFTA nomination for her performance in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
  • 1994
    Age 24
    She appeared in the 1994 TV miniseries Heartland opposite Ernie Dingo, the miniseries Bordertown (1995) with Hugo Weaving, and in an episode of Police Rescue entitled "The Loaded Boy".
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared in the 50-minute drama short Parklands (1996), which received an Australian Film Institute (AFI) nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Blanchett made her feature film debut with a supporting role as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during World War II, in Bruce Beresford's film Paradise Road (1997), which co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand. Her first leading role was as Lucinda Leplastrier in Gillian Armstrong's romantic drama Oscar and Lucinda (1997), opposite Ralph Fiennes. Blanchett received wide acclaim for her performance, and earned her first AFI Award nomination as Best Leading Actress; she lost to Deborah Mailman in Radiance (1998). She won the AFI Best Actress Award in the same year for her role as Lizzie in the romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), co-starring Richard Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor.
    Blanchett played the role of Ophelia in an acclaimed 1994–95 Company B production of Hamlet directed by Neil Armfield, starring Rush and Richard Roxburgh, and was nominated for a Green Room Award.
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  • 1993
    Age 23
    In 1993, Blanchett was awarded the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award for her performance in Timothy Daly's Kafka Dances and won Best Actress for her performance in Mamet's Oleanna, making her the first actor to win both categories in the same year.
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  • 1992
    Age 22
    Blanchett's first major stage role was opposite Geoffrey Rush, in the 1992 David Mamet play Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she was also cast as Clytemnestra in a production of Sophocles’ Electra. A couple of weeks after rehearsals, the actress playing the title role pulled out, and director Lindy Davies cast Blanchett in the role. Her performance as Electra became one of her most acclaimed at NIDA.
    She graduated from NIDA in 1992.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969 in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe.
    More Details Hide Details She is the middle of three children; her older brother is a computer systems engineer, and her younger sister is a theatrical designer. Her Australian mother, June (née Gamble), worked as a property developer and teacher, and her father, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., a Texas native, was a United States Navy petty officer who later worked as an advertising executive. The two met when Blanchett's father's ship broke down in Melbourne. When Blanchett was 10, her father died of a heart attack, leaving her mother to raise the family on her own. Blanchett's ancestry includes English, some Scottish, and remote French roots. Blanchett has described herself as being "part extrovert, part wallflower" during childhood. She had a penchant for dressing in masculine clothing, and went through goth and punk phases during her teenage years, and shaved her head at one point. She attended primary school in Melbourne at Ivanhoe East Primary School; for her secondary education, she attended Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School and then Methodist Ladies' College, where she explored her passion for the performing arts. She studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne but dropped out after one year to travel overseas. While in Egypt, Blanchett was asked to play an American cheerleader, as an extra in the Egyptian boxing movie, Kaboria; in need of money, she accepted. Upon her return to Australia, she moved to Sydney and enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) to pursue an acting career.
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