Natalie Portman (born: Netta-Lee Hershlag, [June 9, 1981) is an American-Israeli film actress, director, and Oscar-winner for her role in a Black Swan movie. (Natalie Portman Biography and History)
Portman became famous in 1994 when she starred alongside Jean-Renault in the movie “Leon.” She has since starred in dozens of films, including in the Star Wars trilogy, Closer, Black Swan, and Vundetta. In 2005, she was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Golden Globe Award for her role in the film “Closer.” In 2011, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award, the Screen Actors Guild and the APTA Award, for her role in the Black Swan movie.
Neta-Lee Hershlag was born in Jerusalem, Israel. Her father, Avner Hershleg, is an Israeli doctor specializing in fertility. Mother, Shelly Stevens (nee Edelstein), was born in the United States to American-born parents who came from Jewish families from Austria, Lithuania and Poland. Her paternal grandparents are Mania (nee Portman) and Zvi Yehuda Herslach, who immigrated to Israel from Romania and Poland, respectively. At age 4, her family moved to the United States. They first lived in Washington, moved to Connecticut in 1988, and in 1990 moved to Long Island, New York City, New York, all because of her father’s occupations. “Portman” is her grandmother’s maiden name on her father’s side, and she adopted it as her stage name to keep her private. Although she does not live in Israel, Portman speaks Hebrew and maintains social ties in Israel.
When she was an 11-year-old Portman, Revlon’s agent discovered her in a pizzeria. She was interested in her as a model.
Portman earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University, where she served as a research assistant to Professor Alan Dershowitz, and assisted him, as a research assistant, in writing his book Israel – a defensive reporter. As a gifted student, Intel was included in the list of scientific talent tracking. When she was a student, she also published a protest article against a column in the Harvard Crimson student newspaper criticizing Israeli policy toward the Palestinians. Subsequently, Portman studied for six months at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of the Harvard Student Exchange Program. During her academic studies, she participated in the writing of two scientific papers, one of which earned her the number of Ardash-Bacon 7. Portman was also a visiting lecturer at Columbia University on issues of terrorism and the war on terror following her film “Vendetta.”
In December 2010, she learned that she was pregnant and engaged to French-born choreographer Benjamin Milpier, whom she knew while working on the film set “Black Swan”. On June 14, 2011, she gave birth to their joint eldest son, who was given the name “Alf” (the first letter in Hebrew), and in August 2012, they married at a Jewish ceremony in Big Sur, California. In January 2014, it was revealed that Milfia was in a conversion process inspired by his wife, Portman. In March 2017, a two-year-old was born.
She has been a vegetarian since the age of 8, and vegan from 2011 when she was pregnant with her first child, and active in animal rights.
Portman has supported Democratic presidential candidates, such as John Kerry and Barack Obama. She is also active in supporting women in Africa.
In 2006, Portman and the Jewish Federation initiated a fundraiser to collect donations for the State of Israel and, in particular, to restore the north after the Second Lebanon War. (Natalie Portman Biography)
In November 2017, Portman was announced as the bride-to-be award for 2018. However, in April 2018, Portman’s representatives announced that: “The recent events in Israel are very disturbing to Ms. Portman and she is not comfortable attending public events in Israel.” Portman then made it clear that she did not boycott the State of Israel, but did not want to appear as a supporter of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his policy, when he was to address the award ceremony. As a result, the award was canceled to Portman, and the prize amount will be transferred directly from the Genesis Prize Fund to women’s rights organizations. He further argued that the national law is racist.
After being introduced to casting agents, she bought her name in the movie “Leon,” in which she plays Matilda the young student of an older assassin named Leon. Portman’s success continued in her subsequent films, “Beautiful Girls” and “Everyone Say I Love You,” in which she played a sub role. Portman even furthered her publicity as she played the role of Padma Amidala in the upcoming Star Wars trilogy (1999, 2002 and 2005).
Later in 2005 he returned to Israel for the film he starred in, “Free Zone”, alongside Hannah Leslow and directed by Amos Gitai. That year, she was praised worldwide for her closer film acting and won the Golden Globe Award and numerous awards, including the Academy Award. Besides her acting, Portman began directing. In 2008, she directed a short film called “Farm”. (Natalie Portman Biography)
In January 2011, she received the Actress of the Year award at the Critics Awards, for her role in the movie “Black Swan”. She then won her role in the film at the Golden Globe Award, and on February 27, 2011, she won the Oscar for Best Actress.
She was also awarded the Screen Actors Guild and the APTA Award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
In 2011, Portman played in the romantic movie “Non-binding Connection” with Ashton Kutcher.
Later in 2011, she starred as the main female character in the movie about Marvel comics superhero Thor, Jane. She returned in 2013 to her role in the sequel, “Thor: The Dark World.”
In 2015, she completed the production of the Hebrew-speaking film “A Story of Love and Darkness” in which she directs and plays the mother of Amos Oz, author of the book by the same name, all after acquiring the rights to the story in 2007. Natalie Portman Biography and History
In 2016, the movie “Jackie” came out starring Portman, in which she embodies the wife of US President John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis. Portman has been lauded for playing the film, winning the Critics’ Award for Best Actress, her third Golden Globe Award, and the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Portman announced that at the end of 2017, she will begin filming the lead role in the film “On the Basis of Sex,” about the life of American-Jewish judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And in the film “The Life and Death of John F. Donovan” (Ann) along with Kit Harrington, Jessica Chastain and Susan Sarandon, and is due out in 2018.
On March 20, 2017, a video clip was released by singer James Blake singing “My Willing Heart” in which Portman stars just days before giving birth to her home, Amalia. That same month, the movie “Song To Song”, a romantic drama by director Terence Malik, released alongside Ryan Gosling, Michael Passbander and Ronnie Mara, the film was filmed in 2011.
In addition, it was announced in 2017 that Portman would make a small screen debut and star in the series “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” based on Karen Joy Fowler’s bestseller of the same name, and she will play the lead role on the HBO network. (Natalie Portman Biography)
- Leon (1994)
- Watch (1995)
- Beautiful Girls (AN) (1996)
- Everyone says I love you (Ann) (1996)
- The Invasion From Mars (1996)
- Star Wars – Episode 1: Phantom Horror (1999)
- Everywhere else (1999) (1999)
- The Key of the Heart (AN) (2000)
- Zolander (2001)
- Star Wars – Chapter 2: Clone Attack (2002)
- Cold Mount (2003)
- Garden State (AN) (2004)
- Closer (2004)
- Star Wars – Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
- Free Area (2005)
- Vendetta (2005)
- Paris, I Love You (Ann) (2006)
- The Ghosts of Goya (Ann) (2006)
- Nights in Louvre (Ann) (2007)
- Darjeeling Railway (AN) (2007)
- Wonder Shop (Ann) (2007)
- The Other Bolin Girl (AN) (2008)
- The Other Woman (Ann) (2009)
- Love You, New York (2009)
- Brothers (2009)
- Drop (AN) (2010)
- Black Swan (2010)
- Non-binding relationship (2011)
- Your Excellency (Ann) (2011)
- Queue (2011)
- Queue: The Dark World (2013)
- The Trophy Knight (AN) (2015)
- Story of Love and Darkness (2015) – Director, Screenwriter and Actress
- Jane Has a Gun (AN) (2016)
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016)
- Jackie (2016)
- Planetarium (AN) (2016)
- Song of Song (Ann) (2017)
- The World After: Extinction (AN) (2018)
- Vox Lux (AN) (2018)
- The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (Ann) (2019)
- Lucy in the Sky (Ann) (2019)
- Queue: Love and Thunder (2022)
- 1999 – Diary of Anna Frank
- 2001 – The Seagull