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Natalie Hershlag (Hebrew: נטלי הרשלג‎; born 9 June 1981), better known by her stage name Natalie Portman, is an Israeli-American actress. Her first role was as an orphan taken in by a hitman in the 1994 French action film Léon (known in the United States as The Professional). During the 1990s, Portman had major roles in films like Beautiful Girls and Anywhere but Here, before being cast for the role as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy. In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while she was working on the Star Wars films. She completed her bachelor's degree in 2003.
In 2001, Portman opened in New York City's Public Theater production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, alongside Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. In 2005, Portman received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as well as winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for the drama Closer. She shaved her head and learned to speak with an English accent for her starring role in V for Vendetta (2006), for which she won a Constellation Award for Best Female Performance, and a Saturn Award for Best Actress. She played leading roles in the historical dramas Goya's Ghosts (2006) and The Other Boleyn Girl (2008). In May 2008, she served as the youngest member of the 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival jury. Portman's directorial debut, Eve, opened the 65th Venice International Film Festival's shorts competition in 2008.

In 2011, Portman won the Golden Globe award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for her performance in Black Swan. She is engaged to ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied.
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Quick Tip by . June 02, 2011
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Talented and easy on the eyes. Her movie choices leave something to be desired, but they cover a wide area: From Where the Heart is, The Other Boleyn Girl, V for Vendetta, Heat, and her Oscar winning performance in Black Swan, she's been in many different kinds of movies.
Quick Tip by . January 11, 2011
Portman was brilliant in "The Professional." Unfortunately she's given wooden performances ever since. Perhaps "Black Swan" will change my mind.
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