Natalie Portman
Israeli-American actress
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is an actress and model with dual American and Israeli citizenship. Her first role was as an orphan taken in by a hitman in the 1994 action film Léon: The Professional, but mainstream success came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still working as an actress. She completed her bachelor's degree in 2003.
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Rooney Mara And Ryan Gosling's Meet-Cute Gets Complicated In 'Song To Song' Trailer
Huffington Post - 2 days
At first glance, the “Song to Song” trailer is surprisingly happy for a Terrence Malick movie. Rooney Mara and Ryan Gosling play smiley lovers floating through the Austin music scene, and that’s about all we know about the drama, which opens March 17. Yet Mara and Gosling’s flirtations are scored by Del Shannon’s “Runaway,” with lyrics like, “I wonder what went wrong with our love.” It looks like Michael Fassbender is on hand to shake up their picturesque romance, at least when he isn’t pouring olive oil into Natalie Portman’s mouth. Whatever is happening here, we’re in. “Song to Song” marks Malick’s third feature in as many years, following “Knight of Cups” and the IMAX evolution documentary “Voyage of Time.” Before that, Malick made “To the Wonder,” “The Tree of Life,” “The New World” and a bunch of cinematic classics that you should revisit. Watch the “Song to Song” trailer above. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and us ...
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Pregnant Natalie Portman Just Wore Topshop To An Oscars Lunch
Huffington Post - 13 days
Thanks to Natalie Portman’s widely acclaimed portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in “Jackie,” we’ve been blessed with numerous red carpet sightings over the course of her second pregnancy. Portman previously seemed to take inspiration from Kennedy, giving us chic ‘60s vibes in long-sleeve gowns with big, bold details. But for an Oscars luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, the 35-year-old went casual chic in flats and a belted black Topshop dress that was on sale for $30 before it sold out.  She looked absolutely radiant (and comfortable!) for the star-studded affair, which also reunited the impeccably dressed cast of “The Help.” Behold Octavia Spencer... Viola Davis in Bottega Veneta... ... and Emma Stone in Stella McCartney: In fact, there was a bevy of well-dressed celebs. Check out more of our favorite looks from the event below.  Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton:  Naomie Harris in Bottega Veneta: Ruth Negga in Miu Miu: Laura Dern in Roksanda: ...
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Mr. Gaga: Going Gaga Over Ohad Naharin
Huffington Post - 20 days
Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann gesticulates wildly talking about Ohad Naharin, a much-awarded choreographer, the artistic director of the Tel Aviv based Batsheva Dance Company. In town in early January with his exceptional, evocative documentary, Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance, a highlight of this year's Jewish Film Festival, Heymann exudes, "Ohad is an amazing character, perfect for a movie. I met him 25 years ago when I was a waiter; here was a sexy man with a beautiful Japanese woman, his wife, dancer Mari Kajiwara, a very unusual couple. They gave me a big tip." "I knew a "hora;" said the filmmaker who made Mr. Gaga with his producer and brother, Barak, "that's what I knew of dance. When I was offered a free ticket to "Kyr," a Batsheva Dance Company performance, it changed my life forever." Eight years in the making, Mr. Gaga will premiere this week at Film Forum and the Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in tandem with Ohad Naharin's ...
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Simon Helberg Arrives At Screen Actors Guild Awards With 'Refugees Welcome' Sign
Huffington Post - 21 days
The red carpet at Sunday’s SAG Awards was surprisingly tame given the weekend’s political turbulence. Janelle Monáe spoke eloquently of the inclusive stories told in “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures,” Natalie Portman noted her familiarity with the national unrest depicted in “Jackie,” and Taraji P. Henson mentioned the need for “unity.” But Simon Helberg and his wife, actress Jocelyn Towne, took on President Donald Trump’s immigration barricade head-on. Helberg, a nominee for “The Big Bang Theory,” carried a sign that read “REFUGEES WELCOME,” while Towne had the words “LET THEM IN” scrawled across her chest. Both are references to Trump’s executive order blocking refugees fleeing the Syrian Civil War.  Helberg and Towne join a chorus of celebrities who have spoken out against Trump’s anti-immigration actions over the past 48 hours.  function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('obj ...
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3 Reasons Mark Wahlberg Should Shut Up (And 1 Reason I'm Just Kidding)
Huffington Post - 23 days
Last December, Mark Wahlberg spoke out against celebrities speaking out regarding politics. He believes that Hollywood shouldn't use their public platforms for the political causes held nearest and dearest to their heart because...wait for it...Hollywood lives in a bubble and is out of touch with the people! Of course, Wahlberg comes from such humble beginnings being from a large family of nine children and a former high school dropout, he gets a free pass to speak his mind about how celebrities should not speak their mind - at least according to him. He's one of the few that have managed to stay grounded and in touch with the American people and their concerns in life. I'm not exactly sure the reason he's been able to remain outside "the bubble." I saw a 60 Minutes interview from 2013 where he proclaimed he was a daily churchgoer and avid basketball player amongst the common man. He also donated money to charity - like pretty much everybody else in Hollywood. Nevermind, Wahlbe ...
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Natalie Portman Channels Demi Moore's Famous Pregnancy Photo For The New Vanity Fair
Huffington Post - 25 days
Vanity Fair released the cover of its Hollywood Issue on Thursday, and at least one of the images inside the mag will look pretty familiar. Emma Stone, Lupita Nyong’o, Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, Ruth Negga, Dakota Fanning, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Janelle Monae, Greta Gerwig and Dakota Johnson star on the cover shot by ― who else? ― Annie Leibovitz.  The group of “wonder women” is pictured in a bevy of red carpet-worthy gowns in metallic and pink hues. Inside the magazine, a pregnant Natalie Portman posed for a truly breathtaking image in little more than a sheet. It’s a clear nod to the iconic 1991 photograph of naked and pregnant Demi Moore, famously shot by Leibovitz for that year’s August issue of Vanity Fair. As noted by Vanity Fair itself, while “the reference is clear, the moment is Portman’s alone.” Indeed. Head to Vanity Fair to see more gorgeous images from the shoot and be sure to pick up your own copy when it hits newsstands Feb. 7. -- This feed an ...
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Natalie Portman on the greatest thing about being human
CNN - 27 days
Natalie Portman is an award-winning actress, director and activist who has done what many have tried and failed to do in Hollywood: be truly one of a kind. Through roles that have taken her from far away galaxies to the White House, she's earned herself a spot among the legends. And the best part? There's still more projects to come from this unparalleled "Creator."
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Celebrities at Women's Marches
CBS News - 27 days
Stars like Natalie Portman and Sir Ian McKellen joined Women's Marches from London to Washington
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Another Guy Making Oscar Predictions
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I'd expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we'll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of a lot of nods. I'll also say #oscarssowhite isn't going to happen this year. There's just too many amazing performances and films to pass over this year plus Cheryl Boone Isaacs totally revamped the Academy's voting process. Anyway, here I am writing down my Oscar predictions like everybody else in the world. Read on, and predict your own. Guess right on all, and win a pony! Best Picture I'm going to say the Academy uses eight slots this year, but will add the last two here in case they go all the way or to nine. Arrival Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Hacksaw Ridge Fences Potential Surprises Sil ...
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Red Carpet Watch: Red Carpet Watch: Natalie Portman
NYTimes - about 1 month
The actress’s maternity style for awards season is as on point as ever.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Natalie Portman
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 34
    In September 2016, it was announced Portman and Millepied were expecting their second child.
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  • 2012
    Age 30
    On August 4, 2012, Portman and Millepied married in an intimate Jewish ceremony in Big Sur, California.
    More Details Hide Details In January 2013, the Paris Opera Ballet announced that Millepied had accepted the position of director of dance, beginning September 2014. The couple subsequently announced plans to relocate to Paris. Portman said she would like to become a French citizen. Millepied said in January 2014 he was in the process of converting to Judaism. In 2016, the family moved from Paris to Los Angeles.
    In February 2012, Portman and Millepied were photographed wearing wedding rings at the Academy Awards ceremony, but representatives did not respond to requests for comment on the couple's marital status.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 29
    Portman gave birth to their son Aleph Portman-Millepied on June 14, 2011.
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    In 2011, Portman and her then-fiancé Benjamin Millepied were among the signers of a petition to President Obama in support of same-sex marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Portman supported Obama's re-election campaign. In January 2011, Portman became an ambassador of Free the Children, an international charity and educational partner, spearheading their Power of a Girl campaign. She hosted a contest challenging girls in North America to fundraise for one of Free The Children’s all-girls schools in Kenya. As incentives for the contest winner, she offered her designer Rodarte dress, worn at the red carpet premier of Black Swan, along with tickets to her next premiere. Free the Children's all-girls school was also the beneficiary of proceeds from sales of Nude Grege #169, the lipstick Portman designed for Christian Dior. It was announced in May 2012 that Portman would be working with watch designer Richard Mille to develop a limited-edition timepiece with proceeds supporting Free the Children. Later that year in May, she spoke at the annual Harvard Class Day to the graduating class of 2015.
  • 2010
    Age 28
    In December 2010, Portman announced their engagement and confirmed her pregnancy.
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  • 2009
    Age 27
    Portman began dating ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The couple met while she was filming Black Swan, for which he was the choreographer.
  • 2008
    Age 26
    After starring in the video for his song "Carmensita", she began a relationship with folk singer Devendra Banhart, which ended in September 2008.
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    In a 2008 interview, she also stated: "I even like John McCain.
    More Details Hide Details I disagree with his war stance — which is a really big deal — but I think he's a very moral person." In 2010, Portman's activist work and popularity with young people earned her a nomination for VH1's Do Something Awards, which is dedicated to honoring individuals who do good.
    In the 2008 presidential election, Portman supported Senator Hillary Clinton of New York in the Democratic primaries.
    More Details Hide Details She later campaigned for the eventual Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois, during the general election.
    Portman's directorial debut, Eve, opened the 65th Venice International Film Festival's shorts competition in September 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The short film, about a young woman who is dragged along on her grandmother's romantic date, was screened out of competition and Portman drew inspiration for the character from her own grandmother. In 2009, she starred opposite Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in the drama film Brothers, a remake of the 2004 Danish film of the same name. Portman played a young ballerina in Darren Aronofsky's 2010 film Black Swan, a role of which critic Kurt Loder wrote: "Portman gives one of her most compelling performances in this film, which is saying something." To prepare for the role, she went through five to eight hours of dance training each day for six months and lost. In 2011, she won both the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress. After Portman's Oscar win, controversy arose over who performed the bulk of the on-screen dancing in Black Swan. Sarah Lane, one of Portman's dancing doubles in the film, claimed that Portman performed only about five percent of the full-body shots, adding that she was asked by the film's producers not to speak publicly about it during the Oscar season. Director Aronofsky defended Portman by issuing a statement insisting that Portman performed 80 percent of the on-screen dancing in the movie. Portman was trained by professional ballerina Mary Helen Bowers for her role in the film and later wrote the foreword to Bowers' book, Ballet Beautiful.
  • 2007
    Age 25
    In fall 2007, she visited several university campuses, including Harvard, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Princeton, New York University, and Columbia, to inspire students with the power of microfinance and to encourage them to join the Village Banking Campaign to help families and communities lift themselves out of poverty.
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    In the "Voices" segment of the April 29, 2007, episode of the ABC Sunday morning program This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Portman discussed her work with FINCA and how it can benefit women and children in Third World countries.
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    In 2007, Portman traveled to Rwanda with Jack Hanna, to film the documentary, Gorillas on the Brink.
    More Details Hide Details Later, at a naming ceremony, Portman named a baby gorilla Gukina, which means "to play." Portman has been an advocate of environmental causes since childhood, when she joined an environmental song and dance troupe known as World Patrol Kids. She is also a member of the One Voice movement. Portman has also supported antipoverty activities. In 2004 and 2005, she traveled to Uganda, Guatemala, and Ecuador as the Ambassador of Hope for FINCA International, an organization that promotes micro-lending to help finance women-owned businesses in developing countries. In an interview conducted backstage at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia and appearing on the PBS program Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria, she discussed microfinance. Host Fareed Zakaria said that he was "generally wary of celebrities with fashionable causes", but included the segment with Portman because "she really knew her stuff".
    In 2007, she launched her own brand of vegan footwear.
    More Details Hide Details During her pregnancy in 2011, Portman went off her vegan diet and returned to vegetarianism, though she resumed a fully vegan diet afterwards.
    She appeared in Paul McCartney's music video "Dance Tonight" from his 2007 album Memory Almost Full, directed by Michel Gondry.
    More Details Hide Details Portman co-starred in the Wes Anderson short film Hotel Chevalier, opposite Jason Schwartzman. In May 2008, Portman served as the youngest member of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival jury.
  • 2006
    Age 24
    In 2006, she filmed Wong Kar-wai's road movie My Blueberry Nights.
    More Details Hide Details She won acclaim for her role as gambler Leslie, because "for once she's not playing a waif or a child princess but a mature, full-bodied woman... but she's not coasting on her looks … She uses her appeal to simultaneously flirt with and taunt the gambler across the table." Portman voiced Bart Simpson's girlfriend Darcy in the episode "Little Big Girl" of The Simpsons 18th season.
    In late 2006, Portman filmed The Other Boleyn Girl, a historical drama in which she plays Anne Boleyn; Eric Bana and Scarlett Johansson co-starred.
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    Portman starred in the children's film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, which began filming in April 2006 and was released in November 2007; she has said that she was "excited to do a kids' movie."
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    Portman hosted live television sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live on March 4, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details In a SNL Digital Short, she portrays herself as an angry gangsta rapper (with comedian Andy Samberg as her partner in Viking garb) during a faux-interview with comedian Chris Parnell, saying she cheated at Harvard University while high on marijuana and cocaine. The song, titled "Natalie's Rap," was released – alongside other sketches from the show – in 2009 on Incredibad, an album by the Lonely Island. V for Vendetta opened in early 2006. Portman portrayed Evey Hammond, a young woman who is saved from the secret police by anarchist freedom fighter V. Portman worked with a voice coach for the role, learning to speak with an English accent, and she famously had her head shaved. Portman has commented on V for Vendetta political relevance and mentioned that the main character, who recruits Evey to join an underground anti-government group, is "often bad and does things that you don't like" and that "being from Israel was a reason I wanted to do this because terrorism and violence are such a daily part of my conversations since I was little." She said the film "doesn't make clear good or bad statements. It respects the audience enough to take away their own opinion".
    In March 2006, she was a guest lecturer at a Columbia University course in terrorism and counterterrorism, where she spoke about her film V for Vendetta.
    More Details Hide Details Portman has professed an interest in foreign languages since childhood and has studied French, Japanese, German, and Arabic. As a student, Portman co-authored two research papers that were published in scientific journals. Her 1998 high school paper, "A Simple Method to Demonstrate the Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen from Sugar," co-authored with scientists Ian Hurley and Jonathan Woodward, was entered in the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2002, she contributed to a study on memory called "Frontal lobe activation during object permanence: data from near-infrared spectroscopy" during her psychology studies at Harvard. As a consequence of both her academic and acting careers, Portman has an Erdős–Bacon number of 7. Portman started dancing lessons at age four and performed in local troupes. At the age of 10, a Revlon agent asked her to become a child model, but she turned down the offer to focus on acting. In a magazine interview, Portman said that she was "different from the other kids. I was more ambitious. I knew what I liked and what I wanted, and I worked very hard. I was a very serious kid."
  • 2005
    Age 23
    Also in 2005, Portman filmed Free Zone and director Miloš Forman's Goya's Ghosts.
    More Details Hide Details Forman had not seen any of her work but thought she looked like a Goya painting, so he requested a meeting.
  • 2004
    Age 22
    Portman is a supporter of the Democratic Party, and in the 2004 presidential race she campaigned for the Democratic nominee, Senator John Kerry.
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    In 2004, Portman appeared in the independent movies Garden State and Closer.
    More Details Hide Details Garden State was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival and won Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. Her performance as Alice in Closer earned her a Supporting Actress Golden Globe as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The final Star Wars prequel, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, was released on May 19, 2005. The film was the highest grossing domestic film of that year and was voted Favorite Motion Picture at the People's Choice Awards.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2001
    Age 19
    That same year, she was one of many celebrities who made cameo appearances in the 2001 comedy Zoolander.
    More Details Hide Details Portman was cast in a small role in the film Cold Mountain.
    In July 2001, Portman opened in New York City's Public Theater production of Chekhov's The Seagull, directed by Mike Nichols; she played the role of Nina alongside Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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  • 2000
    Age 18
    During the summer break from June to September 2000, Portman filmed Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones in Sydney, along with additional production in London.
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  • 1999
    Age 17
    After filming Where the Heart Is, Portman moved into the dorms of Harvard University to pursue her bachelor's degree in psychology. She said in a 1999 interview that, with the exception of the Star Wars prequels, she would not act for the next four years in order to concentrate on studying.
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    The film opened in late 1999, and she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Ann August.
    More Details Hide Details Critic Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon called Portman "astonishing" and said that "unlike any number of actresses her age, she's neither too maudlin nor too plucky." She then signed on to play the lead role of a teenage mother in Where the Heart Is, which opened in April 2000.
  • 1997
    Age 15
    Also in 1997, Portman was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.
    More Details Hide Details The first film, The Phantom Menace, began filming in June 1997 and opened in May 1999. Following production on The Phantom Menace, she initially turned down a lead role in the film Anywhere but Here after learning it would involve a sex scene, but director Wayne Wang and actress Susan Sarandon (who played Portman's mother in the film) demanded a rewrite of the script. Portman was shown a new draft, and she decided to accept the role.
    In 1997, Portman played the role of Anne Frank in a Broadway adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank.
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  • 1994
    Age 12
    Léon: The Professional opened in 1994, marking her feature film debut.
    More Details Hide Details During the mid-1990s, Portman had roles in the films Heat, Everyone Says I Love You, and Mars Attacks!, as well as a major role in the Beautiful Girls, for which she garnered significant acclaim. She was the first choice to play Juliet in William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, but producers felt her age wasn't suitable.
  • 1993
    Age 11
    In 1993, she auditioned for the role of an orphan child who befriends a middle-aged hitman (played by Jean Reno) in Luc Besson's film, Léon: The Professional.
    More Details Hide Details Soon after getting the part, she took her paternal grandmother's maiden name, "Portman", as her stage name in the interest of privacy and to protect her family's identity.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1992
    Age 10
    On school holidays, Portman attended theater camps. When she was 10, Portman auditioned for the 1992 off-Broadway show Ruthless!, a musical about a girl who is prepared to commit murder to get the lead in a school play.
    More Details Hide Details Portman and future pop star Britney Spears were chosen as the understudies for star Laura Bell Bundy.
  • 1988
    Age 6
    Portman and her family first lived in Washington, D.C., but relocated to Connecticut in 1988 and then moved to Jericho, New York, on Long Island, in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details While living in the Washington, D.C. area, Portman attended Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. Portman learned to speak Hebrew while living on Long Island and attended a Jewish elementary school, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County in Jericho, New York. She graduated from Syosset High School in Syosset, Long Island in 1999. She studied ballet and modern dance at the American Theater Dance Workshop in New Hyde Park, New York, and attended the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights, both on Long Island. Portman skipped the premiere of her film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, so she could study for her high school final exams. In 2003, Portman graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in psychology. "I don't care if college ruins my career," she told the New York Post. "I'd rather be smart than a movie star." At Harvard, Portman was Alan Dershowitz's research assistant. While attending Harvard, she was a resident of Lowell House and wrote a letter to the Harvard Crimson in response to an essay critical of Israeli actions toward Palestinians.
  • 1984
    Age 2
    In 1984, when Portman was three years old, the family moved to the United States, where her father received his medical training.
    More Details Hide Details Portman, a dual citizen of the United States and Israel, has said that although she "really loves the States... my heart's in Jerusalem. That's where I feel at home."
  • 1981
    Born
    Portman was born on June 9, 1981 in Jerusalem.
    More Details Hide Details Her original given name was Neta-Lee, a Hebrew name. She is the only child of Shelley (née Stevens), an American homemaker who works as Portman's agent, and Avner Hershlag, an Israeli fertility specialist and gynecologist. Her maternal grandparents, Bernice (née Hurwitz; 1925 - 2014) and Arthur Stevens (whose family surname was originally Edelstein), were from Jewish families who moved to the United States from Austria and Russia. Natalie's paternal grandparents, Mania (née Portman) and Zvi Yehuda Hershlag, were Jewish immigrants to Israel. Zvi, born in Poland in 1914, moved to what was then Mandatory Palestine in 1938 and eventually became an economics professor; his parents died at Auschwitz. One of Natalie's paternal great-grandmothers was born in Romania and was a spy for British Intelligence during World War II. Portman's parents met at a Jewish student center at Ohio State University, where her mother was selling tickets. They corresponded after her father returned to Israel and were married when her mother visited a few years later.
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