Birth Name: Natalie Hershlag
Natalie Portman Height: 5′ 3″ (1.60 m)
Born: June 09, 1981
With a major part in the most anticipated film of the 1990s, George_Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace, repeated comparisons to Audrey_Hepburn, and the drool of a thousand critics at her feet, Natalie Portman has emerged as one of the most promising actresses of her generation.
Born in Jerusalem on June 9, 1981, to an artist mother and doctor father, Portman moved to New York when she was three. Raised on Long Island, she was discovered by a modeling agent who signed her on the spot. Her modeling stint led to an audition for Luc_Besson’s Leon (or The_Professional, as it was called in the United States). Due to her age (she was 12 when the film was cast), Portman was initially turned down for the lead role of Mathilda, a girl who asks a hit man (Jean_Reno) to train her as an assassin to avenge her brother’s death and falls in love with him in the process. However, she ultimately won the part and her 1994 film debut earned a number of positive notices. In interviews, Portman allowed that making her first film in the toughest sections of Spanish Harlem was frightening, but not quite so frightening, she claimed, as going back to school once shooting wrapped.
Portman then took on the role of Al_Pacino’s step-daughter in another demanding film, Michael_Mann’s Heat (1995). She followed this up with lighter fare as Jack_Nicholson’s daughter in Mars_Attacks! (1996). Despite a triumph of casting (the ensemble also included Glenn_Close, Annette_Bening, and Rod_Steiger) and the direction of the dependably original Tim_Burton, the film was a critical and financial disappointment. Portman emerged relatively unscathed, going on the same year to make Woody_Allen’s musical comedy Everyone_Says_I_Love_You. The film met with a decidedly happier fate among critics and filmgoers than her previous venture and Portman continued to ride high with the success of her third film of 1996, Beautiful_Girls. For her performance as Marty, the precocious teen who nearly steals a much older Timothy_Hutton away from his fiancée, Portman received adulation from a host of critics, some of whom stated that she was the best part of the whole movie.
Natalie Portman Biography
Natalie Portman was born on June 9th, 1981 in Jerusalem, Israel, as the only child of a doctor father (from Israel) and an artist mother (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie’s agent. She left Israel for Washington, DC, when she was still very young. After a few more moves, her family finally settled in New York, where she still lives to this day. She graduated with honors, and her academic achievements allowed her to attend Harvard.