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Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett was born  in Australia to an American father and an Australian mother. She has an older brother and an younger sister. When she was ten years old, her 40-year old father died of a sudden heart attack. Her mother never remarried, and her grandmother moved in to help her mother.
Cate graduated from Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and, in a little over a year, had won both critical and popular acclaim.
On graduating from NIDA, she joined the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Caryl Churchill's "Top Girls", then played Felice Bauer, the bride, in Tim Daly's "Kafka Dances", winning the 1993 Newcomer Award from the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle for her performance. From there, Blanchett moved to the role of Carol in David Mamet's searing polemic "Oleanna", also for the Sydney Theatre Company, and won the Rosemont Best Actress Award, her second award that year. She then co-starred in the ABC Television's prime time drama Heartland (1994), again winning critical acclaim.
In 1995, she was nominated for Best Female Performance for her role as Ophelia in the Belvoir Street Theatre Company's production of "Hamlet". Other theatre credits include Helen in the Sydney Theatre Company's "Sweet Phoebe", Miranda in "The Tempest" and Rose in "The Blind Giant is Dancing", both for the Belvoir Street Theatre Company. In other television roles, Blanchett starred as Bianca in ABC's Bordertown (1995), as Janie Morris in G.P. (1989) and in ABC's popular series Police Rescue (1994). She made her feature film debut in Camino al paraíso (1997). She also married writer Andrew Upton in 1997.
She had met him a year earlier on a movie set, and they didn't like each other at first. He thought she was aloof, and she thought he was arrogant, but then they connected over a poker game at a party, and she went home with him that night. Three weeks later he proposed marriage and they quickly married before she went off to England to play her breakthrough role in films: the title character in Elizabeth (1998) for which she won numerous awards for her performance, including the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama.
Cate was also nominated for an Academy Award for the role but lost out to Gwyneth Paltrow. 2001 was a particularly busy year, with starring roles in Bandidos (2001), Atando cabos (2001), Charlotte Gray (2001) and playing Elf Queen Galadriel in the "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy. She also gave birth to her first child, son Dashiell, in 2001. In 2004, she gave birth to her second son Roman. Also, in 2004, she played actress Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's film "Aviator" (2004), for which she received an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress.
Two years later, she received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actress for playing a teacher having an affair with an underage student in "Notes on a Scandal" (2006). In 2007, she returned to the role that made her a star in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007). It earned her an Oscar nomination as Best Actress. She was nominated for another Oscar that same year as Best Supporting Actress for playing Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" (2007). In 2008, she gave birth to her third child, son Ignatius. She and her husband became artistic directors of the Sydney Theatre Company, choosing to spend more time in Australia raising their children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous


Andrew Upton (29 December 1997 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark 

Known for playing many different roles with multifarious personalities, such as the young sensible English queen Elizabeth in Elizabeth (1998), the rude, hustling wife in Atando cabos (2001), and the dangerous Russian villain in Indiana Jones y el reino de la calavera de cristal (2008).
Blonde hair and blue eyes
Highly defined cheekbones


1993: She was the first person to win the Sydney Theatre Critic's Circle Theatre award for Best Newcomer (for her role in "Kafka Dances"), and Best Lead Actress (for her role in David Mamet's "Oleanna", with the Sydney Theatre Company, opposite Shine (1996) star Geoffrey Rush in the same year.
Has an older brother named Bob who works in the computer field, and a younger sister, Genevieve who is a theater designer.
When she was 18, Cate was on vacation in Egypt. A fellow guest at a cheap hotel in Cairo asked if she wanted to be an extra in a movie, the Egyptian boxing movie Kaboria [Crabs (1990)], directed by Khairy Beshara. She appeared in 3 scenes in that movie, in one of them she was dancing to the main song of the movie.

Attended Methodist Ladies College (MLC) in Melbourne, Australia and was the School Drama Captain.
Her father, (Robert Blanchett) a Texan advertising executive, died of a heart attack when she was ten years old.
After completing work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the role of Galadriel, she kept and bronzed her elf ear prosthetics.
Was considered for the role of Clarice Starling in Hannibal (2001). The part eventually went to Julianne Moore.

In an interview she gave to Fox Television Network, she admitted blushingly that she had accepted the role of Galadriel, the Elf Queen, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy because she always wanted to appear in a movie wearing pointed ears.
Enjoys making lists and crossing items off as she accomplishes them.
Chosen as one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.

Has been in 7 movies where the title contains the name of the character she plays: Veronica Guerin. En busca de la verdad (2003), Charlotte Gray (2001), Elizabeth (1998), Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997), Oscar y Lucinda (1997), Elizabeth: La edad de oro (2007) and Blue Jasmine (2013). [February 2008]
Was originally going to play the role of Anna in Mike Nichols's latest film Closer (2004), but due to her second pregnancy she had to drop out, so it was recast with Julia Roberts instead.
Was the original 'Tim-Tam' girl in the series of commercials promoting the product.

September 2004: Flew back home to Melbourne, Australia to launch the skincare range from SK-II at Australia's leading department store Myer. As of September 2011, she was still featured in full-page print ads for the same cosmetic.
Was set to play "Portia" in Michael Radford's adaptation of William Shakespeare's El mercader de Venecia (2004), thus reuniting with actor Joseph Fiennes, her co-star from the blockbuster Elizabeth (1998), but had to drop out after discovering her pregnancy. 
This also would have reunited her with Ian McKellen, with whom she appeared in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, who would have played "Shylock". He too ultimately left the project.
By winning the Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn, she became the first person to give an Oscar-winning portrayal of a previous Oscar winner.

In Life Aquatic (2004), she appears with Anjelica Huston, and in El aviador (2004), she works with Danny Huston, the daughter and son, respectively, of director John Huston. In addition to having played Katharine Hepburn, who appeared in La reina de África (1951), directed by John Huston, she also appeared in a remake of a film that John Huston appeared in: El señor de los anillos: El retorno del rey (2003).

In El aviador (2004), she works opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Howard Hughes. The year before, she appeared in Desapariciones (2003) with Tommy Lee Jones. Jones played Hughes years earlier in El poderoso Howard Hughes (1977).
1995: Nominated for Best Female Performance by the Melbourne Green Room Awards, for the Belvoir St Theatre Company's production of "Hamlet".

Won the Rosemont Best Actress Award for her performance in "Oleanna".
1992: Graduated from Australia's NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art).
Was unknowingly pregnant while portraying the pregnant journalist in Life Aquatic (2004).
Four of her six Oscar nominations are for playing real people (Queen Elizabeth I, Katharine Hepburn and Bob Dylan). The latter two are both Oscar winners themselves.
Won Best Female Actor, Helpmann Award for her performance in "Hedda Gabler".

Her father, who was from Texas, had remote French ancestry. Much of Cate's other ancestry is British Isles (English and some Scottish).
In "The Lord of the Rings", she worked with Elijah Wood and Sean Astin, who played "Frodo" and "Sam", respectively. Also appearing with her in those films, as well as in El aviador (2004), was Ian Holm, who played "Frodo" in the BBC radio series. In Diario de un escándalo (2006), she worked with Bill Nighy, who played "Sam" in the BBC radio series. In Elizabeth: La edad de oro (2007), she worked with Samantha Morton, who is engaged to Ian Holm's son, Harry Holm.

She participated in 7 films nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award, four of them in a row: Elizabeth (1998), El señor de los anillos: La comunidad del anillo (2001), El señor de los anillos: Las dos torres (2002), El señor de los anillos: El retorno del rey (2003), El aviador (2004), Babel (2006), and El curioso caso de Benjamin Button (2008).
In Bandidos (2001), she works with Troy Garity. In El aviador (2004), she plays Katharine Hepburn, who appeared with Garity's mother, Jane Fonda and grandfather, Henry Fonda, in En el estanque dorado (1981).
Was considered for the role of Jane Smith in Sr. y Sra. Smith (2005).

15th February 2005: Attended the 2005 Elle Style Awards held at London's trendy Spitalfields Market. Posed for photos with fellow Australian Kylie Minogue, who was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Her Texan father, Robert Blanchett, met her mother, June, in Melbourne, Australia.
Was officially in the BAFTA longlist (Equivalently, the semi-finals) for Best Actress in a Leading Role, for her role in Diario de un escándalo (2006) (unlike the Oscars, where she was competing for Supporting Role), which consisted of 15 finalists for each category (except Animated Film). However, she was eliminated in the next round, which the five official nominees were selected.

She and her Atando cabos (2001) and Diario de un escándalo (2006) co-star Judi Dench both received Oscar-nominations for playing Queen Elizabeth I in 1999. Dench won for her supporting role in Shakespeare enamorado (1998) while Blanchett was nominated for Elizabeth (1998).
Was Steven Spielberg's first choice for the role or Agatha in Minority Report (2002). After the death of Stanley Kubrick, he made A.I. Inteligencia Artificial (2001) his first priority, and she moved on to other projects. She was later able to work with Spielberg in Indiana Jones y el reino de la calavera de cristal (2008).

Dec. 2007 - Ranked #45 on EW's The 50 Smartest People in Hollywood.
Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#31). [2007].
In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $13 million.
She is one of the elite eleven thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies. The other nine are Fay Bainter, Sigourney Weaver, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald (he has been nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), Jessica Lange, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx.

She, Linda Hunt and Felicity Huffman are the only performers to be nominated for an Oscar for playing a member of the opposite sex.
She is one of five actors (and the only female actor) to be nominated for an Oscar twice for playing the same role in two separate films. She played "Queen Elizabeth I" in Elizabeth (1998) and in Elizabeth: La edad de oro (2007). The others are Bing Crosby as "Father Chuck O'Malley" in Siguiendo mi camino (1944) and Las campanas de Santa María (1945), Paul Newman as "Fast Eddie Felson" in El buscavidas (1961) and El color del dinero (1986), Peter O'Toole as "King Henry II" in Becket (1964) and El león en invierno (1968) and Al Pacino as "Michael Corleone" in El padrino (1972) and El padrino. Parte II (1974).

Was listed as a potential nominee for the 2008 Razzies (but did not make the final ballot) for her performance as "Queen Elizabeth I" in Elizabeth: La edad de oro (2007), a performance that earned her another Oscar nomination. Had she earned a Razzie nod, she would have been one of the few actors to have a Razzie and Oscar nomination for the same performance.
Good friends with actress Nicole Kidman.

Got the role in El curioso caso de Benjamin Button (2008) after Rachel Weisz backed out, because of scheduling problems.
Lives in Hunters Hill, Sydney, Australia.
Did not return to work until six months after giving birth to her son Ignatius in order to take to the stage for a Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire", where she portrayed Blanche DuBois.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Picture at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 5, 2008.
She was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to acting and Australian society.
Was originally cast as Mrs. Fox in Fantástico Sr. Fox (2009), but was later replaced by Meryl Streep.

Her portrayal of Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones y el reino de la calavera de cristal (2008) is director Steven Spielberg's favorite villain in the Indiana Jones series.
Was originally cast as Izzi Creo in La fuente de la vida (2006), but was forced to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with Little Fish (2005). Rachel Weisz was then cast instead.
Returned to work seven months after giving birth to her son Dashiell in order to begin filming Veronica Guerin. En busca de la verdad (2003).
Returned to work six months after giving birth to her son Roman in order to begin filming Little Fish (2005).

Was three months pregnant with her son Ignatius when she completed filming Indiana Jones y el reino de la calavera de cristal (2008).
Admitted to not hitting it off with her husband when she first met him. Apparently he thought she was aloof and she thought he was arrogant.

Gave birth to her first child at age 32, a son Dashiell John Upton on December 3, 2001. Child's father is her husband, Andrew Upton.
Gave birth to her second child at age 34, a son Roman Robert Upton on April 23, 2004. Child's father is her husband, Andrew Upton.

Gave birth to her third child at age 38, a son Ignatius Martin Upton on April 13, 2008. Child's father is her husband, Andrew Upton.
She was on set for only 8 days to shoot her scenes for El Hobbit: Un viaje inesperado (2012) and the two follow-ups.
Performing in "The War Of The Roses" in Sydney, Australia. [January 2009]

New York, NY: It was announced that she, as well as Ralph Fiennes, will be honored by gala tributes (separately) in October by the Film Society of Lincoln Center during its annual film festival. [August 2013]
Sydney Theatre Company announced that husband and wife Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton would become artistic directors, beginning in 2008. [November 2006]
(France) Promoting Indiana Jones y el reino de la calavera de cristal (2008) at the Cannes Film Festival. [May 2008]
Washington, D.C: Performing in Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" at The Kennedy Center with her and husband Andrew Upton's group, the Sydney Theatre Company. [August 2011]

Grew up in the suburb of Eaglemont, part of the Greater Melbourne area.
Five directors cast her more than once in their films: Gillian Armstrong, Shekhar Kapur, Steven Soderbergh, Todd Haynes, and Peter Jackson.
Her older brother Bob is smart but has a mild form of cerebral palsy. When they were growing up, Cate always stuck up for him when the other children made fun of him. Later, when she gave birth to her second child Roman, she gave him the middle name of Bob, named after Cate's brother and her deceased father Bob, Sr.
In 2008, although she was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Elizabeth: La edad de oro (2007), she publicly declared that she had voted for Marion Cotillard in La vida en rosa (Edith Piaf) (2007), and described her performance as Édith Piaf as "astonishing and inspiring". 
When Cotillard was announced as the winner, Blanchett was visibly happy for her win. In 2012, Blanchett wrote an article for Variety praising Cotillard's performance in De óxido y hueso (2012).
Claimed that people mispronounce her last name all the time. She said the correct way to pronounce it is BLAN-chit, not chet.
Holds the record as the only Australian actress to win two Academy Awards.

The longest she has gone without an Oscar nomination is the 6 years between both Elizabeth (1998) and El aviador (2004) and Elizabeth: La edad de oro (2007), I'm Not There. (2007) and Blue Jasmine (2013).
Is only the sixth actress to win both leading and supporting actress Oscars. The other five are Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Helen Hayes and Ingrid Bergman.
The only actor to be nominated and win Oscars for both of the iconoclast New York directors Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen.
Was the 126th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for El aviador (2004) at The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) on February 27, 2005.

Personal Quotes 

If you know you are going to fail, then fail gloriously!
When asked what colour her hair is: "Look, it's one of the great mysteries of the world, I cannot answer that question. I think I'm vaguely blonde. To be perfectly frank, I don't know."
When asked if she has ever appeared in Vecinos (1985): "Absolutely not. I'm an actress."

[on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy] I had never done anything with blue screen before, or prosthetics, or anything like that. Lord of the Rings was like stepping into a videogame for me. It was another world completely. But, to be honest, I basically did it so that I could have the ears. I thought they would really work with my bare head.
If I had my way, if I was lucky enough, if I could be on the brink my entire life - that great sense of expectation and excitement without the disappointment - that would be the perfect state.
It's part of my job. You can't play Veronica Guerin [puts on heavy Strine] sounding like this. It just wouldn't wash. But what I find fascinating about doing an accent - unless it's a farce - is that it's not slapped on. [on doing many accents]

[on working with Ron Howard in Desapariciones (2003)] I loved making it, I had a ball - cowboys and Indians. This is the thing, I love doing things which I'd never envisaged before. And so getting me on the back of a horse, with Tommy Lee Jones and shooting guns and chasing Indians, it's just not something that I would have expected myself to be doing.
The more you do it, the more you learn to concentrate, as a child does, incredibly intensively and then you sort of have to relax. 
I remember the first film I did, the lead actor would in between scenes be reading a newspaper or sleeping and I'd think, "How can you do that?"
Thank you. I so didn't expected this. I wore a really tight dress that's very ungracious walking up those stairs. Thank you very much, I sort of don't know where to begin. Playing Katharine Hepburn, I absolutely did not expect to be standing here in front of you all. But Hepburn aside, I actually would like to say, as an actor coming from another country to this country, I am so astounded and amazed, and grateful, at the power of the SAG union and what it does for its members. And I hope that other countries, mine own included, you know, is inspired by that
  • I think it's incredible. (SAG acceptance speech Feb. 5, 2005)

[on her disgust of how so many of her Hollywood peers have succumbed to using face-paralyzing Botox] It's not just women on film, 18-year-old girls feel pressure to do preventative injecting. I see someone's face, someone's body who'd had children and I think they're the song lines of your experience, and why would you want to eradicate that? I look at people sort of entombing themselves and all you see is their little pin holes of terror... and you think, just live your life, death is not going to be any easier just because your face can't move.
I'm one of those strange beasts who really likes a corset.

You know, when you see yourself on a big screen, I tend to watch from behind my hands. There is absolutely the regret. You always get that at the end of every project. That's what's great about theater: at least every night you get the chance to go out and re-offend. I'm endlessly disappointed, which is what propels me into the next project, probably, not to repair the damage but to kind of hopefully keep developing. Otherwise there's no reason to keep doing it, is there?

There's this sense that of course you want to be famous. When you're a performer, of course you want an audience, but it's very, very different from courting fame.
[on her first Oscar loss, in 1999] Sometimes I think it's so good not to win those things. And, anyway, who wants to peak when they're 28?
Of course one worries about getting older--we're all fearful of death, let's not kid ourselves. I'm simply not panicking as my laugh lines grow deeper. Who wants a face with no history, no sense of humor?

Don't you think like most things, like comedy, like sex, like anything, it's about timing? I think [my husband and I] collided with each other at what turned out to be the perfect time. We knew each other socially and we didn't get on and we played poker one night and I don't know how we ended up kissing but we did and he asked me to marry him about three weeks later and we got together in the same spirit. . . . Maybe I've got a lack of consequence, a healthy lack of consequence.

[In 2012, on collaborating with husband Andrew Upton]: We've had some doozies and we've had some stinkers. No one sets out to have a stinker.
[I have] this strange, probably unachievable fantasy about performing in German in Berlin. [But] I don't speak German.
[on being directed by Woody Allen in Blue Jasmine (2013)] I found him forthcoming, generous and refreshingly honest. It can be brutal when people are honest, but I much prefer to know if it's not working, because you can do something with it - rather than people who go, 'Oh, we'll fix it up in post [-production].' There is no post in a Woody Allen movie. If it doesn't happen then, it doesn't happen at all.

I love Brighton. We lived in Lewes Crescent and it was the genesis of the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland; so magical.
No one is ever who they purport to be. And I suppose I'm most interested in the gap between who we project socially and who we really are.
I don't know if I ever really wanted to be an actor. I'm an active person - the thought of waiting for the phone to ring wasn't something that sat happily with me. But I kept doing it, trying not to do it, and then doing it. There's such a blessed unrest that you feel all the time, but maybe that's what keeps you going.

I can be a real pessimist. You know that when you win an Oscar and you walk offstage and your first thought is: "Oh God, I've peaked."
I've done a lot of talking over the past six years. My husband and I have been running the Sydney Theatre Company and it's been magic - my kids have been able to see so many of those transient moments between acting and real life behind the scenes. But now that I've given it up I'm looking forward to being a bit quieter. I'm very conscious of that. There have been times when I've heard myself in the past and thought: "Aw, just shut up."

You don't ever really get to know Woody Allen. He's not the sort of person where you can knock on his door and say: "I've got this really interesting idea." You just have to hope that he's written your name on a little scrap of paper somewhere and that one day he will call and say: "I've got a script I want you to read."
Working with Woody [Allen] is like an emotional strip club without the cash.


Little Fish (2005) $750.000
Robin Hood (2010) $10 .000.000
Hanna (2011) $7.000.000