Mostly Credited As: Natalie Portman
Birth Name: Natalie Hershlag
Date Of Birth: June 09, 1981 (Age 34)
Country Of Birth: Israel
Birth Place: Jerusalem
Height: 5' 3" (1.6 m)
Natalie Portman is the only child of Avner, a doctor, and Shelley, an artist. Born in Jerusalem, Israel, she and her family moved into the United States when she was only three. Settling in Syosset, New York, she started to pursue her acting career when she was only eleven. Her film debut was Léon in 1994. Natalie attend and graduated with honors from Syosset High School in June 1999. While she concentrated mostly on her academics, she did make several films during her early high school years, such as Heat (1996), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Beautiful Girl (1996) and Mars Attack (1996). Because of her outstanding academic achievement, Natalie enrolled into Harvard University. She continues to pursue her acting career, while majoring in psychology. It wasn’t until 1999 when she received world-wide fame in playing Queen “Padme” Amidala in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace . Natalie went on to reprising her role as Padme in the next two Star Wars sequels, Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2003) and Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). She also appeared in several critically acclaimed dramas such as Cold Mountain (2003), Garden State (2004), and Closer (2004). Her role in Closer landed her her first Golden Globe award for Best Actress. She landed her first leading role in the comic-adaption, V For Vendetta. In 2011, Portman tookhome the Academy Award for Best Actress in Black Swan, while pregnant with her first child Aleph with Black Swan co-star and choreaographer Benjamin Millepied. Natalie graduated from Havard University on June 5th, 2003 with a degree in psychology.