Blanchett at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival
|Born||Catherine Élise Blanchett
14 May 1969 
|Spouse(s)||Andrew Upton (1997–present; 3 children)|
Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett (//; born 14 May 1969) is an Australian actress who has received several accolades, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTAs, and an Academy Award.
She came to international attention for her role as Elizabeth I of England in the 1998 film Elizabeth, for which she won British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and Golden Globe awards, and earned her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Blanchett appeared as the elf Lady Galadriel in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy from 2001 to 2003. In 2004, Blanchett's portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator brought her numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Blanchett's other notable films include Babel (2006), Notes on a Scandal (2006), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), and Blue Jasmine (2013). She will reprise the role of Galadriel in what is to be The Hobbit trilogy (2012–2014).
Early life and education
Blanchett was born in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe. Her mother, June (née Gamble), was an Australian property developer and teacher, and her father, Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., was a Texas native who was a United States Navy petty officer and later worked as an advertising executive. The two met while Blanchett's father's ship, USS Arneb, was in Melbourne. When Blanchett was ten, she lost her father to a heart attack. She has two siblings; her older brother, Bob, is a computer systems engineer, and her younger sister, Genevieve, worked as a theatrical designer and received her Bachelor of Design in Architecture in April 2008. Her ancestry includes English, and more distant French and Scottish.
Blanchett has described herself as being "part extrovert, part wallflower" during childhood. She attended a primary school in Melbourne at Ivanhoe East Primary School. For her secondary education, she attended Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School and then Methodist Ladies' College, from which she graduated, where she explored her passion for acting. She studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne before leaving Australia to travel overseas.
Her first major stage role was opposite Geoffrey Rush in the 1992 David Mamet play Oleanna, for which she won the Sydney Theatre Critics' Best Newcomer Award. She also appeared as Ophelia in an acclaimed 1994–95 Company B production of Hamlet, directed by Neil Armfield, starring Rush and Richard Roxburgh. Blanchett appeared in the TV miniseries Heartland opposite Ernie Dingo, the miniseries Bordertown with Hugo Weaving, and in an episode of Police Rescue entitled "The Loaded Boy". She also appeared in the 1994 telemovie Police Rescue as a teacher taken hostage by armed bandits, and in the 50-minute drama Parklands (1996), which received a limited release in Australian cinemas. Also in 1994, she played a non-recurring role in an episode of the long-running Australian TV series GP, as Janie Morris, a woman living with her brother (Daniel Lapaine as Sean Morris) in a consensual incestuous relationship. Their relationship is torn apart when their mother comes to visit, and notices that only one bed appears to be slept in regularly.
Blanchett made her international film debut with a supporting role as an Australian nurse captured by the Japanese Army during World War II, in Bruce Beresford's 1997 film Paradise Road, which co-starred Glenn Close and Frances McDormand. Her first leading role, also in 1997, was as Lucinda Leplastrier in Gillian Armstrong's production of Oscar and Lucinda, opposite Ralph Fiennes. Blanchett was nominated for her first Australian Film Institute Award as Best Leading Actress for this role, but lost out to Pamela Rabe in The Well. She did, however, win an AFI Award as Supporting Actress in the same year for her role as Lizzie in the romantic comedy Thank God He Met Lizzie, co-starring Richard Roxburgh and Frances O'Connor. Her first high-profile international role was as Elizabeth I of England in the 1998 movie Elizabeth, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. She became the first and only actress in the history, to be nominated in this category for the part. Blanchett lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow for her role in Shakespeare in Love, but won a British Academy Award (BAFTA) and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama. The following year, Blanchett was nominated for another BAFTA Award, for her supporting role in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Already an acclaimed actress, Blanchett received a host of new fans when she appeared in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. She played the role of Galadriel in all three films. The trilogy holds the record as the highest grossing film trilogy of all time. In addition to The Lord of the Rings, 2001 also saw Blanchett diversify her portfolio with dramas Charlotte Gray and The Shipping News alongside the American comedy Bandits, for which she earned a second Golden Globe nomination. In 2005, she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. This made Blanchett the first person to garner an Academy Award for playing a previous Oscar-winning actor/actress. That same year, Blanchett won the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress for her role as Tracy Heart, a recovering heroin addict in the Australian film Little Fish. Though lesser known globally than some of her other films, Little Fish received tremendous critical acclaim in Blanchett's native Australia.
In 2006, she starred in Babel opposite Brad Pitt, The Good German with George Clooney and Notes on a Scandal opposite Dame Judi Dench. Blanchett received her third Academy Award nomination for her performance in the latter film.
In 2007, Blanchett was named as one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World and also one of the most successful actresses by Forbes magazine. In 2007, she won the Volpi Cup Best Actress Award at the Venice Film Festival and the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe Award for portraying one of six incarnations of Bob Dylan in Todd Haynes' feature film I'm Not There and reprised her role as Elizabeth I in the sequel Elizabeth: The Golden Age. At the 80th Academy Awards Blanchett received two Academy Award nominations—Best Actress for Elizabeth: the Golden Age and Best Supporting Actress for I'm Not There--becoming the eleventh actor to receive two acting nominations in the same year, and the first female actor to receive another nomination for the reprisal of a role.
She next starred in Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, as the villainous KGB agent Col. Dr. Irina Spalko, and in David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, appearing on screen with Brad Pitt for a second time. On 5 December 2008, Blanchett was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman's Egyptian Theatre.
As of 2011, Blanchett has been featured in seven films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: Elizabeth (1998), The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002 and 2003), The Aviator (2004), Babel (2006), and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Blanchett provided a voice for the film Ponyo, and appeared opposite Russell Crowe in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, released on 14 May 2010. She attended the premiere of her film Hanna directed by Joe Wright at the Sydney Film Festival.
It was announced that Blanchett will reprise her role as Galadriel in Jackson's upcoming films of The Hobbit in 2012 and 2013, filmed in New Zealand. Also in 2012, Blanchett voiced the role of "Penelope" in the Family Guy episode "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie". Blanchett is set to appear in a film directed by Terrence Malick, Knight of Cups. Both are scheduled to be filmed in 2012.
Blanchett played the lead in Blue Jasmine (2013), directed by Woody Allen, and costarring Alec Baldwin and Louis C.K. Blue Jasmine was the first Allen film set in New York City since Whatever Works (2009) and the first Allen film set in San Francisco since Take the Money and Run (1969). Blanchett received rave reviews for her performance, with some saying it was the best of her career (surpassing her acclaimed starring role in Elizabeth).
Blanchett is also set to star in George Clooney's next directorial effort, The Monuments Men. The film will feature an ensemble cast including Clooney, John Goodman, Bill Murray, Hugh Bonneville and Jean Dujardin. The synopsis of the film reads: "In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renown works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys them." She will play Lady Tremaine, the Wicked Stepmother, in a live-action re-imagining of Cinderella.
She is also confirmed to star opposite Mia Wasikowska in Carol, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Price of Salt, directed by Todd Haynes. She will also star as Marisa Acocella Marchetto, a cartoonist for the New Yorker who is diagnosed with cancer, in the HBO movie Cancer Vixen, written and directed by Julie Delpy.
Blanchett's husband is playwright and screenwriter Andrew Upton, whom she met in 1996 on the set of a TV show. They were married on 29 December 1997 and have three sons: Dashiell John (born 3 December 2001), Roman Robert (born 23 April 2004), and Ignatius Martin (born 13 April 2008).
After making Brighton, England, their main family home for much of the early 2000s, she and her husband returned to their native Australia. In November 2006, Blanchett stated that this was due to a desire to decide on a permanent home for her children, and to be closer to her family as well as a sense of belonging to the Australian (theatrical) community. She and her family live in Bulwarra, an 1877 sandstone mansion once owned by Halse Rogers Arnott, in the harbourside Sydney suburb of Hunters Hill. It was purchased for A$10.2 million in 2004 and underwent extensive renovations in 2007 to be made more "eco-friendly".
In 2006, a portrait of Cate Blanchett and family painted by McLean Edwards was a finalist for the Archibald Prize. Blanchett is a Patron of the Sydney Film Festival. She works as the face of SK-II, the luxury skin care brand owned by Procter & Gamble. In 2007, Blanchett became the ambassador for the Australian Conservation Foundation's online campaign – trying to persuade Australians to express their concerns about climate change. She is also the Patron of the development charity SolarAid. Opening the 2008 9th World Congress of Metropolis in Sydney, Blanchett said: "The one thing that all great cities have in common is that they are all different."
In early 2009, Blanchett appeared in a series of special edition postage stamps called "Australian Legends of the Screen", featuring Australian actors acknowledged for the "outstanding contribution they have made to Australian entertainment and culture". She, Geoffrey Rush, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman each appear twice in the series: once as themselves and once in character; Blanchett is depicted in character from Elizabeth: The Golden Age. At the beginning of 2011, Blanchett lent her support for a Carbon Tax. She received some criticism for this, especially from conservatives. Blanchett and her husband are currently artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company. She has announced that the 2013 season at the Sydney Theatre Company will be her final one as artistic director.
|pre-1992||Odyssey of Runyon Jones, TheThe Odyssey of Runyon Jones||Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne||Unknown||Adaption of play by Norman Corwin|
|pre-1992||They Shoot Horses, Don't They?||Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne||Director||Directed fellow students in a production of an adaptation of the novel by Horace McCoy|
|1992||Electra||National Institute of Dramatic Art, Sydney||Electra|
|1992/1993||Top Girls||Sydney Theatre Company||Unknown||Her first starring role there|
|1993||Oleanna||Sydney Theatre Company||Carol||Opposite Geoffrey Rush; won Rosemont Best Actress Award|
|1994||Hamlet||Belvoir Street Theatre Company||Ophelia||Opposite Geoffrey Rush; Company B Production, directed by Neil Armfield|
|1995||Sweet Phoebe||Sydney Theatre Company and Warehouse Theatre, Croydon||Helen||World premier of a play written and directed by Michael Gow; transferred to the West End|
|1995||Tempest, TheThe Tempest||Belvoir Street Theatre Company||Miranda||A Company B Production, directed by Neil Armfield|
|1995||Blind Giant is Dancing, TheThe Blind Giant is Dancing||Belvoir Street Theatre Company||Rose Draper||With Hugo Weaving; Company B production, directed by Neil Armfield, with music composed by Paul Charlier; play by Stephen Sewell|
|1997||Seagull, TheThe Seagull a.k.a. The Seagull in Harry Hills||Belvoir Street Theatre Company||Nina||Directed by Neil Armfield, music composed by Paul Charlier|
|1999||Plenty||The Alemida Season at the Albery Theatre, London||Susan Traherne||Directed by Jonathan Kent|
|1999||Vagina Monologues, TheThe Vagina Monologues||The Old Vic, London||–||Ensemble including Melanie Griffith|
|2004||Hedda Gabler||Sydney Theatre Company||Hedda Gabler||Travelled to Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theatre; there, she was awarded the Ibsen Centennial Commemoration Award. 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor in a Play.|
|2009||War of the Roses, The. CycleThe War of the Roses Cycle||Sydney Theatre Company||Richard II, Lady Anne||part of the Sydney Festival 2009 ; 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Leading Actress in a Mainstage Production [NOMINATION – lost to herself for Streetcar Named Desire]; 2009 Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Play [NOMINATION]|
|2009||Streetcar Named Desire, AA Streetcar Named Desire||Sydney Theatre Company||Blanche DuBois||With Joel Edgerton; directed by Liv Ullmann; 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production, Washington, DC; 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Leading Actress in a Mainstage ProductioN|
|2010||Uncle Vanya||Sydney Theatre Company||Yelena||Adaptation by A. Upton; with Richard Roxburgh (Vanya), John Bell (Professor Serebryakov), Hugo Weaving (Astrov); 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production, Washington, DC; 2010 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Mainstage Production [NOMINATION]; 2011 Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Play.|
|2011||Big and Small||Sydney Theatre Company||Lotte||Directed by Benedict Andrews; new translation by Martin Crimp of Botho Strauß's 1978 play Groß und klein; co-commissioned by the Barbican Centre, London 2012 Festival, Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, Vienna Festival and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen ; 2011 London Evening Standard Theatre Award Best Actress [NOMINATION]; 2011 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Leading Actress in a Mainstage Production. 2012 Helpmann Awards Best Female Actor in a Play.|
|2013||The Maids||Sydney Theatre Company||Claire||With Isabelle Huppert as Solange, Elizabeth Debicki as Madame; directed by Benedict Andrews|
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