Natalie Portman is an Israeli American actress, writer, producer, Filmmaker, and Philanthropist who has made a name for herself in the Hollywood movie industry due to her magnificent acting skills and hard work. She’s been in the movie industry for more than 30 years and has been recognized for her roles in different blockbuster movies.
Natalie Portman Biography
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Nata Lee Herchtag popularly known as Nathalie Portman was born on June 6, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel to an Israeli (Father) Avner Herchtag and American (Mother) Shelley Stevens. Her father, who was Israeli-born, happens to be a gynecologist. and her mother Shelley is an American homemaker who has been her manager from the start. Her family moved to Washington D.C. United States in the late 1980s. But later relocated to Connecticut in 1988 then later moved to Long Island in 1990.
Natalie attended Jewish Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland, then moved on to the Solomon Schechter Day School in Nassau County, she then went on to study Ballet at The American Theater Dance Workshop, she then got a degree in “Creative and Performing Arts” at Usdan Centre.
Her first Audition was in 1990 when she worked with Britney Spears in the Broadway musical “Ruthless”. She got another role immediately after the production, which was a breakthrough for her career. Natalie took dance lessons at the tender age of Four which helped her perform well in some of her movie roles. Her dancing skills are another thing to talk about as she’s always showing her wonderful dance skills.
Portman is very fluent in English and Hebrew, and can also speak a couple of languages like French, Arabic, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
Nathalie Portman career
Nathalie started acting at the tender age of 12 years with her first movie which happens to be an action movie “León The Professional ” in the year 1994. She took on different roles in local television and stage shows to help in developing her skills. Her role in the movie “Heat” gave her more fame even as a teen in high school, she became more popular after her role in the first episode of the “Star Wars movie” which was released during her senior days in high school. While in high school, she got a role in a Broadway production ” The Diary of a Young girl”, in 1998.
Natalie continued her role in the second episode of the movie “Star Wars” after getting her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Harvard University in the year 2000. She appeared in the movie Cold mountain shortly after graduation.
She was honored with an Academy Award in the Best Actress category for her role in the movie “Black Swan”, and different nominations for her performances in movies like “Closer” and “Jackie”. She has also been honored with BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Critics Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Natalie has also taken on different roles, such as directing and producing movies. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in psychology, Natalie continued her education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem where she also graduated with a degree.
Natalie Portman was also known as an Activist behind the cameras who has devoted her time to helping humanity. She was the first Ambassador of Hope for FINCA, an international village banking microfinance program that has been giving out loans and savings to the less privileged and poor families to build their businesses from scratch, also to provide for their households, and to improve their ways to help reduce poverty worldwide.
Natalie is also an Ambassador for “WE Charity”, Portman spends her time on an organization that helps youths. She has also helped in supporting and funding the opening of a Secondary School in Kenya.
She has directed 3 movies so far in her career (1)Eve, (2)New York, I Love You (2008), and A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015). Natalie has also produced 7 movies so far, these are: The Other Woman in 2009 and Hesher in 2010, No Strings Attached in 2011, the Seventh Fire and Jane Got a Gun in 2015, Eating Animals, and Vox Lux in 2018.
Natalie Portman Movies and TV Shows
León The Professional, Developing, Anne of Green Gables(1994), Heat (1995), Cabaret, Everyone Says I Love You, Mars Attacks, Beautiful Girls (1996), The Diary of Anne Frank (1997) Star Wars (1999), The Seagull, Zoolander (2001) Where the Heart Is (2002), Star Wars Episode 2 (2002), Cold Mountain (2003), Garden State, Closer, Brothers (2004), Star Wars Episode 3, V for Vendetta, Free Zone (2005), My Blueberry Night, Hotel Chevalier (2007), The Other Boleyn Girl, Eve (2008), New York I Love You, Goya’s Ghost(2009), Black Swan, Hesher (2010), Your Highness, No Strings Attached, Thor (2011), Thor “The Dark World” (2013), Night of Cups, A Tale of Love and Darkness, Jane Got a Gun, (2015), Jackie (2016), Song to Song (2017), Annihilation, The Dealt & Life of John F. Donovan (2018), Avengers – End Game, Lucy in The Sky, What If (2019), Lady in The Lake (2021)
Natalie Portman Awards
Natalie has won 39 awards and several nominations, (1)Golden Globe Award, (1)National Board of Review award (2004), (1)Saturn Award (2006- 2010) International Cinephile(1)Gotham Award (2009), (1)Houston Film Critics Association, (1) Chicago Film Critics, (1) British Academy Film Awards, (1) Critics Choice Awards, (1)Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards, (1) Florida Film Critics Circle Awards, (1)Golden Globe Awards, (1)Independent Spirit Awards, (1)Online Film Critics Society Awards, (1)Screen Actors Guild, (1)St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association (2010), (2) Alliance of Women Film Journalist Awards, (1) Academy Awards, (1) Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, (1)Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards, (2)Russian National Movie Awards, (1)Scream Awards, (1)Teen Choice Awards (2011-2012), (1) Boston Society of Films Awards, (2) Chicago Film Critics, (1) Critics Choice Awards, (1) Dallas Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards, (1)Georgia Film Critics Awards, (1)Hollywood Film Awards, Israel Film Festival ” Honored”, (1)Online Film Critics Society Awards, (1)Washington D.C Area Film Critics Association (2016), Dublin Film Critics Awards (1)Houston Film Critics Society Awards, (1)Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards (2017), Environment Media Awards.
Natalie has 78 nominations from the above-listed category which include, the Academy Awards, Austin Film Critics Association Awards, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, British Academy Film Awards, British Independent Film Awards, and several others.
Natalie Portman’s Husband & Kids
She married Benjamin Millepied who she described as the best husband ever and who has been supportive for more than a decade. Like most couples in the Hollywood movie industry, Portman and Benjamin’s love story started on a film set. The lovebird met on a set in 2009, Natalie starred as prima ballerina Nina Sayers while Benjamin was hired to choreograph the iconic ballet sequences for the film. Although they fell for each other while working together, it did not take long before Portman fell for Benjamin.
After their project together ended on the 3rd of December 2010, Natalie and Benjamin came out with a big announcement of their engagement. A few weeks later, the lovebird revealed that they hadn’t only gotten engaged, but she was also pregnant with their first child. Natalie came out to publicly acknowledge her fiancé for the very first time in February of the following year on a stage.
On June 14, 2011, Natalie and Benjamin welcomed their first child together, a son named Aleph. The following year was a year to remember for both lovers, The love birds tied the knot secretly with few attendees at a wedding ceremony in Big Sur, California. Natalie gave birth to her second child ” Amalia” who happens to be a girl by February 2017, she disclosed in an interview pointing out how the newborn brings about perfection to her family.
Family always comes first according to Natalie, she took time to support her family putting aside every other thing. Natalie and Benjamin continue supporting each other’s dreams, not letting the family get in the way of their work. Natalie took time off to take care of her family, she disclosed in an interview that ” it did not take long before getting back to her first love, acting with the help of her husband and her lovely kids”.
Natalie Portman Net Worth
Natalie Portman Net Worth is estimated to be $90 million