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natalie portmanHollywood actress Natalie Portman was born on June 9, 1981 in Jerusalem and moved with her parents to New York when she was three.

A child model, she was all of 12 when she auditioned for her first movie role with director Luc Besson who cast her in The Professional in which she plays a girl who trains as an assassin to avenge her brother's death.

The part launched Portman's career, but she continued to appear in minor roles, i.e., opposite Al Pacino in Heat and as the president's disaffected daughter alongside Jack Nicholson and an all-star cast in Mars Attacks! in 1996.

Portman went on to appear in two other critically acclaimed films that year - in Woody Allen's Everybody Says I Love You and in Beautiful Girls, in which she held her own against movie veterans Matt Dillon and Timothy Hutton.

Her Broadway debut came next, in a strong and sensitive performance in the title role of Anne Frank, followed by the biggest role of her career to date - when she signed a 10-year contract to play the pivotal role of Queen Amidala in three new installments of the epic Star Wars series.

Portman's other early film credits have included appearances in Garden State and alongside Jude Law and Nicole Kidman in the critically acclaimed Cold Mountain in 2003, crowning a busy year in film with a Golden Globe winning performance as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Closer and an Oscar nod, as well, for the role.

Her final appearance in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith as Queen Amidala came in 2005.

In 2006, Portman starred in V for Vendetta as a rebel fighter against a futuristic totalitarian British government, followed by almost universal derision a year later for her lightweight performance alongside Dustin Hoffman in "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium."

Other notable film roles have included the costume drama The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and most notably in Black Swan (2010) for which Portman was awarded an Oscar, a Bafta, and a Screen Actors Guild award for Best Actress.

Off the set, Natalie Portman is married to ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied whom she met while filming Black Swan. The couple have one son, Aleph, born in June 2011.

More about Natalie Portman around the Web:

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