Natalie Portman is an Israeli-American actress and filmmaker, born on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She moved to the United States at a young age and grew up in Long Island, New York.
Portman began her acting career at the age of 12, appearing in the 1994 film “Léon: The Professional” as Mathilda. The role earned her critical acclaim and launched her career. She continued to act in films throughout her teenage years, including “Beautiful Girls” (1996) and “Anywhere but Here” (1999).
In 1999, Portman enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology, graduating in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree. She continued to act during her time at Harvard, appearing in films such as “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” (1999) and “Closer” (2004), for which she received an Academy Award nomination.
Portman’s career continued to flourish in the 2010s, with notable roles in films such as “Black Swan” (2010), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress, “Thor” (2011), “Jackie” (2016), and “Annihilation” (2018). She also directed and starred in the drama film “A Tale of Love and Darkness” (2015), which was based on the memoir by Amos Oz.
In addition to her work in film, Portman is also an advocate for various causes, including animal rights and environmentalism. She has also been an ambassador for FINCA International, a microfinance organization that helps people in developing countries start their own businesses.
Portman has been married to dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied since 2012, and they have two children together.
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